I have to note that so much was actually wrong with premises and strategies embodied in Sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act that you can almost say we asked for this.
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In America, black men are regarded as a criminal element, and racial profiling is a practice that goes far beyond the justice system. It is culturally ingrained and normalized.
When it comes to race relations, what's the difference between the first white president to be thought of as black, and the first president who actually is? Not much.
The rational thing for Republicans would be to make the nomination a short enough process to show that they are interested in occasionally working with the Democrats.
When Obama named Kagan as his nominee, he emphasized her "consensus" politics. I wonder: How many of my students would willing march through the snow in wet socks for consensus?
The stress and struggles women workers and their families undergo while trying to do their jobs are not only a national disgrace -- they're completely unnecessary.
The fog of memory and the spin of media are teaming up to explain that Obama must hew to "the center" if he knows what's good for his presidency.
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