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Congratulations to Sen. Harris

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Johnnie Cordero, Chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina, and Sen. Kamala Harris (D)

Congratulations to Sen. Harris on being selected as Vice President Biden’s running mate.  Today’s announcement makes Harris the first African American Woman to be a part of a major party’s Presidential ticket. Congratulations are also in order for Vice President Joe Biden for making the right political choice. It took courage and convincing but he did it right. 

I must also extend congratulations to our people for listening to and acting upon the words of Frederick Douglass who famously said, “Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did it never will.”  

Our politics must always be confrontational with continuous agitation and relentless demand

Johnnie Cordero

This historic event represents a political lesson that must be indelibly burned into our psyche — Our politics must always be confrontational with continuous agitation and relentless demand. Let us remember that this historic event never would have happened had we not demanded that it happen.  We did not demand Senator Harris — we demanded an African American female. And this, too, was historic.  The Democratic Party has always sought our output but never our input. 

When the black caucus demanded a black candidate, we were told not to rock the boat; that we should only focus on defeating Trump.  When we called for a forum on race, we were told race is the third rail of politics, and to touch it was self-sabotage. But we were not dissuaded.  We did not relent.  Now the Biden campaign has come around.  However, let’s not think for a single second that this would have happened without our support or our constant agitation and relentless demand. Now, as we move forward to victory on November 3, we will support the Democratic ticket. Not only because we are Democrats who want to defeat Trump but because we now have skin in the game. But don’t get it twisted we will not be quiet – we will not be sedated and we will not forget.  Let’s do this.   

Johnnie Cordero is an African American thought leader who identifies as a Radical Centrist. He is the current Chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus of South Carolina. Cordero is the host of the “Radical Review” podcast and is a frequent political contributor and commentator for The MinorityEye. Cordero holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Doctorate in Jurisprudence. He is the author of ‘Total Black Empowerment: A Guide to Critical Thinking in the Age of Trump.’ His new book ‘Theodicy and The Power of the African Will’ is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online book sellers.

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