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While there are many aspects of the Professional Etiquette Presentations being held by The University of Akron Office of...
10/20/2022
Advance Your Career Readiness Skills at a UA Fall 2022 Professional Etiquette Presentation

While there are many aspects of the Professional Etiquette Presentations being held by The University of Akron Office of Career Services & Student Employment that will benefit students, we at The Buchtelite are very excited about the free padfolio. If you are too, make sure you're one of the first one hundred through the door.

The UA Career Services & Student Employment is hosting its Fall 2022 Professional Etiquette Presentations in person on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Student Union Ballroom, and virtually, Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon and 2 to 3 p.m. All students are welcome. The first 100 stud...

One neat thing about attending a research university like The University of Akron is participating in the creation of ne...
10/20/2022

One neat thing about attending a research university like The University of Akron is participating in the creation of new knowledge. If you are a TikTok user and you’re 18+, you can join this study run by faculty in The University of Akron School of Communication.

Calling all TikTok users! Drs. Andrea Meluch and Rhiannon Kallis are working on a research project that examines memorable health-related content on TikTok. In particular, they are interested in what health-related content TikTok users’ have found particularly memorable. Their study is approved by The University of Akron IRB #20220906.

If you use TikTok and are 18-years or older, you are eligible to participate in this study. Please complete the survey at the link below.

QUALTRICS SURVEY LINK: https://akron.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdBUZcPAz7dV9FY

It's Fall Y'all! Check out Fall Fest, hosted by Downtown Akron Partnership this Saturday, Oct. 22 in downtown Akron. The...
10/18/2022
Explore Downtown Akron at Fall Fest Saturday, Oct. 22

It's Fall Y'all! Check out Fall Fest, hosted by Downtown Akron Partnership this Saturday, Oct. 22 in downtown Akron. The event offers free activities for all ages. Food and beverage from local eateries and breweries are available for purchase as well.

Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP) is partnering with local businesses to host a fall-themed event in the heart of downtown Akron, this Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5 – 7p.m. “Fall Fest” is open to the public and has activities for all ages. “It’s not just a fun thing to do: we want to give our...

I had that dream again, where my stomach rises to my throat when I realize I forgot to submit my entry for the Two-Sente...
10/15/2022
Last Chance to Enter: UA Libraries’ Two-Sentence Horror Story Contest

I had that dream again, where my stomach rises to my throat when I realize I forgot to submit my entry for the Two-Sentence Horror Story Contest the University Libraries at The University of Akron hold. Wait, why can't I wake up?

Think you can do better? We do too - but you only have till Sunday Oct. 16 at 11:59 p.m. to enter here: https://uakron.libwizard.com/f/horror22

Are you a writer? A poet? A horror fan? If so, this is just the contest for you. To kick off the countdown to Halloween, UA Libraries is hosting their second annual “Two-Sentence Horror Story” Contest. But, you better act fast.

If you’ve never heard a trombone ensemble play organ music, you are missing out.
10/14/2022

If you’ve never heard a trombone ensemble play organ music, you are missing out.

Next Wednesday! The Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet comes to Guzzetta Recital Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m. The Blue Ridge Trombone Quartet was formed in 2012 with the same mission as the marital saying: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” bringing to light timeless classics from the quartet repertoire, newly-composed works, and rearrangements of organ, opera, and orchestral repertoire.

The concert is part of the Kulas Concert Series' 20th season at The University of Akron. Tickets are $12 general admission and free for all students with ID. For more information, call 330-972-8301 or email [email protected].

Photo Gallery: National Coming Out Day Celebration The University of Akron today, hosted by the Zips Programming Network...
10/11/2022

Photo Gallery: National Coming Out Day Celebration The University of Akron today, hosted by the Zips Programming Network and the Office of Multicultural Development. Photos by social media & online editor, Alyssa Alexsonshk.

Happy Coming Out Day The University of Akron! There's still time before 1 p.m. to stop in the Student Union Internationa...
10/11/2022
National Coming Out Day Events at The University of Akron, October 11

Happy Coming Out Day The University of Akron! There's still time before 1 p.m. to stop in the Student Union International Lounge to pick up some fun pride gear and enter a raffle for $100.

