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Race in Politics

Loretta Lynch Is Qualified, But Will The Skeptics Derail Her?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.30.2015 | Black Voices

Loretta Lynch endured her attorney general confirmation hearing on Wednesday, fielding questions from Senate Republicans about immigration, marijuana ...

Liberals Wrongly Repeat the Race Hustler Attack

Ian Haney López | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
Ian Haney López

The New York Times last week ran its first front-page story of the season on political "race-baiting" -- except it raised questions about Democratic rather than Republican campaigns. There are really three stories here.

Is It Racist to Seek White Votes?

Ian Haney López | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Ian Haney López

Is there something wrong with urging Democrats to pursue white voters? There's no difference between this and the GOP's strategizing to win more Latino voters. The danger with urging greater Democratic efforts to enlist white voters is that it comes in a context in which that party already has a long history of seeking white support.

Missing the Point in Knocking Obama on Diversity

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's refusal so far to bow to the demand to appoint a set quota of black and Latino appointees to his cabinet and the Supreme Court has everything to do with the price of White House governance.

Still Racist After All These Years

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 12.16.2012 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Ann Coulter wondered

Sharpton SLAMS Cuomo On Lack Of Diversity | By Kenneth Lovett | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

ALBANY - Rev. Al Sharpton expressed "serious concerns" on Tuesday about the lack of diversity within Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo's transition team. "Th...

When Images Became Action: What Barack Owes to Virgil, Cliff, Theo, and Other Fake Black People

Wyatt Closs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Wyatt Closs

When Barack was growing up, so too, was the recognition of images that would allow that age-old refrain "You could be President" to ring true. We now know it must be true. We saw it on television.

Ken Blackwell, If Barack Obama is a Magic Negro, Then What Type of Negro Do They Think You Are?

Yvonne R. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Yvonne R. Davis

As an African American Republican, one of the irritations I have is with other Black Republicans who are apologists for racist actions and statements made by white Republican leaders.

This Week in Blackness Episode 13 -- Black, Black, Blackity, Black.

Elon James White | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elon James White

Comedian Elon James White talks about the wide spread notion of eliminating color when it comes to President-Elect Obama. Lets just say, he's not amused.

Time to Rise Above Racism and Self-Interest

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rachel Farris

There are thousands of people in this country like my Uncle Billy, and they will go to the polls on November 4th with ignorance settled deep in their souls.

Top McCain Advisor Learned Slime Tactics From Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

During the '84 NC Senate race, one of Helms' top aides responsible for implementing a gay-bashing strategy was McCain advisor Charlie Black.

Sam Stein

Some Conservatives See Race In Powell's Obama Endorsement | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Colin Powell's decision to endorse Barack Obama has sparked a mini-debate of sorts over both the significance of the endorsement itself and the role t...

Conservatives' Race-Baiting Miscalculation

John Ridley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Ridley

From not-so-subtle euphemisms to open slurring, how much is conservative race-baiting going to cost the Republicans? Probably the presidency.

Bradley Who? Here Comes the Obama Effect

Daniel Okrent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Okrent

Everyone's fretting that the dreaded Bradley Effect will turn up in this election. But there's another shoe to drop on this issue -- and it may change the electoral map for years to come.

Obama's "Black Tax"

Michael Fauntroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Fauntroy

Racial prejudice has long led people to vote against their self-interest. Don't expect these extraordinary times to miraculously bring clarity to some voters. Old habits are hard to break.

Arab Political Cartoons Portray Candidates In Pocket Of Israel

James Sanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Sanders

Notably, the cartoons pay almost no attention to the issues the U.S. candidates are debating with one another. The U.S. economy, McCain's age and Obama's experience never factor in to the discussion.

Tough Issues Ahead For Obama

Marcus Alexander Gadson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Marcus Alexander Gadson

Obama will face tough issues that include Jeremiah Wright - again - and affirmative action. Navigating these complex issues of race, as well as issues having to do with gender, will have a lot to do with whether Obama is elected in November.

Bush v. Gore Rears Its Head: The Politicization of Voting Rights (Part I)

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

Today, as the nation prepares to rid itself of the presidential yoke imposed seven years ago by the Supreme Court, the Court continues to engage in partisan judicial activism.

How I didn't end up being a criminal

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

The imagery on the cover of the New Yorker represents the quality of conversation on race and religion in this country: mixed messages, nothing decoded.

The Other Side of Obama's Father Day Speech

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

I welcomed Obama's Father's Day speech chastising the legions of black absentee fathers, a number, he points out, that has doubled in a generation. He's hardly alone in his criticism.

Election 2008: The Race Election

Dan Treul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dan Treul

There is something culturally sick about defining such a critical election along racial lines alone. This election should not be a referendum on black and white. It should be a referendum on the Bush years.

Barack Obama, Race, and the Message of Change

Martin Carnoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martin Carnoy

Anyone who is the least bit candid on this issue knows that race permeates many aspects of American society. Why wouldn't the race issue pervade the election of a black presidential nominee?

Hillary, O.J. and R.F.K.

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keli Goff

Like the O.J. Simpson verdict, Assassination-gate appeared to unveil two different vantage points from which to view American justice.


Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger