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"cat stafford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Yeah, well, we know that there are just incredible additional barriers for women and politics, and particularly for black women in politics, So not only do they face as cat mentioned, you know, and we saw this very clearly in the cycle. This massive gifts disinformation campaign. Hurting Pamela Harris, but we see this up and down the ballot at every level. It is harder for black women candidates in particular to raise money. They are underfunded in their campaigns. They tend to face more primary opposition than white male candidates in particular, so and their level of excellence is usually rated much higher. So essentially, the bar is just so much higher for women of color candidates, and particularly for black women can It's that they have to just kind of continue to overcome. So you know, I think that's your last caller really highlighted. Come on. Harris has risen to this occasion, and she performed exceptionally well in the debate, and she made it an incredibly moving speech when when the election was declared, and I think is, you know, prepared to really rise to those expectations, But we do know that these biases are Very strong that they expected voting patterns and that they will continue to be barriers not only for her, but for other candidates that are trying to make our democracy more reflective and representative We're going to run out of time shortly. Cat Stafford for you as a national race and ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press. Do you have any thoughts on how the fact that we had Barack Obama as president? Either paves the way or creates new kinds of questions of any kind. That makes it easier or harder or whatever metric you want to use. For Kamila Harris says she becomes vice president. Oh, yes, She's going to face a lot of significant challenges. But also she's going to have a lot of support support that coming for women across the nation support that especially coming from the black community, But when she was on the ground, Detroit one of the things that I will always remember how she was able to really connect with folks that have been just ravaged by the covert crisis. Looks to have lost her job, and I think people are hoping and expecting that she would take her personal experience being a person of color. Being a black woman in grave that to the White House is really addressing the longstanding issues. We've seen in America. So, yes, she has great challenges, but I think she also have a lot of opportunity to finally and hopefully correct a lot of the deals that have faced the station. That Stafford National Race and ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press, and Julie Kohler, host of the new Wonder Media Network, podcast White Picket Fence, which explores what she calls the fractured and often frustrating politics of white women. She's also senior adviser to the Democracy alliance. And the fellow in residence at the National Women's Law Center. Thank you both so much for joining us. Thank you, Brian. Thanks Brian there and w N. Y. C more to come. After.
"cat stafford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"646435 70 to 80. Let's have this conversation. I think with all the intense things that have been going on since Election day, this conversation hasn't really been had In very many places, and so let's have it least a piece of it here. 646435 70 to 80 with Cat Stafford National Race and Ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press. And Julie Kohler, host of the podcast white picket fence, which explores what she calls the fractured and often frustrating politics of white women. Can't let me stay with you for a second. Since you're with the AP. Is it possible? Two. Estimate or look at any data that gives us any clues to how much Harris on the ticket was a net. Plus factor or net minus factor. I didn't see it in the AP Vote Cast Exit poll Question Set at least the part of it that I was able to find. So is there reporting? Is there data do you happen to know No, We have not parse through that data. Yet. As far as I know, I mean, we do have that a. That really breaks down how women voted in you said this earlier. We know that white women just wanna fight for things they hold more for President Trump. Have to see that I really like to point out that we know that black women overwhelmingly voted in support of abiding here's tickets, and I just want to add that when You stepped on that stage when Harris was wearing that white suffragettes Dude, there's so many black women and little girls of color across this country who would get overcome with emotion? Because not only did she ascend to the highest political office of a black woman that has ever happened right, but she they believe will usher in an open up new doors for more black women and women of color, too. Achieve new heights in the political world, right. We know that black women are virtually under represented in politics, but they are hoping that with the hairs victory that that means we will start to see far more representative politics across the country. Julie Color. How would you assess how much of whatever their reaction to harass Woz was about race and how much was about gender if it's possible to pick those apart? I think it's really hard to pick those two apart. But I think I'd like to go back to, you know, a couple of other things. One thing is, you know we every four years. We sort of have this continued surprise that narrow majorities or pluralities of white women. Favor the Republican presidential candidate. And what I think is really important to note is that this is a longstanding pattern in the U. S for about the last 70 years. That's been the case that narrow majorities of white women have favorite Republican presidential candidates. And moreover, these kind of white identity politics that Donald Trump employed throughout the campaign, his appeals to what he called suburban women or quote suburban housewives, but what we clearly knew he meant as as white women. Like billows racist appeals to white women, in particular that form of weight identity. Politics has also been very effective with numbers of White voters over the years. And so I think we need to stop being surprised Sadly, by the fact that this form of racist white identity politics actually resonates with many voters. That said, I think the one thing that we also have to look at that is kind of obscured by the exit poll data is that we did see movement among some subgroups of white women voters this election. There's a lot of focus, obviously and kind of this sub group of white, college educated women in the suburbs, and it does appear that in many, you know, especially kind of critical states for the election in states like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Georgia and Arizona. There was some movement of those voters. But moreover, in places where there's like new organizing infrastructure that's targeting a broader range of so called persuadable white women voters, including those without college educated or without college degrees. We also some movement there in states like Michigan and Wisconsin. So while I think we still can, you know, make some conclusion that dress and conclusions about sort of the overall state of race and gender and how it affects political identity isn't perceived political interest. I think it's also really important to highlight the fact that organizing matters and we really need to be investing in more of it. Duke in Brooklyn. You're on w, N Y C. Hi, Duke. Hi, Brian. I'm a huge fan sustaining member. I love you. Um, listen, my mother, she's in Florida. She's a huge, You know, she loves Fox News. She loves Trump. What I found very interesting and men in one of several of our arguments. She told me that, um if fighting wins That the Democrats are going to enact the 25th amendment. We're gonna have him delay it unfit declared unfit for office so that Kamila Could become the president of my mother's convinced that Kamila Was, um, decided to be the president the whole time and that once common becomes president. Basically, the United States is going to turn into Cuba and become this communist socialist. Whatever and I just wanted to make that comment. I just thought was interesting that you know, my mother is a white woman. And yet she's still really, um, she doesn't like Kamila and I think she could probably even live with fighting. But Kamila Absolutely not. Has that whole theory on goes all the way to Cuba, even though well, Even though so many things, and I think Brandon in Suffolk County has a similar story, Brandon, you're on W N Y C Hi. Hi, Brian. About sorry There's a little girl. Um Yes. So very, very similar. All the conspiracy theories of goes beyond Fox News, Whatever YouTube Getting out there that they're not believing, um Uh, I'm sorry. Um uh, yes. So basically, just just once at the underside works. Please tell me there's a problem. Um, but very much. Even the women every women in my, I'm like the oddball Republican in the group. A lthough women on my wife's side. All my I'm one of six for my brothers, My sister, all huge trump fans. They all buy into all the conspiracy theories. You can't You can't like, say the logic and the fact you here on this radio station and expressed that to them, and they just come say that they don't want to hear it. If they don't believe it. They believe the conspiracy theories. It's actually kind of sad. Brandon. Thank you for your call. I appreciate it. So cat Stafford from the AP, There were two callers saying the same thing. And, you know, I guess it wasn't even completely underground. Ah, people in the Trump campaign. People supporting the Trump campaign would say Biden isn't really going to be running the show the radicals, they're going to be running the show, and sometimes they would point to You'll see or she did to leave or members of Congress who it's hard for them to run the show. But sometimes they would point directly to comma Harris, right. Yes, and again for me, I guess. Especially being a black journalist being a black woman. It is not shocking or surprising to see this. But what we do know is that hair is a carpet of much more misinformation than anyone else. During this presidential campaign in a lot of that was fueled by racist claims. These were accurate, cleans about her record as a senator, and also the prosecutor. On anything, so a lot of people trying to fight that back. But again, we know that social media it's huge issue of misinformation that's being spread. And there are a lot of organizations such as Ah, higher heights, and she the people. Who have worked very hard and have actually alerted media in total to expect this very thing because again, Paris is someone that represents womanhood, but awful. She's a black woman. So again, we expect to see this sort of vitriol. You'd her way. Here is Lisa and Fairfield, Connecticut. Originally from Kamila Harris is California Lisa, You're on W N Y C. Hello. Hi, Brian. I'm a huge fan. Thanks for taking my call. Great to run. So, Yeah, I industry was not again found a kamala Harris. Um, I am from originally California and Um and I just What it felt like she had been running for office. Um and not really treating her constituents as well as she could have been her positions in my opinion, really changed. After the VP debate. I thought you did a fantastic job. Had, uh, seen her next depends see how she made sure her voice was heard and she was not talked over made me really proud and I was really excited on election night. You think of, you know a woman and a woman of color being a vice president and I'm really excited to see what she's going to do for this country with president elect cited He said. Thank you so much. So Julie Kohler, there has been a black man is president but never any kind of woman as president or vice. What does that suggest for what Harris has toe prove if it's fair to put him in that position, or what sexist perceptions of her She'll have to overcome and I guess, especially if she hopes to possibly become president after Joe Biden..
"cat stafford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"I've just seen this come across. Pennsylvania has voted to certify the presidential election result. Joe Biden won there by 88,000 votes, and that's now certified in Pennsylvania. So that puts another nail in the coffin. Of President Trump's attempt to nullify the vote. Theoretically, the state Senate and Statehouse and Pennsylvania and Michigan on elected officials in Georgia could still overturn They're certifications, though that would be really difficult. And so the transition to the Biden and Harris administration has taken some major leaps in the last day with all of that. And the announcement of all those Cabinet nominations will continue to follow both tracks. That is the transition and Trump's last last gasp efforts to try to stop it. But yesterday was big with the certification in Michigan. And now today the certification in Pennsylvania for making it harder for Republican governors and state legislators to just cancel people's votes. So as we've Elevated that issue on the show to make sure we were shining a light on the process on they couldn't do this undercover of people not paying attention, or just too casually saying it was over while they were trying to flip it, not even in the courts, but in the political process. We can now say that that seems to really be slipping away from them. So is Biden and Harris prepared to govern. Now will ask what was common house's effect on the outcome of the election. And how does that set up? The new administration will also asking the segment. Why did white women Vote, mostly for Donald Trump again will explore this question now with Cats, Stafford National Race and Ethnicity reporter for The Associated Press, and Julie Kohler, host of the New Wonder Media Network, podcast white picket fence. Which explores what she calls the fractured and often frustrating politics of white women. She is also senior adviser to the Democracy Alliance and fellow in residence at the National Women's Law Center. So Julian Cat, Thanks for coming on Welcome to W. N. Y. C today. Thank you. It's great to be with you on gats Stafford at the AP. Let me go to you first, just for a minute on this breaking news from Pennsylvania and putting it together. With what happened in Michigan yesterday, because I know you've report been reporting on this. Yes, And, you know, I think this is something that I kind of posted on Twitter yesterday. I think that will be saw in Michigan. And what we're seeing in Pennsylvania is a lot of relief, right? There is relieved that now these results have finally official A lot of going advocates that I've been talking to you. They've been putting after it's going in there saying, OK, this is great, but what's really dive in and talk to you. How It was and direct attack and thought on the voting rights specifically for a lot of voters of color, even to be more specific black voters, so they're pledging to remain vigilant in the future. They're concerned. About what sort of president this sort of thing will have on black voters. And again. I just looked for my folks that black Americans have only been federally guaranteed the right to vote. Of 55 years old country. So when a lot of voters have been watching him been unfolding over the past couple of weeks, there's a very real fear. Here's part of a letter to the editor of the Tampa Bay Times shortly before election Day from a local resident identifying herself as Judy Hogan from Tampa. And it says, in part for my vote, I will cast mine for what I see as the lesser of two evils. We are avoiding the elephant in the room. In my opinion, the probability that if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is elected Vice presidential candidate, Kamila Harris will be our president during Biden's term. This writer says. I cannot imagine her negotiating deals with world leaders. I cannot imagine her being the commander in chief of the greatest military in the world, nor can I imagine her leading us out of a pandemic and bringing back or economy She certainly could not In my opinion, negotiate a peace treaty in the Middle East, says this writer, and it continues. I don't think we are really thinking this through. He would have had my vote. If he had chosen Amy Klobuchar. However, I am left with the thought of Harris becoming president and cannot cast my vote. For that ticket. So Julie Kohler, I was surprised when I first saw that letter that the Tampa Bay Times would even publish it because the writer doesn't give any reasons for thinking how this would be worse. Thing, Trump or Biden at those things. They let her stated without backing it up. But I'm curious if that letter rings true to you as a sentiment that was maybe more common than has been reported on for why Trump did as well as he did. Yeah, You know, I think that it is hard to differentiate is how much of the white vote for Trump and including white women's votes for Trump. Was based on really this racist and sexist messaging around that we heard targeted it. Kamila Harris by Trump and by many others, many other Republican officials And then how much that it really seems sort of Parton parcel with the overall kind of white identity politics that is so much Donald Trump's brand. So while that particular, you know, voter, but she made claim that she would have voted for Biden had he chosen a different running mate. I guess I'm skeptical because it seems to me that if people are receptive to the racist and sexist attacks on someone like Kamila Harris, who was eminently qualified to be vice president, elect and service eyes, president To me. It speaks to the fact that they were probably persuaded by the overall brand of white identity politics that Donald Trump really embodies. That Stafford was that letter anomaly based on your reporting during the campaign. I don't believe so. And I think that might shock some folks. But no on guy say this because we know that uh, Vice President elect Kamila Harris. She This is what I called the double edged sword of racism and sexism and to have that come together. I think we're rehearsing is the convergence of both of those things. That are being thrust to the forefront into the point about white identity. I think that is a huge component here. We have toe note that a lot of white Americans said in 2016 ever supporting Trump because of his Policies has the fact that he was going to bring back manufacturing jobs. Well, we look a game in 2020. A lot of books have raised the question of why are you supporting him now? When in fact a lot of things that he said What happened did not happen in your communities. So some experts that I've been talking to they saved next. This is really a sign that there are a lot of Americans that were not only willing to turn a blind eyes of racism, but they infect outright agree with a lot of Trump's rhetoric and his views on race. And I think that it's something that a lot of activists and others are really saying America really needs protecting with the fact that racism is still deeply read it in discovery. Listeners help, which was Kamila Harris, either a plus factor or a minus factor in your vote for President +646435 70 to 80. 646435 70 to 80 If you voted for Donald Trump. How much was it because like that writer to the Tampa Bay Times. You might have considered Biden if he had chosen someone like Amy Klobuchar. But Kamila Harris, for whatever reason was more threatening to you 646435 70 to 80 Anybody listening like that 646435 70 to 80 and people who voted for Joe Biden. How much was coming? Harris and explicit Plus factor for you. Or how much did you vote for Joe Biden in spite of common Harris also being on the ticket because you have some negative judgements of her..
