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Racial Politics

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.

Dr. King's True Legacy: A Lesson for Progressives in the Age of Obama

Kimberle Crenshaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberle Crenshaw

Not only must we re-dedicate ourselves to King's civil rights mission along with the world peace mission, we must see the two as being so utterly linked that one cannot exist without the other.

Race in the Obama Age: Still a Long Way to Go

Lola Adesioye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lola Adesioye

After Obama's election, many in the media asked if black people can still claim that American society is a racist society if a black man can reach the highest office in the land, and even the world.

Friday Talking Points [60] -- Democratic Assertiveness Training

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What a week! With Congress back in session, with the excitement of newly-elected members being sworn in (or barred at the door, as the case may be), ...

Burris, Race, Religion, And The Senate

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

"I am now the junior senator from the state of Illinois. . . . Friends, we're going to have to have some powerful prayer. . . . They can't deny what t...

The Governor's Audacity to Appoint

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Hermene Hartman

The world may not understand it, but we who live in Illinois got it. And most of all, the politicians got it. I am still the Governor of the State of Illinois, confirmed Mr. Blagojevich.

Blagojevich's Race Card Appointment Was Inevitable

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The idea that there are seats and appointments specially reserved for blacks and minorities in Illinois or anywhere else is hardly an aberration. Politicians shuffle the race card all the time.

Anh "Joseph" Cao: The Surprises Are Just Beginning

Eric Tang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Tang

The improbable victory of Joseph Cao gave Republicans something to gloat about in the wake of its November defeats. But Republicans may soon learn that they're getting more than they bargained for.

Now That the Black Guy is in Charge

Marty Favor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Favor

Obama's election represents a promise that in America, one can prosper and succeed in spite of, rather than simply because of, class, race or ethnic background.

Dean's 50 State Strategy Can Help Combat Racism

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Andrea Chalupa

One thing volunteering for the Obama campaign in southern Virginia reiterated to me is that racism is alive and well in this country and there's somet...

The Unbearable Lightness Of Obama's Alleged Elitism

Ken Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ken Allen

He is too educated and yet not deep enough? An answer to the paradoxical arguments used against Obama may lie in our inability to fit him into the stereotypes we use to make sense of the world.

This Was Never Going to Be Easy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Obama's discipline and control on the campaign, while always impressive, are now growing tedious for some voters and losing their impact for others, but he cannot afford to abandon this discipline.

Jesse Helms' Shameful Legacy Can't Be Whitewashed

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

No amount of whitewashing Helms' legacy can erase the stain of his reliance on hate-filled, divisive politics, or the hurt he caused so many people in the process.

How Jesse Helms Ruled North Carolina

Erik Ose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erik Ose

Helms poisoned the ideological well of politics, calling MLK, Jr. a communist and the 1964 Civil Rights Act "the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress."

Environmental Racism Takes Hold In California

Olivia Zaleski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Olivia Zaleski

Don't we all deserve clean air? The answer seems obvious, but in the predominantly Latino, Black and poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Southern Los An...

Obama and Hispanics: Another Myth Exposed

Mark Feierstein and Ana Iparraguirre | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Feierstein and Ana Iparraguirre

To misread Hispanic voters is to miss a fundamental dynamic of the presidential race. For all the talk about race and gender, it is ethnicity that may determine the next president of the United States.

'Sup, Obama, is You Talkin' Honkey Again?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Nader is appealing to the lowest common denominator of racial bigotry: the belief that if a black person is highly educated and successful, well then he or she must be trying to "act white."

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.

Sam Stein

Clyburn: Voters "Recoiled" From Use Of Race | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Speaking after Sen. Barack Obama's victory in South Carolina, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., all but credited the wide-margin of victory to a backlash ag...

Sam Stein

Obama Camp's Memo on Clintons' Politicizing Race | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign has prepared a detailed memo listing various instances in which it perceived Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign...