Tucker Carlson: The truth about demographic change and why Democrats want it

Last week, we said something on television that the usual chorus of hyperaggressive liars is now pretending was somehow highly controversial. Ordinarily, we’d ignore all of this. Once you’ve been denounced as a White supremacist for quoting Martin Luther King Jr., you realize such criticism is all just all another form of social control. Honestly, who cares what they think?

But in this one case, we thought it might be worth pausing to restate the original point, both because it was true and worth saying, and also because America badly needs a national conversation about it.

On Thursday, our friend Mark Steyn guest-hosted the 7 p.m. hour on Fox. He did a segment on how federal authorities are allowing illegal aliens to fly without ID — something that, in case you haven’t noticed, you are not permitted to do. The following exchange took place in response to that story:

TUCKER CARLSON, ‘FOX NEWS PRIMETIME’, APRIL 8: I’m laughing because this is one of about 10 stories that I know you’ve covered where the government shows preference to people who have shown absolute contempt for our customs, our laws, our system itself, and they’re being treated better than American citizens.

Now, I know that the left and all the little gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term “replacement,” if you suggest that the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World. But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually.

Let’s just say if that’s true, if look, if this was happening in your house, if you were in sixth grade, for example, and without telling you, your parents adopted a bunch of new siblings and gave them brand new bikes and let them stay up later and helped them with their homework and give them twice the allowance that they gave you. You would say to your siblings, “You know, I think we’re being replaced by kids that our parents love more.” And it would be kind of hard to argue against you because look at the evidence.

So this matters on a bunch of different levels. But on the most basic level, it’s a voting rights question. In a democracy, one person equals one vote. If you change the population, you dilute the political power of the people who live there. So every time they import a new voter, I’d become disenfranchized as a current voter. So I don’t understand. I mean, every wants to make a racial issue out of it. “Oh, the White replacement.” No, no, no. This is a voting rights question. I have less political power because they’re importing a brand new electorate. Why should I sit back and take that? The power that I have as an American, guaranteed at birth, is one man, one vote, and they’re diluting it. No, they’re not allowed to do that. Why are we putting up with this?

At least one prediction came true right away, all those little gatekeepers on Twitter did become hysterical. They’ve spent the last four days jumping up and down furiously, trying once again to pull the show off the air. Once again, they will fail, though it is amusing to see them keep at it. (They get so enraged. It’s a riot.)


But why all the anger? If someone says something you think is wrong, is your first instinct to hurt them? Probably not. Normal people don’t respond that way. If you hear something you think is incorrect, you try to correct it. But getting the facts right is hardly the point of this exercise. The point is to prevent unauthorized conversations from starting in the first place. “Shut up, racist! No more questions!” You’ve heard that before.

You wonder how much longer they imagine Americans are going to go along with this; an entire country forced to lie about everything all the time. It can’t go on forever, but you can see why they’re trying it.

Demographic change is the key to the Democratic Party’s political ambitions. Let’s say that again for emphasis, because it is the secret to the entire immigration debate: Demographic change is the key to the Democratic Party’s political ambitions. In order to win and maintain power. Democrats plan to change the population of the country. They’re no longer trying to win you over with their program. They’re obviously not trying to improve your life. They don’t even really care about your vote anymore. Their goal is to make you irrelevant.

That is provably true. And because it’s true, it drives them absolutely crazy when you say it out loud. A hurt dog barks. They scream about how noting the obvious is immoral, that you’re a racist if you dare to repeat things that they themselves proudly say. Most people go along with this absurd standard and dutifully shut up; they don’t think they have a choice. But no matter what they’re allowed to say in public, everyone understands the truth: When you change who votes, you change who wins. That fact has nothing inherently to do with race or nationality. It’s the nature of democracy. It is always true. You can watch it happen for yourself and you probably have.


All across the country, we have seen huge changes in election outcomes caused by demographic change. New people move in and they vote differently. As a practical matter, it doesn’t matter what they look like or where they’re from, even. All that matters is that they have different political views. This is every bit as true when the migrants come from Brooklyn as when they come from Oaxaca.

In Vermont, White liberals fleeing the mess they made in New York turned the state blue. As recently as 1992, Vermont was reliably Republican, as hard to believe as that is. Vermont is now a parody of lifestyle liberalism. That’s demographic change at work. You see the same thing happening in the state of New Hampshire as refugees from Massachusetts flood north and bring their bad habits with them.

Montana, Idaho, and Nevada all face similar problems. The affluent liberals who wrecked California aren’t sticking around to see how that ends. They’re running to the pallid hideaways of Boise and Bozeman, distorting local culture and real estate markets as they do it. Pretty soon, people who are born in the Mountain West won’t be able to live there. They’ll be, yes, replaced by private equity barons, yoga instructors and senior vice presidents from Google. Beautiful places are always in danger of being overrun by the worst people. Ask anyone who grew up in Aspen.

But in most of this country, it is immigration from other nations more than anything else that has driven political transformation. This is different from what we’ve seen in places like Vermont. Americans have every right to move to new states if they want, even if they have silly political opinions. But our leaders have no right to encourage foreigners to move to this country in order to change election results. Doing that is an attack on our democracy. Yet for decades, our leaders have done just that, and they keep doing it because it works.


