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David L. Horne, PH.D.

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The politics of racializing the presidential race

I had thought last week’s column was my final comment on Trump and Black folks, but President Obama raised the stakes higher in his recent speech to the Congressional Black Caucus. The POTUS said, “not getting our community out to vote would be a tarnishing of his legacy. To give Michelle and him a great send-off and thank you, Black folk must vote, and vote a lot, for Hillary Clinton. Black folks could not sit this one out!”

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Donald Trump and the African American vote in 2016

Recently, Mr. Donald Trump has asked, “What do you have to lose?” aimed, he says, at Black American voters. In speeches mainly to Anglo audiences, he has said he is offering a real change to Black voters.

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The politics of know-nothings redux

Last week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow gave an incisive report on the Know Nothing Political Party in American political history, as a way of explaining the current popularity of anti-immigrationism in our political discourse.

An aspect of 21st century Pan-Africanism

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The AEC (African Economic Community) and its two major corollaries, the African Union (AU) and the African Regional Economic Communities, have embarked on an enormous paradigm altering mission for the 21st century

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The politics of winning the Olympics bid-who wants it?

The 2024 Summer Olympics may be headed for Los Angeles. The first phase of the application process has been completed, and L.A. is still in it. In fact, it is now the front runner to be awarded the Games.

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The politics of negotiating a better police-community relationship

Lately, there’s been a rush of conferences, meetings and celebrity-studded get-togethers to try and identify some common-sense steps to improve police-community relations in the USA.

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The politics of naming and claiming the infraction

The journalism profession generally considers plagiarism a cardinal sin. There are many, many examples of those previously punished for journalistic plagiarism by suspension, termination or other means.

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The politics of keeping the facts straight

It is certain that within the next few months the American public will be overfed the Republican Party’s view of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail situation. She will be accused of all sorts of criminal behavior and lack of sound judgement.

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The politics of sand, surf and sun

As the summer sun in Los Angeles makes its very intense and vibrant entrance this June, it is interesting to reflect on things before and things now.

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The politics of slavery and the Ivy League

By now current research has clearly demonstrated that many of the U.S. Ivy League schools were partially or largely financed in their early history by profits and labor from American slave trading.

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The politics of abortion

Interestingly, as the rate and actual incidence of abortion are steadily decreasing in the U.S.A., overt violence aimed at stopping the practice altogether has increased

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The politics of musical threes

Okay, here it is—the idea again that death comes in threes, a belief common in both the Black community and others.

Evolution of the Black Lives Matter movement

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In Los Angeles in 2014-2016, the Black Lives Matter Movement folks we’ve come to know and love seem hell-bent on disruption of municipal and county meetings as a strategy (although at best, disruption can only be a tactic, not a strategy).

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The politics of staying in it

Now that Dr. Ben Carson has hit the inevitable brick wall we all knew was waiting for him and there seems to be no other political rump-shakers out there but Mr. Trump, along comes a spider of recognition—there is a Willie L. Wilson, D.D., on the ballot for the presidential nomination in California, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and Texas. Yes, he is African American.

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What happened to Chi-Raq?

In what seemed like a ‘straight to video’ situation, Spike Lee’s most recent film, “Chi-Raq,” came and went in theaters so fast that most never even knew it was out. Compared to “Straight Outta Compton,” which

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The politics of multigenerational leadership

Last week, Thursday to be exact, President Barack Obama pulled off another extraordinary event for a supposed lame duck—he had a White-House meeting with a 15-person-strong group of civil rights

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The politics of helping somebody

During this 21st century, particularly during this Decade of the African Diaspora, and the 2015-2016

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The politics of concussions in football

In the new movie, “Concussion,” Will Smith gives a remarkable performance as Dr. Bennett Omalu, a brilliantly-educated (Sidney Poitier-like) forensic pathologist who reluctantly concludes that football is causing serious head trauma and disease, and he has to speak out about it in spite of gargantuan opposition and hostility.

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The Politics of being number one

This week, as Serena Williams begins anew her quest to win the tennis Grand Slam,

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The politics of ‘MisMatch Theory’

A few weeks ago, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia used the “Mismatch Theory of Affirmative Action” to question the position of the University of Texas attorney arguing for the use of race as one of several factors in admitting students to that school.

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The politics of Black QBs

It was interesting watching the 2015 version of the Army-Navy football game a few Saturdays ago. By game time, it had already been announced that the Heisman Trophy voting had already begun, and Navy's brilliant quarterback, Keenan Reynolds, who should have been on the ballots, would not be. Still, here was the Navy Midshipmen team, with its senior Black quarterback of four years, and Army's Black Knights, with its freshman Black quarterback, just getting started.

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The politics of grateful microracisms

By this second decade of the 21st century, it remains an intellectual oddity that although scholars

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The politics of non-inclusion

Most of us know very little about the Native American history of California or of the United States, save that several California tribes currently own gambling casinos. This column will deal with adding a bit more information to that ledger in the coming weeks.

