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Bonds, Perry Say Race Matters In D.C. Election

Race should be a factor when electing members to the D.C. Council, according to two African-American candidates for an at-large seat on the council.

In a debate about ethics and gentrification Monday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, Nnamdi asked Democratic candidate Anita Bonds whether it makes a difference if the D.C. Council's membership is majority black or white. Seven members of the 13-member council are white.

"People want to have their leadership reflect who they are," said Bonds, an interim D.C. Council member. "And the majority of the District of Columbia is still African-American. Fifty percent is African-American, so there's a natural tendency to want your own."

Statehood Green candidate Perry Redd agreed.

"The fact of the matter is that what we've learned from history -- and not just Washington's history but America's history, that whites -- when Europeans are in control of any elected body, they do not care for the most vulnerable who happen to be people of color," Redd said.

D.C. voters will choose an at-large council member in a special election on April 23.

Watch the full remarks below.


No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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