"cat stafford" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Bill and Senator Harris coming from a law enforcement background. We're in the moment where we're still facing, you know the ramifications of the uprisings who saw this summer? And people want to see more. Can't let let's talk a moment about Shirley Chisholm famously on bought in Boston, She was the first black woman elected to the house and then ran for president in 1972. What affected just seeing a black woman run for president at that time have on future generations, including someone like Senator Harris. I'm so glad you brought Shirley Chisholm because I just had a story where I actually spoke with Hazel Deuce. Who's this long time activist 88 years old and Steve walked me through that moment of when she thought sure, Lynch's um get on that stage in 1972 in Miami and for her for so many black women. It was more than just the historical moment. It was a moment of hope. A moment that they knew would open more doors a moment that they knew that eventually would potentially lead to opportunity for someone to come through, like humble hairs, And that's really the legacy of chisel. That's the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer. That's the legacy of all of these black women who have come before Camilla hairs and I just I thought it was so pointed last night when she said that as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders. And that's true because once again black women have been at the forefront of these fights for so long. It is just now that people have fully began to realize their power in the strength that they bring with them to this table. Cat. The pandemic overshadows everything about this election in this convention, and Senator Harris spoke to that last night, connecting it to the work we need to do to fight racism. This virus. It has no eyes. And yet it knows exactly how we see each other. And how we treat each other. And let's be clear There is no vaccine for racism. We've got to do the work. Yes. And look, we know through my reporting to the reporting of some of the others that this pandemic has disproportionately impacted black Americans and other people of color. They have been hit hard Really by what I've been noting as three crises going on at the same time, which is the health implications of people dying, which is the economic fallout from the pandemic, people losing their jobs, unable to put food on the table for their families. But then you couple that with this moment that we're in with this reckoning around racism in this country. And so you can't talk about any of this without noting that race is at the center of this election. Racism is at the center of this country, and I think was senator Hairs did last night was really make sure that we brought that to the forefront and recognize that in order for this nation to move forward, it's gonna have to grapple with this long history of racism in this country. There's no other way for If the Harris Biden ticket is successful in November, as you mentioned, there will be no more black women in the Senate. For both of you. Why do we need more black women leaders and how would this country be different if that were a reality? I think that the reality is that representation does not utter and regardless of how you feel about the representation, black women deserve to be at every level represented for the work that they do, and that is very obvious in the Democratic Party. And I think that if Senator Harris makes it to the White House that her absence will be felt, I think she brings her prosecutorial background whenever we see her at a hearing, and we will lose that, and it is a shame that in this historic moment where we're celebrating such a game that we have to always be thinking about what we're losing, there's always a sacrifice and I think that that will be underscored, No matter what happens. And for me, I think this is an important point. You know? I spoke with Dr Jonetta Cole, who, of course, was first black woman president of the Historical Hbcu Bowman. And something that she said really stuck with me, she said. If you see one, you can be one. And I'm saying that because for every little black girl in his country for really every little girl in this country when they see someone like senator hairs when they see someone like Stacey Abrams It just lets them know that they too, can do that. But everything that could just agree with her because while this is a moment of celebration, we can't fully declared that it's a victory because America has yet to see its first black woman governor. In his 2020 think about that and let that sink in. We still have so much more work to do. Co. Bragg is a reporter for the 19th and Cat. Stafford is an Associated Press reporter on race and ethnicity. Thank you both So much for being here. Thank you. Thanks..
"cat stafford" Discussed on KQED Radio
"South Asian woman to accept the nomination for vice president for a major political party. Black women have been an essential part of the Democratic Party. For more than half a century. A recent Pew study found that 87% of black women identified as Democrats, making them one of the most party loyal demographics in the country. Yet they've often been sidelined, forced to fight for a seat at the table and left off the pages of history. Some more numbers to consider only 47 black women have ever served in Congress in Kamala Harris is only the second black woman to be a senator. The black women have helped shape the ideology of the party and have played a central role in the lead up to the 2020 election when a record breaking 122 black women filed to run for congressional seats. I'm Bridget Bergen in Vega. Marking this historic moment and reflecting on the critical but often overlooked work of black women in the Democratic Party. That's where we start today on the take away. Joining me now is co brag. A reporter for the 19th, a nonprofit newsroom with a focus on gender policy and politics. Thank you for joining US co Thank you for having me. And also with us is Cat Stafford, an Associated Press reporter on race and ethnicity. Hi cat. Hi. How are you doing? Bridget? I'm great. And Kat. I want to start with big picture. Black women are one of the most consistent voting demographics in the country, and this holds true across this diverse population. What drives the turnout. Black women when they hit the poles when they usher their families their frames, they know that they are not just voting for a simple reason. Many of these women believe they're voting for life or death through their communities. When you look at The legacy of black women. Black people in this nation. This nation has AH, long history of racism. We're still dealing with the effects of slavery and systemic racism still permeates through the fabric of this nation. So when black women hits of the poles, they head to the polls with that on their shoulders with that in their mind, so When you have calmly hairs reaching this new level for black women within politics is quite an emotional moment for many of them and cat despite being faithful Democrat voters. How has the Democratic Party sideline black women? So historically, black women have been the ones who have organized. I believe Camel hair stated disinherit expected, she noted the legacy of black women those who came before her, she noticed that black women have rallied. They have marched. They have fought for many of these movements that have led us to this point today, for that was the civil rights movement or the fight. For women to get the right to vote, which we know that that come into fruition for black women until many, many years later. So when you talk about the legacy of black women, they are the ones who have been the backbone of the struggles in America, and that, in turn, though, has forced them to be on the sidelines because of racism because of sexism. Which in many cases only women of color face that double edged toward Cho. Senator Harris is now one of the few examples of the black woman in politics who actually has a seat at the highest table. What's the significance of this moment in terms of the leadership opportunity, but also the burden? Yes. So I think that Senator Harris got to this in her speech last night in talking about the multifaceted nous of this moment. She's really specific about where she fits into the legacy of this nation by sharing a lot of parts of What made her her She talked about. Howard University. She talked about being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated, and all of these things made her who she was since she was born at that hospital in Oakland. I think this is the first time for a lot of people that she was very, very specific. In talking about who her family was who she thought to be the people that have gotten her to this moment whether they have what they are alive to see her or not, And I think this is happening in the moment of Democratic National Convention. That is, they keep referring to is an unconventional convention because of this moment that we're facing this pandemic. And she was one of the only people to mention that the 19th amendment, the centennial of which we're celebrating this week did what did not successfully achieve access to the ballot for all I think it is definitely a landmark on. But it's something that minors room is named after a bout with an asterisk right to denote the fact that not all people, not all women got the right to vote following this amendment to the Constitution. And I think that's really important. And I think she knows that in this moment as both Senator Harris and Michelle Obama have stated in their speeches that they love their country, But I think when you hear the on ly black woman in the U. S Senate, and if she is elected to the lighthouse will leave that Senate without a black woman there Toe. She talks about opening doors. Being the first of many, but without someone else to take up that baton. I think that when she especially black women say that they're fighting for equality and access in this country out of a love that is also carrying a lot of what was in the trauma and the legacy of what it means to fight for the ballot, And I think She did an excellent job of mentioning a lot of black women who I hope people will learn about married Church. Terrell Mary McLeod Bethune, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer. I'm so glad you mentioned that go because, you know, I want to spend a moment talking about some of those women that Senator Harris mentioned last night. You know, Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist. Lots of our listeners will know her work well, but for those who don't Can you talk about her impact and influence on the Democratic Party? Absolutely so I have roots in Mississippi and so standing. Lou Hamer is wanted in so many ways. She was a farmer. She was a sharecropper, and she fought to push the party toe where it needed to go. To push the party to see women like her who had carried this nation who had built this nation right and yet could not be elected. Did not have this party did not make room And so she founded the Freedom Democratic Party. Really push the party where she wanted to see you go. And I think that that's really important to lift her name up in this moment, right when you know Fannie Lou Hamer was fighting for food access for farmers in the Mississippi Delta, who I mean the irony is so burning that like to be a farmer to be a sharecropper. To be the descendant of the enslaved and yet be hungry, And we're now in this moment where so many people are facing hunger in this pandemic and racism and just so many dueling factors that make life really hard. I think the lift her name up is really important and also a nod to the work that Senator Harris and Joe Biden and will have to do to honor the fact that there are a lot of people who want to see the Democratic Party incorporate people further on the left. Andi incorporate those eyes and pushing further and the reality is there's a lot of criticism. Because of their records, with the crime Bill and Senator Harris coming from a law enforcement background. We're in the moment where we're still facing, you know the ramifications of the uprisings who saw this summer? And people want to see more..
