Ice Cube has caused quite the controversy this week. Though I can't entirely agree with him, I believe he’s trying to address a pressing need.

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This sucks. I wish I could get mad at anyone for how they plan to vote, but I just can’t. There’s simply no right answer. There are positives and negatives to every choice that Black folk, and any other American, can make at the ballot box this year. Well, except for one choice, that is. Please, no matter who you are or where you’re reading this from, do not vote for Donald Trump. The man is beyond unhinged and is willing to get us all killed so that he can maintain his ‘strong-man’ moniker. He doesn’t give a damn if any of us or our loved ones catch COVID and die. …


Nancy Pelosi refuses to take Trump’s stimulus deal as millions of Americans face evictions and unemployment. This is inexcusable.

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I’m at a loss, honestly and truly. The Nancy Pelosi that I’ve come to know, not personally, of course, has never had a problem working with Republicans. …


A non-partisan, independent commission to redraw our voting maps would be great! Unfortunately, that is not what Amendment 1 achieves.

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Election season is in full swing, and everyone is buzzing about the Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates that just passed. However, for Virginia in particular, the President and Vice President may not be the most impactful decision that voters will make on their ballots this year. In 2021, our state and Federal voting maps must be redrawn. …


Here’s why, regardless of your political ideology, you should support Medicare-for-All.

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Healthcare is a human right. That statement sums up my personal support for Medicare-for-All. Healthcare should not be tied to employment or the ability to pay thousands of dollars. The American Healthcare system is beyond broken; it’s morally reprehensible. …


Part of the toxic discourse around this election has been the use, and the misuse, of the word privilege.

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Vote for whoever you want. I’m not in the business of telling anyone how to vote, nor am I interested in shaming anyone for their decision. I hope that everyone that reads this votes in November and beyond. If you choose not to, I can’t entirely agree with that choice, but I respect your choice. …


Do we know what accountability is? Based on recent history, I don’t believe so.

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Discussing our options for the November elections is extremely toxic. Trump sucks, and that’s all that we seem to agree on. The Democrats have nominated Joe Biden to be his main opponent. Based on his record and current mental state, his nomination has left many, myself included, quite skeptical. Our skepticism has led to a mass Liberal meltdown. They think we’re being too loud about what’s wrong with Biden. In their minds, now isn’t the time to complain about Biden, because that helps Trump.

They believe that we should elect Biden and hold him accountable later. I don’t agree with this tactic because there’s no better time than now to make substantive policy demands of Joe Biden because he still needs our votes to seize power. Why would we wait until after he’s already in power to make demands of him? What leverage do we have when he won’t need us for another four years (if he even runs for re-election)? How will Biden be incentivized to take us seriously when he didn’t have to work for our votes to get into the Oval Office? Beyond everything I just said, I simply don’t believe that we know how to hold elected officials accountable in America.


Biden and Trump are very undesirable to most voters. This has led many of us to talk about the Green Party. However, there’s another third-party candidate that deserves to be brought up in this discussion as well.

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When Bernie Sanders dropped out of the Democratic Primary race earlier this year, I said I’d likely be voting for the Green Party’s candidate, Howie Hawkins. Howie even sweetened the deal by picking a socialist Black woman, Angela Walker, as his running mate. I’m not against voting for the Green Party tandem by any means, but there’s another candidate that I must admit I overlooked. …


Biden’s polling numbers have dropped across the board recently. With just under ten weeks left until election day, Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts has shown him a template to follow if he wants to change that.

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I had no idea who Ed Markey was last year. I was watching the press conference for the unveiling of the Green New Deal because of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez(AOC). …


NBA players had had enough and were willing to withhold their labor for Black Liberation. Then they made the mistake of calling our Nation’s First Black President.

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I was playing 2k when my girlfriend told me the news. I was preparing to end my gaming session soon because I knew a slate of playoff games were set to begin, and I wanted to watch them. The Milwaukee Bucks said no more. I was shocked but also delighted. I felt that it was the right move, no, it was the only move. Jacob Blake had just been shot seven times in his back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a few days prior. Kenosha is roughly 43 miles from where the Bucks call home. Milwaukee’s largest racial demographic are African Americans. Black Milwaukeeans had to be hurting even more than the rest of Black America, given their proximity to Kenosha. …


Voting is a vital first step, but it isn’t the entire process. We need to focus on the process of uniting ourselves and less on shaming one another.

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I don’t know who needs to hear this, but it isn’t Black peoples’ responsibility to rescue the Democratic Party from the depths of oblivion. We are not solely responsible for delivering them electoral victories, especially when they offer us little to nothing in return. …

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Michael Daniels

25 year old Community Organizer from Hampton, VA. Marxist.

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