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By refusing to cop to ingrained oppression in the U.S., political leaders are living in denial

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Many Americans have been mulling over Republican of South Carolina, Senator Tim Scott’s wildly fantastic rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress earlier this week.


The vice president affirms my daughters’ dreams in ways no man can

Kamala Harris addresses supporters at party headquarters at the Chase Center on November 7, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Photo: Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post/Getty Images

One November night in 2008, I found myself with a house full of crying guests.


THE ONLY BLACK GUY IN THE OFFICE

Kamala Harris’ appointment to Madam Vice President hits differently for Black college grads like me

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For many of my co-workers, this inauguration hit different. Mostly for good reasons. After four years marked by incompetence, negligence, and frequent abuses of power at the presidential level, we were all elated to see last week’s changing of the guard. There was a noticeable optimism beaming through everyone’s Zoom windows throughout the day. (I even put myself on mute during a meeting to bump “FDT” for a bit.)


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.


It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life — but no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we’re pleased to introduce our weekly racism surveillance machine. …


JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

Internet gon’ internet!

5. Democrats pay homage

This classic pre-Covid-19 Key & Peele skit about handshakes and code-switching has been flipped an infinite number of times, yet every remixed meme feels fresh. The 2020 election version is one of the very few gifts the electoral college has blessed this nation.

4. Trump refuses to accept his L

You gotta be high on something much stronger than quaaludes if you think this Wolf of Wall Street scene couldn’t play out in reality (Jordan Belfort, who wrote the film’s source material, agrees). There are reports circulating that suggest that Trump will not willingly exit the White House upon Biden’s inauguration, in which case the…


JUST RANKIN’ SH!T

When you’re the only buzz of the night, you gotta take your talents elsewhere

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5. Lincoln vs. Douglas, 1858

No moderator, no interruptions, no cameras. Just nine separate three-hour debates that drew crowds from across Illinois to hear the would-be senators spit fire. (For real: each candidate spoke for an hour, then each got 90 minutes to rebut the other, then each got a 30-minute closer.) We don’t even know if a fly can live 27 hours, let alone get from Springfield to Chicago, but if it could catch a ride in Stephen Douglas’ neck folds or something? LEGEND.

4. Obama vs. McCain, 2008

Granted, a debate’s not a speech, but damned if listening to 44 wax extemporaneous wouldn’t have inspired that fly to…


Too bad we’re all stuck at home and our current president doesn’t know how to protect us from anything

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I am a Democrat by default. They piss me off a lot, honestly. I don’t register as Independent or Green Party only because I prefer to vote for candidates who might win an election at some point.


It’s an embarrassment of riches in our new weekly roundup of the world’s most pathetic people!

Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life — but no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we’re pleased to introduce our weekly racism surveillance machine. …


Just Rankin’ Shit

Y’all scared, huh? You should be.

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5) Calling her “disrespectful”

During Brent Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Sen. Harris brought all her prosecutorial experience to bear on a guy who we honestly can’t believe made it through law school, let alone a career on the bench. Yet, Donald Trump described her surgical interrogation as “disrespectful.” As in, how dare she speak to a respectable White man like that about his long history of ethical violations and allegedly criminal acts!

4) Trying to resuscitate #NastyWoman

Guess it’s a big week for dudes getting shook about Black women owning their power!

3) The cop thing

Yes, Harris served stints as San Francisco district attorney and attorney general of California. And no…

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