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I posted this tune on Benny’s TGIF/Tunes OT. It is very appropriate for today.



But that Mr. Booker could make the primary competitive at all illustrates the increasingly progressive tilt of the Democratic Party, as outrage over racial injustice amplifies the calls for transformative change. An unabashed progressive, Mr. Booker is running on “Medicare for all” and the Green New Deal.

More significantly, this contest foreshadows the difficultly that establishment-aligned Democratic leaders like Senator Chuck Schumer may have with their restive base should the party’s most powerful force for unity, its loathing of President Trump, be eliminated by the time the 2022 midterms roll around.

The ascendant left could prove especially formidable if, as in Kentucky and New York this year, they keep rallying behind nonwhite insurgents who are able to build coalitions between liberal whites and racial minority groups.

“You’re going to see young people, people of color, working-class people participating in the Democratic Party in a way that we have not seen for a very, very long time,” predicted Senator Bernie Sanders, who, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, has gotten behind Mr. Booker. “That is not going to be able to be controlled by the Democratic establishment.”

Kentucky, then, amounts to something of a dry run for the left, a test of whether grass-roots energy can overcome fearsome fund-raising, and whether Mr. Schumer’s ability to keep coronating candidates from Washington can be sustained should Democrats take full control of the government, and liberals grow frustrated with the glacial pace of the upper chamber.

“It’s the same playbook that loses every time,” Mr. Booker said in an interview, referring to Ms. McGrath’s approach. “This political B.S. that says the only way you can beat him is just raise a whole lot of money, flood the airwaves, don’t talk about real issues, don’t talk about poverty.”

He flatly declared that she would lose to Mr. McConnell, while Ms. McGrath declined to predict that Mr. Booker would face the same fate. She did, though, note the breadth of her coalition, arguing that to win the general election, “We need support from all around Kentucky.”

Mr. Booker, who likes to point out that he is from Kentucky’s poorest ZIP code, said such rhetoric is a thinly veiled suggestion that his support is limited to his native Louisville and other black enclaves in the overwhelmingly white state.

The idea, he said, is that “if you look like I do, and you come from where I come from, that you don’t connect to Appalachia.”

The former state House speaker Greg Stumbo, an institution in eastern Kentucky politics, said the swelling crowds for Mr. Booker in rural communities like his own indicated otherwise.

“My buddy Charles Booker is in the right place at the right time,” said Mr. Stumbo, who is white. He expressed awe at the crowds showing up for Mr. Booker and for Black Lives Matter rallies “in a place like Prestonburg, Ky., which as far as I know there are no African-Americans living within the city limits.”

Interviews with voters at protests in Louisville and Lexington last weekend revealed considerable support for Mr. Booker across racial lines — and in part because of his own participation in the demonstrations.


Predictable opinionating from the NYT. They forgot to mention the WVA Senate race shaping up between Capito and Swearengin. I hope the rural KY vote comes out en masse. That will defeat the voter suppression tactics threatened in this primary. 🕊🌈



Id pick Barbara Lee also, but beyond politics, Biden is not going to pick a 73 year old to be VP.


Her age worries me, too. Hope she has a worthy successor in the wings.🤔


Once again, Biden is oblivious with this statement. The Dems are almost as much to blame as the GOPers.


DINOs are GOPuke Lite. No difference as they serve the same $$$$$god.


Should the word “black” be capitalized? Newsrooms are Debating It.

As journalists grapple with massive protests and sweeping changes in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, U.S. newsrooms are debating an important style change: whether to capitalize the “b” in black when describing people.

The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and NBC News last week changed their practices to do that, and the National Association of Black Journalists urged other news organizations to follow.

Many are studying the idea, including The New York Times and The Associated Press. The AP Stylebook of usage policies is highly influential in the industry with many news organizations, government and public relations agencies using it as a guide.

The death of Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee to his neck, has sparked nationwide protests and has given momentum to an idea that has essentially been dormant for a number of years.

“It does seem like now is the time,” said Doris Truong, director of training and diversity at the Poynter Institute, a journalism think tank. “It’s a change, as the NABJ points out, that doesn’t cost you anything and … is very meaningful to the people who are affected.”

It’s also a relatively simple step for news organizations suddenly dealing with many complex issues, like whether its journalists can be opinionated on social media or march in Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

Nearly a century ago, sociologist W.E.B. DuBois waged a letter-writing campaign to get newspapers to capitalize Negro, saying a lowercase “n” was a sign of disrespect and racism. The New York Times took his advice in 1930, calling it an act of recognition and respect for those who’d spent generations in “the lower case.”

Negro fell out of fashion with the Black Power movement of the 1960s, coming to symbolize subservience. African American was often used, but is not always accurate — some black people don’t trace their lineage to Africa.

The USA Today Network said Friday it would adopt uppercase style for black immediately, a move that affects more than 260 newsrooms including its flagship USA Today newspaper.

“Capitalizing Black reflects an understanding and respect that is consistent with how many Black people and Black publications describe the people and descendants of the African diaspora and reflects a rich range of shared cultures,” the company’s diversity committee said in recommending the change.

The Seattle Times and Boston Globe both changed their practices to capitalize black late last year. The Globe explained that the word has evolved from a description of a person’s skin color to signify a race and culture, and deserves the uppercase treatment, much like Latinos get.

The biggest complicating factor for news organizations is whether descriptions of white or brown people should also be capitalized.

A description of a person as “white” generally doesn’t carry cultural connotations. There’s also some concern that a capitalized “white” has associations in some minds with white nationalist or supremacist movements, said Paula Froke, the AP’s stylebook editor.

With the issue taking on a new urgency since Floyd’s killing, the AP is actively considering it, she said.

“We look at it from an objective point of view of how language has evolved,” Froke said.

In a nod to the AP Stylebook’s influence, a half dozen news organizations have reached out in the past week to see what the AP was doing.

The black journalists’ association has capitalized the word in its own communications for the past year, but had received several inquiries recently about why the AP doesn’t, said NABJ President Dorothy Tucker. The group wanted to make its preferences known, she said.

Another seemingly small step by the AP last year — removing a hyphen that separated African American — had outsized influence because it removed a stigma of “otherness,” Truong noted.

Journalists should also be thinking about a host of other issues, among them increasing diversity on their staffs and in voices included in stories, and imagery like the use of mug shots, said Sarah Glover, manager of social strategy for NBC-owned television stations.

The capitalization of “black” is “an important conversation,” Glover said. “But this is not something that should be a one-hit wonder.”

Note: the Chicago Tribune is joining the chorus.


If ‘Black’ is describing a particular person/group, initial cap it. If it is a general group, all lower case, ‘black.’ That was the grammar rule I learned.