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Gumbel and Gore
Andrew Gumbel / Zuade Kaufman, Truthdig

A Rejoinder to Gore Vidal

Let me describe what happened in my interview with Gore Vidal for Vanity Fair’s Spanish edition and why I felt compelled to report what was, in my experience, the single most shockingly racist line of the 2008 presidential election campaign.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE



Archive / White House Press Office / Cecil Stoughton

From LBJ to BHO

The 36th president of the United States seems strangely absent in the current celebrations. Perhaps Lyndon B. Johnson is not fondly remembered, but his triumphs paved the long road to Barack Obama’s historic presidency.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008 READ MORE


Gore Vidal
Zuade Kaufman / Truthdig

Gore Vidal Blasts Racism Claim

Gore Vidal, racist? Au contraire, the renowned author asserts in this response to a recent piece on The Huffington Post that claimed Vidal had a problem with Barack Obama’s bid for the White House because of the president-elect’s race.

Posted on Nov 10, 2008 READ MORE


The Bradley Defect

The latent racism that many had predicted would cut into Barack Obama’s poll numbers on Election Day—the so-called “Bradley effect”—ended up largely an unfounded concern, as exit polls showed him picking up 43% of white voters, an increase of 4 percentage points over what Democratic candidates have averaged since 1968.

Posted on Nov 5, 2008 READ MORE


A New Pride in Our Country

I know there’s a chance that the first African-American to make a serious run for the presidency will lose. But that is precisely what’s new: I’m talking about possibility, not inevitability. For African-Americans, this is nothing short of mind-blowing.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 READ MORE


The Scariest Day of the Year

Have you noticed that the spookiest colors of the season are not orange and black but red and blue? As Halloween slips into Election Day, the race for the White House has scared more grown-ups than any trip to the haunted house.

Posted on Oct 30, 2008 READ MORE


Skinheads Arrested in Obama Assassination Plot

Authorities suspect two young white supremacists of planning to travel the country in white tuxedos and top hats murdering and beheading black people. The two Southerners allegedly included Barack Obama among their targets.

Posted on Oct 27, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Jim Mone

Communication Scholars Speak Out About Negative Campaigning

A group of top American communication professors have crafted and signed a statement calling on the McCain campaign, primarily, to stop its negative campaigning. “The purposeful dissemination of messages that a communicator knows to be false and inflammatory is unethical. It is that simple,” the statement says.

Posted on Oct 23, 2008 READ MORE


Olbermann

Olbermann to McCain: Suspend Your Campaign

Keith Olbermann took time on “Countdown” Tuesday night for a “Special Comment” about the outbreak of hostility toward Barack Obama at recent McCain-Palin rallies, holding John McCain directly responsible for stirring up the crowds. “These people are speaking for you,” Olbermann insisted.

Posted on Oct 15, 2008 READ MORE


McCain in crowd

McCain Tries to Cool Anti-Obama Fervor

Here’s the video footage of John McCain attempting to calm his riled-up audience by calling Barack Obama a “decent” person (and also not an “Arab,” as one bewildered audience member claims) during a campaign stop in Minnesota on Friday.

Posted on Oct 11, 2008 READ MORE


McCain
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

McCain Booed at Rally for Calling Obama ‘Decent’

Looks like John McCain is attempting to put a lid on the hostility directed at his rival, Barack Obama, during McCain-Palin rallies, but some of the Republican presidential candidate’s supporters aren’t happy with this suggested change of tone.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / buddhakiwi

McCain Sticks With Terrorist Claim Despite Media Criticism

“Americans need to ask themselves if they’ve ever befriended an unrepentant terrorist,” says McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds. The AP called similar remarks by running mate Sarah Palin “racially tinged” and Time said the claim was “simply wrong,” but the McCain campaign shows no signs of backing down from its new strategy.

