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Eddie Glaude: "For Black Voters Sometimes It's Like Damned If We Do And Damned If We Don't"

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Chair of the Department of African American studies at Princeton University Eddie Glaude appeared on MSNBC Monday and talked about how accusations of voter fraud could be interpreted as racist and why "diversity" and "representation" in the Biden cabinet matters.

"Black voters, sometimes it's like damned if we do, and damned if we don't," Glaude told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. "If we don't vote at the rate that we should, the country ends up voting for Donald Trump. And if we do vote, they try to take it away from us. I mean, damn. See what I mean? So here we are. I'm really excited about the cabinet, it's a great contrast to the world that's dying. Let's see what happens once he gets in office, once they get to doing their work."


EDDIE GLAUDE JR.: The Republican party as you know had this dalliance with its far right wing. We know there's been calls around voter fraud or accusations around voter fraud as part of a kind of playbook in some ways. But I think you said something really important, Nicolle, that we need to emphasize. This is not unique to Donald Trump insofar as this is a caricature version of it. But America's illiberal impulses always evidence themselves when it comes to black voters.

The late political theorist Judith Shklar said America did not become a full-fledged democracy until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. We know what was unleashed after that legislation was passed. And we know in some ways it's around the conflicted nature, the conflicted understanding of black citizenship that this -- these illiberal impulses evidence themselves over and over again every generation. And so here we are in this moment, this inflection point and your passion introducing this segment and really key here. We have to finally call it for what it is and root it out. But I think that's clear...

Black voters, sometimes it's like damned if we do, and damned if we don't. If we don't vote at the rate that we should, the country ends up voting for Donald Trump. And if we do vote, they try to take it away from us. I mean, damn. See what I mean? So here we are. I'm really excited about the cabinet, it's a great contrast to the world that's dying. Let's see what happens once he gets in office, once they get to doing their work.
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