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Clinton vs. Trump Pretty Much Assured; Sanders Campaign Winding Down

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*Full Disclosure* The author of this piece, supported Bernie Sanders in the NY primary*

Good evening folks. As we have all seen from a combination of the results in last weeks primary in New York and the primaries held in 5 states Tuesday, a Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump match up in the general election is pretty much guaranteed. Oh, the joy.

As I sit here, thinking about the conversations and online interactions that I have had about these 2016 presidential primaries, I have to say that this outcome is disappointing for principled progressives. Bernie Sanders is pretty much wrapping up with very little chance of securing the nomination, laying off staffers and concentrating on California. A Sanders-Trump match up would have been interesting. Now, we will see a match up between a center-right Democrat and a billionaire real estate mogul.

The fact of the matter is that despite what many on the progressive side have said, Sanders did not push Clinton to the left at all during the primaries. Clinton was able to secure wins in several states without having to account for the Goldman Sachs speech transcripts, and getting away with whoppers about her record. To say that she was pushed left, is delusional.

Futhermore, what needs to be said is this: It already looks like Sanders is staying in the race to keep people engaged when he wont win. The purpose is to convince his supporters to fall in line and support Clinton in the general election. He is already toning down his rhetoric for that purpose. While I can respect what Bernie Sanders has done in the context of this election in putting issues at the forefront, this is where I get off.

Sanders may have to “play ball” and still support the Democrats in the Fall, but I as a voter, do not. I do not owe Hillary Clinton my vote. To pivot away from principle, and support a centrist Democrat after witnessing a strident and unabashed left wing populist win millions of votes runs counter to most of what I support. Sanders was derided throughout these past months as “too far to the left” when some of the proposals he put forward were exactly what we need at this time. To the most reactionary elements of our society, even those who advocate reforms can sound like revolutionaries. Don’t think that its a coincidence that the only state that Sanders won last night was Rhode Island- the state with an open primary.

Now here we are, with millions of people alienated. Bill Clinton attacked millennials for not voting in the 2010 elections, and President Obama told Black Lives Matter to “stop yelling” The unmistakable intent of both the former Democratic president and the current president condemning their own base is tell the young voter to shut up, and to silence the activists. The point, is to hush, and vote Dem. Regardless if the person running has any intention of working to alleviate any of the issues people are facing as citizens.

The harsh reality is that today millions of people feel as though their window of opportunity for a decent life is slipping away. Whether it be un-affordable housing, crushing school debt, or wages that struggle to keep pace with prices, so many areas of people’s lives are under duress. For those who want to gloat about about Clinton’s win, I hope you like neo-liberalism. You are certain to get more of it. As for this writer, my vote will not be held hostage. Jill Stein of the Green Party is getting my vote this fall. Some folks may like their neo-liberalism as long as it co-opts the language of intersectionality, but I am not going for it. I know, of course many people won’t agree with this outlook, but it is what it is.

I will be talking more about this on my radio appearance on Independent Underground Radio and News on Thursday, April 28th, 2016 at 9:15pm. Peace.

-Marc W. Polite

 

 

 

 

Polite On Society Seventh Year Anniversary Celebration!

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Good evening my readers! As you know, I have been doing this blogging thing for a hot minute. I look up, and next month it will be 7 years. On May 17th, 2009 to be exact was when I first started Polite On Society. Over the past years, POS has grown, and has been a platform for independent Black authors, publicizing information for the Harlem community, and contributing to the literary scene of NYC. It’s been such an interesting journey, and I would like for you to share the moment with me if you’re able.

In collaboration with Calabar Imports, I am having a 7 year anniversary event on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 6pm-8pm

If you plan on coming, please do register via the Eventbrite page: Polite On Society 7th Year Anniversary

Also, here is the FB page for the event too: 7th Year Anniversary of Polite On Society Celebration

I will be talking about the blog, what motivated me to start it, and having a question and answer session for people who are interested in picking my brain about the ins and outs of social media. I will also have my books available there, so I guess it will also be part of my Spring tour. Did I mention it’s free admission?

So yeah. I am looking forward to this. I want to say thanks to everyone for the support, and hope to see some of my day one supporters there. Yes, the site is named after me, but it’s not just about me. (That don’t stop folks from going to Huffington Post or Drudge Report, just saying *smile*) The journey continues, and I have no intention of leaving folks hanging.

Just had to share this news. It’s going to be an interesting May. Peace, until next post!

-Marc W. Polite

 

Why Harriet Tubman on A $20 Is Just Symbolic

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Harriet Tubman

Good afternoon folks. Maybe I am a contrarian, but I have to come out and say that this latest news about Harriet Tubman being put on a 20 dollar bill isn’t that big of a deal for me. If I have to be one of the few to say it, then I will.

The fact that this kind of symbolism keeps happening shows that real change is hard to fight for. We can get Harriet Tubman on a 20 dollar bill, but can’t put away a cop for killing an unarmed Black person. Okay, America. When I say that, I mean no disrespect to the legacy of Harriet Tubman. Don’t put me in that Russell Simmons category.  It’s just that I can’t get “happy” about this when Akai Gurley’s murderer got off yesterday with 800 hours of community service and 5 years probation. I can’t bring myself to celebrate a symbolic “win” Talk about the commodification of the struggle. That’s a thought piece just waiting to write itself.

