Building on the writings of Ellis Cose, Smartypants highlights evidence that most African-Americans are happy with their lives and optimistic about the future. Smartypants comments: This kind of information creates great cognitive dissonance for many people. Folks on the right want to use it to claim that racism is over and so there’s no need [...]
Archive for the ‘Race & related -isms’ Category
I agree completely with Mark about the grotesque refusal of the House GOP to renew the Violence Against Women Act, and about future Democratic strategy concerning it. But I think that Cantor was being completely honest here. Southern conservative hostility toward tribal courts goes back aways. Consider the example of Sam Ervin, who nowadays is [...]
Posted: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at
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Mark asked for an update on Iowa, but I’ve moved out of the field operation and into voter protection at national headquarters. We sit at telephones and computers and people call in from Nevada and North Carolina and Ohio–especially Ohio!–and Florida and Wisconsin and ask where they can vote early and whether they’re properly registered [...]
I got a ticket on Wednesday for changing lanes without signalling. (Yes, Chicago’s coffers are in need of a refill.) Because I’m no longer a motor club member, I no longer have a bond card, the thing you can give the cop instead of your license. So she took my license, and now I’m driving [...]
More frank racism from prominent Republicans. No one on the Red Team will complain.
Posted: Sunday, October 14th, 2012 at
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I just read various analyses of race in the 2012 campaign. The conversation about the Romney campaign’s scurrilous welfare ads calls to mind this draft column I wrote mid-June but never posted. It seems relevant today.
Posted: Monday, August 27th, 2012 at
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We can argue about many things in the wake of the horrific shooting at the Sikh Temple in Milwaukee. And we can do some things. But the easiest thing to do is to tell the Sikh community there that we stand with them and will not tolerate bigotry. You can do that here, and send a [...]
Posted: Monday, August 6th, 2012 at
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Glenn and I discuss what Romney should have said to the NAACP, the extent that GOP candidates should acknowledge previous misdeeds such as the Southern Strategy, and other matters. I do want to note one correction, where I was unfair to Barry Goldwater. He opposed civil rights legislation and believed there was a constitutional basis [...]
Posted: Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at
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A meme is afoot concerning attacks by black youth targeting whites for mayhem and racial revenge. This trend would be really scary, if it existed.
Posted: Friday, May 25th, 2012 at
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In the late 1960s and early 1970s, African-American actors had a boomlet of Academy Award acting nominations. Many predicted at the time that the civil rights era had finally come to Hollywood, and that Black nominees and winners would become a fixture at the Oscar ceremony. It was a false dawn. Nomination droughts set in [...]