The Zips Programming Network and the Office of Multicultural Development will be hosting a National Coming Out Day Celebration in the Student Union’s International Lounge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 11. Students may come by for free to pick up pronoun buttons, stickers, flags and more pride nov...

Have you participated (this year or previously) in the Bierce Library Two Sentence Horror Story contest? We are looking ...
10/09/2022

Have you participated (this year or previously) in the Bierce Library Two Sentence Horror Story contest? We are looking to interview participants. Please send a PM. Thank you!

https://uakron.libwizard.com/f/horror22

Thanks to the Ohio Communication Association for naming us the OCA Distinguished Student Organization 2022. We are proud...
10/07/2022

Thanks to the Ohio Communication Association for naming us the OCA Distinguished Student Organization 2022. We are proud of our members current and past who have sustained and improved the publication, and kept the independent voice of the students alive and well The University of Akron. Thanks to Savannah Johns, Alyssa Alexsonshk and Abigail Stopka for accepting the award for all of us ❤️.

Congratulations also to our The University of Akron School of Communication faculty Dr. Kathleen Clark, Distinguished Teacher and Dr. Rhiannon Kallis, Distinguished New Teacher at . We are proud to be recognized alongside you!

10/02/2022

Yesterday, The University of Akron capped off a weekend that saw generations of Zips engaged in family activities, tailgating and more, with some football. The Zips faced off against Bowling Green on Infocision Stadium’s Summa Field.

Alyssa Alexsonshk has your recap here:

A beautiful kickoff for Homecoming 2022 at The University of Akron. (Photos courtesy of Julie Cajigas).
09/30/2022

A beautiful kickoff for Homecoming 2022 at The University of Akron. (Photos courtesy of Julie Cajigas).

Breaking: The Akronauts Rocket Design Team are the first team in Ohio to design, build, and fire a liquid engine!
09/30/2022

Breaking: The Akronauts Rocket Design Team are the first team in Ohio to design, build, and fire a liquid engine!

BIG NEWS! The Akronauts Rocket Design Team hot fire tests liquid propellants for the first time! With this test, the Akronauts became the first collegiate rocket team in Ohio to design, build, and fire a liquid engine.🚀🔥

Check it out! ➡️ https://bit.ly/3ShhdE0

09/30/2022

On September 29, 2022 reporter Hannah Wines from The Buchtelite is in Coleman Commons for the sliming of the homecoming court to raise money for Alternative Spring Break! Check it out!

09/29/2022

On September 29, 2022 reporter Hannah Wines from The Buchtelite is in Coleman Commons for the sliming of the homecoming court to raise money for Alternative Spring Break! Check it out!

09/26/2022

The Homecoming Kick-Off Is going on right now at The Jean Hower Taber Student Union
from now until 1 p.m. The first 500 students get a free Homecoming & Family Weekend t-shirt and Zippy Cookies!

More information about other Homecoming events happening this week here at this link:

https://www.uakron.edu/homecoming/hc/events

09/26/2022

Reporter Abigail Stopka covers The Homecoming Kick-Off happening today at The Student Union from 11AM-1PM.

The first 500 students to arrive will receive a free homecoming Tshirt and zippy cookies.

More event information here:

https://www.uakron.edu/homecoming/hc/events

09/22/2022

Join Buchtelite reporter Abigail Stopka as she takes a look back at Akron Pride Festival 2022. Abigail asked participants what “pride” means to them and learns a little bit more about how the Akron community and business community (Downtown Akron Partnership) celebrates Pride.

Handshake, an online recruiting platform for higher education students and alumni, is hosting a Northeast Ohio Regional ...
09/16/2022
Handshake Offers Northeast Ohio Regional Virtual Interview and Exploration Day for Students and Alumni of All Majors

Handshake, an online recruiting platform for higher education students and alumni, is hosting a Northeast Ohio Regional Virtual Interview and Exploration Day for students and alumni of all majors.

Handshake, an online recruiting platform for higher education students and alumni, is hosting a Northeast Ohio Regional Virtual Interview and Exploration Day for students and alumni of all majors on September 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Registration is required to attend online through the Handshak...

