The truth is we do not all hold the same interests

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People wait in line to drop off mail-in ballots at an early voting location in Phoenix, Arizona on October 16, 2020. Photo: ROBYN BECK/Getty Images

It can be difficult for people outside of the Latino community to comprehend. But socialization, nationality, and geography all play significant factors in why the Latino vote is one of the most divided among America’s largest and most diverse ethnic group.

Let’s begin at the beginning. Because somehow, the simplest explanation seems to be the hardest for people to get.

Once and for all, Latinos are not a racial group. That option isn’t on the Census. You have to choose a specific race or ethnicity. You can choose White, Black, Asian, American Indian, or Pacific Islander. According to Pew Research, 94% of all Americans choose just one of those five categories offered on the Census and other documentation. …


How White supremacy is perpetuated by non-White groups

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Throughout much of our history, White supremacy anti-Black racism as we know it has largely been headed by White Anglo-Saxon Protestants; otherwise known as WASPs. As immigration from Europe increased through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, other European groups would soon begin to assimilate and become what we know as White today. However, the backlash and foul treatment of European immigrants or ‘White ethnics’ if you will received upon arriving to the U.S. was prevalent and widely accepted.

The xenophobia, bigotry, and confrontational rhetoric faced by the Irish, Jews, Italians, and many other European groups was hostile in nature, yet this history seems to be long forgotten. Much of this is attributed to the suburbia explosion of the 1950's where mostly European-Americans benefited from the G.I. Bill while Black and Brown WWII veterans were shunned out. A process whereby allowing different European immigrant groups to immerse themselves further into the dominant American society. Yes, having a lighter toned skin color helped them blend in of course, but the shedding of ethnicity and culture for one unified idea behind being American built the bridge to Whiteness for many European immigrants. …


Nina Turner has officially announced that she is running for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

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Drew Angerer via Getty Images

Hello Somebody!

When those words were uttered at the beginning of a Bernie Sanders rally, you knew what time it was. And if you didn’t know, you were about to find out who and what Nina Turner was all about. A fierce advocate for racial justice, Turner invokes the spirit of our late Civil Rights leaders who did not come along to get along. The kind of leader needed to move the ball forward in a futile Congress, and this is why I love that she is running to represent Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.

While there will be detractors in both parties, one thing we know for sure is that Turner is for us, not the one-percent. Many opponents of policies like Medicare for All or a $15 minimum wage will say it is too soon or we’re moving too fast to implement these things, but this pandemic proves that we’re right on time. We may have lost the electoral battle of 2020, but the war for the soul of the Democratic party is ours for the taking because we won the argument. …


The story behind some of Joe Biden’s cabinet picks.

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Joe Biden via Getty Images

Yes, Trump will be long gone from the White House soon, but does that mean we should be lulled to sleep again? This is not Obama in ’08, Joe and co., so we should not expect s**t to be sweet these next four years. As a matter of fact, criticisms are already being made as to how will Biden tackle the nation’s most pressing issues like the pandemic, economy, access to adequate healthcare, allocating more resources to education, sustainable housing for all, racial justice and so much more.

With the economy heavily dependent on the success of the vaccine rollout, we should expect the Biden administration to move aggressively this spring. The transition team and slew of cabinet picks so far are giving us clearer guidance as to how the Biden administration will turn out. And according to some of the Biden leaks whilespeaking to Civil Rights leaders, it seems like not much will change with ineffective posturing as if just being ‘against white supremacy’ and what happened in Charlottesville in 2017 is enough. …


The common interests of workers have no boundaries.

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A crowd at the Midwest segment of the Poor People’s Campaign in Columbus, Ohio, on May 13, 1968. (AP Photo)

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “if you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”

The placation to racial conflict to appeal to the White working class has been the oldest political trick and still used till this day. This is not just my opinion, but a fact according to former Republican National Committee chairman, Ken Mehlman who apologized for the Republican Party’s use of the Southern Strategy after the political realignment of the 1960's. …


America’s deep and complicated relationship with socialism.

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The Socialist Party presidential ticket for the 1912 US elections.

Despite the negative public opinion of socialism in America, the most popular government programs––Social Security and Medicare––are rooted in socialist ideals.

By 1912, The Socialist Party elected over 150 local officials in over 30 states. It was clear to both parties that socialism was on the rise in the United States during this time––primarily due to the robber barons, monopolies, and greed that besieged the common interests of workers. …


The Corporate Agenda of the Democratic Party must cease.

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Representative elect Jamaal Bowman delivers his winning speech after his primary on June 23, 2020. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

Why did Joe Biden feel comfortable enough to say “you ain’t Black” if you didn’t vote for him? Rumor has it that right before Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he stated “I’ll have those n****rs voting Democratic for 200 years.” While this statement was not ever confirmed, it does coincide with the actions of a Democratic Party who feel like they own votes, particularly Black and Brown ones.

Over the last decade, it’s become clear that the Democratic Party has lost touch with its base with misguided corporate agendas that do not blend well with the identity politics they preach. Yes, there can be a lukewarm feeling behind having a Black and Brown faces in positions of power, but if they are not wielding it for good then the only purpose they serve is to the White elite. Rather than building on policy and investing in communities, the Democratic Party has become too comfortable propping up politicians solely by personality who lead with cliche platitudes like ‘Stronger Together’ that mean virtually nothing. …


How the 2020s Could Look a Lot Like the 1960s

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Photo by Jakayla Toney on Unsplash

Civil Rights. Protest. Riots. Social Unrest. CHAOS.

Sounds a lot like a time period we learned about in grade school.

I can still vividly remember when my social studies teacher, Mr. Parascos, asked the class if they felt racism was a remnant of the past in ’08 after Barack Obama was elected. It was my freshman year of high school and we felt a shift in America. We had hope that this would be the moment to spark change––pun intended––but slowly and surely the beast reared its ugly head.

As the Obama administration continued into the 2010s, many in my generation realized how a lot changed and didn’t at the same time. The rich stayed rich, or even got richer. The poor stayed poor. We woefully watched as wealth inequality grew steadily after The Great Recession, jobs kept leaving our shores, and it was also the last time the minimum wage was raised, which is currently a poverty wage. …


Joe Biden, Donald Trump. Republican, Democrat. It’s all the same shit.

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Photo by Chris Dorney via Shutterstock

Joe Biden, Donald Trump. Republican, Democrat.

Whatever, it’s all the same shit.

As we await the results of the 2020 Presidential Election, it is clear that neither of these parties represent the American people, and it is why the biggest voting bloc are non-voters. Yet, we have a choice to make on November 3rd, or maybe earlier if you’re voting early like me.

No matter what the outcome of this election is, the corporate and political elite will be the winners. So, where does that leave the progressive left? It forces us to choose which enemy we want to hold to account in the White House: the Neo-Liberal elitists or the Far-Right Fascists. Both sides represent different wings of the same plutocratic class and neither candidate seem that concerned about ending the wars on Black and Brown people across the world. …


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Photo by Miguel Castellanos on Unsplash

Where I’m from you had to grow up quick.

Jamaica, Queens.

I remember my innocence being stripped from me early and our mere existence was seen as a threat. Whether it was from being mischievous with the neighborhood crew where we thought being the toughest was what made you a man or what we call REAL, or it was being harassed by the NYPD for being outside past 7pm.

It felt like a target was always on our backs, the world was against you, and being carefree was not in our nature. …

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Steven Odali Rodriguez

Human. Millennial. Afro-Latino. Brother. He/Him. @ohitsodali across all social platforms.

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