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Everything You Need to Know About the October Democratic Debate

October’s Democratic presidential primary debate is a big one, literally. Twelve candidates will appear onstage together tonight, which The New York Times reports makes the debate the largest presidential primary debate in recorded American political history. So who made the cut? The same 10 candidates from the September primary debate will appear, including front runners former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and California Sen. Kamala Harris. They’ll be joined by two candidates who hadn’t quite made the cut for the previous debate: Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and billionaire executive Tom Steyer, who’ll make his Democratic National Committee-sanctioned presidential primary debate debut. Candidates had to hit at least 2% in four DNC-approved polls and receive at least 130,000…
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Where’s the American Latino Museum?

  Smithsonian Museums Are Supposed to Tell the American Story. So Where’s the Latino Museum? When I was growing up in San Antonio, Mexican culture permeated every aspect of American culture. I heard Spanish every day: at the grocery store, on the playground and, of course, at home. The staples in the school cafeteria included corn dogs, but also cheese enchiladas. Kids of every background broke piñatas at their birthday parties. But in large parts of America, Latinos were seen as foreigners and outsiders, mentioned only in the context of drugs, gangs or immigration news. Not much has changed. In September 2019, President Trump asked during a rally in New Mexico, “Who do you like more- the country or the Hispanics?” The framing of this question ignores the fact that…
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‘Ghettos’ Didn’t Always Mean Black

How America’s Horrid Background of Racial Segregation Transformed the Understanding of the age-old term ‘Ghettos’ In modern times, for many US residents, the word “ghettos” conjures images of run-down and crime-ridden African American segregated areas. The word ghettos is often used synonymously with the term, “inner cities,” This meaning is relatively recent. It has only become mainstream in the past 70 years or so. Beforehand, the term ghettos was primarily associated with Jewish urban quarters. The changing meaning of the word illustrates the troubling tenacity of such an idea. The History of Jews and “Ghettos" The linkage between Jews and “ghettos” began in the early 16th century. In 1516, as a compromise offering to those agitating for the city to be Christian-only, Venice confined its Jewish populace to a little…
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Isabel Wilkerson The Warmth of Other Suns

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson is an epic American masterpiece. In this impressive, wonderfully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the amazing untold stories of Us history: the decades-long migration of Black citizens who fled the Southern region for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD WINNER LYNTON HISTORY PRIZE WINNER HEARTLAND AWARD WINNER DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE FINALIST The Warmth of Other Suns NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS  OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times USA Today O: The Oprah Magazine Amazon Publishers Weekly Salon Newsday The Daily Beast The Warmth of Other Suns was named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Washington Post,…
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How Huge Black Migration Shaped US History

Some historians differentiate between a first Great Black Migration (1916–1930), which saw about 1.6 million people move from mostly rural areas to northern industrial cities, and a Second Great Migration (1940–1970), which began after the Great Depression and brought at least 5 million people — including many townspeople with urban skills — to the north and to California and other western states.[1] The Great Black Migration The Great Black Migration was the movement of 6 million African-Americans out of the rural Southern United States to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1910 and 1970. Blacks moved from 14 states of the South, especially Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Georgia was especially affected, seeing net declines in its black population for three consecutive decades after 1920. [caption id="" align="alignnone"…
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White Supremacist Donated to Several 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates

Playlist: The White Supremacy Movement and the Republican Party The head of a white supremacist group, cited by the suspected gunman who killed nine African Americans at a black South Carolina church last week, has given thousands of dollars to several 2016 Republican presidential candidates. According to the Guardian, Earl Holt III of Texas, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens, has donated a total of $65,000 to Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He has also donated to former Minnesota congresswoman and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. source: http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/reuters/topNews/~3/X8mjOXJCjf8/story01.htm http://www.wochit.com In this playlist of videos, the authors and video makers explore the relationships between the modern Republican Party and the white supremacist movement. In the modern era, the legal wing of that movement…
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Obama Survived Republicans, Billionaires, Racists

Reactionary Republicans, Billionaire Financiers, and Hard Core Racists threw everything at Barak Obama. Not only did he remain standing, but he flexed his muscle as chief executive officer of America - defying all odds. The March 9, 2015, open letter sent by Republicans to Iran was but the latest insult to the first African American President of the US. Added to all of the previous insults and consistent efforts to undermine Barak Obama as President, the letter conveys a very clear message to African American voters. You may register, you may vote, you may even elect one of your own to the office of President, but to us 'good ole boys' you will always be only three-fifths of a person. White Racists in Suits It's time to pull the sheets off…
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