Want some experience writing and publishing in a student newspaper?  Contact us about joining our staff and becoming a w...
08/29/2022

Want some experience writing and publishing in a student newspaper? Contact us about joining our staff and becoming a writer for the Buchtelite today!

08/27/2022

Reporter Abigail Stopka is at the Akron Pride Festival, bringing you right to the front row for the parade and festivities.

Welcome back to school, Zips!  Let’s make this year a great one!
08/22/2022

Welcome back to school, Zips! Let’s make this year a great one!

05/19/2022

The mayor Dan Horrigan talks more about the Downtown Akron Partnership

05/19/2022
05/19/2022

Hank with 330ToGO is here too!

Come listen to live reggae!

05/19/2022

Free root beer floats at the concession stand!

05/19/2022

Julie Pryseski with The City of Akron explains the Akronite app!

05/19/2022

Come join Lepley & Co. they have a brand new shop opening at Northside Marketplace in Akron Thursday June 1st!

05/19/2022
Stay tuned because The Buchtelite will be live at the  Meet on Main Summer 2022 Kick Off at  Lock 3 in downtown Akron, a...
05/19/2022

Stay tuned because The Buchtelite will be live at the Meet on Main Summer 2022 Kick Off at Lock 3 in downtown Akron, at 11 AM.

Come see what the summer kick off is all about.

Downtown Akron Partnership

If you live nearby or you’re still on campus, the Downtown Akron Partnership is holding its Meet on Main Summer 2022 Kic...
05/17/2022

If you live nearby or you’re still on campus, the Downtown Akron Partnership is holding its Meet on Main Summer 2022 Kick-Off this Thursday.

Free Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. root beer floats? Count us in.

Do you work, live, study, go to school, or attend meetings in Downtown Akron?

If you answered yes to any of those categories, we want to invite you to join us for a community celebration to kick off the summer in Lock 3! Meet on Main is Thursday, May 19 from 11 am to 2 pm. For more details: https://bit.ly/MeetOnMain22

Mayor Horrigan will speak at 12 p.m.
Enjoy Live Music
$10 Lunch vouchers
Free Thirsty Dog Brewery Root Beer Floats with ChillandIndulge Ice Cream
Games and Activities
Zippy
Akron RubberDucks Mascots
Akron Zoo Education Animal

Click the link above for more details, including participating eateries accepting the $10 lunch vouchers.

It’s so exciting to see The University of Akron School of Communication students winning scholarships that support journ...
05/11/2022

It’s so exciting to see The University of Akron School of Communication students winning scholarships that support journalism and public relations. A special congratulations to our former reporter Abigail Stopka!

Congrats to our final Buchtelite grad LeKesha Parkman! LeKesha 'Twig' Parkman is our graduation responder, editor-in-chi...
05/08/2022

Congrats to our final Buchtelite grad LeKesha Parkman! LeKesha 'Twig' Parkman is our graduation responder, editor-in-chief, honors student, scholarship winner, and one of 35 seniors who worked together to create BOLD, the 2022 Senior Graphic Design Portfolio Exhibition in the Emily Davis Gallery at the Myers School of Art. We are so proud to see the Buchtelite redesign in LeKesha’s portfolio. LeKesha has already accepted an internship with the American Ceramic Society. Congrats Kesha and thank you for your leadership and everything you have done to ensure the future of .

Celebrating .gedeon our film critic and Arts and Entertainment editor, who graduated today. She has accepted a position ...
05/07/2022

Celebrating .gedeon our film critic and Arts and Entertainment editor, who graduated today. She has accepted a position with Hunter International Recruiting in her field. Congrats Jaina!

Celebrating , our Managing and Social Media Editor, who graduated today. Summer has already accepted a position with Lak...
05/07/2022

Celebrating , our Managing and Social Media Editor, who graduated today. Summer has already accepted a position with Lake County in her field. Congrats Summer!

