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By Trump’s own standard, Obama was better for black Americans than he is

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President Trump constantly touts the African American unemployment rate: at campaign rallies, at news conferences, in his State of the Union address and in tweet after tweet after tweet. It’s meant as a two-for-one, to diminish the record of his immediate predecessor, who happens to be the nation’s first black president, and to mitigate his insulting remarks about black people: “Look at my African American over here”; “What do you have to lose?”; “low I.Q. person”; “son of a bitch”; “shithole”; and so on. He has provided “the blacks” (not to mention the Hispanics, the gays, the Muslims and the women) so many jobs, you see, that no one should care how he talks about the blacks.

This is how we got White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claiming last week that “when President Obama left after eight years in office — eight years in office — he had only created 195,000 jobs for African Americans. President Trump in his first year and a half has already tripled what President Obama did in eight years.” Sanders acknowledged the error almost immediately: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, black Americans have netted 700,000 jobs under Trump; black Americans gained 2.8 million during Barack Obama’s two terms.

But the reason for this faux pas was telling. Sanders uttered it after being asked repeatedly about rumored audio of Trump saying the n-word and after saying she “can’t guarantee” that such a recording doesn’t exist — a deflection meant to blunt any indication of racism. (She does not appear to have considered that a president can still be racist and preside over increased employment among African Americans, as The Washington Post’s Eugene Scott pointed out.)

Read more @ The Washington Post by David Swerdlick

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Letter from the Mayor “Thank you”

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Dear Washingtonians,

Serving as the mayor of Washington, DC has been the great pleasure and honor of my life, and on Tuesday, I was extremely proud and grateful to have been elected for a second term as the mayor of my hometown.

Thank you to the residents and voters of Washington, DC who went out to the polls in record numbers to make your voices heard.

Thank you to my mom and dad for teaching me that education, hard work, and faith will get you far in this life. They taught me and my sister and brothers that we have an obligation to use our talents and passions to make Washington, DC better.

I’m proud to be from North Michigan Park. My family has lived here for five generations. They lived here through Jim Crow DC. They lived here through “homicide capital” DC. And, right now, we’re living in the best city in the world.

When I became the Ward 4 Councilmember, I was given a plaque that, a decade later, still sits on my desk. It says: What would you do if you were not afraid to fail?

That is the question we will ask ourselves for the next four years. That’s how we’ll challenge ourselves to think big—to go big or go home.

We’re going to continue to build at least 6,000 units of affordable housing. We’re going to continue to make homelessness rare, brief, and nonrecurring. We will continue to make historic investments in public education because public schools are still the great equalizer in our society. We’re going to double down and dig down in all eight wards.

In four years, we have been able to move forward with the biggest economic development project in the history of Ward 8. We have closed DC General and started replacing it with smaller, more dignified programs. And as our population has continued to grow, we have continued to create jobs and drive down unemployment across the District.

Now, let’s think about our great city and all the things that we’ll be able to do over the next four years. Let’s change the trajectory of African American students, particularly our boys; let’s close the achievement gap. In a city as prosperous as ours, let’s make sure every child is loved and has someone fighting for them. Let’s rid our city of illegal guns and demand that the prosecutors and the courts share our resolve to have safe neighborhoods.

Today, we focus on the next four years and what we can do together. Together, with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, with Chairman Phil Mendelson all the members of the DC Council, and with Attorney General Karl Racine, let’s continue to expand opportunity and prosperity across all eight wards.

Together, let’s continue working to ensure that Washington, DC is a city that works for all Washingtonians.

Sincerely,

Muriel Bowser

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A WOMAN’S PLACE IS IN POLITICS, CLEARLY

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Women show up at the polls in record-breaking numbers in each and every election. And this week during the midterm elections, women broke through political barriers and made history. Black and brown women made history in Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Washington D.C. as the first and youngest women elected to Congress. And we couldn’t be happier for Ayanna Pressley, Letitia James, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and the other victors! And just in case you were wondering, yes, we will have political pundits at the Women of Power Summit like Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to the Obama administration! So many people made history last night regardless of if they won or lost. Here’s a recap of what you need to know about the election turnouts.
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