#StayWoke: Trump’s Team Hired Firm to Suppress the Black Vote: Report

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk with then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon at the beginning of a policy forum with President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 3, 2017
SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk with then-White House chief strategist Steve Bannon at the beginning of a policy forum with President Donald Trump in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 3, 2017
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On Wednesday, Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie told the Senate that President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—more specifically, former chief strategist Steve Bannon—hired the firm with the intention of using data to “discourage or demobilize certain types of people from voting,” The Hill reports.

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You read the above paragraph correctly. But let’s run it again for the people in the back. According to Wylie, former chief strategist for the potential president Steve Bannon used a company to figure out how to target black folks to suppress the black vote. From The Hill:

In an interview with CNN after his testimony, Wylie said that Bannon, who held a position on the firm’s board before joining the Trump campaign, directed the firm to research suppressing the vote among black Americans.

Other liberal demographic groups were also targeted, Wylie said.

“Mr. Bannon sees cultural warfare as the means to create enduring change in American politics. It was for this reason Mr. Bannon engaged SCL [Cambridge Analytica’s parent company], a foreign military contractor, to build an arsenal of informational weapons he could deploy on the American population,” Wylie told CNN.

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Earlier this year, Wylie helped blow up Cambridge Analytica’s whole spot after he revealed that the company harvested 87 million people’s data without their consent.

Sen. Christopher Coons (D-Del.) asked Wylie during his Senate Intelligence Committee hearing whether Bannon’s goal “was to suppress voting or discourage certain individuals in the U.S. from voting.”

“That was my understanding, yes,” Wylie replied, The Hill reports.

There you have it, folks. Stay woke.

Senior Editor @ The Root, boxes outside my weight class, when they go low, you go lower.

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DISCUSSION

My grandparents attempted to register vote and were prevented due to an armed group of white men blocking the entrance to the building while the local police refused to stop the white men. This was in Texas in the 1940's.

We’ve all seen the video of the murdering whites and their armed militias (police) stopping blacks from registering/voting during the 1960's.

We’ve seen all the laws in place to arrest you, black person, so that you lose your voting rights for life.

We’ve all seen the whitegerrymandering put in place since forever by white men who do all they can to ensure they stay in power and thus deny you representation.

We’ve seen your votes lost, not counted, assigned incorrectly so that white men and women can stay in power.

You’ve all learned in school about the wonders of democracy and the power of one person, one vote, and other american garbage.

And you now have even more proof that the current president and his white male merry band of racists, worked with corporate america to prevent you from voting, and going so far as to use a foreign power to help them do it.

America as spoken and believed and taught by white men and women has always been a lie.

And yet, the only way to change it has never changed: voting.

A tip: never vote for another white man or woman. Never.