 

 

Hillary Clinton Wins New York Primary

Well, it looks like the pandering did work. As many of you have heard, Hillary Clinton handily won the NY primary last night. Looking at the the exit polls, it is really discouraging. Very few people are enthused about this outcome. But, unfortunately, it was expected. However, last night I saw way too many stories of voter shenanigans floating around. Also known as “voter irregularities” these hurdles to voters were numerous yesterday. With reports of 125,000 voters “missing” from the rolls, its hard not to look at this skeptically.

Apparently pandering is the new way to connect. Mentions of hot sauce in your bag, struggle salsa (and mangled merengue) are ways to lock up votes. Even when your husband doubles down on calling Black youth “superpredators” Unbelievable. Are we ready to talk about switching to open primaries now?  It looks like neo-liberalism wins, again. Oh well, Clinton and Trump it is. Dominoes anyone?

 

 

My Walking While Black Experience Today

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Good evening folks. Today, I had an experience with a police officer that was just odd. First of all, I am alright and I was not detained or anything like that. It’s just that this occurred today, and I need to talk about it.

I was walking up Amsterdam Avenue, heading to the local eaterie to get a tuna salad. Normal pace, just minding my business. I hit the corner, waiting for the light to change. I just felt a presence of someone behind me, and when I turned around, a police officer was there. Because I have been in similar situations like this before,  I didn’t panic. I just looked at him, and turned back around waiting for the light to change.

I had no idea how long he was following me. However,  another individual who was walking in the same direction noticed the cop shadowing me. We spoke about it afterwards, and both noted how odd it was. After going into the shop, and getting my food, I decided to walk down Convent Avenue back to campus. I didn’t feel comfortable walking the same route I came. Why risk it?

I have thought about this incident the whole rest of the day. Maybe the cop realized when I turned around,  he was tailing the wrong person. I don’t know. I am just glad that I didn’t get a text message and pull my phone out of my pocket while he was following me. He might have thought that I was reaching for something,  and that wouldn’t have ended well.

I’m sharing this happenstance not to say “woe is me” or any of that. I am sharing to show how random these encounters are with police. It’s random, and pervasive at the same time. It can happen damn near anywhere, with no type of warning. This is why I do what I do with my platform.

Even a fairly mundane thing like a trip to the local eatery to get lunch can leave room for you to be targeted. Maybe I will just bring my lunch tomorrow instead…

Marc Polite to Participate in Panel Discussion at BloggerWeek 2016

Marc Polite FB BannerGood evening, my readers. There are no primaries this week, and the Democratic debate isn’t until Thursday. As a result, it will be a slowed down week in news. Outside of Hillary Clinton attempting to downplay the controversy over a remark Mayor DeBlasio made during an event, not much else is happening.

Times like this are when I alternate between blogging the latest in politics, and promoting what I have coming up next. As stated in the title of this post, I am letting you all know that I have been selected as a panelist for BloggerWeek 2016 in Washington, D.C.

For those who may be interested, the title of the panel I will be on is: “Economic Justice in a post-Obama Black America” It will be part of the program at the Digital Media in Social Justice Symposium to be held at Busboys and Poets. Yeah, I know it’s a heavy and controversial topic. However, the political animal in me won’t run away from it at all. Yes, the event itself is not until August, but me being the kind of person I am I’d rather let folks know about it sooner than later. I intend to utilize some of the things I mentioned in my book, as well as gathering additional info. As I watch what happens in these primaries, and analyze it, I am sure to come across more observations. Also, I will be collaborating with Yalanda Lattimore, the founder of Dryerbuzz for this discussion.

For those of you who may or may not remember, I participated in a BloggerWeek panel back in 2015 titled “From Blog To Book.” I am honored that I was asked back. For those who have not seen that panel, it is available via Youtube. Also, did you know my notes from last year’s panel are available on Slideshare? Now you do. Feel free to take a look at them, if you feel as though they would help you. It’s time I start gathering up my research. Peace y’all.

-Marc

 

We Are All “Superpredators” Now

Good morning all. I had some more thoughts to add from yesterday’s Bill Clinton blow up. It appears that even our “friends” are allowed to criminalize and dehumanize Black Americans as long as they can justify it. Activists shouldn’t run away from the fact that mass incarceration compels one to defend those who have been unjustly criminalized.

As the shockwaves continue, I find my outlook confirmed. I caught some flack for saying in public spaces that I wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton even if she was the nominee. It would mean making peace with a center-right/neo-liberal outlook.  In all likelihood this incident won’t make die-hard Clinton supporters change their minds. But, for principled progressives, it points to a political dilemma.

These primaries are showing a struggle within the Democratic Party. Either millions of Democratic voters are stuck with a status quo, middle of the road politics, or it will be forced to move left and re-embrace tenets of compassionate Liberalism, social democracy, and Keynesian economics. If not, it’s a question as to whether who is really welcome or wanted in the party.

What a week.