Posted on Oct 5, 2008 READ MORE


The Battle for Michigan

If he carries Michigan, many routes to victory are open for Barack Obama. Without Michigan, he’s got a big problem.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


FBI seal
fbi.gov

FBI Coming to a Public Location Near You

The Justice Department was dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on Friday on a new set of rules designed to help FBI agents zero in on potential national security threats within the U.S., allowing them to gather information in public places—and even conduct interviews—without identifying themselves. 

Posted on Sep 13, 2008 READ MORE


Wooing Those Reagan Democrats

Whoever wins two of the three big, aging and economically stressed Rust Belt states is likely to be the next president. Obama comes to them with all the potential and all the liabilities he showed during the primaries.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Pollsters Probe the Big Bigot Bloc

The racists of America are definitely not in the undecided column in the Obama-McCain contest, according to this tongue-in-cheek report.

Posted on Sep 7, 2008 READ MORE


Obama mural
Flickr / EricaJoy

Poll: For Many, America Still ‘Isn’t Ready’

Barack Obama has a problem: According to a new Los Angeles Times/Bloomberg poll, one in six voters thinks he’s just too black—for America, that is. It’s the political equivalent of “I’m not racist, but my friend is” and, sadly, it may have something to do with the competitive nature of the campaign.

Posted on Aug 19, 2008 READ MORE


McCain’s Race-Baiting Scoundrels

I’m confident that Sen. Lindsey Graham and the rest of John McCain’s front-line surrogates know full well what messages they’re sending about Barack Obama and race. On the off chance that they—or, more likely, some of the white voters they’re trying to reach—don’t know text from subtext from context, here’s a deconstruction.

Posted on Aug 4, 2008 READ MORE


Obama
AP photo / Sergei Chuzavkov

Obama Humor 101

We all know about this week’s Controversial Satire Attempt by that wicked, bad New Yorker magazine, which critics can now bash for being wicked instead of just elitist. (Boring!) That particular faux pas rocked the ever-intertwined worlds of politics and publishing and seemed to prove that poking fun at a certain presumptive presidential nominee can be a precarious enterprise, if not an absolute no-no.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008 READ MORE


Black Doctors
mirror.co.uk

AMA Apologizes for Once Excluding Blacks

The American Medical Association has finally apologized for once excluding black doctors from membership. The discriminatory policies ended in the 1960s, but it has taken almost 50 years for the group to formally apologize for its institutional racism.

Posted on Jul 11, 2008 READ MORE


Fox attacks

Backlash to Fox’s Smearing of Michelle Obama

The Brave New Films team has launched an initiative against Fox News for its treatment of Michelle Obama, whom Fox has described as Barack Obama’s “baby mama,” in addition to using other race-baiting terms.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Helms, Jesse
cbsnews.com

Jesse Helms Dead at 86

White separatist, U.S. senator, GOP darling and otherwise racist stalwart Jesse Helms died Friday after a bout with both metaphorical and actual heart problems. For his supporters and detractors, Helms’ persona as a race-baiting Southern politician defined many debates around civil rights in the 1960s.

Posted on Jul 4, 2008 READ MORE


This Summer’s Trilogy of Truth

Books have survived radio and television for the same reason they will survive the Internet. Human life is simply too complex to be represented by a news spot or a blog post.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008 READ MORE


Obama button
trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com

Pinpointing Racism at the Texas Republican Convention

Some challenges to Sen. Barack Obama’s potential presidential authority might be considered covertly racist, but here’s one that baldly revels in its ignorance: At last weekend’s Republican state convention in Texas, a vendor booth hosted by Republicanmarket pushed a pin that brought racial politics to the fore in the most blatant and unproductive possible way.

Posted on Jun 17, 2008 READ MORE


Obama and Family

It would be unfortunate if Obama’s words were read only as an attempt to win white votes. It actually matters that a presidential candidate is taking the costs of fatherlessness seriously.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE


From Slavery to Obama

There will be plenty of time to chart Barack Obama’s attempt to navigate a course between the exigencies of the old politics and the promise of the new, between yesterday and tomorrow, youth and experience, black and white. For now, take a moment to consider the mind-bending improbability of what just happened.

