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Election 2020

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The momentousness of Kamala Harris’ ascension deserved more

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I’m just gonna say it: Black folks were robbed of the opportunity to show out for Kamala Harris on Inauguration Day.


The complicated feelings following the end of the most traumatic presidency of my lifetime

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I guess I’m supposed to be happy today. I’m supposed to feel that because the deadliest, most corrupt, most villainous president of my lifetime is gone, that I’m waking up to a new, more joyous day. And, personal politics about Biden aside, he is going to be objectively better, less deadly, and less corrupt than the avowed racist who left the White House yesterday. Today is going to be a better day for all of us than yesterday was, let alone the day Donald Trump was inaugurated. I should feel some sort of joy about this.


Executive orders are well and good, but it’s time to get serious

By all accounts, Joseph Biden is going to push through a dozen executive orders before his bags are even unpacked — part of a weeklong blitz set to kick off directly after the presidential inauguration. As a means of undoing some of Trump’s more spiteful policies, executive orders have their use, but most of the issues plaguing this country will take more finessing and time, which is to say they’ll likely end up on the battlefield that is Congress.


Why mince words? If he’s not going to own up to what he’s done, he doesn’t deserve leniency.

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In his first comments to the press since inciting an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, President Donald Trump did not offer any words of contrition. Instead, he reminded us for the billionth time that he is a spiteful bitch incapable of feeling shame about anything. Yes, even when it comes to the attempted murder of his vice president and members of Congress for the sake of trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election.


Trump Republicans don’t care about politics or people — just power, at any cost

Trump Supporters Rally in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC
Trump Supporters Rally in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC
Trump Supporters Rally in Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Who could have ever imagined that the political party that’s largely maintained power over decades by employing Jim Crow-like voter suppression efforts and appeals to the lingering racism of the electorate would defecate on democracy like this?


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

With all of this talk of adviser selections, we ponder what’s in the president-elect’s cupboard

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6. A Danish cookie tin full of sewing supplies

You didn’t know Joe Biden has big meemaw energy? Nancy Pelosi has reportedly been fed up with thinking ol’ boy has snacks in his cabinet. Turns out, it’s just stuff to keep his suits fresh.

5. Rahm Emanuel

That’s right. Joe Biden has Rahm locked away in his kitchen cabinet, sending policy via Morse code so no one knows they’re working together.

4. Jerk seasoning

You might be shocked to discover that Biden throws down and eats a plate of Jamaican jerk chicken every Wednesday night. Rice and peas, callaloo, all that. It’s a family tradition.

3. An air fryer

Oh, you think you’re part of some new trend because…


Appointing Rahm Emanuel compromises any claims of racial justice the president-elect might make

Rahm Emmanuel. Photo: ABC News/Getty Images

In spite of what you might have heard, Joe Biden was never going to fill his administration with a bunch of “left wing radicals.”


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?


Don’t go home for Thanksgiving — but if you do, here’s how to deal with Trump-loving family members.

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I already tried to tell y’all that a Thanksgiving gathering isn’t worth a tragic death by Christmas, so the best idea this year is to stay the fuck home and make your own turkey. Turkey isn’t that bad if you inject it with Cajun seasoning or ask some Black man over 40 in the South to deep-fry it for you. But the problem isn’t the bird — it’s the people foolishly gathering around this week to eat it.


I’m glad you’re trying to figure it out, but where the hell have you been all this time?

Photos: Shane Paul Neil

Four days later, the results were final. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were in. Donald Trump and Mike Pence were out.

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