Sorry Bernie Sanders supporters, but young Mexican-Americans in conjunto bands aren’t enough to give the Vermont Senator the Latino vote in California, at least according to a recent Field Poll commissioned by the Sacramento Bee.
Secretary Clinton has repeatedly won the Latino vote across most U.S. states. California, which happens to have the country’s largest Latino population (14.3 million), may be no different. According to the poll, 49 percent of Latinos said they would vote for Clinton if the state’s primary were held today. In contrast, 42 percent said they’d cast their vote for Sanders.
Here is the good news for the Bernie Sanders camp: although they’re still trailing, they’re at least behind by less points than they were a month ago. A March poll by the Public Policy Institute of California’s (PPIC) Statewide Survey had Clinton leading Sanders 58 percent to 35 percent. That means that in less than a month, Sanders took a 23-point deficit and slashed it down to 7 points. Granted, they’re two different polls, but the change is significant enough to merit a mention.
California’s primary won’t be until June 7, which means these figures will likely change several times. In what direction, only time will tell.
Cardi B refuses to be boxed into any archetype. The Afro-Dominican rapper has used her platform in the past to talk about the injustices of America’s healthcare system. This Monday, she effectively put her weight behind Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders by telling her 6.7 million Twitter followers that she feels “really sad” about “how we let him down in 2016.”
Claro, Cardi B’s endorsement of the progressive Democratic socialist candidate has ignited a firestorm of responses from fans and haters alike.
In a single tweet, Cardi acknowledged the authenticity of Bernie’s platform–which has remained consistent throughout decades of politics.
Often, voters feel isolated from politics because political speech is too pedantic to resonate with. Cardi was speaking from the heart of America when she said that Bernie’s issues are not a “front” for a campaign to win. She believes Bernie’s passion to creating a safer America for all is genuine.
Bernie Sanders narrowly lost the Democratic primary to Hillary Clinton in 2016.
It’s no secret that, after Trump won, the Democratic party experienced a deep disillusionment over party ideals. Bernie brought a much more progressive stance than establishment Democrats, advocating for free healthcare as an American right, free college tuition and equality for all. The Senator thanked her in a tweet that read, “Thank you @iamcardib! Our fight for justice is far from over and we are not giving up.”
The conversation continued after a critic pointed out that Cardi has once complained about high taxes.
The Twitter user seemed to think that Cardi’s disdain for high taxes would be in direct conflict with Bernie Sanders’s outspoken platform to raise taxes on the rich to effectively redistribute to the masses in the form of free healthcare and education. He was wrong.
His didn’t get away with going up against Cardi and Bernie without a good dog walk from Latinas in charge.
It’s the name of the game–perception is a reality in politics. The perks of being a civilian are being able to say things like “que chinguen a su madre” to anyone who twists your words.
Cardi clapped back by saying that she’s here for high taxes, but only if she can see her dollar effect positive change.
With a large chunk of our taxes going to the military, subsidizing the dying dairy and meat industries, and a clear lack of funds directed towards the humanitarian crisis on the border, Cardi wants someone in power who will improve the quality of life for as many Americans as possible. She wants to see what she’s paying for.
Of course, the sexism and racism came out to play in the comment threads.
This user claimed that “hood rats” are implicitly lacking the “mentality” to have political opinions. “I wish some people would stay in their lane,” is tantamount to someone like Trump telling The Squad to “go back” to “where they came from.” It implies that you’re born into the limits on your own agency, and it’s toxic thinking.
The Bardi Gang came through to defend Cardi’s right to use her political voice.
Cardi B is an Afro-Latina woman who worked her way to fame by stripping at the club across from her high school. Her work has invited criticism from conservative pundits, claiming her body and sex-positive messaging is anti-feminist. As a black woman taking up space in the world, everything she does is overanalyzed.
They also offered her support amidst all the “hate.”
