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Racial Politics

Lynching Reference on Cover of New Orleans Music Magazine Brings Anger and Outrage

Jordan Flaherty | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jordan Flaherty

OffBeat Magazine is a monthly print publication based in New Orleans. They claim a circulation of 40,000, mostly through free distribution in bars, st...

Is the Recovery Really Working? (VIDEO)

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

President Obama says the stimulus saved or created 2 million jobs in 2009. Yet the American dream of good jobs and strong communities is still just a dream for too many.

Jason Linkins

Pat Buchanan Worries The White People Are Losing Their America, Like Always | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Pat Buchanan has a post up today on WorldnetDaily, about the "Oath Keepers," the latest strain of extremist nimrods who have lost their minds over the...

The State of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream in 2010

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dedrick Muhammad

Many forget that the March on Washington, where King delivered his famed "I Have a Dream" speech, was actually called the "March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs."

Nixon's Ghetto Obsession

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Nixon did more than simply sit by and passively listen to anti-black tirades by a trusted aide; he frequently spewed those same offensive racial epithets himself.

I Have a Nightmare

Greg Saunders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Saunders

In the last two years, Republicans have been so angry they've had to invent new ways to be racist. Racism no longer comes in degrees of offensiveness, but in flavors of hate speech.

The Death and Possible Rebirth of Racial Profiling

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Now that the Beer Summit has resolved any lingering issues over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, we can get back to our perfectly harmonious post-racial society. I, for one, am relieved.

Before We All Have A Beer

Anna Deavere Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anna Deavere Smith

There are many practical ways that we can do race work, not just race talk in our daily lives. But should we go back to work the same way as before?

Crowley vs. Gates: The Heart of Prejudice

Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ruth Bettelheim, Ph.D.

"Us v. them" arguments do not engage our rational reflective capacities, but instead inflame us with an exhortation to battle.

What the NAACP Means to Me

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rinku Sen

The essential challenge facing the NAACP is being a racial justice leader in a multiracial nation.

Wise Women Unite! What Sotomayor Should Have Said

C. Nicole Mason | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
C. Nicole Mason

Racial and ethnic minorities and women are the only groups asked to check their identity at the door. It is assumed that once given access to power, they will try to funnel those resources to their own kind.

The Great American Melting Pot (?)

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

You will not catch me dissing Schoolhouse Rock. Like all good Gen Xers, I grew up with the infectious tones of the Saturday morning series permeating...

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

Carol M. Swain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol M. Swain

Although some may argue that an apology for slavery would open the door to racial reparations, legal precedent demonstrates that an apology for slavery would not trigger legal liability.

Interview with Benjaman Zephaniah: "I'm Just a Normal Bloke Who Writes Poems"

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christina Patterson

This "angry, illiterate, uneducated, ex-hustler, rebellious Rastafarian" (which is how Zephaniah describes himself in Too Black, Too Strong) is not like "most blokes who write poems."

The New White Nationalism in America

Carol M. Swain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol M. Swain

This book is a warning and a wake-up call for Americans who cherish the civil rights vision of an integrated America, a common humanity, and equality before God and law.

Hijab and Civil War in the House of Lords

Christina Patterson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Patterson

One of the more cheering sights of the past week has been young women in hijab getting excited about politics.

GM Bankruptcy Hurts People of Color Hardest. Workers Desperately Need EFCA.

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Seth Freed Wessler

In the economy we've inherited from the last three decades of deregulation and declining union density, people of color are increasingly relegated to low-wage, precarious work that pays too little to support a family.

STUDY: Race Affects Prices, White People Pay More

WSJ | Erica Alini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Kathryn Graddy and George Hall, both at Brandeis' International Business School, studied fish-purchasing patterns over 22 weeks and found that white c...

Sam Stein

GOP Stressed Gonzales' Hispanic Roots In 2005 | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the more provocative critiques to come from conservatives concerning the appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court has been the charg...

The Fight For Educational Equality in America

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Vander Ark

Education inequities in funding, facilities and outcomes are pervasive 55 years after the Court instructed us to fix the problem.

Is a Consolation Lynching Coming?

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

Will fanatical conservatives, who had such a serious problem with America electing a black president, see an opportunity for a consolation prize, of sorts, by taking down Michael Steele as RNC chairman?

The Racial Comeback

Charles D. Ellison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles D. Ellison

Even if we've made strides in accomplishing a decent level of social comfort and affability, we have some ways to go before truly claiming a complete, unconditional truce on the subject of race.

Quit Crying Double-Standard Over Phelps

Jason Whitlock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jason Whitlock

America gives its marketable, talented and wealthy weed-smokers the Santonio Holmes treatment. We forgive and quickly forget.

"Hannah Montana" Needs Some Sensitivity Training

Raymond Leon Roker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Raymond Leon Roker

Cyrus being a model for millions of kids ought to mean she'd be taught more compassion and sensitivity. A mass exodus of racially conscious fans from her audience will help drive the lesson home.

Ken Blackwell Redefines Racism

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

Maybe laws that require federal oversight in re-districting historically corrupt areas seem draconian to Blackwell; he prefers laws that do the job of knocking voters off the rolls for him.