Native Americans Marched to Vote, Many Were Still Turned Away
North Dakota's Heidi Heitkemp, historically a Native American voter's choice, loses in landslide to Trump ally.
Despite record numbers of Native Americans to the polls in North Dakota (thanks to the voter ID efforts), the candidate that had overwhelming support from them in previous elections, Heidi Heitkamp, lost in a landslide to Trump supporter Kevin Cramer (44.6%. vs. 55.4%).
Native voters topped turnouts from 2008 election with 5,100 votes from Native Americans, but activists still said poll workers turned away voters because of tribal identification letters or address discrepancies.
"You really see a juxtaposition between how eager people are here to vote, and how at every step of the way, it's being made as difficult as possible," says Carla Fredericks, director of the American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School.
"To me, that's just tragic because I know our country, and especially Native communities and communities of color have a lot of issues with voter turnout," she says. "And while the voter turnout is really strong, the impediments that are in place just seem really out of line with our Democratic values."
Heitkamp's campaign, who won in 2012 with the Native American vote, stated previously that she planned to have attorneys at almost every polling station on reservations to call the county auditor if voters were turned away.
North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said last week that Native Americans with new IDs would be able to vote, but said poll workers would "most likely" accept them. Lawyers asked for him to give guidance to county auditors prior to the election, and he said the request would be "considered."
OJ Semans, co-executive director of Four Directions, says some Standing Rock precincts ran out of ballots on Tuesday and had to get more because turnout was higher than anticipated.
What's a rising look like in Native Nation? Turtle Mountain Youth marching from the HS to the State Voting Polls!! It was an honor to walk among them in support!! #woke #NativeVote2018 #TmNation pic.twitter.com/Srk17naPtj
— Chairman Jamie Azure (@jamiepjten) November 6, 2018
Heitkamp, considered a moderate, centrist, voice, and the Senate's most vulnerable candidate, said in her concession speech: "We offered an alternative…we are still are hopeful that would be picked…in my case, it's not. It seems like such a bitter thing to lose a race, but the worst thing would be to not ever run, to not ever try."
Trump rallied in North Dakota three times to get his base to elect strong conservative Cramer, who voted with Trump 99 percent of the time.
"Can you imagine going home and telling your wife, 'I've been faithful to you 55 percent of the time?'" Mr. Cramer told a local radio show in April. "Are you kidding me? Being wrong half the time is not a good answer."
It was the Supreme Court who voted to suppress Native American votes.
The white editorial team claim judgement on a Black woman's body.
For the second year in a row, GQ Magazine has selected a woman for its annual Man of the Year issue. Last year's cover featured Israeli-actress, Gal Gadot. The cover was light and cute. It could've been an advertisement for "The Women's March." This year, tennis-legend Serena Williams, won the "honor." Only her cover isn't a celebration of her athletic prowess and excellence. It's outright racist.
Police officers saw, Jemel Roberson, "a Black man with a gun, and basically killed him," said a witness.
Jemel Roberson, age 26, was working as a security guard at Manny's Blue Room bar in Robbins, Ill., when a drunken patron who he had been asked to leave earlier, returned with a gun. The patron shot four people.
Roberson, who was armed at the time, returned fire, grabbed one of the men, held him down and waited for police to arrive, according to witnesses.
"He had somebody on the ground with his knee in back, with his gun in his back like, 'Don't move,'" Adam Harris told WGN-TV.
An unnamed Midloathian police officer, according to other officers in that department who were called to assist Robbins' police, opened fire on Roberson, killing him.
A routine trip to Costco turned into a case of racial profiling.
Barbara and Bahri Wallace loved to shop at Costco. And this trip to the megastore should have been like every other trip. However, while the couple were shopping at the Costco in Anne Arundel County in Maryland in May, the husband and wife reported they were being watched by management.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and others come to the defense of April Ryan, Abby Phillip and Yamiche Alcindor.
This week, President Trump reserved vitriol-filled comments for Black journalists Abby Phillip and April Ryan from CNN, and Yamiche Alcindor from PBS Newshour, who were just trying to do their jobs. Trump was slammed on Twitter for his overt appeal to racists by disrespecting the women.
"Florida law requires an automatic machine recount in any race where the margin of victory is within one half of one percentage point."
Lila Guzman blames her tantrum on lack of sleep and support.
"Get out. Get out. Get out. You are rude. You are not following the law. Go. Go."
That was what Williamson County, Texas election supervisor and judge Lila Guzman yelled at a Black women who was asking Guzman to clarify where she should vote in the early voting period on Friday of last week.
In another dog whistle to his base, Trump tried to belittle Yamiche Alcindor's valid question.
Yamiche Alcindor, a correspondent for PBS Newshour, was just trying to do her job on Wednesday during an afternoon press conference when President Trump attempted to scold her. Trump and his administration have a history of disrespecting Black women, and him calling Alcindor's question racist is an outrageous way to pander to his base.
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