Consider Virginia. The counties across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. now contain one of the largest immigrant communities in the United States. Most of these immigrants are hardworking and decent people. Many have been very successful in business. Good for them. But they also have very different politics from the people who used to live there. Their votes have allowed Democrats to seize control of the entire state and change it into something unrecognizable. Governor, Blackface Klanrobes in Richmond owes his job to immigrants in Arlington and Falls Church.

Similar trends are now underway in Georgia, North Carolina and many other states. Mass immigration increases the power of the Democratic Party, period. That’s the reason Democrats support it. It’s the only reason. If two hundred thousand immigrants from Poland showed up at our southern border tomorrow, Kamala Harris wouldn’t promise them health care. Why? Simple: Poles tend to vote Republican. That’s the difference. Democrats would deport those migrants immediately. N hand-wringing about how we’re a nation of immigrants. Hundreds of thousands of likely Republican voters massing in Tijuana would qualify as a national crisis. We’d have a border wall by Wednesday.

For Democrats, the point of immigration is not to show compassion to refugees, much less improve our country. It’s definitely not about racial justice. Mass immigration hurts African-Americans, perhaps more than anyone else. Immigration is a means to electoral advantage. It is about power. More Democratic voters mean more power for Democratic politicians. That’s the signature lesson of the state of California.

Between 1948 and 1992, the state of California voted for exactly one Democratic presidential candidate. Among America’s big population centers, in vivid contrast to Chicago and New York, California was reliably, proudly Republican. For eight years, no less a figure than Ronald Reagan ran the state. California had the country’s best schools, the best infrastructure, the best economy, not to mention the prettiest national environment on the planet. California was a model for the world.


In 1980, Ronald Reagan, California’s former governor, became president of the United States. In retrospect, it never got any better for California. Midway through his second term, Reagan signed something called the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Though he likely didn’t realize it at the time, that law made future Ronald Reagans impossible. The Immigration Reform and Control Act brought about an amnesty, and a path to citizenship, for nearly three million foreign nationals living in the U.S. illegally. The next year, by executive order, Reagan added to that number. He halted the deportation of another 100,000 illegal minors, the Dreamers of his day.

The rest of the world watched carefully as this happened. Would-be migrants everywhere concluded that there was no real penalty for breaking America’s laws. In fact, there was a reward. Reagan also signed a law that required hospitals to provide free medical care regardless of immigration status. The Supreme Court had already guaranteed free education to anyone who showed up without a visa. So: Free hospitals, free schools, and amnesty if you get caught. Why wouldn’t the rest of the world come? They soon did.

If you’re ever bored, go back and read the coverage of the 1986 amnesty bill the day it passed. Everyone at the time, in both parties and the media, assured Americans that the new law would control our border. It was called the Immigration Reform and Control Act, after all. Well, the opposite happened: Huge new waves of migrants arrived immediately, many of them illegal. California was transformed virtually overnight into a Democratic state. In 1988, George H.W. Bush narrowly won California in the presidential election, but no Republican has won that state since. No Republican ever will win in California, not in our lifetimes. There are now about twice as many registered Democrats in California as there are Republicans.

There’s not much debate about how this happened. The counties in California with the highest percentage of Republicans are, not coincidentally, those with the lowest percentage of immigrants and vice versa. California changed because the population changed. Analysis of the 2012 presidential election, for example, showed that if you lived in the state of California in 1980, you probably still voted Republican. Your views hadn’t really changed. But as your state swelled with foreign voters, your views became irrelevant. Your political power, the power to control your own life, disappeared with the arrival of new people who diluted your vote. That was the whole point.


That’s not democracy, it’s cheating. Imagine watching a football game where one team decides to start the third quarter with an extra 40 players on the field. Would you consider that fair play? The Democratic Party did something very much like that in the state of California. They rigged the game with more people. They packed the electorate. As a result, Americans who grew up in California lost their most basic right in a democracy, the right to have their votes count.

This was true for all native-born Americans, by the way, not just Republicans. Los Angeles now has the largest Latin American population outside of Mexico City. Whites make up fewer than 30% of the population, down from more than 90% in 1960. But a less noticed decline has occurred among African Americans. According to demographer Joel Kotkin, over the last 30 years, the proportion of Black residents in Los Angeles has dropped by half. San Francisco is now just 5% Black; in 1980, it was 13%. You’ve heard a lot lately about the necessity of Black political power. In California, that power is evaporating due to mass immigration.

Democratic leaders never mention this trend, but it’s obvious to the people who live there. One poll found that almost 60% of black people in California would very much like to leave. Many already have. The exodus of American-born Californians of every color began shortly after the 1986 amnesty. It has grown to a panicked rush. It can now cost you five times as much to drive a U-Haul out of California than to drive a U-Haul in. That’s supply and demand at work. Not many Americans are moving to Los Angeles.