Buchtelite Editor-in-Chief LeKesha Parkman addresses over 2,100 graduates and their families at the The University of Ak...
05/07/2022

Buchtelite Editor-in-Chief LeKesha Parkman addresses over 2,100 graduates and their families at the The University of Akron 2022 graduation ceremony. Her speech encouraged students to be true to themselves, to stand out for who they are and to be disrupters. She thanked her mentor, David Flynn, a professor in the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art (Myers School of Art), for his life changing mentorship.

The editorial staff and reporters of the Buchtelite congratulate LeKesha and thank her for her service and leadership.

04/29/2022

Rhythm & Roos A Ca****la concert tomorrow 4/29 at 7pm in the Leigh Hall Auditorium. Admission is free with no tickets necessary!

The Spring 2022 edition has been spotted at the Rec! Where will you pick up yours?
04/25/2022

The Spring 2022 edition has been spotted at the Rec! Where will you pick up yours?

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The University of Akron's Office of Inclusion and Equity and Rethinking Race cordially invites you to register for The University of Akron's 2021 Black Male Summit! The 2021 Black Male Summit will be held on Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM. It is VIRTUAL -AND- FREE!

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There are armies of secret white guys taking Americans off the streets in cities with Democrat Mayors, like N**i brown shirt storm troopers, and Trumps will not explain why, as well as by what authority he is doing it. No one knows what is happening to these people. They do not have access to legal counsel!!!!!
New Normal XV: Democrats, Republicans and Black Lives Matter
John Burl Smith
Georgia’s appointed senators Kelly Loeffler is seeking election for the first time, while David Purdue Jr. is seeking re-election and they have this good cop bad cop game going. Kelly Loeffler attacked “Black Lives Matter,” saying the “Black Lives Matter movement seeks to destroy American principles.” While the other guy, David Perdue Jr. is running ads with black people in them, intimating he has done a lot for black people. Prior to the election, black people did not know he was in the senate. Plus, he has only a token black on his staff, which is now visible to black community.
Loeffler, on the other hand, is an avid supporter of the confederacy and white supremacy today. She is the post face for Republicans propaganda and disinformation campaign, which is why she condemned “Black Lives Matter,” calling the group socialists and communists that is “destroying our heritage.”
The historical record shows that the confederacy, which she as a senator, actually declared “war” on the United States of America. These rebels fought a 5 year Civil War, actually tried to destroy America. And, during their insurrection, these rebels caused an estimated 620,000 casualties. Unlike the confederacy, “Black Lives Matter” has not caused a single death, as an organization. The 2020 presidential election, COVID-19, and “Black Lives Matter” movement protests are literally crazy driving Republicans. Now, Loeffler and Donald Trump’s latest bombshell targets American public school children.
Trump and Loeffler are determined to force children into classrooms, which will be like N**i gas chambers, since they have done anything to deal with COVID-19. However, their real target, of course, is black children, because over 60% of all urban public school students are black. Their demand to open public schools does not include white students in private schools, which white children attend overwhelmingly. In and of itself that is not racist, but the intent not to include black children, put them in the category with Trump and Loeffler’s quiet racism.
With Trump having dismissed the coronavirus as a real threat to American’s lives, his reelection is all that matters to him, not black lives. For those, who believe and trust what polls indicate, are looking google-eyed at Former Vice President Joe Biden. They see him as a shoo-in for the White House and are coming out of the woodwork, claiming to be team players. I am not among them for those reasons.
First back in April, although they were not hunkered down in their basements, as Mr. Biden, most Democrats were hiding out afraid to come out and take the lead attacking Donald Trump. But today in Republican dominated states like Georgia, Ohio, and Texas to name a few, Democrats, with their “rosy poll scenarios” are saying Mr. Biden needs “To Go Big, or he’s “Being too Cautious,” according to a story by Jonathan Martin of the NY Times. From the sidelines, they are attempting to micro-manage and pressure Mr. Biden “to expand his ambitions, compete aggressively in more states and press his party’s advantage down the ballot.”
Such statements were not coming from moderates and conservatives, during the early dark days of May, when COVID-19 was ravishing New York City. However, in this coronavirus dominated 2020 battle royal, their shrill cries of “compete aggressively in more states and press his party’s advantage down the ballot,” is the wrong prescription for the wrong election. What they really want is for Mr. Biden to cover their backsides, after running from Trump the last 3 and 1/2 years, scared to open their mouths against him, however now, they want Mr. Biden to be their MAGA-phone against Donald Trump.
