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Constitutional Then, But Not Now?: Thoughts on the Pending Review of Section V of the Voting Rights Act

As a senior at Princeton University, I wrote a thesis on American political history. I did not pay too much attention in my statistical methods courses, and thus found myself in a position where I needed to write an 80+ page, non-quantitative academic “essay” about American politics. Because of my interest in American political history, […]

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Election 2012: Why Am I Predicting an Obama Victory?

I have been following the 2012 Election since the Republican Primary, and now there is less than a week to go before the American people are informed of who will be leading the nation over the next four years. The national polls indicate that the popular vote in the 2012 Election is going to be […]

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Affirmative Action: The Mask of a Nation’s Neglect

The Supreme Court of the United States of America is currently hearing arguments in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. It is a case that has affirmative action in the hot-seat and could potentially result in the policy’s dissolution. But why shouldn’t this 51-year-old policy be removed from practice? To remove affirmative action and see […]

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More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City (PART 1)

William Julius Wilson’s More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City is an excellent primer on the structural and cultural factors that affect African-Americans living in urban communities across the United States. Wilson, a professor of sociology at Harvard University, has been studying social stratification, economic inequality, and the plight of poor black […]

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The Politics of Public Policy and the Elusiveness of Black Substantive Representation in Congress

The public policy process in the United States has become increasingly politicized and polarized. Democrats and Republicans in Washington have rarely come together to pass substantive legislation over the past few years. This gridlock has resulted in a lack of political representation for most Americans suffering under the current economic downturn. To simply put it, […]

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What the RNC told Me

Is it fitting that this is the 44th post? #Obama44, yo As we come up on the eve of the Democratic National Convention I feel that it is important for us to take a look at last weeks Republican National Convention, and see how their policies will really affect us.  When it comes to the […]

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No More Fear, Mr. President

Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributor for the Atlantic magazine, recently published an amazing article on Obama’s presidency and the topic of race, which I strongly encourage you to read. In the article, the two things that jumped out at me were his mention of the “twice as good, half as Black” myth and reference to “Black rage.” […]

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Partisan Electioneering: The Racial Impact of Voter Identification Laws

The 2008 Election was a significant moment in the history of the black political experience. For the first time in the nation’s history, an individual of African descent was elected to occupy the highest office of the land. President Obama could not have made it to the White House without a meaningful show of support […]

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God, Obama, and Kool-Aid

I call it “the recipe for complacency” and for all of you squeamish folks out there, no, this is neither an attack on God, Obama, nor Kool-Aid for that matter. It is an attack on the complacency… excuse me, “patience,” that I’ve been criticized for not having: I have seen Obama speak out on gay […]

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