Yet for every Californian who abandons the state, several other people arrive from foreign countries. That’s why since 1990, the total population of California has grown by 10 million people. That’s the equivalent of an entirely new Michigan and North Carolina in just 30 years. It’s an awful lot of people in a very short period of time. Most of these new arrivals come from poor places. Their standard of living rises once they get to California. The state, however, has become much poorer. In 1986, California was the richest landmass of its size in the world. California now has more poor people than any state in the country as of this year, according to the best measurements available from the federal government. California has a higher poverty rate than Mississippi, indeed the highest in the nation.


How did this happen? In a healthy country, one that prized honesty and free inquiry and legitimate social science, we wouldn’t be asking that question urgently. How did a place as idyllic as California become so miserable that huge numbers of people who were born there decided to abandon their homes and flee? If you cared about the United States, you would want to know the answer and you’d want to make absolutely certain it didn’t happen anywhere else. Yet the Democratic Party is working to make certain it happens everywhere else. That’s not a slur. It’s not a guess. We know it because they brag about it constantly.

The left becomes unhinged if you point out that American voters are being replaced by Democratic Party loyalists from other countries. You’re absolutely not allowed to say that, but they’re allowed to say that. And they do. They say it all the time. They’ve done studies on it, written long books about it, talked about it endlessly on television, often in the ugliest racial terms. They’re not ashamed at all, they don’t think they have to be ashamed. In the fall of 2018, a columnist for The New York Times wrote a piece that was literally entitled “We Can Replace Them“.

In case you wondered who the “them” was, the column told you explicitly. Thanks to demographic change, the author noted with hearty approval, the state of Georgia will soon be controlled by Democrats: “The potential is there. Georgia is less than 53 [%} non-Hispanic [W]hite”. Again, that’s a New York Times columnist, not some QAnon blogger.

They tell you that demographic replacement is an obsession on the right. No, it’s not. They say it’s some horrifying right-wing conspiracy theory, that the right is obsessed with it. No, the left is obsessed with it. In fact, it’s the central idea of the modern Democratic Party. Demographic replacement is their obsession because it’s their path to power. In 2013, future Obama Cabinet secretary Julian Castro went on CBS to explain why Texas will soon be a Democratic state.


CASTRO: In a couple of presidential cycles, you’ll be — on Election Night, you’ll be announcing that we’re calling the 38 electoral votes of Texas for the Democratic nominee for president. It’s changing. It’s going to become a purple state and then a blue state because of the demographics, because of the population growth of folks from outside of Texas. 

No one attacked Julian Castro for saying that. No one asked who these “folks from outside of Texas” might be or why they had a right to control the future of people who already lived in Texas. Nobody said a word about it. It seemed normal, it was normal, it still is normal. In Washington, what qualifies as shocking is any real attempt to protect democracy.

In the summer of 2019, then-President Donald Trump promised — falsely, as it turned out — that he was going to deport huge numbers of foreign nationals living here illegally. Kamala Harris’s response to this was revealing. She could have argued, as Democrats often do, that deportation is cruel and it’s un-American. But she didn’t say that. Instead, she told the truth about it,

“Let’s call this what it is,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “It’s an attempt to remake the demographics of our country by cracking down on immigrants. That this threat is coming from the president of the United States is deeply reprehensible and an affront to our values. We will fight this.”


But wait a second, Trump had announced had announced he was deporting illegal aliens, who aren’t allowed to vote in our elections. They’re not even allowed to live here. How was sending them home to their own country “an attempt to remake the demographics of our country”? Illegal aliens shouldn’t even count in the demographics of our country. They’re not Americans.

Kamala Harris’s response only makes sense if you believe that the millions of foreigners breaking our laws to live here are future Democratic voters, and that’s exactly what she does believe. It’s shocking if you think about it, and that’s why you’re not allowed to think about it. Thinking about what Kamala Harris is planning, Kamala Harris herself would like you to know, is deeply reprehensible and an affront to our values. In other words, submit to our scheme or you’re immoral.

If you heard prominent people talk like this in any other country, you’d be confused. A nation’s leadership class admitting they hope to replace their own citizens seems grotesque. If you believed in democracy, you would work to protect the potency of every citizen’s vote, obviously. You wonder if people even debate questions like this in countries that don’t hate themselves, like Japan or South Korea or Israel.


Go to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) website sometime if you’d like a glimpse of what an unvarnished conversation about a country’s national interest might look like. In a short essay posted to the site, the ADL explains why the state of Israel should not allow more Arabs to become citizens with voting rights:

“With historically high birth rates among the Palestinians and a possible influx of Palestinian refugees and their descendants now living around the world,” the ADL explains, “Jews would quickly be a minority within a bi-national state, thus likely ending any semblance of equal representation and protections. In this situation, the Jewish population would be increasingly politically — and potentially physically — vulnerable.

“It is unrealistic and unacceptable,” the ADL continues, “to expect the State of Israel to voluntarily subvert its own sovereign existence and nationalist identity and become a vulnerable minority within what was once its own territory.” 

Now, from Israel’s perspective, this makes perfect sense. Why would any democratic nation make its own citizens less powerful? Isn’t that the deepest betrayal of all? In the words of the ADL, why would a government subvert its own sovereign existence? Good question. Maybe ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt will join “Tucker Carlson Tonight” some time to explain and tell us whether that same principle applies to the United States. Most Americans believe it does. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t have a say in the matter.


