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The Agony of Defeat

Amy Roost | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Amy Roost

In 1972, I was in 5th grade and as passionate about politics as I am today. Perhaps for this reason I was chosen by my teacher, Mrs. Parsley--the first real hippie I ever met--to deliver a speech in favor of the the Democratic candidate for president, George McGovern, in our classroom's mock election. When McGovern lost the election later that year, I was devastated.

Obama Has Outclassed the Grand Old White Establishment

Cody Cain | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Cody Cain

The experience of witnessing the first black President in the history of the United States has indeed been a wonderment to behold. As it turned out, the grand old white establishment revealed itself to be petty, obstructionist, vindictive, and incompetent. History will remember them as such, to the extent history will remember them at all.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2016 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Unapologetically Black and Sometimes Proud

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 12.01.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

In my opinion, has done two things: showed we blacks what is possible and inspired us as a people to want greater -- to be hopeful. But I really feel we have false vision that racism is dead.

Actually, Racism Is Behind the Shutdown

Walker Bragman | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Walker Bragman

Only someone looking at the current state of politics through blinders could write the article Stevens wrote. Not since Abraham Lincoln has a president been met with such a wall of opposition like the one the Republicans have erected.

Fortunately, Obama Didn't Get 'Mum Is the Word' Message

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.18.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

A good president -- whether white, black or brown -- must speak his mind on whatever serious problem haunts and threatens our nation and its people, even -- or especially -- race. Such a discussion cannot be called "counterproductive."

We Are Our Solution

Brandy Williams | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Brandy Williams

During the Civil Rights Movement, blacks understood that America was not built for our betterment, and so we marched the streets, demanded better, educated ourselves on issues and laws and took up arms for justice and equality. Why are we waiting now?

Why Michelle Obama Should Play the Race Card

Brittney Bullock | Posted 12.09.2012 | Black Voices
Brittney Bullock

For a people who were barely recognized as full citizens with equal rights under the laws of the country they helped to build, it is a victory, whether you are Obama supporter Reverend Al Sharpton or Romney advocate Herman Cain, that a black man now assumes the highest office in the land

The Meaning of Manslaughter?

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

The United States has elected its first black president, and yet our struggle for human dignity and mutual respect is hardly over. In the same electio...

Barack Obama and the American Dream

Lauri Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lauri Lyons

The past four decades have been a mixture of social growing pains and progress. Even with that said, most people never believed that a Black man would become the President.

What!? Racism Still in America?

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Wallis

I see racial sub-texts in the intensity of the attacks on Obama -- not in the disagreements per se, but in the viciousness of the rhetoric.

Who Needs the Right When the Left Has Itself?

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

This is the nub of it for me with the Lefties: they do not truly understand who they are, nor what they are motivated by. The slightest bump in the road leads to anarchy or dissent.

Burris: My Career Made Obama Presidency Possible

Chicago Sun-Times | Abdon M. Pallasch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Speaking this morning at a Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast, the state's new junior U.S. senator, Roland Burris said that without Burris' own trailbla...

An Odd Perspective on Race

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We would be much more accurate, and would distance ourselves from a troubling racism, if we rejoiced in electing Obama as the first American president of African descent.

Flashback: The First Black (Fictional) President

David Wallechinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Wallechinsky

In 1964, my father, Irving Wallace, wrote a novel, The Man, about the first black president. For this, my father received both accolades and death threats.

Martin Luther King's Black President Prediction: New Interview Footage

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BBC World News America has unearthed a fascinating clip of Dr Martin Luther King speaking to the BBC's Bob McKenzie in 1964 in which Dr King predicts ...

An Open Letter to Frederick Douglass, Upon the Inauguration of President Obama

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

Like millions of white Americans, I voted for our new black President, and I did so with confidence and enthusiasm, as I would have voted for a savior come to rescue our nation.

Have We Overcome?

Lara M. Gardner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lara M. Gardner

In spite of Obama's election, what America has not given up and seems loathe to give up, regardless how far backward we move socially, morally, and legally, is religion.

Did Tiger Woods Pave the Way for Barack Obama?

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

It's impossible to know for sure what Woods has done over the last decade to soften up white America for a black presidential candidate with similar qualities.

The America That Can Be/The America That Has Been

William Bradley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
William Bradley

In Barack Obama and John McCain, we representatives of an emerging set of values and an enduring tradition. But we didn't get the sort of constructive debate between these traditions showing the value of each.


Eugene Linden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eugene Linden

If ever there was a year for a Democratic president to be elected, this was it - a war without end, imploding economy, the most unpopular incumbent in...

Two Years of Inspiration

Deanie Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Deanie Mills

I have never seen a more exciting demonstration of democracy in action than what I have witnessed in the past two years, since I first read both of Obama's books and signed on as a volunteer.

Somewhat More Visible Man

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Leonce Gaiter

I remember as a child in school in the late 60s and 70s hearing how in America anyone can grow up to be President, and knowing that it was a lie, knowing that if America had the balls to bet her glory on that statement, America would lose.

Hope. Not Faith.

Marc Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marc Cooper

Hope, says the dictionary, is about our desires. Faith, on the other hand, is about confidence. I've got tons of the former, and damn near none of the latter. So if Obama offers hope, I'll take what I can get.

"Chocolate News": Obama's Not Black (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

David Alan Grier, host of Comedy Central's new "Chocolate News," questions whether Barack Obama would really be the "first black president." After all...