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What America Still Doesn't Get About the Black Voter

Ifeoma Ike at Castle Clinton

Olio: A stand-alone class on a miscellaneous topic with time to drink and chat.
Sat, Feb 29 at 2 p.m.   |   75 minutes   |  

While every vote counts, no other demographic is discussed quite like the "Black Vote." Without fail, the Black community is at the center of attention every four years, experiencing praise with every victory, and blame with every vote. Join Ifeoma Ike for an Olio that's free and open to the public.

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What America Still Doesn't Get About the Black Voter

Feb. 29, 2020, 2 p.m.   |   Castle Clinton

While every vote counts, no other demographic is discussed quite like the "Black Vote." Without fail, the Black community is at the center of attention every four years, experiencing praise with every victory, and blame with every vote. GOTV efforts pull on sentiments of Civil Rights, historical moments of the past, and the fear-mongering of consequences if "yall don't vote the right way."

Further complicating matters is the fight for "who is progressive," with real tensions between centrist and liberal voters pulling once-allied voices ideologically apart. In this session, we'll explore some of the real considerations missed in the conversation around the "Black Vote," the misunderstood motivators as to how Black communities vote, and the dismissal in progressive and conservative spaces of Black independence, autonomy and choice.

*This Olio is free and open to the public! Please RSVP so we can have an accurate guestlist*

Teacher: Ifeoma Ike

​Ifeoma Ike, Esq. is a Lehman College Professor, Co-Founding Principal of social impact firm, Think Rubix and visionary of the Black Policy Lab, which explores how culture, research and policy informs and impacts communities of color.


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