Most Americans aren’t even allowed to have the conversation. So they watch from the sidelines as their democracy is murdered by people who claim to be its defenders. “Democracy! Democracy! Democracy!” screams the Twitter mob, even as the votes of the people who were born here declined steadily in value — diluted and increasingly worthless, like the U.S. dollar. This is what it looks like when an entire native population — Black and White, but every one of them an American — is systematically disenfranchized. Middle class Americans become less powerful every year. They have less economic power, and thanks to mass immigration, they now have less political power. The leaders making these changes have no sympathy for their victims. They blame the country for its own suffering. You always hate the people you hurt.

That’s all true. Every honest person knows that it’s true. As long as we’re here, we’re going to keep saying it out loud.

This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson’s opening commentary on the April 12, 2021 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

What To Do This Weekend: Apr 14–19

Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Nadia Krasteva (Princess Eboli) appear in SF Opera’s ‘Don Carlo’ from the 2015-16 season. The Verdi classic streams Saturday, April 17, through Sunday, April 18. See https://sfopera.com/opera-is-on/streaming/ for more info. Photo by Cory Weaver.

Believe it or not, we’re well into the second quarter of 2021, and along with longer days and warmer weekends, we have a seemingly endless array of arts and culture activities to enjoy. Whether you’re taking in a streaming performance at home or venturing out into the world, the Bay Area has some impressive entertainment and education on tap for you this week.

Discover how “art” is defined

Don’t miss Black Art Worlds with SeeBlackWomxn, a conversation that explores the power dynamics between artists, museums and curators, and delves into how the selection process of defining art takes place between those players. SeeBlackWomxn is a collective of artists, activists and writers raised on Black feminist theory that is partnering with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco to present virtual programming and community partnerships throughout the spring and summer.

Wednesday, April 14, 5 p.m.
Info: deyoung.famsf.org/calendar/black-art-worlds-seeblackwomxn 

Reflect on artistic representations of the immigrant experience 

Artists Nimisha Doongarwal, Roya Ebtehaj and Andrea Guskin reflect on their work and join in an online discussion of their participation in the ARTogether exhibit Overlap: Home, Immigration and Identity, currently on view at San Leandro’s Bayfair Center. ARTogether is an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to fostering community among refugees, asylees and immigrants. The exhibit represents a visual conversation around the immigrant experience. 

Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Info: eventbrite.com/e/virtual-artist-talk-tickets-148654628997 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with local creatives

In honor of National Poetry Month, the San José Museum of Art presents local poets reading their work amidst its galleries’ glorious artworks in Third Thursday: 12th Annual Poetry Invitational. Santa Clara County poet laureate Janice Lobo Sapigao hosts the festivities, which feature Bay Area creatives who have written new pieces inspired by the museum’s current exhibitions. 

Thursday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Info: sjmusart.org/event/third-thursday-12th-annual-poetry-invitational 

Take in the sounds of an iconic Bach collection

Cal Performances at home presents pianist Jeremy Denk in a concert of Book I of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier. Denk, a MacArthur Fellow, writer and musical commentator, has previously written about Bach and discussed how the composer’s music represents an “intoxicating combination” of the divine, logic and discipline. Even Beethoven referred to The Well-Tempered Clavier as his “musical bible.”

Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Info: calperformances.org/events/2020-21/at-home-spring/jeremy-denk-piano/ 

Dig into the meaning of “good trouble” in the arts

The theme of this year’s ArtNow 2021 Exhibition is “Good Trouble” — so what exactly does that mean? In honor of the event’s 10-year anniversary, the New Museum of Los Gatos will dig into how the arts can function as a space to rally against racism, and the role young people can play in activism and social justice. Panelists include cultural equity and social justice leader Sofia Fojas, arts and culture administrator Ron P. Muriera, and co-founder and president of Mosaic America, Usha Srinivasan.

Thursday, April 15, 5 p.m.
Info: numulosgatos.org/events/2021/4/15/unpacking-good-trouble 

Catch SF Opera’s latest streaming session 

San Francisco Opera’s 2016 revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo is streaming this weekend, featuring an all-star cast of international talents. Directed by Emilio Sagi, the political drama stars American tenor Michael Fabiano in the title role and Puerto Rican soprano Ana María Martínez as his love interest Elisabetta. The show is performed in Italian with English subtitles and runs approximately 3 hours and 34 minutes.

Saturday, April 17 through Sunday, April 18
Info: sfopera.com/opera-is-on/streaming/ 

Don’t miss your last chance to see a unique, thought provoking art exhibit

If you have yet to see Barring Freedom at the San Jose Museum of Art, this is one of your last chances to catch a glimpse of the innovative exhibit. On view through April 25, the exhibition features works by 20 U.S.-based artists exploring how we as a society see and understand America’s prison industrial complex. Inspired by the teachings of prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis, the show features artists including Sadie Barnette, Hank Willis Thomas, and Sherrill Roland

On view through Sunday, April 25.
Info: sjmusart.org/exhibition/barring-freedom


Commemorate the finale of the SFFILM Festival with a stroll down Sesame Street 

It’s not too late to catch a flick at the SFFILM Festival, which officially wraps up this weekend. Grab tickets for a feel-good drive-in experience with Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street, screening at the Fort Mason Center. Directed by Marilyn Agrelo, the film features archival footage, interviews and current commentary on the iconic show and how it shaped our culture. Can’t make it to the drive-in? You can also stream it at home!