I say, they knew this election was coming, and these moderate and conservative Democrats, I believe, thought they would have Trump to live with, but now coronavirus has scared the crap out of them, and they are running, trying to hide behind Mr. Biden. Looking for cover, after “soft balling” Trump’s disastrous COVID-19 response, their constituents are furious at them. Now, like Trump, their re-elections hopes continue sagging, and they want Mr. Biden to bail them out. They were so intimidated by Donald Trump, and mentally paralyzed; they have forgotten how to really fight to save their behinds.
Next there is “Black Lives Matter.” White people simply need to get over it. “Black Lives Matter” is a force for good in the black community and we love it. They stepped up and took on the job older black leaders, “civil rights icons” and white liberals walked away singing from “Kum ba yah” and left the black community fighting on its own in the 1980s. Today, as with Ronald Reagan back then, moderate and conservative Democrats are afraid of Donald Trump, one hears their knees knocking, even when walking.
Similar to how civil rights leaders joined white people to discredit the Invaders and black power, especially following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination; they are trying to take the spotlight from “Black Lives Matter” activists. For those with short memories or slept through it all, “Black Lives Matter” began on 7-13-2013 with three black women organizers Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. They began with nothing more than a hashtag .
These beginner freedom fighters were motivated by the acquittal of George Zimmerman, a white man, who murdered Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Florida in July 2013. Standing up for unarmed black people, who white policemen continue murdering, even today, these heroic black women were attacked by black and white leaders, even civil rights icons, who not only condemned them, but countered with “all lives matter.” Maligned, shunned even like the Invaders and other black power groups, back in 1968, after Dr. King’s assassination, BLM was driven underground.
Now today, as police continue murdering black men and women with impunity, but to the surprise of everyone, “Black Lives Matter” rose from those ashes like a phoenix. They marched to the rescue, even before the black militia poked their heads out at Stone Mountain Georgia, like Shaka Zulu! “Black Lives Matter” emerged, showing up, pushing “Enough is enough,” following the 8 minutes and 46 seconds video, in real time, of George Floyd’s lynching. This multicultural coalition filled streets in cities around the world with young people from El Paso, Texas to Wellington, New Zealand. Republicans like Loeffler railing against “BLM,” call them “socialists and communists,” while Donald Trump called “BLM,” “a symbol of hate,” whereas before George Floyd’s murder, they all thought “Black Lives Matter” was dead.
Another quick fact check here, I want to set the record straight about charges that “Black Lives Matter” is somehow associated with or in some way affiliated or sponsored by socialists and communist. During the Second Red Scare in 1954, US Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr. (8-19-1954) designated the CP-USA as “an Agent of a foreign power.” AD Brownell used “The Communist Control Act (8-19-54), (aka the Smith Act, 18 USC § 2385), to drive the Communist Party USA out of the United States. Then J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI used trumped up charges to jailed black leaders, like Att. William L. Patterson of the International Labor Defense (ILD) and author of “We Charge Genocide,” which had been presented to the United Nations in 1951. So, there is no Communist Party in America for “Black Lives Matter” to belong; communist is a boogerman used by Republicans to frighten old white people.
However, the real issue is not old white people but young white, black, brown, red, and yellow people of all cultures in America. I write about them because they are the ones on the frontline, not old civil rights icons and political opportunists who continue trying to undercut BLM, because they push for change daily, not only when the news media shows up. I look to activists like Kenidra Woods.
Kenidra showed up for her first action, following Michael Brown’s police murder (8-24-2014). She is among those fighting for racial equity, social change and social justice. She leads protests in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. Kenidra says, “Protests put everything in perspective for me. I asked myself, do they really care about us? That’s what I thought at age 13 when I began. Do I matter? Why am I hated for the color of my skin? So, I just knew in my heart, Kenidra, you got to stand up.” She networks with other vocal activists amid the pandemic, making Zoom calls. When Kenidra is not organizing protests, she engages celebrities, like “Riverdale” star Lili Reinhardt, while racking up views on Tik Tok, schooling the younger generation about racism.
