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Earl Ofari Hutchinson
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. Hutchinson is the author of ten books on race and politics in America.

His featured interviews and comments on race and politics have appeared in numerous national publications: He is a frequent guest analyst on CNN, Fox, and American Urban Radio Network:

He is the National Political Writer for New America Media and a regular contributor to: the Grio, and Electronic Urban Radio Network. He is the host of The Hutchinson Report on KTYM and KPFK Radio Stations.

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GOP's Old Ploy: Tag President Obama as the Race Baiter

(72) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:41 PM

The GOP has resorted to another of its time-tested ploys to hammer President Obama. That's to tag him as a race baiter. The take-off point for this old ploy was Obama's keynote address at the recent National Action Network convention. Obama lambasted the GOP for doing everything legally and extralegally...

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The GOP Would Kill the 1964 Civil Rights Bill Today

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 3:32 PM

In the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act signed into law July 2, 1964 GOP leaders are crowing again that they, not the Democrats, deserve all the credit for breaking the months long stall by then powerful southern Democratic senators adamantly opposed to passage...

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Some Democrats Finally Get it Right About President Obama

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Some Democrats that are running for election or reelection in 2014 have gotten it right about President Obama. They have not taken Obama's supposedly plunging public approval ratings as political Gospel. They welcome him with open arms to campaign with and for them. Their enthusiasm for Obama was on full...

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State Senator Helps Set Dangerous Precedent for Affirmative Action

(8) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Ranking California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee made the news twice in recent weeks. And both times it was for the wrong thing. The first time was for his FBI bust on charges of gun running and public corruption. The second reason he was in the news potentially has far...

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What's Next, Arrest in the Womb? Black Students Under Fire

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 4:50 PM

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Dept. of Education found black students were getting the boot far faster and in much bigger numbers than white students. While blacks made up then less than 20 percent of the nation's public school students, they comprised nearly one out of three students kicked out...

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The GOP's Talk About Minority Outreach Just That, Talk

(24) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 6:42 PM

One year ago Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus assured one and all that the GOP had learned from its 2008 and especially 2012 presidential election debacles and that it would change its losing ways. The formula for the comeback was something that the GOP has more than once paid...

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Why America Refuses to Face Up to Its Slave Past

(35) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 3:43 PM

This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked 12 Years a Slave as their choice for Best Picture of the year. It subsequently got the award. The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They...

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Democrats Disgrace Themselves on Adegbile Vote

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 5:02 PM

Let's name some names. The Democrats voting not to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.). Here's what they have in common....

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President Obama's Brother Crisis

(1) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 10:59 AM

President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck and a good support system could have easily slid into the spiral of poverty,...

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Nothing New in GOP's Smear of Obama on Ukraine

(171) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 10:09 AM

GOP leaders took giddy delight in mocking President Obama's 90-minute phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Obama's frontal effort to get Putin to stand down from his assault on the Ukraine. They called his talk with Putin weak, soft, and even cowardly. The GOP smears of Obama...

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Black Players Get the Flag with NFL's 'N-Word' Ban

(2) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 1:45 PM

If it doesn't buckle, the NFL will toss the flag on the N-word. And make no mistake, despite the NFL's effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag for the N-word by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be...

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The GOP's Sham Denunciation of Ted Nugent

(86) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 1:30 PM

GOP Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Texas governor Rick Perry, and The Washington Times in quick succession indignantly denounced racist loudmouth, rocker Ted Nugent for calling President Obama a communist-raised, educated, and nurtured sub-human mongrel. Now Paul, Cruz, Perry, and especially The Washington Times, know full well Nugent's...

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Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis

(1) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:07 PM

In 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised an interviewer when he said that once on a drive from New York to Washington during his college student days he was ordered out of his car by a police officer who demanded that he open his car trunk in a search...

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Tough Sledding to End the Nation's Disgraceful Felon Voting Bans

(8) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder was diplomatic when he said that the time to end the full or partial bans in all but two states on ex-felons voting has long passed. The bans are little short of medieval and disgraceful at best and at worst. The states that keep the bans...

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Another Black Republican Spins the Laughable Fantasy That Blacks Will Embrace the GOP

(11) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 1:07 PM

South Carolina GOP Senator Tim Scott is the latest to spin the laughable fantasy that blacks are ripe for the GOP pickings. Scott didn't stop at the absurd assertion that there are a lot of blacks who supposedly are pining to embrace the GOP because of its tout of business...

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Democrats Make Big Mistake in Ducking President Obama

(4) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 9:46 AM

The race is literally on, race that is as in election campaign race, by a growing pack of Democrats to duck President Obama. In fact it's gotten almost embarrassing more so to the fainthearted Democrats than Obama. How else can it be put when several Democratic Senators flatly tell Obama...

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The GOP's Phony Embrace of Immigration Reform

(4) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:29 PM

House speaker John Boehner pulled off quite a feat for the GOP House leaders. After month and months of either silence on or outright hostility toward even the hint of talk about immigration reform, the GOP leadership at Boehner's urging now leads the charge to go forward on immigration reform...

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GOP Again Spins the Bogus Line of Obama as Dictator

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:00 PM

The day before President Obama's fifth State of the Union Address Valerie Jarrett, assistant to the president, bluntly told this writer in an exclusive interview that Obama would not hesitate to use the power of his pen to get action on vital initiatives that he feels should be passed. At...

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President Obama Casts Ugly Glare on Race-Tainted Drug War

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 4:19 PM

President Obama again cast an ugly glare on the race-tainted drug laws in a recent interview and in reports from the White House. He specifically finger pointed marijuana. Virtually all medical professionals have repeatedly said that marijuana use is no more damaging than alcohol, and so did Obama. If anything,...

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Richard Sherman's Rant Again Blew the Hinge Off the Door of Racial Stereotypes

(8) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 12:26 PM

The instant his verbal explosion of an interview hit, the predictable quickly happened with Seattle Seahawks all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact two predictable things happened with him in the aftermath of the interview. The stereotypes flew fast and furious. Sherman was of course a "thug," "dirtbag," scum," and "disgrace."...

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