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The former vice president’s preliminary campaigning for a 2024 run is a waste of time and energy

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It’s almost adorable that Mike Pence is even bothering to tease a presidential bid, much less one in 2024.

Try as he might, the Florida congressman will not be able to evade the consequences of his scandals

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What a surprise that the former racist president — who was serially accused of sexual assault and abuse — has at least pondered whether to tag himself into the plight of another accused pervert.

It’s time for some early spring cleaning

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I was only four years old when my family left the U.S. Virgin Islands to pursue the mainland American dream in Florida. Since then, I’ve been back just once, for my cousin’s wedding in 1994. I’m sure it was a beautiful ceremony, but I don’t recall much about the nuptials other than something the bride’s father, my uncle, said during his reception speech. He warned the local guests — particularly the ones prominent in business, as he was — not to allow White people to disrupt the Black heritage of the island of St. Thomas and infringe upon their Black…

How do we move past his aftermath?

“White people, please allow me to introduce you to white people. Not the friendly neighbor who waves from across the street when you pick up the morning paper, nor the caring Mom who drops your teenage daughter off at soccer practice, but the white people you rarely see. When the dream of whiteness in which many Americans have invested is shattered, there is another layer to be found, and it’s a nightmare. This is the whiteness Black Americans know. A whiteness that can’t be negotiated or reasoned with, that refuses to see another’s humanity, that feeds on violence, despises difference…

Tomorrow, Donald Trump will vacate his post as president of the United States. And in the wake of his departure, he leaves not only a national mess to be cleaned up by the incoming administration but also his own unresolved controversy—namely, the fallout from the insurrection attempt at the Capitol that he incited earlier this month. Trump has been impeached for a second time, and LEVEL columnist Michael Arceneaux doesn’t want to see his fellow politicians or the (in)justice system go easy on him.

Don’t hold your breath. As long as White men are in power, they’ll protect their own.

And therein lies the heart of Wednesday’s race riot. It was about White men having to answer to anyone but White men — this time, voters and rules and due process.” We may a little biased here at LEVEL, given that David Dennis Jr. is down with the squad as a longtime contributor, but we have no trouble saying he’s one of our favorite chroniclers of the psychology of Whiteness. Last week he issued a clear-eyed condemnation of what led to the armed siege of the U.S. Capitol—and this week, on his personal blog, he examines what’s really at work…

Is the U.S. any safer for Black Americans?

Many rejoiced earlier this month when the decisive projection came in and the Associated Press declared Joe Biden winner of the 2020 presidential election. It was glorious (and so were the memes). While some are still riding high on the optimism of a forthcoming regime change, for others, the question lingers: How will the aftermath of Trump’s presidency play out—particularly with regard to Black Americans?

When they don’t care about Black pain, they make it worse

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Throughout my adulthood, I’ve been blessed with loyal and generous friends. They’ve been hanging in there with me for years, through ups, downs, and sideways, across multiple countries and continents. They’re among my staunchest supporters; some of them happen to be White.

You’re quiet out there now that your leader is gone. Don’t expect us to lower the volume while celebrating this victory.

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It’s funny how an election changes situations.

Despite Biden and Harris’ win, the sheer numbers supporting Trump reinforces some ugly truths about this nation

After four years of fuckery, the presidential election shouldn’t have been this close. Donald Trump has flailed and failed his way through his tenure as president, from spearheading inhumane immigration practices to royally botching a pandemic to covering up all types of sketchy shit (from his tax payments to alleged collusion with Russia). Yet while he was trumped by Joe Biden’s popular vote numbers (a record-setting 74 million-plus), Trump managed to surpass Barack Obama’s previous record of more than 69 million popular votes. That’s right, 70 million people voted for this dude nationwide.

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