“a desperate attempt to stay relevant on my part”


Reverend Joseph Bannerman is a sharp teenager from Alabama, whose presidential campaign was born from a promise to a dying cousin to take on the campaign. Like at least one other candidate mentioned here, he hopes to use his run as a platform to highlight the inherent value of black people in this country. So what sets him apart from any of the Democratic frontrunners, you ask? On his website, the “Platform” section reveals something quite rare in contemporary presidential candidates: consistency. From education to healthcare to business, Bannerman has a simple, clear, effective policy solution: “I’m a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.” What a breath of fresh air — and simultaneously a sharp comment on the way what a candidate actually says is ultimately secondary to whatever aspirations and fears the public chooses to project onto them.

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Scenes from Occupied Oakland

Had Oakland become a war zone? Did the protesters’ marches up and down Broadway and Telegraph and their attempts to reoccupy the plaza constitute a riot? How easy is it to shift the line between what is peaceful and what is violent in what activists are just calling “the movement”?