Saturday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Info: sffilm.org/event/closing-night-street-gang-how-we-got-to-sesame-street/ 

Party online for a good cause 

Palo Alto’s Oshman Family Jewish Community Center presents its annual fundraiser, Gathering 2021. The virtual event is free for all and includes programming that includes singers Shoshana Bean and John Craigie, as well as The Hangover and Crazy Rich Asians star, Ken Jeong. Sponsors also get access to a pre-event live mixology party.  

Sunday, April 18, 8 p.m. (mixology party starts at 7:30 p.m.)
Info: app.mobilecause.com/e/dpDLmg?vid=hyosp 

Take a breather and get creative

In San Francisco Public Library’s latest workshop, artist Ali Blum guides attendees through creative methods of relaxation with drawing and other healing artistic activities. The workshop culminates in writing a “letter of release” and the goal is to let go of fixed ideas and be in the moment, capturing any feelings that arise.

Monday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Info: sfpl.org/events/2021/04/19/workshop-know-your-name-ali-blum-artist 

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Asian violence leads to 60-city demonstration

… to Stop War and End Racism. ANSWER’s local chair, … stand shoulder to shoulder against racism,” Xiao said.  Xiao’s … far as Asian Americans, and racism, he said, “We need … unity. Hurt drew parallels between African American and Asian American history, both … RankTribe™ Black Business Directory News

In another sign of concerts comeback, Summerfest books Mt. Joy, Trampled by Turtles show for September

Trampled By Turtles performs on the Which Stage at Bonnaroo on June 16, 2019, in Manchester, Tenn.

For two years, Maier Festival Park has canceled or postponed nearly every event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including Festa Italiana, German Fest and Polish Fest for a second summer this year. 

But on Monday, Summerfest officials announced a brand-new event scheduled for September. 

The bands Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles announced a co-headlining tour that will include a stop at the 5,000-seat BMO Harris Pavilion Sept. 24.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Summerfest box office (200 N. Harbor Drive) and ticketmaster.com

The concert industry has effectively been shut down since the pandemic started in March 2020, but leaders in the live-music space have suggested touring will resume on a larger scale in late summer or early fall, as vaccinations continue, beginning with outdoor amphitheater shows and festivals.

At a board of directors meeting for Summerfest’s parent company Milwaukee World Festival Inc. last month, officials revealed a tentative events calendar that included six BMO Harris Pavilion concerts slated for this year, outside of any festival performances, from July through October. Four have yet to be announced. 

September is also when Summerfest is scheduled to take place after canceling for the first time in its 53-year history for 2020. Five other shows at the remodeled American Family Insurance Amphitheater are also still on for 2021, from July through August. Milwaukee Irish Fest, Black Arts Fest MKE and Mexican Fiesta are also still scheduled for August at Maier Festival Park.

But show postponements and cancellations are still happening even as new tours are being announced, with Khalid dropping out of a Summerfest 2021 headlining appearance last week, and Rage Against the Machine delaying their reunion tour for a second consecutive year. The latter’s Alpine Valley Music Theatre stop is now scheduled for July 9, 2022. 

The Mt. Joy and Trampled by Turtles tour was actually the second new show announced for the BMO Harris Pavilion Monday. 

Pop band AJR announced a June 4, 2022, date Monday, with tickets also going on sale Friday.  

Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or plevy@journalsentinel.com. Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at facebook.com/PietLevyMJS.

Piet also talks concerts, local music and more on “TAP’d In” with Jordan Lee. Hear it at 8 a.m. Thursdays on WYMS-FM (88.9), or wherever you get your podcasts.

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From Hrlem to Africa

Harlem Fine Arts Virtual pioneering international exhibit to include: WaterKolours Gallery, Soweto Fine Art Gallery, Spence Gallery, Artists: Ademola Olugebefola, Otto Neals, Roederick Vines, John Pinderhughes, Danny Simmons, Glenn Tunstull, Frank Frazier and more.


First Black virtual art exhibit showcases 60 artists and galleries from around the world

Special to The Dallas Examiner

The Harlem Fine Arts Show is the largest, traveling art show in the country showcasing the talents of the African Diaspora. First held in February 2010 in New York City, the show has attracted more than 80,000 visitors over the past 10 years. It has also created economic empowerment, educational opportunities and professional recognition within the multicultural community.

This year, it opened its 2021 Virtual Art Show with over 60 artists and galleries from around the globe. The show, which is free to the public and accessible 24/7, will literally let your fingers do the walking through interactive displays showcasing some of the world’s preeminent Black artists – with over 1,200 works available, valued at more than $100 million. The fair will run continuously through July 31 at https://www.hfas.org.

“We are pushing the envelope in support of African Diasporic artists during these challenging times when they are not able to be in front of collectors,” said Dion Clarke, founder of the Harlem Fine Arts Show. “In our current climate, where awareness of the Black aesthetic is top of mind across the globe, it is imperative for us to reinvent the way we engage with multi-cultural artists utilizing today’s technology.

