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If you’re scrolling through one or more of your social media newsfeeds and finding reports prematurely declaring Hillary Clinton the “presumptive” presidential nominee of the Democratic party, or that she “clinched” the nomination, it’s no accident. It was very much planned.

It’s also not true, a point we’ll return to momentarily.

What you’re seeing is one of the many disgusting methods of voter suppression deployed before the big California primary on June 7.

What NBC, ABC, CNN and every other block of the mainstream media are hoping is that confused voters (Sanders supporters, to be more specific) reading these reports won’t bother heading to the California ballot at all.

Why? Simple. Clinton was losing, big. Naturally, this put the Democratic establishment on high alert.

All types of slowdown shady tricks have been used to neutralize the vote in California. Such as:

At the last moment, people who have voted Democrat all their adult lives are finding Republican (!) registration applications in the mailbox.

Seventy-five percent of independent voters are receiving “No-Party Preference Ballots,” undercutting their ability to participate in the presidential primary. That’s one way of stopping non-partisan voters who are leaning toward Sanders.

Worse still, this voter suppression drive is not restricted to California. New York, Arizona, and other states and counties have reported similar problems. Coincidence?

Pundits backing Clinton have called for sobriety and honest analysis. OK. Let’s be sober and honest.

Even after the June 7 votes are counted, Clinton will not have “clinched” the nomination. As I and others have noted before, superdelegates will decide this election. And superdelegates do not vote until the Democratic Convention, which is still a few weeks away on July 25.

But signature media outlets — too busy singing the same old song about Clinton, who they’ve been shamelessly pushing on voters she announced her candidacy — cannot be bothered to emphasize this fact. Having always presumed the race was Clinton’s to lose, they entered this season’s presidential coverage with no respect for Sanders or the ideals and revolutionary energy he represented. And if any one of them had control of the remote, they likely would’ve skipped over this year’s primary process altogether. Think of the movie Click.

However, even if the “math” favors her and she wins the primary, the fact remains that operators have been so caught up with preempting their press to blaze headlines that celebrate Clinton as the first woman to garner her party’s nomination, they fail to realize see the “black mark” this election leaves on her already terrible reputation. They’re completely oblivious to the fact that the corruption carrying her to victory — keeping people from the polls — will tarnish the victory, forever.


Antwan is an educator, cultural critic, actor, and writer for Wear Your Voice Mag (WYV), where he focuses on the dynamics of class, race, gender, politics, and pop culture. Prior to joining the team at WYV, he was an adjunct professor in the African American Studies Department at Valdosta State University in southern Georgia, where he taught African American Literature. He has traveled the U.S. and U.K. showcasing a fifty-five minute, one-person play titled Whitewash, which focuses on the state of black men in the post-civil rights era. Antwan received his B.A. in English and Literature from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and M.A. in African American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. He is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and NAACP theater nominee.

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