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The Nation magazine calls this election "a Primary battle for the Soul of the Democratic Party", referring to the congressional race between progressive leader Nina Turner and neoliberal incumbent Shontel Brown. Nation's publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel writes, "The Democratic primary in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District is more than a race for a congressional seat. With progressive leader Nina Turner challenging establishment incumbent Shontel Brown, the contest has come to represent a battle for the soul of the party."

Given that Nina Turner is a recognized reformer who doesn't shy away from challenging the Democratic Party, it wouldn't be a surprise if she is hit or attacked with Zionist ads accusing her of being anti-Israel. This is absolutely ridiculous but it's happened before. Perhaps Nina. like so many other Africans in America and European Jewry. don’t know the history of Africa’s contributions to the world regarding the three monotheistic religions. Because of this, she may fall prey to the Zionist propaganda and its confusion. Nina as an African women must push back and understand that she must uphold the integrity of Judaism and denounce the politics of Zionism, an ideology that was developed as part of European imperialism, one that provided the justification to colonize Africa and much of the world’s people of color.

Secondly, Nina must push back on the Black misleadership class that is supporting and endorsing her neoliberal opponent. Black or African political thought in America has taken a turn to the right. Barack Obama exemplifies that turn: he has been the worst thing for African political thought in America - a white settlers' colonial project.

Nina must draw on the Black radical political philosophy that guided so many of our political icons. Icons like Paul Roberson, Malcolm X, W.E.B. Dubois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Fannie Lou Hammer, Kwame Ture, and others laid a firm foundation for contemporary progressives to build on.

As much as I support Nina Turner, I question whether she will truly take on European American ruling elites and their junior partners the Black misleadership class i.e. the Black Congressional Caucus and the Progressive Congressional Caucus who have endorsed her opponent. Nina's congressional race may be about the soul of the Democratic Party but, more importantly, it is about the direction of African political thought as we move into the 21st century.

I would love to talk with Nina but she is surrounded by Bourgeois progressives.

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