The HFAS is pioneering a 21st century Harlem Renaissance with this groundbreaking show, facilitated through a partnership with Online Viewing Room, a virtual platform that produces digital shows for venues in Paris, the Hamptons and other art hubs across the globe. The platform offers a creative digital approach for collector engagement, leading to reinvigorated sales for artists, according to the show’s promoters.

“We are proud to support the Harlem Fine Arts Show in its mission to increase awareness of African Diasporic artists and their work,” said Balazs Farago, CEO of Walter’s Cube, the parent company of Online Viewing Room. “Our platform has been designed to make their work more visible and accessible to a global audience while generating sales and revenue for artists.”

The virtual show will run for five months and be available 24-hours a day, on a range of devices, utilizing cutting-edge VR technology, and creating a simulated art fair environment that visitors can virtually navigate as they would a physical fair. Through 3D renderings, artworks will be displayed in high-resolution detail and will be available for purchase using a “Buy Now” option.

Just as at the in-person show, there will be a series of art talks, VIP experiences, and other events during the run of the show. HFAS will also offer a 24-hour live chat feature so attendees can connect with an art expert anytime. HFAS’s pioneering digital event is a unique way for collectors to connect with art and to each other, providing as close to an authentic experience as possible.

Featured galleries and artists:

  • Soweto Fine Art Gallery – South Africa
  • John Pinderhughes
  • Joan Spence – Spence Gallery – Canada
  • Michelle Rene’ Art
  • Danny Jenkins – WaterKolours Fine Art
  • Classic works of Elizabeth Catlett
  • Jacob Lawrence
  • Romare Bearden
  • Charles White
  • Stanwyck Cromwell
  • Ademola Olugebefola – Manna777 Gallery
  • Otto Neals
  • Danny Simmons
  • Al Johnson Art
  • MBGreen Arts
  • Laura Gadson
  • Glenn Tunstull Studio Frank Frazier
  • Michael Escoffery
  • Diana Shannon Young
  • Roederick Vines Studio
  • Joy Lyons Art
  • Baez Fine Art / Elizabeth Erazo Baez
  • Kalen McQuire Media
  • Shenna Vaughn
  • D.K. Dixon Designs
  • O’Bannon Studios
  • JMR Designs
  • Lisa DuBois Gallery
  • Matyo Creations
  • Nyeshia “Jaze Jeanye” Padmore
  • Blue Leaf International Arts Gallery
  • Artbywepa
  • Chris Osborne Art
  • Art By Aaron Reed
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While opening state’s largest vaccine site, Beshear says he will lift many restrictions when 2.5 million Kentuckians are protected

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gov. Andy Beshear on Monday joined health care leaders to open a 28-lane drive-through vaccination site at Cardinal Stadium where 200,000 Kentuckians can get their shot of hope over the next seven weeks.

The governor also announced the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge—when 2.5 million Kentuckians have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Beshear will remove capacity restrictions and physical distancing requirements for nearly all venues, events and businesses that cater to 1,000 or fewer patrons.

Beshear said he will also end the curfew for bars and restaurants when this goal is met.

Masking would remain in effect and mass gatherings would still be limited until COVID-19 variants are under control and more Kentucky children are able to be vaccinated.

The governor said another 900,000 Kentuckians need to be vaccinated to meet the Team Kentucky Vaccination Challenge goal.

 “This is a pivotal moment in our battle against COVID-19, and with this site, where we can vaccinate 4,000 Kentuckians every single day, we are winning the war and taking the fight to COVID,” Beshear said. “Thanks to UofL Health for being a partner as we vaccinate more and more Kentuckians, save lives and end this pandemic.”

“We are so happy, grateful and honored to work with the state, the city and this community to open the largest vaccination site in the commonwealth,” said Dr. Neeli Bendapudi, president of the University of Louisville. “We have the ability, the will and the skill to vaccinate up to 200,000 people during this seven-week period. I’d like to thank Gov. Beshear for his leadership that has been steadfast, rational and effective and has set up Kentucky as a national standard in addressing the pandemic.”

More than 1.5 million Kentuckians have received at least one dose of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines. The number of cases and deaths in Kentucky have plummeted in the last three months even as case numbers are increasing in other states. The vaccinations are key to winning the fight against COVID-19, which has already taken the lives of more than 6,200 Kentuckians, according to the Governor’s Office.  

UofL Health, in partnership with the state, opened the vaccination site at University of Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium Purple Lot, which will have about 100 health care workers, volunteers and Kentucky National Guard members vaccinating up to 4,000 people a day. The site, off Interstate Highways 65 and 264, was chosen because of its central accessibility and close proximity to the Medically Underserved Areas of west and south Louisville.

“We are committed to making sure everyone who wants a vaccine can easily receive one. Our goal with this vaccine site, and the pop-up sites we’ve hosted throughout the community, is to decrease barriers, increase access and balance equity in health,” said Tom Miller, CEO of UofL Health.

UofL Health will have the regional site open six days a week for seven weeks, with the ability to vaccinate more than 4,000 people per day. State guidelines now allow COVID-19 vaccination of everyone ages 16 or older.