"cat stafford" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Work of black women in the Democratic Party. That's where we start today on the take away. Joining me now is co brag. A reporter for the 19th, a nonprofit newsroom with a focus on gender policy and politics. Thank you for joining US co Thank you for having me. And also with us is Cat Stafford, an Associated Press reporter on race and ethnicity. Hi cat. Hi. How are you doing? Bridget? I'm great. And Kat. I want to start with big picture. Black women are one of the most consistent voting demographics in the country. And this holds true across this diverse population. What drives the turnout? Black women when they hit the poles when they usher their families, their frames, they know that they are not just voting for a simple reason. Many of these women believe they're voting. For life or death for their communities. When you look at the legacy of black women, black people in this nation, this nation has AH, long history of racism. We're still dealing with the effects of Slavery and systemic racism still permeates through the fabric of this nation. So when black women hits of the poles, they head to the polls with that on their shoulders with that in their mind, So when you have camel hairs reaching this new level for black women within politics is quite an emotional moment for many of them. Venkat despite being faithful Democrat voters. How has the Democratic Party sidelined black women So historically, black women have been the ones who have organized. I believe, Kamala Harris stated disinherit acceptance speech, she noted. The legacy of black women those who came before her. She noted that black women have rally they have marched. They have fought for many of these movements that have led us to this point today, for that was the silver rights movement or the fight for women to get the right to vote, which we know that that come into fruition for black women until many, many years later. So when you talk about the legacy of black women, they are the ones who have been the backbone of the struggles in America. And that, in turn, though, has forced them to be on the sidelines because of racism because of sexism, which in many cases only women of color face that double edged toward Cho. Senator Harris is now one of the few examples of the black woman in politics who actually has a seat at the highest table. What's the significance of this moment in terms of the leadership opportunity, but also the burden? Yes. So I think that Senator Harris got to this in her speech last night in talking about the multifaceted nous of this moment. She's really specific about where she fits into the legacy of this nation by sharing a lot of parts of What made her her She talked about. Howard University. She talked about being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority incorporated, and all of these things made her who she was since she was born at that hospital in Oakland. I think this is the first time for a lot of people that she was very, very specific. In talking about who her family was who she thought to be the people that have gotten her to this moment whether they have whether they are alive to see her or not, And I think this is happening in the moment of Ah Democratic National Convention. That is, they keep referring to is an unconventional convention because of this moment that we're facing this pandemic. And she was one of the only people to mention that the 19th amendment, the centennial of which we're celebrating this week did what did not successfully achieve access to the ballot for all I think it is definitely a landmark. And that is something that my newsroom is named after a bout with an asterisk right to denote the fact that not all people, not all women got the right to vote following this amendment to the Constitution. And I think that's really important. And I think she knows that in this moment as both Senator Harris and Michelle Obama have seen in their speeches that they love their country, But I think when you hear the on ly black woman in the U. S Senate, and if she is elected to the White House will leave that Senate without a black woman. They're toe. She talks about opening doors being the first of many, but without someone else to take up that baton. I think that when she especially black women say that they're fighting for equality and access in this country out of a love that is also carrying a lot of what cat was saying. The trauma and the legacy of what it means to fight for the ballot. And I think She did an excellent job of mentioning a lot of black women who I hope people will learn about married Church. Terrell Mary McLeod Bethune, Diane Nash, Fannie Lou Hamer. I'm so glad you mentioned that co because, you know, I want to spend a moment talking about some of those women that Senator Harris mentioned last night. You know, Fannie Lou Hamer was a civil rights activist. Lots of our listeners will know her work well, but for those who don't Can you talk about her impact and influence on the Democratic Party? Absolutely so I have roots in Mississippi and so standing. Lillehammer is iconic in so many ways. She was a farmer. She was a sharecropper, and she fought to push the party toe where it needed to go. To push the party to see women like her who had carried this nation who had built this nation right and yet could not be elected. Did not have this party did not make room And so she founded. The Freedom Democratic Party really pushed the party where she wanted to see it. Go. And I think that that's really important toe lift her name up in this moment, right when you know Fannie Lou Hamer was fighting for food access for farmers in the Mississippi Delta, who I mean, the irony is so burning that like to be a farmer to be a sharecropper to be the descendant of the enslaved. And yet be hungry. And we're now in this moment where so many people are facing hunger in this pandemic and racism and just so many dueling factors that make life really hard, I think for lift her name up. Is really important and also a nod to the work that Senator Harris and Joe Biden will have to do to honor the fact that there are a lot of people who want to see the Democratic Party incorporate people further on the left, Andi corporate's dies and push him further and the reality is there's a lot of criticism. Because of their records, with the crime Bill and Senator Harris coming from a law enforcement background. We're in the moment where we're still facing, you know the ramifications of the uprisings who saw this summer? And people want to see more. Can't let let's talk a moment about Shirley Chisholm famously on bought an embossed. She was the first black woman elected to the house and then ran for president in 1972. What affected just seeing a black woman run for president at that time have on future generations, including someone like Senator Harris. I'm so glad you brought Shirley Chisholm because I I just had a story where I actually spoke with Hazel Deuce. Who's this long time activist 88 years old and she walked me through that moment of when she saw Shirley Chisholm. Get on that stage in 1972 in Miami and for her, and for so many black women, it was more than just the historical moment. It was a moment of hope. Ah, moment that they knew would open more doors a moment that they knew that eventually would potentially lead to opportunity for someone to come through, like humble hairs, and that's really The legacy of Chisholm. That's the legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer. That's the legacy of all of these black women who have come before Camilla hairs and I just thought it was so poignant last night when she said That as Americans, we all stand on their shoulders. And that's true because once again black women have been at the forefront of these fights for so long. It is just now that people have fully began to realize. Their power in the strength that they bring with them to this table. Cat. The pandemic overshadows everything about this election in this convention, and Senator Harris spoke to that last night, connecting it to the work we need to do to fight racism. This virus..
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"Dynamic black women like Karen Bath or Barbara Lee. People who really have fought very hard for human rights for civil rights. Then you are Really firebrands, which is what I think he needs in the campaign. I think Pamela Harris is too polite to come too interested in being seen in a certain way. I don't think she's the kind of fighter for our rights that we need. I'm very sorry that he made the choice. Thanks for your calls at 8778 might take. That's 8778698253 Cat Stafford is the associate press reporter on race and ethnicity and Maya King covers race, ethnicity and campaigns for politico. Maya. Let's start with you. Why do you think? Ultimately, Biden shows harassed her as his running mate. Well, you know, since you know, I think that Ah Harris really checks the boxes, both for those who were hoping for the historic choice, so woman of color on the ticket and those who were hoping for a strong Viable candidate. I mean, Harris, the one phrase that I keep hearing is that she's ready on day One and another phrase that I've heard is that she's battle tested. Folks have seen her on the campaign trail. They know what she brings. They know the connections that she brings. Andi, I think you know, at the end of the day, Joe Biden kind of looked at a lot of the options that he had and saw inheres, someone who was not only able to bring together further shoring up The support that he needs at the margins within the party, but also someone who can definitely hold her own on the debate stage and be able Teo to lead and and really hold her own in the White House if they do win in November. Cat. Let's bring you in here because Camilla's nomination is historic. She's the first black woman and also the first woman of Indian descent to be nominated for vice president here in this country. Why do you think? What do you think that is going to convey to voters? The power of this moment cannot be overstated. First off, Um I think what this conveys to voters, especially black women in this moment, Who For the past several months have really been telling the party look, it's our time to lead. It's time for our voices to be heard. It's time for you to recognize all of our contributions dating back to the civil rights movement. And and honestly before that, right, I think in this moment what this shows is that the party is listening to these voters. They recognized the The impact that they could have and will have, or in the November election. And I think that the party is hoping that this is a signal of you know, we hear you. We see what you're saying. But I just want to point out you know, I had a story that published this morning in one woman, a black woman into trade. She told me that for her, it speaks to the fact that this tells little black girls Little grows of color across the nation across the world, really, that they can to hope to achieve to become the president of the United States of America. And cat. One of the things that is noted, is often Camilla's black heritage. She her father is of Jamaican descent. She went to Howard University. She's a member of the national A K A sorority less talked about is her Indian heritage. Why do you think that is That's a good question, And I think it's an important point to make I I believe, at least in my own, reporting that it's important to note all of her heritage. I mean, she has spoken deeply about her bond with her late mother and how really she was her single largest influence in her life, So I think it's crucial for us to recognize that in to point that out But also you know, at the AP. We had a long discussion about this. You know, how do we characterize her? And I think that's something that on news rooms need to have frank discussions about and we decided to recognize the fact that she identifies herself as a black woman while also recognizing her Asian American heritage as well. So I think that her selection, though, Ah, while my story focused heavily on what it means to black women to black voters, I have seen so many people off color from very Groups across the country who are excited about this election. Maya. You know, one of the things that has come up for then presidential candidate Kamala Harris has her Her background on criminal justice issues. Protests against police brutality have obviously continued over the past couple of months. But this felt to me my very much like the Democratic Party was saying we're not as far left as you would like us to be. We're going to appeal to more of a moderate centrist voter. With the Camilla pick. Do you see that particularly given her record on criminal justice? I dio and I think it's interesting because a lot of the discourse around her pick in the immediate wake of it has been saying that she would shore up black support, but to your point You know, having Harris on the ticket does not make black supported given when she was a presidential candidate, Harris broke through with African American voters barely in the top three and part of the reason why that was was Going to her prosecutorial record. And as you also mentioned, you know we're seeing now We're entering our third month of widespread protest against racism and against police violence. I've already heard from folks who are involved in activist movements and those who are You know, members of the more progressive flank of of the Democratic Party who aren't really excited about seeing Harris on the ticket because of her record on policing and because of the role that she played in mass incarceration in California. Use of the things that people are pointing Teo and other things that they'll be looking to Harris and to bite and, quite frankly, to answer to a man and not necessarily smooth over, But I think now the time will come for them.
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"Attacks, racist attacks. And I think in the months that are to come that is quite honestly going to be what we see and again I think it will be up to the media to determine how we frame those things because again, what my I was just talking about you know some of these concerns that were raised about here is a quote unquote attacking Biden during the course of the primary with those same questions be asked of a fellow man, isn't that the course of a debate, a political debate for so we're just going to say it was a debate. To be nice and a debate I'm just confused I'm not exactly exactly. So it's that double standard. Well and one of the things I'm wondering my and or cat if you want to weigh in here because I was sort of thinking about this yesterday that this isn't really does it really matter what Republicans say about the ticket because I don't feel I don't believe in this idea that there are still undecided voters right now if we look at both of the parties, I think we know more or less the ticket is going to be I think voters are pretty decided to me. The question is more. Are they going to go to the polls to vote? Is this going to? Inspire people to get to the polls Do you see that as well my account? Yes I absolutely agree and that's why I think at the end of the day Harris was seen as such a smart pick because what this is going to come down to is support at the margins and having a black woman on the ticket has short up support among one of the strongest voting blocks in the Democratic Party, and that's black women and not only will they show. Up but they will bring their families and the one voting block that that has been really again for both Democrats and Republicans is that slim margin of young men of color who are not necessarily choosing between voting for Joe, Biden, or Donald trump but between voting and not voting at all or protest voting for a third party candidate and not voting at all is the. Thing is that still something that people are suggesting in this election I'm particular. Well, I hate to bring up Kanye but I do believe that that is the one per. Snap folks have plenty to as a potential protest vote. Now, I'm not saying that that's a viable pick and not that's even legitimate but I do think that there is still an element of disenfranchisement particularly among certain slices of the of the voting of African. American. Voters and voters of color who are saying that neither party is really going to do anything for them particularly at a time where this election is viewed as a referendum, not only on trump but on public health and on race and policing I think there has to. Be. Now. In the next few weeks, some real strong effort here to say that this is that there will really be change that comes with a new a new administration cat I WANNA get some really quick. We've got a minute left in this segment here but wondering if we can just get the for you said, the AP had to think about how to characterize Kamla are are you confident in the news reporting so far on how she's been framed? Does it look like rewarding some of the pitfalls from two? Thousand Sixteen I think out of the gate, I think most Melania. have been careful and how they're characterizing her how they are describing her and I think as we move forward, it will be important for us to make efforts to ask her herself. How do you identify how would you like us to describe your heritage I think that that is crucial in reporting to prevent us from making some of the same mistakes that we did in two thousand sixteen the media really has to take an honest look at how we're covering communities of color. Cat Stafford of the Associated Press, Maya King of politico thanks to you both for this excellent conversation. Thank you..
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"And join the program next week this hour we have a great panel to guide us through the week in the news I'm here with Margaret Talev politics and White House editor at Axios Sung Men Kim the White House reporter for the Washington Post who focuses on the intersection of the trump administration Capitol Hill and Cat Stafford national race ethnicity writer for the Associated Press is with us as well. I WanNa talk a little bit about some presidential election news. I we expect to any day now to hear from Joe Biden, about his running mate lots of speculation around a number of African American women in particular including Comma Harrison California Susan Rice the former UN ambassador Karen Bass the congresswoman. I. We had a an indication that this would becoming this week. It hasn't kept Stafford, what it what are you know or thinking about in terms of the timing of this announcement or what you expect or hope to hear from Joe Biden? Yes. So right now everyone is expecting that an announcement could be made next week. But again, as you just noted this is changing every day but I do want to point out that in this moment I think it's important to specifically pay attention to be black electorate right now with the emphasis on black women in what they are really hoping to see. Come of this announcement we had a story that we wrote earlier this month I really dove into the history of black women in politics, and in this moment what they desire, what they're demanding to see in what struck me about this moment is a lot of black women are saying if not now when when will we see a return on investment that we have long? Made in this Democratic Party with our support by assuring our family of France to the polls and really making sure that we support these candidates. Will we see something in return for a lot of Women Museum? This moment is they are hoping that Joe Biden will pick a black woman to be his vice president, not just any black women but a black woman who has The ability to empathize really understand a lot of these long standing. It's a sticky issues that have plagued black Americans for so long. So I think in this moment, this pick is going to be crucial for him because once again, we're in the middle of this racial reckoning, right? So he needs someone who could be his partner is stand by his sight and really help. Push the country towards the right direction shit he'd be elected. Margaret love to hear from you on this on this issue of timing when we might hear from Joe Biden and what you sort of here in this delay know if we call a delay but there hasn't been an expectation could come any day any day now and also wrote respond to cats point about. It seems like this would be a difficult thing for Joe Biden go against with so many qualified African American women apparently on his shortlist. Yeah. I think that's right I mean every source set my reporters and I talked to WHO's Around door close to her inside the buying world. ACKNOWLEDGES THAT WITH The. Both the corona viruses disparate impact on people of color and with the killing of George Floyd in the aftermath of follow the national demonstrations the call for change that really changed the dynamic the Calculus in terms of. It being important not just have a woman but a woman of color on that ticket and so you saw there were many people who thought Elizabeth Warren would be a good running mate including many African Americans who says Warren has the most in-depth policy proposals to deal with. Minorities in and and disparities in economic disparities and health disparities and so on and so forth. Many people who think that Gretchen whitmer up could make sense as a running mate for him who say that Calculus has changed now so our reporting tells us the third to. A top choices are calmly Harris and Susan Rice and for very different reasons both are accomplished black women who have served in government but. Has Been has served in elected office and has a higher national profile. Susan Rice has not served elective office and while very well known among people who follow policy closely is not as much of a household name. With the average but Karen Bass also has been A. Seriously considered, but there is a feeling that are her chances have diminished in the wake of. Revelations about some of her past support of the you know. Or not to support by rhetoric Cuban around scientology and and the notion that you know Lake House member and Martin. Erupted just want to sort of for listeners who are catching up with US Karen. Bass of course, Congressman from California Black. Caucus leader in Congress and extremely well regarded regarded by the liberal wing of the of the Democratic Party go on I mean interrupt. Yeah. That's right. But. You know like there's always a danger in the speculation we can all be completely wrong and it could be somebody else but a consistently what we're hearing. Inside our reporting is that it Harris and rice up present kind of the two choices that both Biden, and his inner circle are most focused around The know that he has a friendship genuine friendship and a close working relationship with rights from her time inside the Obama administration and even dating back to the campaign like two, thousand, seven, thousand, eight right up. But that we know with Harris even though there are some. Some league in some not perfect feelings because of. Their clashes over you know bussing or racial. Racial Sensitivities Biden's bill and talk about race issues in a modern way all that stuff that played out on the primary. That for the most part, there's a sense that that's something that both of them could get passed in that..
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"Here he is on the Senate floor while Americans are struggling the Democratic leaders have moved about one inch. One Edge. In a days. For. The sake of the millions and millions who need more help. Let's hope they decide to get furious. Cat Man, let me come to you first on this. What are you here in this debate and this impasse? What's your take? Well what I hear is a congress. Fully listening to what Americans are seeing this moment. America's are crying out for help from their leaders. We are talking about a country that is really facing what I like to call three crises at once we're dealing with the health fallout. African Americans and other people of color dying at this disparate rates from covid nineteen. We're also dealing with the economic fallout, which is what this discussion is really about the fact that more people need money to sustain their lives, but we're also dealing with this racial reckoning very in. So right now I think Americans are seeing, Hey, we've been out of work for so long how can we function? How can we continue? So people really want to see Congress come to a Resolution on this because there are still so many communities across the country right now where people are really out of work in their struggling grant is do what's the answer? Yeah. Rent is due and their their reports of lots of people facing eviction not far down the road as well. Sung men I'd like to come to you on this. What is the blockage? Well, let me ask you this I mean the last report that I read very quickly before we went to. Was it seems like these talks are close to breaking down altogether. What's the latest what we know? I mean right now they look like they really are on the teetering of collapsed I. Mean we always say these tough congressional and administration negotiation. There is always kind of the bad meeting before there comes a deal you both sides kind of have to let out their anger let out their positions. There's always kind of like that tense meeting but but on Capitol for the last two weeks, it's been. A series of those bad meetings and there just doesn't seem to be any public progress They are you know even just speaking numbers they are trillions of dollars apart you know the the starting proposal for Senate Republicans was about one trillion dollars with a plan that be administration had mostly endorsed. Democrats are sticking to a three point four trillion dollar plan that passed the democratic controlled House back in May. And it's it's remarkable. Just how You know. We are in the middle of this economic and public health crisis we are. We are actually passed certain deadlines and there doesn't seem to be an actual willingness for a compromise at least. That were publicly seeing and right now what we're seeing more is political positioning pasta eggs. You can blame each other when the fallout comes. I think Democrats believe they had the upper hand here because they you know they were at least able to pass through one one Pastor one of the Chambers of Congress, a proposal and that Republicans are severely designed it on there and that's why House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have been unwilling to compromise as much as Republicans but like but Republicans are increasingly you know getting really serious about. Their unwillingness to kind of move off their proposal that I would emphasize would never passed the Republican controlled Senate norby signed into law by the president. Now, president trump is threatening executive orders to to deal with at least some parts of what would've been done legislatively, and I would point out that they are legality questions as to whether he could do that. Hold on hold on just a second because I wanted to read part of that tweet which I believe came yesterday. So before he departed for Ohio, he tweeted notified my staff to continue working on an executive order with respect to payroll tax cut addiction protections, unemployment extensions, and student loan repayment options sounds hopeful Margaret is it I mean can the president do this sort of thing by executive order? How would that work? Yeah, we haven't. Seen the language, our understanding is that has been drafted and that these are multiple executive orders not one but an empty Pelosi has signaled publicly that she doesn't think that he can, and even if he can I, mean the president can't. appropriate. Money he can just redirect money that exists. Within his jurisdiction within his purview right. There's this whole thing about Congress holding the purse strings kind of in that whole thing about seperation of powers right and so. What is would Pelosi do something to challenge it what would her recourse or would it just be a matter of the president not really having enough money to actually. Do what he's suggesting he's GonNa. Do what the what the White House could do, what the president could do, and I think this will certainly be a part of the strategy is give states more flexibility to spend money, but that's money. The states were counting on to do other things with. So if you push the blame onto states then while we gave the states the power to do it I don't know know you know. This is we could be looking at sort of a lot of politics and not that much substance until Congress actually acts because you still need congress. If you'RE GONNA do real money the stuff cost real money and hear the latest jobs numbers right? The economy gaining one point eight, million jobs. Okay. That's better than no jobs but that does not signal the kind of robust economic recovery or even like. Recovery, economic recovery. The president wants heading into the core of the election season and. This affects look totally affects individuals especially people who are out of work right or who are small business people, but it also affects the economy and consumer spending takes a dip as a result of less money going into spending it could have massive implications nationwide and even globally, and that is the bet that is the wager that. While that the Republicans are taking ultimately because they are the ones who were the president is the incumbent and he's he's where the buck stops on the economy. Yeah. That new jobs report you mentioned one point eight, million new jobs in July. That report I mean it's funny. You can read it in sort of two ways. It's like, wow, it's almost two million jobs on the other hand. There's contains evidence that the hiring is actually slowing down and of course, the unemployment rate is still over ten percent So big challenges there we need to move on because there's lots of other stuff to talk about and I want to talk about some of the election primaries. We saw this week in several states. So let's talk about Missouri where Corey Bush a single mother pastor leader in the growing protest movement ousted long-time Congressman William Lacy. Clay. And this was really the latest jolt to the Democratic Establishment by progressive. So here she is discussing the potential significance of her win a believed when people see someone like me someone who was just a regular everyday person. In essential worker working class nurse, you know single parents of one who's been on how been uninsured didn't low wage worker of survivor of sexual assault in domestic violence will people see that? They is speaks to them and it's it's also sick. So stickling signaling to the community. Hey, we need a regular everyday person at Congress stickling to other people saying, Hey, I can do this too. I can run God's Corey Bush on our program yesterday cats. Cat Stafford I'd love to talk to you about this this race what what do you think?.
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"The doctor might not believe me and now potentially seeing some of that play out in the actual data where some my colleagues actually showing under reported -ness of Certain racial populations and communities in terms of coming in with symptoms and not leaving with a test around the country and it just it certainly is compounding the issue and certainly not something that we can Active weaken rather fix today. But at as we address this pandemic overall I think developing methods to really improve trust in our communities is going to be a large important factor and addressing this issue. Nicole Hannah Jones. You want to respond to them. I think that that is often the case. I don't know that I have anything additional to add to that. Okay well so then let's look. Let me ask you then about there. There are one thing we haven't discussed is for example the people who were incarcerated in the United States or the home or the population of People who are with without a home African Americans are over represented in both of those communities and they are particularly vulnerable. Right now. I mean that's also part of the picture here. Yes so if we understand that The general inequalities that black Americans face are lars the invisible to people in power than the inequalities of black people who are homeless and who are in prison. We just don't WanNa talk about them at all. I mean we have had an emerging issue at rikers in New York for weeks. Now where activists have been begging leadership to release people. Many people who are not even a rikers on a crime. They had a technical probation violation from prison and that is fallen largely on deaf ears. I think we have a general lack of empathy for people who are incarcerated and part of so much of the language and the response a bow around corona viruses. Well this anyone's fault so we need to provide assistance to Americans because Americans didn't bring this on themselves and I think we have a different sense when we talk about people. Incarcerated are homeless that somehow They are responsible for the circumstance that they're in and so we don't need to treat them with the urgency that they deserve and where I think I saw an article yesterday. That jails in Chicago or actually now. A new hotspot and people are in untenable conditions on your best day when people are living in unsanitary conditions having to share toilets being confined to small spaces and with a deadly disease like this. I think we're going to see really. Devastating numbers will Nicole Hannah Jones and Cat Stafford and Dr Not Bay. Essien stand by.