Some activists say that since the first protests back in 2013, “Black Lives Matter” has blossomed into a multicultural awakening. It has drawn to it an increasing number of white activists. For instance, Asbury Park, New Jersey, a beach town, which has deeply-rooted racial division and systemic racism. White people have historically lived on the east side of the railroad tracks and their maids and housekeepers, mostly poor people of color, live on the west side. This mindset has created a continuous conversation for lifelong activist Felicia Simmons. She is the chapter president for the National Action Network.
Initially, Felicia organized a protest, after Maurice Gordon was fatally shot on the New Jersey Turnpike by a state trooper, just two days before George Floyd’s lynching. Without a permit, Simmons held a protest on the steps of the US Post Office. Expecting only a couple hundred people to show up, she was overwhelmed when nearly 10,000 people showed up.
This is what “BLM” means when it identifies systemic racism, as the cause of the racial divide in America. “None of this is new. But this is the first time everybody watched George Floyd die for 8 minutes and 46 seconds,” Simmons said. However, no one saw Maurice Gordon die and nothing has been done about it. The truth of Maurice Gordon’s murder is still under the rug, where the New Jersey State Patrol swept it.
Lastly, AWARE-LA (The Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere) is a Los Angeles-based organization that confronts white privilege, even among its members. Their goal is to reach out to other white people and educate them on the racial injustices in America and shift the burden for educating well-meaning white people off of people of color. SURJ (Show Up for Racial Justice) is a national organization that also works in the white community educating white people about their racism. The vast majority of older white people do not want to hear about their racism, so voices like AWARE-LA and SURJ are solely needed.
Shelly Tochluk, professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary University-Los Angeles, has been a member of AWARE 16 years. She runs the organization’s Saturday and Sunday discussions on issues of identity, community, privilege and racism. “We look inside ourselves and ask, “What does it mean for us to be white people? How are we affected by what we’ve just heard, or what we’ve just experienced?” Tochluk asked.
AWARE has an activist arm “White People for Black Lives,” which works in solidarity with Black Lives Matter: Los Angeles, the Movement 4 Black Lives and other black-led organizations. The fact that the pandemic lockdown and following George Floyd’s 8 minutes and 46 seconds murder, the organization has seen a surge in new members. In June alone, 3,500 new members were virtually oriented, according to Hannah Jurs-Allen, who leads new member orientation. “I think the combination of people having access to the information of how unjust our system and society really is and having the time on their hands that the pandemic created, frankly was like a whirlwind, creating the moment that we’re now in and people are hurting,” Hannah said.
Anti-racism educator Jane Elliott told ABC News, “Allies should be prepared for consequences. They should be prepared to have their relatives stop speaking to them. Get ready to be spit on, get ready to be rejected. Get ready to learn about how unsafe it is to say, ‘I don't have to be white to be right.’” Her words recant and describe how times were during sit-ins and freedom riders back in the late 1950. Nothing has changed, when it comes to race.
Now I come to the point of this post, young people. Once “BLM’s” protest exploded around the world, I wanted to give their work and activities a historical perspective regarding social change and social justice. For instance, my first goal was to help young progressives understand that “politics is the art of the possible.” Further that understanding would allow them to maximize their possibilities, if they “turned their street protests into street politics.” If they did that, they would see, even though their present possibilities, dealing with the system may seem small, but over time their efforts will yield greater possibilities with time.
Most street activists got the message, and things began to happen. Just a couple of weeks back Former Vice President Joe Biden reached out and began meeting with young progressives. First, so-called moderate and conservative Democrats that were silent before it became clear Mr. Biden would capture the Democrats nomination for President, many saw BLM, the same as Republicans saw them. These Democrats would not open their mouths, cowering in fear of a Trump tweet to their white base against them, now they have lots of advice. With Mr. Biden’s overtures to young progressives, conservatives and moderates are afraid they are losing control of the Democrat Party. Now, that the situation is much clearer, they are counseling against reaching out to young radicals. Again, they want Mr. Biden, instead to put them on his back and campaigning to older voters, which would be their ride to reelection.