The Cardinal Stadium Purple Lot, at 3134 S. Floyd St., can operate up to 28 vaccination lanes at the site, four of which are specifically for people who walk or drive up without an appointment.

“Our goal is to not turn anyone away. While appointments are encouraged because they’ll make the process quicker for the patient, we will accommodate anyone 16 or older who shows up and wants to receive the vaccine. The vaccines have proven to be safe and effective and the more people who are vaccinated, the better,” said Dr. Jason Smith, chief medical officer at UofL Health.

Appointments are available online at www.uoflhealth.org or by calling 502-681-1435. The site will be closed Thursday, April 29, through Saturday, May 1, because of Kentucky Derby events and will be closed Saturday, May 8, for University of Louisville graduation ceremonies.

The site is a massive undertaking that would not be possible without the help of volunteers from UofL Health, AmeriCorps, the Kentucky National Guard, the University of Louisville School of Medicine and other community members.

This is the latest successful partnership between UofL Health and the Beshear administration. Other partnerships include pop-up vaccination events with dozens of local churches, such as the vaccination of about 2,500 Kentuckians March 27 at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

More Information
To see all vaccination sites in the commonwealth and free transportation options to and from vaccination appointments, visit vaccine.ky.gov. To see a list of vaccination sites that have openings this week, visit vaccinemap.ky.gov. If Kentuckians have questions, they should call the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline, 855-598-2246 or TTY 855-326-4654 (for deaf or hard-of-hearing Kentuckians).

To view the full daily reportincidence rate map, information on testing locationsvaccinescontact tracingschool reports and guidanceguidance for health care providers and the White House Coronavirus Task Force reports for Kentucky and more, visit kycovid19.ky.gov.

Vaccine equity improving in city, but still not reflective of racial demographics

By 8 p.m. on Friday, a crowd had started to form at New Orleans’ first Shots for Shots event at the Dragon’s Den on Frenchman Street.

There, the neighborhood health clinic CrescentCare set up a station on the neutral ground outside the club, which was offering a free watermelon lemon-drop shot to anyone who’d gotten vaccinated. So many people lined up that they began administering shots half an hour early, with a nurse drawing up doses from a cooler in her car. By 9, they’d given out 80 Johnson & Johnson shots, said Katherine Conner, CrescentCare’s vaccine manager. 

“And we were only supposed to start like 10 minutes ago.”

“I really believe that this is the next phase,” said Dr. Jason Halperin, the HIV and infectious disease lead at CrescentCare. He’s not alone. City health officials, who supported and helped organize the Shots for Shots event, say that this kind of targeted outreach, especially to young people, is going to be critical for stemming inequities in vaccinations.

A month after vaccine eligibility expanded to include the majority of Louisianans, Black residents of New Orleans are still receiving a disproportionately low share of doses. New state data suggests that the disparity has shrunk over the last two weeks. But public health officials and clinicians all say that significant, complicated barriers stand in the way, especially in reaching young people.

Across the country, but particularly in Southern states, vaccination rates of Black Americans have lagged. That’s especially grave, because Black people have died of the illness at disproportionately high rates. In New Orleans — which is about 60 percent black — 73 percent of people who have died from the disease have been Black. The same story largely holds for Latinos nationwide.

Since vaccinations began in December, 42 percent of first doses have gone to Black residents, and 46 percent have gone to white residents. The city is only 34 percent white.

But that aggregate number hides some week-by-week variations. In the weeks following March 9, when vaccine eligibility was expanded to include people with a large list of preexisting conditions, just 35 percent of first doses went to Black New Orleanians.

That number has improved to 42 percent since late March. In interviews with The Lens, city health officials have attributed some of those trends to issues with information and access, especially after changes in eligibility. 

“White residents are most likely to have different ways to access vaccines,” said Dr. Jennifer Avegno, the city health director. “They’re most likely to have a car, and have a job that allows them to take off work.”

And she says that the nature of hesitancy and access has changed as the majority of elderly people have been vaccinated.

Data Center

But a recent Data Center report argues that in some ways, inequities were built into the vaccine priority groups. 

“Vaccine eligibility criteria set by the state did not strongly enough prioritize those most impacted by COVID in New Orleans,” based on a retrospective analysis of Orleans Parish coroner data, the report says.

Allison Plyer, the Data Center’s chief demographer, and a coauthor on the report, says that the findings are intended to be forward-thinking but that they demonstrate a way in which public health officials can set clearer equity goals.

The Data Center found that the earliest phases of vaccine eligibility — which prioritized nursing home residents and people over 70 — likely provided many more high-risk white New Orleanians with the vaccine than high-risk Black New Orleanians.

That’s partly because younger Black people were at a similar risk of dying as older white people, and because elderly white people are more likely to be in nursing homes. It also found that the professions which were in the middle tiers of vaccine priority, including teachers, EMTs, and dentists, were whiter than the city’s population.

“Meanwhile, other essential workers who are majority-minority were not prioritized until the last priority group,” the report reads. It specifically points out that butchers and other meat processing workers are “47 percent Black and 11 percent Hispanic,” and suffered a large number of outbreaks.