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"System has crashed so they've been working around the clock to fix this issue but just like every other state across the country is just been again soon. Nami of people really applying in trying to get these benefits and People are asking. Will the state be staffing girl? She say yes. There are increasing staff in the governor. Even said she plans to help out herself to really process. These claims so a lot of people are trying to apply for these benefits. I mean are small business community especially has been hit hard when you look at Detroit. Detroit historically has also had a very strong base of these mom and pop shops these small businesses that are this strong backbone of the city and they have been hit so hard so the question becomes when this is over. What help will be there for these small businesses? Because they're going to need help beyond right now when you think about the city facing corona virus and the economic fallout of that. What does that do to the kind of nascent attempts? The city has been making to try to come back from bankruptcy. I think that's a major concern for the city of Detroit. When you look at the city and what it's been through municipal bankruptcy just the fits and starts to try. And really a rebound. The city's economy when this pandemic hit the city is putting unbelievable strain on the resources because of course the city has to take the seriously for which they are. They're devoting resources to this effort. The city just announced they know that they have a huge amount of people. Like I said that don't have access to vehicles. They're going to be picking people up and taking them to testing size. Those types of things causes money in. What are you diverting those resources from to pay for these things so we've seen a lot of officials talk about okay. You're going to need to tighten our books so of course there's a lot of concern on what total impact will this have won the city's economy? There's been some tension in the past ten years between Detroit and say State legislators and lansing figuring out what the city quote unquote deserves. Do you feel like the state is is backing. Its biggest city right now. I think the state Frankly has no choice but to back this city because Detroit once again. It's the largest city in Detroit and Wayne County specifically which is where the city is. They're being hit the hardest by this pandemic in an order to the state around. In order to really battle this virus you have to divert resources to these two locations in. That's what the state is doing. The State is working hand in hand with the city of Detroit and like Governor Gretchen. Whitmer said Monday during her press conference she said this is an all out effort by us on the state level by us in the cities in the county. So what you're seeing are a lot of people coming together in working towards finding a solution to make sure that the resonance in the state are safe. I'm GONNA ask you. This is your hometown. You've been a journalist for awhile. How're you doing? Thanks for asking me that you know the hardest part about this is You're covering this type of story. It's hard and usually as journalists were trained to handle these types of stories but usually we have the outlay. We're able to go out. We're able to socialize with fellow journalists to kind of talk about these issues and right now you can't so that's hard and it also is doubly as hard when you start to see people that you know sources that you've interviewed for years who are succumbing to this virus that hits hard so. I've been telling all my friends to make sure there were all practicing self care the same self care that we're writing in urging our readers to do. We need to make sure that we're taking care of ourselves as well. Cat Stafford is reporter covering race and ethnicity for the Associated Press and joined us from Detroit. Cat Thank you very much. Thanks so much for having me there. More than five thousand confirmed cases in the city so far though the real number is likely much higher one of the people who's been diagnosed with the virus is Brenda Jones. She's the current president of the Detroit City Council and a former member of Congress for the State of Michigan. She recently tested positive for the corona virus. Though she told me her symptoms are mild and he's currently in isolation at home as found out that I had covert nineteen sometime last week the week of last week and I was Sentence email to inform me that I tested positive. How are you feeling right now? I am blessed. I am strong. I feel good but it's something that I know that I saw every one. Please take this serious. Although I feel good everyone is not as blessed advanced and some have had more severe symptoms so something that people must take serious as the city council president would. Is this. Meant for how you do your job. You know having to to work remotely and do it from home. I've been able to continue to do my job. I have held videoconferencing City Council. Meeting of had different panelists deaf and the health department from testing sites are resources on giving meals to people so as a community leader. I am still doing my job. And what are your constituents? Tell you at those meetings. They're asking questions I had a constituent that was extremely concerned about how I was feeling by. You know inform them that I was feeling well just at times. I'm extremely shortness of Boya. So my constituents have truly been concerned and I received a lot of love employees for the most part. Do you think people in Detroit are taking this seriously? I think people are taking it seriously but I also feel that because the weather has broken and you know a younger generation of having difficult Dan at home during the warm weather so the mayor has had to take down basketball and to encourage our residents to comply with the stay at home orders. I think most of our residents taken it seriously. However you still have some that I don't think is taking it as serious that further stuff. You know it's not just you. Obviously the the police chief also tested positive for covert nineteen and I guess. I wonder if seeing people like you and the police chief come down with the virus might change the way how residents are are looking at the threat around them. Well it's something that I can definitely say is. It does not have a face it can happen. To a local local elected official. It could happen to a federal elected official. It can happen to our police chase. It can happen to anyone. The Koran violence does not have a face on who last month you said he'd be challenging Congresswoman Rashida to leave in the upcoming Democratic primary for the Thirteenth Congressional district. Are you still doing that? And and how is this affecting your ability to campaign is not just the thing by campaign is the fastest everyone's campaign but what I am doing is videoing from my home. I am making telephone calls from my home telling people that they must get out and vote. I am staying at home and staying safe and keeping other safe and I am campaigning for my home and talking to people from my home. I wonder if it's difficult in your position because on the one hand you're clearly still doing your job but do you ever want to say you know what. I'm taking a sick day to show my constituents that this is serious. And if they get sick they should take a sick day. So when I don't feel good I take time out. But when I still in good I let my constituents no I am your council president and I am here to continue to showed you and service shields for my home and just that's my staff is working from home. Detroit has had a a pretty difficult decade. Do you worry about how fragile the economic recovery is and what this pandemic could do to Detroit? As you know we have casinos. And all of the we of our casinos has closed. It has affected the businesses here however h wait will continue to rise. Detroiters managed to walk together to make mutually continue to rise to help continue to buy. We're going to have to change budget but we will continue to serve our citizens here in the city of Detroit. Is there anything you want to tell your constituents or listeners across the country just to keep in mind as This epidemic goes on make sure African annually to wash their hands if they do not have hot water and so two. Please use hand sanitizer. I want to tell them to keep their hands out of their face. Do not a hand in your eyes and your nose and your mouth to practice social just to see if you know that you have tested positive born team or so. Do not go around others could tell you. I cannot trust enough to continue to practice social distancing I wanna tell my constituents and the city of Detroit but I appreciate them but I also want them to take this serious michiganders' strong like winter spree summer and fall this to show. Hey Brenda Jones. President of the Detroit City Council former member of Congress Thank you for joining us and I hope you feel better very soon and thank you for allowing me to talk to you. All of the citizens listening around the United States.
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"The Kobe nineteen hits. Detroit a longtime journalist and Detroit native tells us about this moment in her city when you start to see people that you know sources that you've interviewed for years who are succumbing to this virus that hits heart. I'm Lizzie O'Leary in pretending Vega and this is the takeaway for April seven twenty twenty also on the show the very real consequences. When president trump promotes an unproven drug in the fight against covert nineteen? It is not altogether clear that Hydroxy Clark when works for treating Cova and as more people lose their lives to the corona virus funeral directors adapt to more deaths and share their words for a nation in mourning. I think ritual say when our words cannot as a community will be supporting each other and finding new ways to grieve and it's really a grieving year that we're encountering all right. Let's get going. It's hard to imagine that just one month ago our world looked so different at the beginning of March roughly seventy cases. Kobe nineteen had been recorded in the US. Today there are around. Three hundred seventy thousand reported cases with around eleven thousand people dead and as these numbers increase. We're getting a clearer picture of who is most vulnerable to this disease in Michigan one of the few states releasing data on the racial breakdown of cases. African Americans are getting sick and dying disproportionately higher rate than other communities. So today we go to Detroit where the situation continues to worsen by the day as of today nearly eighty percent of the positive cove in nineteen cases are in Wayne. Oakland and mccomb counties over forty percent of our total population lives in the same area. When the question is about what's happening in Michigan or what's happening in Detroit. It's really about the region where we have the most populated density. That's Michigan Governor Gretchen. Whitmer on Monday in the State. More than seventeen thousand cases of the novel. Corona virus have been reported with over seven hundred people reported dead and Detroit. The state's largest city is Michigan's hotspot for Kobe. Nineteen or hospitals. Continue to be overwhelmed particularly in Southeast Michigan. It seems like for the last two weeks. We have been catching up. In chasing strategies in recent decades Detroit went into economic decline with the city's working population facing the brunt of its economic collapse in two thousand thirteen. The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy but in more recent years we've begun to see glimpses of hope for the rebirth of the motor city still as Kobe. Nineteen works its way across city. It's unclear what the future holds for. Detroit I'm Lizzie. O'leary host of the podcast what next TVD sleep and filling in for Tanzania Vega and today on the Takeaway Corona Virus in Detroit. Helping US break all this down. This cat stafford a reporter covering race and ethnicity for the Associated Press cat. Thank you so much for being with us. Thanks for having me. Can you start by giving us the latest of what we know about Kobe? Nineteen Detroit so what we've seen kind of develop over. The past couple of weeks is really concerning every day. You log onto facebook. It's like an endless stream of memorials. People are concerned. Frankly dying and this is really serious. In when you broaden it out and look at the State of Michigan itself this seems to really be hitting. The African