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This is perhaps one of the greatest examples of Rick endorsing positions or using rhetoric only when it's politically safe, convenient, and expedient to do so.

How cynical and disingenuous.
I've been researching Rick's record for months and months now. I can't tell you how many press releases, tweets, C-SPAN clips, articles, and records I've reviewed and let me tell you: this is the FIRST time he's EVER been this forthright about issues impacting people of color.
How many times has Rick Larsen mentioned Black Lives Matter? Zero. How many times has Rick Larsen mentioned police brutality in his two decades in Congress? Zero. How many bills in Congress does Rick co-sponsor that addresses police militarization or excessive use of force? Zero.
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If only I had listened to my wife. The kids were hungry and so we stopped at this IHOP in North Florida right at the border of Georgia. We were only black folks, Vy said we should keep going, but I convinced to go in & eat. Food was fine, but someone keyed our relatively new van.
Close up pic, key scratch it about 8 inches long going across drivers side door. It was totally my bad. I was hungry & tired so I chose not to care about the mean glares my family got and our waitress was nice. At least it happened on March 1st & not during #BlackHistoryMonth
What's white privilege?

You going on a road trip with your family and not having to telll your kids to hold their bladder or wait to eat b/c you are driving thru a region of America where you can't stop for their own safety and yours.
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When @OrlandoPolice’s first Black officers—Belvin Perry Sr. and Richard Arthur Jones—began their careers in 1951, they had secondhand cars and no radios.

They could issue arrests, but if the suspect was white, they weren’t allowed to take them to jail. #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
Despite these challenges, they served Orlando with professionalism and distinction.

Belvin Perry Sr., Richard Arthur Jones, John W. Jordan, Otha Lee Kelly, Mayo Howard and Gainous Wright were the first Black officers for the @OrlandoPolice
Louis Crooms, Leroy Williams, Tommy Ward, Jimmie Randle, Luis Demps, Roosevelt Sealey and William Williams were the first Black deputies for the @OrangeCoSheriff.
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❤️🇺🇸 Remarks by President Trump at a Reception for African American History Month

President Trump Attends a Meeting and Photo Opportunity with Black Leaders #BlackHistoryMonth
via @YouTube

whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat… via @whitehouse
@YouTube @WhiteHouse ❤️🇺🇸 President Trump and The First Lady Participate in an African American History Month Reception.

Full video:
via @YouTube

@YouTube @WhiteHouse ❤️🇺🇸 Thank you for yesterday and thank you for the days to come — Eagle Scout Alphonso Hill Jr
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As #BlackHistoryMonth ends and the #SouthCarolinaPrimary begins, let's revisit the story of Medicare & how it tangibly advanced racial equity in the 1960s.

The story shows the power of movement-aligned politics to effect social & system change.
Before Medicare, hospitals were deeply segregated due to Jim Crow. Many outright refused care to Black people. If care was provided, it was heavily segregated with separate entrances, waiting rooms, wards, even separate china & silverware. Separate, and certainly not equal.
Care was triaged by skin tone, not severity of condition. If you were Black with a serious illness, you would be lucky to find a hospital or clinic that allowed you to wait until all the White patients had been seen before you would receive medical attention.
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This #BlackHistoryMonth, I invited you to join me at your computer screens to do something that sounds simple and maybe a bit dull if you aren't a 19th century historian like myself—to look at old documents and type the words you see. I'm thrilled that so many of you joined me. Lonnie G. Bunch III is at his desk looking at a historic document on his computer screen. His hands are on keyboard. He wears his glasses. He is typing.
@TranscribeSI Maybe you captured a few words from an 1869 letter about a "Colored Orphans' Home" in the South. Or you typed an article from 1934 criticizing a D.C. ice cream parlor refusing to employ African American workers in an African American neighborhood. Your efforts make a difference. Historic document written in cursive. “Washington D.C. 1869” is readable. It is a letter, very short. It references supplying coal to the Front page of newspaper “New Negro Opinion.” Slightly yellowed. Large headlines include “N.N.A. Case Reaches Court.” “Fight Starts Riot.” “Boy, 6, is Killed by Auto; Man Exonerated.” “Princess Anne is Scene of Race Disturbance.”
@TranscribeSI @NMAAHC @USNatArchives @SmithsonianACM Transcribing brings the lives and stories within these brittle documents to light. Those of us doing the typing gain an appreciation for history while making documents more available to our researchers and anyone curious enough to do a Google search or browse our @TranscribeSI.
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I sat with our President @realDonaldTrump for over an hour last night in the White House.

