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Rakim Brooks
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Rakim Brooks is the C. Edwin Baker Fellow for Democratic Values at Demos . His writing focuses on progressive politics, ideology, and equality and can be found at policyshop.net.

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Former DNC Political Director, Clyde WIlliams: People Should Never Feel Like They're Disenfranchised By The Political Process

8 Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 02/02/12 01:26 PM ET

This is the second interview in the Black History Month series "Perspectives on Black Politics in the Age of Obama." It has been selectively edited for print, but the full audio will be available at wbai.org. It is being published as a joint HuffPost Politics and Black Voices project.
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Cultural Critic Tricia Rose: "We may have to conclude that Obama didn't materially transform black life."

342 Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 02/01/12 10:50 AM ET

This is the first interview in the Black History Month series "Perspectives on Black Politics in the Age of Obama." It has been selectively edited for print, but the full audio will be available at wbai.org. It is being published as a joint HuffPost Politics and Black Voices project.

Tricia...

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Obama's Jobs Plan: Minorities Must Demand More

Posted September 14, 2011 | 09/14/11 05:49 PM ET

Congresswoman Maxine Waters, who a few months ago said Blacks were "getting tired" of the president's unresponsiveness to Black unemployment, is now on the bandwagon. In response to the American Jobs Act (AJA), the Hill blog quoted the Congresswoman saying, "[President Obama] heard [the Black community]....

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White/Minority Wealth Disparities: The Rest of the Story

Posted July 28, 2011 | 07/28/11 12:27 PM ET

There is more to be said about the white/minority wealth gap, in spite of yesterday's seemingly extensive media coverage. In particular, we need to reflect not only on how much wealth was lost following the Great Recession and the inequality that created, but also on what those losses...

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Wisconsin, DOMA and Presidential Politics

Posted February 25, 2011 | 02/25/11 10:06 AM ET

Just before the 2010 midterm elections, James Wyatt, a maintenance worker at a Chicago LGBT community center, made a series of astute observations that placed him in the company of seasoned political analysts: "Politicians only court gay voters at election time," he said. "Once they're elected, they're not...

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Obama and the King Who Knelt in the Snow

Posted February 9, 2011 | 02/09/11 03:06 PM ET

On Monday, President Obama spoke to the Chamber of Commerce, the leading business-interest lobby in the United States. The occasion marked the President's newest attempt to rally business to solve America's short and long-term economic problems. Unfortunately, it also served to remind the American people that corporate business, not the...

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