Other politically invested folks came through with comments like “Girl read about ELIZABETH WARREN,” and “Kamala2020 get down read up on her.” Sprinkled throughout were messages of support for Bernie, happy that 6.7 million followers could #FeelTheBern thanks to Cardi.
Cardi might be a celebrity, but she’s also a constituent who wants to see her taxes put an end to bankruptcy by medical and student loan debt.
With 2020 around the corner, campaign season is in full swing again. As always, we are mitú and we want everyone to educate themselves about every candidate and get out the vote!
Democratic Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, a California Senator, has recently proposed a $100 billion federal grant solution to help address the racial wealth gap for Black Americans. The crux of the solution is centered in homeownership. She wants to help pay for down payments and closing costs for families of color that are still affected by redline segregation-era practices. She announced her plan Saturday at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, which aims to lift up Black women.
“That not only lifts up black America, that lifts up all of America,” she told the crowd.
The plan would help at least 4 million families that are living in those areas that were redlined. Redlining is the term used to describe Jim Crow laws that limited black families’ abilities to take out loans to buy homes. Redlining effectively set boundaries on where those families could live, and, generations later, those families continue to suffer.
The plan also includes a crucial policy change that would raise credit scores for many minority families.
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Her plan is to change federal policy that would count rent payments and utility bill payments toward credit scores, effectively raising credit scores for POC. The plan would give families of color assistance with buying homes in neighborhoods they had been racially biased from living it by offering grants up to $25,000.
The plan would increase the average wealth of Latino households by $29,000.
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It would also increase the average wealth of Black households by about $32,000, according to The New York Times. By aiding with down payments and closing costs, it allows families to buy homes that they could pay off with their existing monthly income, rather than requiring tens of thousands of dollars in savings before ownership.
Of course, Fox News is already screaming their heads off about reverse racism.
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Unlike offering home loans that families can’t afford, which caused the 2008 housing crisis, this plan seeks to make true reparations for Black families that were prevented from owning homes due to Jim Crow laws.
Thankfully, folks are clapping back at the #whitesplaining.
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Instead of discussing the issue at hand–reparations for redlining–Tucker Carlson and his gang talked about how it would be racist to white people by not including them in the conversation. If white folks were included in the conversation, it would be as perpetrators of racist systemic oppression, but Kamala Harris is focusing on justice for black folks, not punishing white folks.
Some people are generally concerned over “race-baiting” policies.
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We see you Pan Dulce. There are over 40 million Black folks in the United States, and several responded to Harris’ tweet with concern that this only helps 10 percent of the population. Of course, the 4 million that would be helped are a diverse group of POC that are descendants of those that were racially segregated. That’s several generations of POC paying rent to a landlord instead of owning a home they could pass onto the next generation, to give them a leg up in the world. When reparations aren’t made, families remain static, instead of progressing.
Just one example of a certified Doctorate in Reverse Racism.
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We don’t know what your Ph.D. is in, Mr. Eddie Donovan, but it certainly isn’t in systemic injustice or empathy. Hope you had fun leaving that little winky face at the end of a tone-deaf comment, though. Harris’s plan aims to undo generations of unfair and racist practices that hurt Black and brown communities. The same plans being proposed were once used exclusively for white communities so it is just a way to even the playing field.
Harris is tackling systemic injustice alongside Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in other ways, too.
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Just this week, the duo introduced a bill that would reduce recidivism through housing after incarcerated individuals leave the system. America has the highest percentage of our population behind bars than any other country in the world. Many of the laws that place folks in jail started out as Jim Crow laws and have simply evolved to become more insidiously racist.
Regardless of those offended by the proposal, people are coming out in droves to support the effort.
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Keep it going, Harris. #BlackWomenMagic
A Univision poll showed that Kamala Harris support by Latinos more than doubled from 6 percent to 22 percent after the debates.
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The poll only included 411 Latino voters and showed Kamala Harris in the lead with 22 percent. Castro was behind her with 18 percent, and Biden and Sanders were tied at 16 percent.