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Carol M. Swain

Entries by Carol M. Swain

Guilt by Association: The Southern Poverty Law Center Hurls a Punch

(3) Comments | Posted October 12, 2009 | 1:10 PM

A few days ago, I received a notice from a friend informing me that the Southern Poverty Law Center had included me in this week's HateWatch. I linked to the article criticizing film maker, Craig Bodeker for a DVD he produced called a Conversation About Race, for...

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'Whites are People Too': Why Some White People are Stating the Obvious

(26) Comments | Posted August 20, 2009 | 12:17 PM

"Whites are people too" is the title of a YouTube video making the rounds on the Internet. A lot of stuff is happening in the world of race relations and little of it points towards a post-racial society. Fox commentator Glenn Beck has been targeted by groups demanding...

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Mediocre Grade for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Latest Report

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 2:24 PM

Yesterday, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) released a new report titled, "The Second Wave: Return of the Militias.," In my humble opinion, it deserves a C minus for its glaring lack of rigor. Instead of providing readers with a systematic analysis and hard data supporting its warning about...

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Mission Creep and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Misguided Focus

(46) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 6:34 PM

In case you missed the story, last November 4th a polling precinct in Philadelphia, PA was patrolled by an organization called the New Black Panther Party, a Marxist group that in 2000, was listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a racial hate group. Video...

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A Few Thoughts About President Obama's Birthday, the Need for Disclosure, and Transparency

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2009 | 2:34 PM

(Tuesday, August 4, 2009) - My mother Dorothy was born on August 3rd and one of my four granddaughters on August 4th. My youngest granddaughter is thrilled that she shares a birthday with the President of the United States. Despite all the recent hoopla surrounding the President's failure to release...

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Obama and the Politics of Race

(13) Comments | Posted July 8, 2009 | 2:56 PM

What will be President Obama's legacy on race relations? Will he be remembered in history as the man who brought Americans together by advancing race neutral public policies or will he be remembered as the man who pulled Americans apart by favoring some racial and ethnic groups over others? The...

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Famed Actor Alec Baldwin's Poor Advice to Serial Adulterer Mark Sanford

(14) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 4:45 PM

Let me get this straight: famed actor Alec Baldwin wrote a Huffington Post blog advising disgraced South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford to remain in office and fight the rising voices of condemnation and shame calling for his resignation. These calls come amidst discoveries that the "Christian" governor has...

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An Open Letter to President George W. Bush About Apology, Healing and Reconciliation

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 2:02 PM

Last week the U.S. Senate passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and its Jim Crow aftermath. For reasons best expressed in the below letter to President George W. Bush, I believe that last week's resolution was the wrong resolution, passed by the wrong political party, at the wrong point...

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The New White Nationalism in America

(2) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 5:12 PM

Seven years ago, Cambridge University Press courageously published The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration (2002). Identified in the introduction (p.2) are seven conditions that I believe threaten to fuel a disruptive racial consciousness movement among White Americans that could have dangerous consequences for race relations.

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Much Ado About Nothing: The President's Impending Immigration Reform Meeting

(3) Comments | Posted June 11, 2009 | 5:40 PM

Should we expect progress to emerge from President Obama's meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss immigration reform? I doubt it. With national unemployment at 9.4 percent and black unemployment at 14.9 percent, it is quite unlikely that any major legislative action will take place this calendar year.

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Too Clever By Half: Obama, Sotomayor and The Politics of Abortion

(4) Comments | Posted May 27, 2009 | 5:37 PM

(Sunday, May 31, 2009) - President Obama is a masterful politician who uses his intellect and popularity to confuse supporters and distractors. His most recent strategic move is the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the highest Court in the land, a move designed to satisfy the demands of two...

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A Plan for Moving Beyond Republican Chaos and Self-Destruction

(7) Comments | Posted May 21, 2009 | 3:39 PM

Nashville, TN (Wednesday, May 20, 2009) - Momentarily distracted from the cannibalism that has characterized its internal politics over the past few weeks, the RNC will end its special session on Wednesday where it is expected to approve three resolutions designed to draw major distinctions between them and the...

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