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I’m not going to give a real answer to someone who thinks that there’s only a binary between “march a little and do nothing else ever again” and “punch every nazi”.

Not everyone can punch nazis. Some people have a weak punch or bad arms or small hands not ideal for punching. Some people just don’t like fighting or are anxious about delivering a swift beating. Those people will work on other political aims, like canvassing, mobilizing, doing community organization, getting local elections and state elections covered, calling campaigns to their reps, sit ins, strike organizing and support structures.

Punching every nazi will be left to our well trained brothers and sisters and siblings in antifa. The professional nazi punchers.

It’s headlines like this October 24, 2016 gem from the Washington Post that confirm my assertion that large swaths of the media punditry-class have their heads 6 feet up their cabooses when it comes to analyzing the feelings of real-world Americans.

I saw the White House/DC “bubble” up-close-and-personal during my 12 years in the Secret Service and it resembles a big echo chamber for narratives viewed solely through liberal-tinged glasses. They are incapable of understanding what’s going on in the real-world because they don’t live in it, and they don’t interact with it. They stop in a rust-belt diner during a campaign stop with the campaign they’re covering and they assume a 5 minute conversation with a local farmer provides a deep understanding of what keeps him awake at night.

Until they are willing to extend their intellectual horizons and actually attempt to understand what greases the wheels of everyday Americans, I cannot encourage you in strong enough terms to ignore this class of inside-baseball media pundits.

Washington Post’s Historically Black Ask Box is open for Tumblr’s next round of Issue Time on Voting Rights. Washington Post reporters, columnists and other experts will be answering your questions on the history of voting rights in the U.S., voter suppression and the current political landscape. This Issue Time also coincides with September 27, National Voter Registration Day.

We’ll be accepting questions until Wednesday, Sept. 28 and publishing the responses here on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Ask away!

Panelist bios:

  • Eugene Robinson, columnist, The Washington Post

Eugene Robinson is a columnist at The Washington Post writing on politics and culture. In 2009, he received the Pulitzer Prize for “his eloquent columns on the 2008 presidential campaign that focus on the election of the first African-American president, showcasing graceful writing and grasp of the larger historic picture.” 

  • Abby Phillip, political reporter, The Washington Post

Abby Phillip is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering the campaign trail. Abby previously worked as a politics reporter at ABC and as a White House correspondent for Politico. 

  • William Wan, national reporter, The Washington Post  

William Wan is a roving national correspondent for The Washington Post. William recently reported on the Republican creation of the North Carolina voting bill, dubbed the “monster law.”

  • Michelle Lee, marketing professional and Historically Black participant

Michelle Lee is a marketing professional in Maryland and a participant in The Washington Post’s Historically Black Tumblr. Michelle submitted a photo of her great-great-grandfather’s poll tax exemption. “I look at this image often to remind me of where I come from,” she wrote, “and to never take my rights for granted.” 

  • Dr. Eric W. Claville, Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, Hampton University.

Dr. Eric W. Claville is currently an Assistant Professor of Political Science and History at Hampton University, Founding Director of the Pre-Law Institute at Hampton University and the former Assistant Dean for the School of Liberal Arts. There, he teaches courses in law, public policy and history, including Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, Law and the Judicial Process, Logic and the Scientific Method and Ethics.

  • Khyla D. Craine, Assistant General Counsel, NAACP

Khyla D. Craine, attorney and activist, is an Assistant General Counsel at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Headquarters, where she works on several of the Association’s corporate legal needs including risk mitigation, contract review and negotiation, and intellectual property/brand management

You have until Sept. 30 to submit your questions — we’ll be posting panelists’ responses to the blog on Saturday, Oct. 1. 

Logic - Bobby Tarantino & Ty Dolla SIgn - Campaign Cover art

 by Sam Spratt

When pitching a concept for illustrations that I don’t have much time to complete, the quicker I can get a loose idea to them, the better so that I can start the actual piece. Logic and Atlantic records are clients/friends who I’ve worked with enough times that I can throw them those shitty 5 minute thumbnail sketches on the left and they can see through the chicken scratch enough to trust a decent final product will come out the other end.

The thing we’ve gotta understand about video game crowdfunding is that when a big-name creator puts up a Kickstarter campaign, it’s essentially a crowdsourced pre-order system. They’ve almost invariably got major studios waiting to throw money at them if they can demonstrate consumer interest, which is the purpose of the crowdfunding campaign. Many such campaigns only cover the cost of running the campaign itself - the actual development money comes from elsewhere.

Independent developers, meanwhile, are typically obliged to rely on crowdfunding campaigns for development funding on top of the expenses associated with promotion and fulfillment.

Basically, if you ever catch yourself wondering why this no-name schmuck is asking for two million dollars to develop their game when some rock-star designer with dozens of AAA titles under their belt only asked for five hundred thousand for a substantially similar project, usually it’s because the former campaign’s funding target reflects what such a game will actually cost to make.