Longform Links – Voter Disenfranchisement, Delegates, Two Spirit People

TPM – Who’s Disenfranchised?

What doesn’t get mentioned, however, is this: it was widely reported and understood in both Florida and Michigan that the results of these primaries would not be counted. And based on that knowledge, large numbers of voters in both states simply didn’t participate.

If the DNC were now to turn around and decide to make these contests count after all, these non-participating voters would be disenfranchised no less than the people who did turn out would be if the DNC sticks to the rules and doesn’t seat any of the delegates. The simple fact is that large numbers of people, acting on accurate knowledge and in good faith, decided that there wasn’t a real primary being held in their state on the day in question and on that basis decided not to participate.

Now, the question is, How can we really know how many people didn’t show up because they were told it wasn’t a real election?



Ta-Nehisi Coates – Black Power

(This one was short, so here’s the full post.)

From a truly fascinating analysis of the Obama campaign:

    A more subtle change was the distribution of delegates within each state. As part of the proportional system, Democrats award delegates based on statewide vote totals as well as results in individual congressional districts. The delegates, however, are not distributed evenly within a state, like they are in the Republican system.

    Under Democratic rules, congressional districts with a history of strong support for Democratic candidates are rewarded with more delegates than districts that are more Republican. Some districts packed with Democratic voters can have as many as eight or nine delegates up for grabs, while more Republican districts in the same state have three or four.

    The system is designed to benefit candidates who do well among loyal Democratic constituencies, and none is more loyal than black voters. Obama, who would be the first black candidate nominated by a major political party, has been winning 80 percent to 90 percent of the black vote in most primaries, according to exit polls.

    “Black districts always have a large number of delegates because they are the highest performers for the Democratic Party,” said Elaine Kamarck, a Harvard University professor who is writing a book about the Democratic nominating process.

    “Once you had a black candidate you knew that he would be winning large numbers of delegates because of this phenomenon,” said Kamarck, who is also a superdelegate supporting Clinton.

More evidence of the stupidity of a race-baiting strategy. We give the racists too much effing credit. Clinton is going to lose this primary, in large measure, because of some of stupidity that her surrogates seemed intent on spewing. Justice, oh lord. Sweet justice. Peace to Sullivan for the link.

Gay Persons of Color – Two Spirit People

A while ago, I wrote a post about Gay Native Americans, and recently I received an email from one of my allies that further opened my eyes to the challenges facing Two Spirit people in the United States:

“Two recent national philanthropy reports have released information indicating that Gay Funders contributed $37 million in one year to GLBT organizations across the United States. Native American Two Spirit People, the poorest of all the GLBT communities, received only 4 small grants of about $2,500. The average grant to gay organizations nationally is $16,000 a year.” [..]