A ‘real Wakanda’ tears apart – POLITICO

There has never been in the history of the United States of America something like this five-year-old town. On the southwestern outskirts of Atlanta, it is a mostly suburban municipality with a population of approximately 108,000, nine out of ten residents of which are black. Of the places of its size, it is statistically by far the blackest.

A hundred years after hundreds of thousands of rural black people began to change the contours of national politics by migrating to better jobs and lives in cities, then suburbs, across the country, existence and l South Fulton’s autonomy would seem to be a welcome culmination of a long evolution from powerlessness to power.

But the city is torn apart.

Its mayor, Khalid Kamau — a gay, Christian, socialist, self-proclaimed “black nationalist,” former film student, flight attendant, bus driver, Black Lives Matter organizer — says he wants to create a “real Wakanda,” a city that is “black on purpose”. But he clashed with the progressive, integrationist, and generally more moderate politics of Atlanta’s black elite shared by much of the rest of South Fulton’s local government. And now he’s accusing the city of hiding public records. He tried to fire the city attorney. He reiterated his request to hire a therapist for the city.

Michael Kruse, Brittany Gibson and Delece Smith-Barrow traveled to this strange and peculiar capital for our latest episode of “The Next Great Migration“where they began to hear whispers of a Next Next great migration. Because while South Fulton’s rulers debate questions of identity, most of its residents wonder whether they should stay in a town that promised economic prosperity and security, but instead provokes political strife.

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“You are an ass, Mr. Danger.”

Can you guess which foreign head of state said that about President George W. Bush in a televised speech in 2006? Scroll down for the answer.**

When Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida Wanted to pull off a political stunt this week, he grabbed media attention almost effortlessly by sending two planes full of migrants to, of all places, Martha’s Vineyard.

Republican governors have actually sent more migrants to Chicago, New York, and Washington DC, but there’s a reason the Vineyard story has exploded. It’s a blue bubble within a blue bubble, the kind of place rich Democrats go to when they want to get away from political unrest. Here’s what you need to know about the enclave DeSantis just destroyed:

– If you go, it’s just called the vineyard.

– Despite its reputation as an old-fashioned WASPy, the vineyard has a already immigrant community and has long been a popular vacation spot for black families.

– In the summer, there is reliably a big budget Democratic fundraiser on the social calendar. Just last month, Barack Obama embarked on the midterm struggle headlining an event with Eric Holder.

– This is a place in America where you can reliably visit a nudist beach and see Alan Dershowitz.

– This is where Obama walks away – even from his friends. His 60th birthday, celebrated on the vineyard, was famous for the number of people he had disinvited. Notably still on the list: Jay-Z, Tom Hanks, Eddie Vedder.

— A Vineyard scandal once shot down a Democratic presidential hopeful.

History with a kick … Historian Michael Beschloss loves archives. His Twitter is an eerily compelling stream of stock footage that has garnered him more than 800,000 followers in a decade. For most of this run, his history lessons tended toward the innocuous. But in the Trump era, Beschloss found his inner online provocateur, tweeting photos of the Rosenbergs as news broke that federal agents had uncovered nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago or Munich. Beer Hall Putsch January 6th.

Is it like that “irl”? Michael Schaffer went to see him for this week’s Capital City columnon a mission to determine whether Beschloss is the classic television historian, the guy with the quick fingers on Twitter, or something beyond either of these public figures.

58 percent … voters who strongly approve of President Joe Biden’s performance also have a favorable opinion of King Charles III. It’s relative to just 45 percent basically democrats.

A biblical campaign… Josh Shapiro is trying to become a new kind of Jewish politician as he runs for Governor of Pennsylvania. Instead of downplaying his religion for fear of appearing different, he believes he can use his faith — he describes himself as a middle-class, conservative Jew — as a tool to win over voters in his fight against Doug Mastriano. On a bright September morning in Philadelphia, as Shapiro talks to more than a dozen powerful pastors from nearby AME churches who could help him train black voters in November, it seems to be working, writes Holly Otterbein.

What AOC and Nixon have in common… While anger at the Supreme Court comes mostly from the left these days, in 1970, angered by a series of liberal rulings, then-President Richard Nixon ordered a Michigan congressman to name of Gerald Ford to target liberal Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas for impeachment. In a two-hour address, the normally mild-mannered Michigan congressman ripped into the court-serving veteran, accusing Douglas of giving “legitimacy to the militant hippie-yippie movement”, attacking his personal life and linking him to the porn and even the Mafia. Frederic J. Frommer looks at the fallout from Ford’s crusade and why getting someone off the bench is never a simple proposition.

These presidential soap busts (yes, we said presidential soap busts), photographed in September 1947, were the work of JT Taylor of San Antonio, Texas. The soap artist wrote to Harry S. Truman requesting a portrait of the president without glasses so the sculptor could sculpt his likeness, as he had done for all previous presidents, writes Creamer Ella.

Presidents and political symbols have often been the subject of bathroom supplies: the secret service once called a california business woman to ask if she would stick the presidential badge on her line of toiletries and sell it in the White House gift shop.

Presidents are really responsible to pay for general household items like toothpaste, toilet paper and deodorant themselves. Since presidents cannot easily access a local CVS (and rarely carry a portfolio), a White House staffer pick up these items then bill the president.

** Who dispelled? answer: It was then-Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez who repeatedly called Bush “Mister Danger” and also called him (in Spanish) a liar, drunk, coward, and psychologically ill.

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