The problem is, looking at moderates and conservatives’ voting records; one cannot tell whether they are Democrats or Republicans. These Trumpers in Democrat clothing, need to get off their duffs and do their own work to turn out their so-called base. They want Mr. Biden to fight over the votes of older votes, which at this point will vote either for Trumpers or Mr. Biden about equally, canceling out that vote for Mr. Biden, but are their only path to reelection.
I have counselled that young progresses are votes Mr. Biden can get, if he simply reached out to them. Moreover, he did just that a couple of weeks ago, meeting with groups of leaders on the left. Mr. Biden agreed to work with them and develop the groundwork for a “green new deal, Medicare for all, sustainable economic growth beginning with badly needed infrastructure improvements, student debt relief, making college affordable for poor students, and a jobs program for young Americans, as well as other issues Trump has not even mention.
These initiatives are beginning steps, and I remind, Mr. Biden is not in the White House presently, as is Trump. However, moderates and conservatives are missing the complicated new normal circumstances created by coronavirus and the lynching of George Floyd. That difference is where young people have taken the leadership for changing America. Moderates and conservatives are lagging behind on equality, social change and social justice issues, and are in trouble, because they are Republicans at heart.
The “Black Lives Matter” protests have shown that our children are far more intelligent, energetic and text savvy than moderates and conservatives are willing to admit. Young progressive, “BLM” and other groups are coming together and readying themselves for the grind to November 3rd. But even more importantly, they constitute the largest demographic for the coming election.
The 18 to 30 year old demographic constitutes the largest block of voters that Democrats have access and Republicans blew off during the impeachment hearing. I don’t believe young people have forgotten the fact that Republicans, except one, accepted lies and rejected the truth before their eyes to maintain their partisan. With that advantage, they hijacked the stimulus bill and gave trillions of dollars to big business and their friends. But more importantly, their refusal to convict the criminal in the White House pretending to be President has literally caused tens of thousands of unnecessary COVID-19 deaths. Young progressives have turned thumbs down on Trump because of his corruption, cronyism, nepotism, incompetence and dreadful performance down playing the coronavirus, not to mention gasing them, as they protested in Lafayette Park.
Republicans with their vote not to convict Trump of crimes everyone knew he committed. The amounting death toll this nation now faces, every Republican in the US Senate bears the blame, because they kept a mad man in the White that has only thumbed his nose at COVID-19. Recruiting young progressives and “BLM” to help get out the vote, and prepare for Republicans’ planned voter suppression at the polls are keys. Young people will not be intimidated voting, nor will they be afraid to work the polls to counter harassment aimed at older voters in states that refuse to offer vote by mail.
But even with that killing blow from young progressives, Mr. Biden still has first time voters that can be the nails in Trump’s coffin. They and many that have come of age, since 2016 are like sleepers who only need awakening. The Class of 2020, “The 400th” Generation, can be the difference, and can have an impact like no other graduating class in history. The Class of 2020 with their votes will be remembered for far more than their coronavirus shortened senior year. America needs them to step up, while showing up for democracy. They will be the class that came to America’s rescue and earn their place, as leaders, while redeeming our faith, giving 18 year olds the vote.
Given a Vice Presidential choice, like Mrs. Michelle Obama, first time voters remember the Former First Lady, beside they grew up with Malia and Sasha. They see them as their peers and young people love to support people in their age range. First time voters remember what America was like for them when Former President Barak H. Obama was President. They, identically to me, would love to have such peace and tranquility once again. They are the “Hope Revolution” and we can help them launch the next generations’ of dreamers working to make America the nation we want it to be.
The one thought everyone must keep uppermost in their minds is that if Donald Trump can utter such vile, demeaning and racist rhetoric from the White House and still get reelected; there is lots of hate in the hearts of American voters. With such an outcome black lives will not matter. Black lives will have less value than they did in the 1920s and 30s, when white people lynched and burned black people for entertainment. Our votes, with this election, can insure our children have a life worth living. The only thing standing between us and that are votes. We have the votes. So, let every American put their vote into the ballot box!!!!!!!!
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