The politics of the African Diaspora and Agenda 2063

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Counting Western Sahara (a.k.a the Sahrawi Arab Republic), the African Union currently has 55 member countries. The African Union has, as its primary mission, the uniting of 54 of those countries (Morocco is not yet a member of the AU) into one large entity,

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Commemorating the Million Man March

On Saturday, Oct. 11, a 20-year commemoration and attempted repeat of the 1995 Million Man March occurred in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall where they are building the gigantic National African American History Museum and not far from the 30-foot Martin Luther King memorial statue.

The politics of ‘getting it’

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In late September during a Sunday afternoon speech at the Edward Kennedy Institute in Boston, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) demonstrated that not all elected White lawmakers are deaf, dumb and blind to what Black folk have been trying to say to them before and especially since the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

The politics of copyright infringement redux

Ever wonder what ultimately happened in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement lawsuit after the eight-person jury unanimously voted that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed on the Gaye family’s copyright for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up?” Well, plenty.

The politics of copyright infringement redux

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Ever wonder what ultimately happened in the “Blurred Lines” copyright infringement lawsuit after the eight-person jury unanimously voted that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke infringed on the Gaye family’s copyright for Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up?” Well, plenty.

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The politics of proper focus

The Black Lives Matter Movement has most recently been in the news confronting 2016 presidential candidates about their political stances and on whether these candidates can understand what the phrase “Black Lives Matter” even means. The movement has been media-savvy so far.

The politics of Pan African education in the 21st century

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Colonial education in Africa was fundamentally aimed at teaching Africans that Europeans were superior in everything, and that the purpose of African life was to follow whatever Europeans said and go wherever they led. Africans were to stay divided and quarreling among themselves, and the only unity they were to achieve was in their agreement to allow Europeans to do whatever they wanted in Africa and to Africans. Colonial education was aimed at teaching Africans to stay dependent on White outsiders.

The politics of early evaluation

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Okay, President Barack Obama has committed himself to do an adventure episode with Bear Grylls. Hmmm. It will certainly show the strength he still has left in his presidency after the kitchen sink has been thrown at him these last seven-plus years.

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The politics of the Iran nuclear deal

At first glance, the Iran nuclear deal appears to be another “other people’s problem” issue that does not relate to the everyday “bread-and-butter” concerns of the nationwide Black community. It’s not about another negative police relationship in which the police-as-warriors conflicts with the police-as-guardians. It’s not even about Cuba, or immigration (which both affect the Black community) or Obamacare. No, it doesn’t at first appear to be all that important to the Black community.

The politics of the Iran nuclear deal

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At first glance, the Iran nuclear deal appears to be another “other people’s problem” issue that does not relate to the everyday “bread-and-butter” concerns of the nationwide Black community. It’s not about another negative police relationship in which the police-as-warriors conflicts with the police-as-guardians. It’s not even about Cuba, or immigration (which both affect the Black community) or Obamacare. No, it doesn’t at first appear to be all that important to the Black community.

The politics of President Obama in Africa

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Cementing his role as the African Diaspora president and hero of everywhere Africans, President Barack Obama spoke recently to a huge audience at the African Union headquarters in Addis Abba, Ethiopia. This was the headquarters featuring the great statue of Pan Africanist Kwame Nkrumah outside welcoming guests in, and the headquarters built for the African Union by the Chinese. The latter is part of the reason Mr. Obama was there.

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The politics of real representation

Big ups for Rep. Karen Bass! She is the ranking member of the Africa sub-committee in Congress (proper name Sub-Committee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations). As such, she is the number-one congressional advocate for increasing ‘trade, not aid’ benefits from the USA to Africa. For the past few years, she remained the primary “go-to” person for the successful renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which was signed last week by President Barack Obama for a 10-year renewal. If you have to be in a legislative fight, Rep. Bass is the one you want in your corner. She gets it done and she does not give up. She is the model of real representation in today’s U.S. Congress.

The politics of historical delusion

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One news source reported this week that one of its investigators interviewed one of Dylann Roof's cousins, who said that Roof had been trying to romance a young White girl recently who rejected him in favor of hooking up with a local Black youth. That, buttressed by listening over and over to loud White-power music, drove Roof to the point of his dastardly deed in Emanuel A.M.E. Church, said the cousin. That rationale may or may not have substance.

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Being a modern Black man in America

Conceptions of African American fathers

In the White House currently living and functioning brilliantly, is the most important role model of a Black husband and father, present and accountable—President Barack Obama. We can’t all be like him, but the precedent has clearly been set.

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The politics of helping African American young men

In February 2014, to add to the public policy executive order he’d already issued in July 2012 regarding assisting African American youth to overcome the systemic obstacles against their success in the USA, President Barack Obama issued an order to establish My Brother’s Keeper, a distinctive governmental approach toward supporting thousands, even millions of African American young men toward positive growth and success in this country.

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Being a modern Black man in America

Conceptions of African American fathers

In the White House currently living and functioning brilliantly, is the most important role model of a Black husband and father, present and accountable—President Barack Obama. We can’t all be like him, but the precedent has clearly been set.

The politics of putrid puffery

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One distinctive and unfortunate part of African American culture is the too-often repeated exercise of public rants against each other. This habit is not ameliorated because it has a very long-standing tradition within the community, nor is it okay just because both famous and not-so-famous Black folk engage in it.

The politics of sudden, silent death

Clearly, being Black means having a ton of obstacles relentlessly in one’s way forward. Some such hurdles are self-imposed (e.g., too much pork-eating, too much greasy fried food, too much self-hate, too much backward thinking when thinking at all, etc.). However, most hurdles we face are social-political realities in the U.S.A. (e.g., too frequent police perception of Blacks as criminals or troublemakers, too frequent disregard for Black folk in general, an avalanche of negative social stereotypes in medicine, education, economics, etc.). Letting ourselves go to float on these daily stormy waters is a distinct recipe for death and disaster. Some kind of way, though, most of us survive.

The politics of respecting the office

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In the more than 2,300 days he’s been president of the United States, the sun and wind powering Barack Obama’s tall, clipper ship have more than once been interfered with, as nuts and overly partisan ideologues have disrespected the office of the president in their vain attempts at besmirching the personal integrity and reputation of the man himself.

Reparations conference report: Part Two

The Caribbean Reparations Commission (CRC) presented and read its CARICOM National Reparations 10-Point Plan (formally called the Caribbean Restorative Justice Plan) at the New York conference as a foundation document. That plan calls for:

The politics of the new reparations movement

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The call went out, far and wide. It was answered by delegations from more than 21 countries, according to the conference organizers. That number included Martinique, Trinidad-Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua, the Virgin Islands, Canada, Sweden, France and Cuba among others.

The politics of being the change we seek

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No, in too many parts of the U.S. and the world, Black lives don’t matter much, yet. Clearly, they should, but bad habits most often die slowly without the pressure of penalty or substantial consequences.

The politics of leaving well enough alone

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In February, 2012, George Zimmerman got away with murder. That is a generalized public perception, particularly among African Americans. Trayvon Martin is dead from a bullet put into him by Zimmerman, and Zimmerman was acquitted of manslaughter in Florida court for killing Martin.

The politics of legal change

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Okay, two quick points here. As predicted in previous columns, the Marvin Gaye offspring, Nona, Frankie and Marvin Gaye III, won their lawsuit against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke for copyright infringement regarding the monster hit song “Blurred Lines.” The eight-member jury voted unanimously in U.S. federal court that Williams and Thicke had too closely copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got to Give it Up,” without paying the proper royalties to the copyright holders (the Gaye siblings). Whether the copying was willful, or unintended, the jury said, it was not innocent and a penalty had to be imposed. The Gaye family won $7.4 million dollars as a result of the jury’s decision. The rapper, T.I., who co-wrote a later segment of the song after the track was already laid, was not penalized by the jury.

The effects of Black History Month

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Carter G. Woodson was born in New Canton, Va., and raised in West Virginia, the son of former slaves. Getting education and using it to better the conditions of Black Americans was part of his cultural upbringing. Deprived of opportunities to go to public school, he educated himself until the age of 20, then attended and graduated from high school in a little less than two years. He then found a way to obtain acceptance to Berea College in Kentucky while working in a coal mine.

The politics of re-balancing the system

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This column covered the Marissa Alexander case previously. What’s the status and significance of it? Alexander, from Jacksonville, Fla., reported that nine days after giving birth to a daughter in 2010, her estranged husband, Rico Gray, choked her, beat her and threatened to kill her in front of his two underage sons. She retreated to the garage of the house, seeking to get out and get away, she reported, but could not exit that way for some reason. In a signed deposition, Gray agreed with this rendition of the facts to that point. Alexander then went to her car, pulled out a gun and went back into the house. When Gray approached her again, reportedly saying, “Bitch, I’ll kill you!” she shot the gun once, above his head, as a warning shot she said, hitting the wall. She did not fire again and no one was hurt.

The politics of whose historical narrative is the right one

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Okay, three quick points: Those who keep claiming that the November mid-terms were a rebuke of President Obama might want to re-check their data. Less than 35 percent of the exit-poll data collected on the elections—with exit-polling having been shown to be a much better indicator of voter sentiment and purpose than any pundit’s personal view—have concluded that people voted against President Obama in making their choice of congressperson. That’s only 1/3 of the vote. The other 65 percent or so said their congressional choices had more to do with the particular candidates running at that time, but had little or nothing to do with the president.

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