In response to the findings, Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Gov. John Bel Edwards, wrote over email that “the Governor has prioritized health equity from very early on in the pandemic, as one of the first states to publish race data for those people who had died and … creating a Health Equity Task Force.”

“It’s important to look at the context of when vaccination started – the picture wasn’t so rosy for Louisiana,” she continued. “Our statewide percent positive was above 10 percent, our COVID hospitalizations were weeks from peaking a third time and variants were spreading through the United States. There was immense focus from the federal government on getting older people vaccinated as quickly as we could, while managing vaccinations for health care workers with a supply that was limited at the time.”

Plyer agreed that from a logistical standpoint, simply changing the priority groups probably wouldn’t have been much better.

“If they said, ‘OK, everybody 55 and up is eligible,’ that numerically sounds like it was heading for a more equitable outcome, but we know what would have happened. All the folks with means and internet access would have been the first to get it.”

Stephens also wrote that the state’s vaccine priorities had been based largely on the guidance of the federal Advisory Council on Immunization Practices. While that’s true in broad strokes, ACIP recommended in January that food, agriculture, and grocery store workers become eligible at the same time as first responders.

How much is hesitancy playing into this?

“The question is, why?” said Thomas LaVeist, the dean of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. “Is this an access problem, or is this a vaccine hesitancy problem? If it’s hesitancy, then we’re dealing with issues of trust.”

As of last month, national vaccine hesitancy rates among Black and white people were essentially even. But recent survey data from the Louisiana Public Health Institute gives more clues about local attitudes.

Half of Louisiana residents say that they are willing to get the vaccine, and another 35 percent say that they’re unsure. The survey isn’t large enough to give parish-by-parish results, but Louisiana Department of Health Region 1, which includes New Orleans, has the highest levels of willingness in the state.

“We’re seeing more hesitancy in the African-American community than white residents,” said Dr. Beth Nauman, LPHI’s managing director, who analyzed the survey data. ‘But there’s more nuance to the differences than just race.”

White men are more likely to say they will take vaccine than any other group, and Black women are most likely to say they will never take it. That’s somewhat surprising, given that nationally, Republican men, who skew heavily white, express the most hesitancy.

But hesitancy is high in all women between the ages of 18 and 44, and 30 percent of those women say that they will never take the vaccine. All people between the ages of 18 and 29 expressed higher levels of hesitancy than their older counterparts.

Nauman stressed that “hesitancy is a spectrum,” and that people are both open to changing their mind, and are basing their opinions on different information. “Concerns about side effects and efficacy are important concerns for their decisions, so we should be meeting their desire for more information.”

Avegno said that’s begun to inform the city’s outreach. 

“When it was only 70 and above, we didn’t have to spend a lot of time talking about pregnancy and fertility issues–that was not a problem.”

Still, she said, “these myths have been around for a while. It’s going to take more than one or two town halls to get this into the community.”

And the survey found that people who express hesitancy still list healthcare professionals and the Louisiana Department of Health as their most trusted source of information. That suggests that LDH’s Bringing Back Louisiana campaign, which is partnering with community groups for outreach into undervaccinated census tracts, is likely to be effective in reaching hesitant people. (LPHI is a partner in the campaign.)

Structural inequities

But every observer agrees that access is likely playing a role.

“There’s a lot of conversations of vaccine hesitancy or deliberation, and I’m sure that’s there as well,” Halperin said at the Dragon’s Den event. “But I think there’s a population living in New Orleans that is so busy with other priorities. And they’re often young and otherwise healthy, so bringing the vaccine to them is what’s so essential.”

He said that nine staff members from the Dragon’s Den had been vaccinated within the first half hour, and “all of them said the same thing: They are working all the time, they couldn’t make it to the Convention Center or to our clinic. But they came out here and got the vaccine.”

The Data Center report also argues that “a person who indicates they ‘probably or definitely won’t’ get the vaccine does not necessarily indicate they are hesitant.”

“There’s research nationally where people are expressing hesitancy because they think it costs money. They express it because they can’t get there, they can’t take time off of work,” Plyer said.

Because hesitancy is so much higher in young Louisianans, such events could be crucial to outreach and uptake. And, according to the Data Center report, “targeting vaccine hesitancy among younger adults may improve equitable uptake overall.” According to Plyer, demographic data implies that there’s a group of young Black parents in the city, and “those folks will probably have the largest barriers,” from tight schedules to economic pressure.

But both Halperin and Avegno say that recent manufacturing problems with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, leading to smaller shipments over the coming weeks, create a hurdle to expanding that kind of outreach.

“Dr. Halperin and I had this brainstorming dream list: we should go to this bar, and that bar,” Avegno said. “Just as we were getting the tool we needed to get the hardest-to-reach folks, it was ripped away from us. We’ll do an event with Pfizer or Moderna in the community, but it’s so much more difficult for everybody.”

Kingston seeks funding for study of local African-American history

The City of Kingston Common Council voted unanimously to apply for the Underrepresented Communities Grant with the National Parks Service in the amount of up to $50,000 for the study of the early history of African-Americans in Kingston and Pine Street African Burial Ground . . .

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