If you buy in to the lie that he’s some kind of a racist, then you are deceived and I am praying for you.

It was an honor and a privilege to hear him and have him hear me.
All of us were grateful to be there and dedicated to reelecting him.

Give him a chance! As Americans we all have a lot to lose if he’s not reelected in November.

Pray, research, ask people those you know who plan to vote for him to tell you WHY.
Proverbs 19:20 says
Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be wise in thy latter end.

Wouldn’t you rather be comfortable in the knowledge that you voted based on facts instead of lies and innuendo? #BlackHistoryMonth
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When it comes to race and power, US transportation and land use decisions are not neutral. Throughout American history, government power has been used to control Black people and exclude Black communities from opportunity. #BlackHistoryMonth
The legacy of racist decisions made by transportation planners and policymakers in the 20th century is still with us today. #BlackHistoryMonth
Throughout the 20th century, racist lending & housing practices—redlining—limited where Black families could live. Now, Black neighborhoods are disproportionately disconnected from centers of opportunity, perpetuating systems of exclusion & oppression.
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Spent the day doing theoretical physics. Now I’m reading about the tourist attraction in South Carolina where members of my family were enslaved. The fam was split up — some stayed in Barbados & some were taken to SC. All owned by one American family. This is #BlackandSTEM life.
I’m reading about how people can have their weddings and other private events at the place where my family was enslaved, at the house literally built out of the blood sweat & tears of my ancestors. About how hard the community works to preserve the plantation. #BlackHistoryMonth
The people having private events there in the pictures are mostly white. So are the people in the preservation photos.
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Ready for a rant!?
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On this here 24th day of #blackhistorymonth a white man (Bernie bro) dare call my partner a “class traitor” b/c my partner said that @ewarren was the most presidential in the Nevada debate

Now, we tag team collected that ass but I want to remind y’all white folk

#DemDebate2020
You. Do. Not. Ever... try to give electoral lessons to black folks, especially if you cannot hold the complexities of our experiences or identities.

(No, I don’t care that your girlfriend is black or that you suck black dick... you still don’t got it)
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Black Americans are on the frontlines of our nation’s gun violence crisis - and they’re at the forefront of the movement to solve that crisis. Here are a few of the orgs @momsdemand partners with that are leading on-the-ground efforts to prevent gun violence. #BlackHistoryMonth
@MomsDemand Roslyn Temple started @KCMothersCharge in Kansas City after her son Antonio was murdered in 2011. Volunteers go to homicide scenes, make home visits and support calls, help with funeral arrangements and counseling services, and staff a 24-hour crisis line. medium.com/black-history-…
@MomsDemand @KCMothersCharge Gregory Hampton is a student leader with the organization @YouthALIVE510 in Oakland. They work to prevent violence and develop youth leaders while providing resources to the community and families that have been impacted by violence. medium.com/black-history-…
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American workers from ALL backgrounds are WINNING in our strong, healthy and growing economy!

As we continue to honor #BlackHistoryMonth, we also celebrate the historic economic gains made by members of the African American community across the nation.

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The African American unemployment rate reached its LOWEST LEVEL EVER recorded last year.
and the unemployment rate for African American youth also reached its lowest level ever recorded!
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❤️🇺🇸 #NASA . . . dream highter🚀Artemis program
❤️🇺🇸 Vice President Mike Pence is on a mission for the President.
❤️🇺🇸 🚀 NASA Langley's Katherine G Johnson was one of the Hidden Figures that dreamed higher . . . #BlackHistoryMonth
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On Feb 18, 1965 there was a historic debate b/t James Baldwin & William F. Buckley Jr at Cambridge University on the question: "Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?" Baldwin says yes, Buckley says no.
What followed was historic.
#BlackHistoryMonth
“I have to speak as one of the people who’ve been most attacked by...the Western or the European system of reality...white supremacy...white supremacy comes from Europe...”
James Baldwin

Baldwin vs William F. Buckley Jr at Cambridge University, 1965 #BlackHistoryMonth #History
“It comes as a great shock...to discover that the flag to which you have pledged allegiance...has not pledged allegiance to you.”

James Baldwin vs William F. Buckley Jr at Cambridge University, 1965
#BlackHistoryMonth #History #CulturalConditioning
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President Trump is not perfect, but no one is. #Trump2020LandslideVictory
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THE MAGA-KAG Video Thread.
Video 1: 😢
More great citizens

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At the rate that American academia disposed of its own Black PhDs in physics, there is zero chance of fair representation in the ranks of tenure track faculty. The system is broken, and it is deeply racist.