American community particularly hard in the state thirty. Three percent of the cases are African American and forty percent of the death so far are African American so is leading a lot of people to ask why what is going on when you look at those numbers the racial breakdown and look at say access to healthcare and health resources are those distributed equitably in. Detroit. That's a great question. And that is one of the reasons why so many reporters such as myself have really been pressing the state and other states. Frankly for this type of data because it really starts to peel back the layers of an equity right so when you look at this community you have to understand that Detroit. Historically has one of the nation's highest poverty rates Detroit also has historically had a lot of water shut offs and when you have state officials federal officials telling you one of the most simplest things you can do to combat this virus to wash your hands when you think about the fact that there were people in the city of Detroit that didn't have access to water. How can you do that when you look at the fact that African American communities are more likely to be exposed to heart disease or asthma rates? Because they live in these industrial cities. It's concerning but you also have to look at the medical system itself in a lot of experts that I've talked to have said in a minute that yes. We know that there are medical bias in our sister. We know that a history of systemic racism also factors into African Americans not being able to access equitable care. You mentioned people staying home and you know what we've seen kind of limited services particularly in light of the bankruptcy a few years ago. What kinds of resources to people have to enable them to stay at home what what are we talking about in terms of access to water food supplies. What are they got when you think about people that live in cities like Detroit? How can they stay at home? When they're more likely to be in the service industry the more likely to be these folks that fallen the essential workers class. So they're still out in about they're still travelling also in Detroit. You have a lot of the population that does not have a car. They don't have access to transportation so they're still taking the buses. They're still out there walking around in Detroit. The other issue is there are a lot of food deserts. There are places in the city where you have to travel more than two miles to get some groceries to get simple things like milk and bread for your family so when you put all that into the pot it becomes that much harder for people in a city like this one to really try and stay home in social distance. One of the things I've been struck by is how hard even local leaders have been hit in Detroit. Can you can trust what you're hearing from local and municipal officials with what you're hearing from say Governor. Whitmer at the state level. Yes so in the city of Detroit. We've seen people from every facet of life behead by this this virus. We've seen the police chief Police chief James Craig of the city of Detroit was diagnosed with covy nineteen thankfully. It sounds like he's doing much better. He's healing But even a city council president British Jones. We've seen a lot of officials Have these diagnosis. And it's it's on every level. I mean every day you wake up in. It's a fear of will. My family member be the next person on facebook or social media so a lot of people are seeing that this is real and a lot of people are taking it serious in the city of Detroit and other African American communities across the country so is really Just a scary situation. Some are seeing to to be living right now. Knowing that the city is a hot spot there was a a sedan over the weekend at Sinai. Grace Hospital. Some workers were protesting the resources that they had available to them. I'm wondering what efforts to fight. The Cova pandemic have looked like kind of at the community level whether you're talking about protesting or mutual aid groups things like that one Medical official that I spoke to she said it was like a Su- Nami just in terms of the amount of patients coming in who are seriously ill in. It's a lot. It s a lot to bear for a lot of health workers to be on these shifts. Were there just seeing a patient? Who could have been talking to them yesterday and conscious to the next day. They're gone so when you think about the toll that this has taken on our health workers when you think about the people that are outside volunteer during trying to deliver meals to the homeless in our community to make sure that they still are given the resources that they have. This is really taking a toll on the city on an economic front. We've seen nearly ten million people around the country file for unemployment. What does that look like in Detroit and having people and have been able to access the kinds of benefits that are available to them. So Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Monday held a press conference just to update the state as a whole where effort standing one of the things that she really spoke about in extent was our unemployment system in how a lot of people when they've been applying for these unemployment benefits have faced long. Wait Times or the.
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"Did the candidates responded to the broader narrative on race move past the usual pandering and talking points here to help us dissect last night's performance once again is cats Stafford an investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press cat thanks for being with us thanks for having me again so let's talk about what's it out to you about last night's debate as opposed to the first night's debate when it came to how the candidates addressed issues about race and inequality well you know I've seen a lot of headlines talking about they were very clear winners and losers I think you know Cory Booker really spoke to folks here he was personable he touched on issues of you know criminal justice and Immigration intriguing actually managed to break out of date I think curry some favor with people but I also thought who being Castro had a very strong performance in terms of immigration performance was president it looks like one of us has learned the lessons of the past and one of us hasn't let me begin by telling my immigration plan would also fix the broken legal immigration system because we do have a problem with that to treat you know when people think about a trait they think of a city that's overwhelmingly African American for which it is but to trade also has a pre higher Tino population we have a a packet of the city where there are people from so many different countries it's really a rich fabric of the community and people there they're also scared about deportation I think everyone agrees America's pretty much at a turning point right now racism is at the forefront black and brown people across the country as well as the city of Detroit are really looking for candidates to speak to the issues that impact in the meanwhile I think we saw a little bit more of that last night I think people are still again looking for more policies more proposal discussing coming from these candidates instead of all of this in fighting one of the things that was interesting as we mentioned in yesterday's debate coverage all the candidates on the stage yesterday were white last night there were several candidates of color in fact all the candidates of color who are involved in the race run the stage last night did that change the tenor and the tone of the conversation on race inequality at all I think so this is the most diverse candidate selection have voters has ever had so I think we have people of color on the stage people from different backgrounds you are likely to have these people speak to issues that are impacting black and brown communities across the country can look just as I was very happy to see such that a large amount of discussion on that Eric garner was a plate of protest last night people were shouting about you know Eric garner and when you hear that name we use here for Landau Casteel when you hear Trayvon Martin these are names that in the black community still calls a visceral reaction it's still painful so it was refreshing see that come to the forefront last night you mentioned Eric garner and the that's a big issue here in New York but there were also protesters who were in the audience asking for the officer who was involved in garner's killing to be fired your thoughts on that Jennifer and I think he did at the park when she get to that emotional level in the way she was able to take that I can't read that's a line I think that will forever be etched in the minds of African Americans in so many other people across the country so to have her speak.
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"Banker added ray or you know her michigan hainault or outstanding pay i mean the biggest thing is that a lot of people compare the often hear what you orlytoulouse doing any uh i think he traded a perfect fit with our matt stafford flew all the weapons that he has to be able to go deep in using antiaircraft across the middle i think that the perfect fit for what they like to do uh kind of being in doug your way through with a you know a young back field and you know that both types role for abdur and everything so i think i think that fit the bill i think he'd be coming into a good pitcher ratio and here the even a different one for breathe i've heard you know a couple of rumors about rothlisberger leaving the at the end rear facing breeze hugh pittsburgh i think that uh with our deep threat there in a good offense at wiring and i think he could be able to move the ball fairly well nick great call do yeah man that's a i should have thought roberson burgers a really good call actually i pittsburgh or really interesting fed specially with that often and those weapons of big ben does stepped down a norm i i sort of be skeptical but roba's berger keeps bringing it up and i love sean payton in detroit i mean cat stafford with the biggest right it is the biggest contract of all time in the history i mean if you're going to do that he's gonna pay a guy more than anyone to ever been played in the history of the nfl go get the coach was the most likely chance to give him an opportunity success will now has to be a coaching opening so detroit that's a really struggled this year right hey jim go as our abro you're out when i won tangail yeah well rather than you had the show while the heck and they kind got a place to mir so we gotta go with it are eight five five two onetofour cbs let's go to steve in myrtle beach hasty what's up man.
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"Bet or you know her michigan hainault or outstanding uh i mean the biggest thing is a lot of people compare the often hear what new orleans is doing any uh i think you trade is a perfect fair where it uh matt stafford who all the weapons that he has to be able to go deep and using tight end across the middle i think that a perfect fit for what aid and likes to do of thing doug your way through with uh you know i young back field kind of you know that type we're all for a new and everything so i think i think that fit the bill i think he'd be coming into a good pitcher ovation and here's a even a different one for breeze i've heard you know a couple of rumors about rothlisberger leaving off the way at the end of the year uh fitting breeze blew up pittsburgh i think that uh with our deep threat there in a good offense that line and i think he could be able to move the ball fairly well net great call do yeah amanda i should have thought roberson burgers are really good call actually i pittsburgh's or really interesting fed specially with that offense in those weapons of big ben does stepped down a norm i i sort of be skeptical but robbers berger keeps bringing it up and i love sean payton in detroit i mean cat stafford with the biggest right it is the biggest contract of all time in the history i mean if you're going to do that he's gonna pay a guy more than anyone to ever been played in the history of the nfl go get the coach was the most likely chance to give him an opportunity success will now there has been coaching opening so detroit that's a really struggled this year right hey jim go as abreu or out won tangail yeah well rather than you had the show while the heck if they kinda got a place to mere so we gotta go with it are eight five five two onetofour cbs let's go to steven myrtle beach hasty what's up and you're on cbs.