Sources that I have spoken to in Alaska acknowledge that there is a pervasive "atmosphere of racism" throughout pockets of state government. Palin's failure to condemn the emails is troubling -- but not out of character.
A show called Little Mosque on the Prairie will soon appear on television in America. The show hopefully educates the public that to be Arab or Muslim does not equal being a terrorist, or being primitive or subversive. The recent events of the campaign reveal that we need such a series.
While Obama continues to outspend and outcool his way to national polling margins that are increasingly insurmountable, McCain has latched on to Joe the Plumber as his last vestige of hope while his campaign continues the barrage of negativity through ads and robocalling.
The UpTake interviews author Irwin Tang about his book, "Gook: John McCain's Racism and Why It Matters." McCain has used the work "gook" in the media for 30 years, including during his 2000 presidential run.