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Roland Martin Warns of Voter Suppression Tactics by GOP in 2018

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Roland Martin offers powerful insight on the voting battle our community will undertake , as well as why black voters should consider Alabama as the case study for how the GOP plans to suppress our vote in the 2018 midterm election.

Martin references a ridiculous article from The New York Times entitled “Black Voter Turnout in Alabama Complicates Debate on Voter Laws.” Somehow, it appears that because African-American voters showed up and showed out to help push Doug Jones to a rare victory in arguably the Trumpiest of the Trump states (shout out to The Young Turks for that one), that any argument about valid concerns to suppress our vote, backed by legislation that has done exactly that recently, that we shouldn’t have anything to complain about.

So if my friend and I want to race, and he/she can take a clear shot and sprint as fast as possible to get to the finish line, but I have to jump over hurdles, swim through shark-infested water, and climb up to Mount Everest and back down before reaching the same finish line – BUT – I manage to do ALL of that anyway and STILL win, that I should have nothing to complain about? See that’s that bull….nevermind. That’s what this NYT argument implies, and we should prepare for obstacles the GOP plans to implement prior to the 2018 election.

Please listen to Martin’s words as he breaks down the logic and tactics of all of this. We have a fight on our hands. Our vote IS important, and our community is powerful.

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Angela Rye Set To Join BET For New Program

The cultural and political thought leader’s new series ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ begins January 31st

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It’s about time! We are excited to learn that Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of Impact Strategies, CNN political commentator and NPR political analyst, will be joining forces with BET to deliver a new program, launching this month.

Rye is set to host and executive produce the quarterly news show, which is poised to dig deep into issues and stories affecting black America.

“Working with BET always provides a reminder of why I began to do this work,” Rye said in a statement to Blavity. “It is essential that we have platforms where we can discuss our politics, our challenges, and our culture through our respective lenses. The upcoming special will provide a glimpse of what’s to come with our partnership.”

The first episode of the series is tentatively titled “Angela Rye’s State of the Union,” which will be a primetime rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union address airing Wednesday, January 31 at 10PM PT.

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Lawmaker Says Weed Illegal Because Black People Genetically Can’t Handle Its Effects

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Call it what it is…this is that bullshxt,man.  That bullshxt that is systematically woven in legislation used to fill for-profit prisons with black men and women. The same bullshxt that justifies over-policing in black neighborhoods even though marijuana use is roughly equal among blacks and whites, yet blacks are 3.73 times as likely to be arrested for marijuana possession (h/t ACLU). And yes, this is that bullshxt that leads to more interactions between blacks and police — some who are racist and some who are just looking for easy targets to meet quotas — and the reality is reckless claims like those recently made by State Rep. Steve Alford (R) of Kansas have no scientific merit and yet are consumed as truth.

How could that be?!

Like my man Joe Maddison “the Black Eagle” of Sirus XMs The Urban View often says: “in America, we are culturally conditioned to believe, that White is superior, Black is inferior, and the manifestation of that cultural conditioning is that Black people are undervalued, underestimated and marginalized. It’s not a racist statement. It’s a fact of life.”

See exhibit A:

State Rep. Steve Alford (R) of Kansas thinks marijuana should be illegal because he said black people are genetically unable to handle its effects. Using the type of racist “logic” commonly heard when “Reefer Madness” was considered a serious documentary.

“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States,” Alford said, according to the Garden City Telegram. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

Kansas is one of the few states that still hasn’t legalized some form of medical marijuana, according to the Associated Press.

The Telegram pointed out that Alford’s comments appeared to be based on the theories of Harry Anslinger, the founding commissioner of what was then called the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, which was behind the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937.

Some of the very racist and hysterically anti-cannabis quotes attributed to the agency include these whoppers:

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the U.S., and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.”

“Marijuana is an addictive drug which produces in its users insanity, criminality, and death.”

Although Alford, who represents a district in western Kansas, stood by his remarks when questioned after the meeting, he was unable to cite a specific source for his so-called science to the Telegram. However, he admitted he shouldn’t have singled out African-Americans.

On Monday, Alford denied that his remarks were racist to AP: “To me, that’s neutral. Basically, I got called a racist, which I’m really not, and it’s just the way people — the interpretation of people. To me, I’m trying to look at what’s really the best for Kansas.”

Carl Brewer, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Alford’s comments were inappropriate for a politician in 2018.

“It is hard to believe that in 2018, anyone would support the discredited and racist policies of the Jim Crow-era,” Brewer said in a statement to KSN TV. “No matter one’s feelings on medical marijuana and marijuana legalization, we can all agree that views like those of KS Rep. Alford have no place in our statehouse, in our state or in our country.”

 

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