There is nothing racists love more than having Black people publicly lie and say that racism isn’t a big deal anymore. They love it so much they’re willing to pay a small fortune to anyone dumb or greedy enough to say it.
I gotta admit that as a Black man, it always disheartens me a little bit whenever I see Black Republicans spouting their coonery, but I always try to remember what MLKjr said:
Black people have our sellouts, and literally every other oppressed group has theirs too. This is why simple “representation” can be deliberately misleading, and it is the basis for weaponizing identity politics—Clarance Thomas and Candace Owens are Black faces, but they absolutely do not have our best interests at heart. And people like Caitlyn Jenner do not represent the LGBTQ community any more than Greg Abbott represents the disabled community.
Politely debating with ruthless, cut throat Republicans ain’t gonna get the job done. The time for “civility” ended years ago, when Trump got elected. America is on fire, and Democrats’ devotion to “norms” and “civility” is criminally negligent. “Yeah, we lost the right for everyone to vote, but at least we followed all the rules” is gonna be one hell of a sale in 2024.
Least shocking news ever: Joe Manchin is a Republican.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll keep saying it: Democrats need to do as much good as they can while they still can. This necessarily means filibuster reforms. As things stand currently, Republicans need only 50 votes to pass their legislation, while Democrats need 60 votes to override a Republican filibuster. Stop playing by Queensberry rules! Play some smash mouth! Negotiations with Republicans are fucking not more important than delivering racial and economic justice to the people. “Civility” is not the end goal, and “compromise” with a party of racists and neofascists is a losing strategy.
Blaming the Senate Parliamentarian for failing to pass a minimum wage increase, and making plans to pass a Voting Rights bill that even remotely depended on the “good will” of Republicans is a criminal dereliction of duty. It’s foolish to the point that it makes casual observers (future voters) believe that politics is a rigged game, where (corporate, centrist) Democrats are ALL in the tank for big business—not for the people.
And even if the above article is completely wrong, Joe Manchin (and Krysten Sinema) don’t actually need to become Republicans, they are already VOTING like Republicans. The letter behind their name doesn’t really matter.
Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi, if they’re serious, need to strip Manchin and Sinema of all chair positions and credibly threaten to support more progressive primary challengers. But given that Nancy Pelosi has backed a homophobic, anti-abortion “Democrat” like Dan Lipinski—over a pro-choice progressive—well, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one.
Clinical trials on Cuba’s vaccine candidate, Abdala, have demonstrated a 92.28% effectiveness rate in its three dose application, making it one of the world’s most effective vaccines against Covid-19.
The news follows an announcement over the weekend by scientists of the Finlay Vaccine Institute, who reported an initial 62% efficacy of Cuba’s Soberana 02 vaccine.
The news was broken by journalist Leticia Martinez Hernandez who posted via Twitter, “The effectiveness with three doses of #Abdala is 92.28%. The scientist Marta Ayala has just informed President @DiazCanelB.”
Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel also confirmed the news, stating that “In less than 48 hours, Cuban scientists have given our heroic people, who are resisting the criminal blockade exacerbated in a pandemic, two overwhelming results. In two days we will denounce the blockade to the world, counting on two of our own vaccines. #SomosCuba #CubaViva”
Diaz Canel added, “Hit by two pandemics (#COVID19 and #Blockade), our scientists from Finlay and CIGB, have surpassed all obstacles and have given us two very effective vaccines: #SOBERANA02 and #Abdala. I think of Martí, who wrote that it is not intelligence received casually that gives man honor, but the way he uses it and saves it. There is only one way to endure and that is to serve. Above all, I think of Fidel, who did so much for Science and Medicine at the service of Humanity. He said: Everyone who has a vocation for health, I invite you to study … There is a huge world that is in need of you.“
The efficacy of Abdala places it above other vaccines such as Oxford/AstraZeneca which is 85-90% effective.