Happy Valentine’s Day! #BlackandSTEM #BlackHistoryMonth
Y’all love talking about underrepresented racial minorities in your NSF proposals but fuck if you’re gonna hire one to be a colleague
American academics: we have to do something for the minorities
American academics: <gives minorities a hard time>

American academics: none of the minorities are as accomplished as the people we greased the wheels for!
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#storytime it’s #BlackHistoryMonth and I want to tell you all a little HIStory about my son. He is 14.5 years old and has an internship at Google. He is diagnosed with ADHD at 6 and has an IEP. I am going to tell you about systemic racism 1st hand.
At @SuccessCharters he went to their whitest location at the time (and still maybe) Upper West. He went there from 2011-2014. It was ran by predominantly white staff that probably considered themselves liberal and not racist. He was denied all his mandated services.
Instead of helping my son they suspended him. I know you’re probably thinking what does this have to do with #BlackHistory Well one day someone is going to do some research and my child is going to come up. Because he left this “school” 6 years ago & people still reach out to us
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Emmanuel Quivers, pioneer of Stockton, arrived in California in 1849. A man held in great esteem, a trailblazer in the fight for equality and a notable speaker. Grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and nephew to a President. #TBThursday #BlackHistoryMonth 1/5
Known for his rousing speeches, he used his prominence to speak out against testimony laws and fight for the right for his children to attend public schools. In 1877 the school board abolished school segregation in Stockton and his eldest began school. #BlackHistoryMonth 2/5
Quoted in an 1873 San Francisco Chronicle article “Sayings of Great Men” he stated, “If I only had the privileges equal to my cheek, I’d a been in Congress long ago.” He passed at the age of 65 in 1879. #BlackHistoryMonth 3/5
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[Cues hockey music]

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Welcome to HOCKEY NIGHT IN CHARLOTTETOWN (Circa 1900)

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#AThread #BlackHistoryMonth A black and white image of a male hockey team posting for a photograph. Four men in the back are standing while three in the front are seated. All are wearing hockey uniforms and carry hockey sticks except for the man sitting in the middle front, who is wearing a suit.
You might be thinking: Who are these good-lookin’ fellahs? They’re the West End Rangers – Charlottetown’s Black men’s hockey team & the best Island hockey team you likely never heard of! We’re sharing their story this #BlackHistoryMonth.
For many years in the 1800s, Charlottetown had a largely Black neighbourhood called the Bog. Residents of the Bog faced poverty and racism, but despite these challenges there was a strong sense of community. A black and white image from Meacham's 1880 Atlas of Charlottetown and the area surrounding Government Pond.
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#BlackHistoryMonth

Y’all know I always do stuff with my students every year for black history month. So it wouldn’t be right if I didnt teach them the hustles. Getting them ready for the family BBQs 😂. Our program is coming up and it’s apart of their performance
Bringing these back just because. Always trying to teach the kiddos something and have fun
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As the Trump administration and states roll out plans to take away Medicaid and SNAP from families who do not meet work requirements, see our new report on how we got here.

#racistrootsofworkrequirements

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TLDR:

1. Work requirements hurt families and discount much of their labor, including their caregiving work.

2. They are rooted in a long history of coercing and exploiting black people’s labor, going back to slavery.
At their most basic, work requirements take away assistance from families who do not work a certain number of hours a week.

They are premised on the assumption that people do not want to work in the wage labor force, and therefore should be coerced to work by public policy.
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Top 10 NEW Rules For "The Cookout"

There's great historical significance and rich cultural backstory for how the simple act of eating outdoors, colloquially called "The Cookout" became a quorum for Blackness in the US.

Wanna know more? Cool, google it. #BlackHistoryMonth
An invitation to The Cookout equals instant validation into Black society. Representing more than just casual acceptance, an invite to The Cookout is an unstated baptism into Blackness; the culinary equivalent of being handed a Black Card.
To attend The Cookout means being welcomed into the Black Inner Sanctum, a LITERAL safe place we created for ourselves where we can connect, argue, argue MORE, play games, peacock, and most of all, bond over fucking delicious food.
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#BlackHistoryMonth

A quote from the former slave and abolitionist and writer Olaudah Equiano, that addresses the atrocities of 18th century slavery.
🎧 Free #AudioBook of "The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano. (FULL audiobook)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African, Written By Himself.

Olaudah Equiano (1745-1797)

An interesting observation: Olaudah Equiano came from the Kingdom of Benin. He observed both African and the race-based slavery of Europe.
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