Posted on Jun 5, 2008 READ MORE


A Slap in the Face

Hillary Clinton has campaigned as if the Democratic nomination were hers by divine right. That’s why she is falling short—and that’s why she should be persuaded to quit now, before her majestic sense of entitlement splits the party along racial lines.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Why Celebrate Rev. Wrong?

As Jeremiah Wright gleefully tours the airwaves, inflicting severe political damage with almost every utterance, he is proving that racism isn’t the only obstacle to a black president.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


William Bratton
nytimes.com / Monica Almeida

It’s Official Again: LAPD Is Not Racist

After an internal investigation of over 300 complaints of racial profiling, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Tuesday that not even one accusation of profiling it received last year had merit. Even more ridiculous is the fact that 2007 marks the sixth consecutive year that the LAPD has failed to find any example of race-based misconduct within its ranks.

Posted on Apr 30, 2008 READ MORE


Colorado Still Sneers at Labor

The state in which an infamous slaughter of labor organizers occurred in 1914 may not be killing unionists these days but its persecution of them continues.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Marie Cocco on Bitterness

The columnist argues that Barack Obama’s “bitter” comments will indeed work against him with white working-class voters.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


Is Wright Right About Racism?

Since the 1960s, bigotry has undergone an aesthetic makeover. Today, the most pernicious racists do not wear pointy hoods, scream epithets and anonymously burn crosses from behind masks. They don starched suits, recite sententious bromides and stage political lynchings before television cameras.

Posted on Mar 27, 2008 READ MORE


Obama Walks the Minefield

Barack Obama tells the columnist why he chose to ignore the collective political wisdom and confront the issue of race head-on. Having survived the encounter, his speech on the subject could change the way Americans understand one another.

Posted on Mar 19, 2008 READ MORE


white men
nytimes.com

Republicans Probe Race, Gender Boundaries

The Politico reports that Republican strategists have been clandestinely polling and focus-grouping to determine how America might react to campaign attacks on an African-American or woman presidential candidate. As one strategist explained, “You can’t allow the party to be Macaca-ed,” a reference to former Sen. George Allen, whose use of a racial slur cost him certain victory in the last election.

Posted on Feb 25, 2008 READ MORE


Shadows Trump Hope

The humorist explains Clinton’s New Hampshire win without polling data or political science but with candid insight into the dark recesses of American prejudice.

Posted on Jan 9, 2008 READ MORE


Disappointment Doesn’t Have to Be Normal

Is it foolish to think that a nation stained by centuries of slavery and racism is prepared to elect a black president? Rarely phrased so bluntly, that’s the central question posed by Barack Obama’s candidacy—especially for many African-American voters, whose doubts are informed by having seen many an oasis turn out to be a mirage.

Posted on Dec 11, 2007 READ MORE


Supreme Court
supremecourtus.gov

Supreme Court Rules Against Mandatory Minimums

The Supreme Court decided on Monday that federal sentencing guidelines, a kind of back seat judging considered by many to be racist, should be treated as “advisory” and not at all mandatory. Justices Alito and Thomas, to no one’s great surprise, were the only dissenters.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Paris riot
AP photo / Thibault Camus

Paris Is Burning Again

French youths rioted for a second night in the suburbs of Paris, injuring nearly 80 police officers and torching more than 70 buildings and cars. Police officials said the violence was “far worse” than two years ago, when rioters set fire to 10,000 cars and 300 buildings over three weeks.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


Conscience of a Liberal cover

Nicholas von Hoffman on ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Why is it that so many voters continue to elect reactionaries who do their best to disenfranchise them? The answer, says Paul Krugman in his new book, is racism.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Time Is Running Out for Brother and Sister

Troy Anthony Davis and Martina Correia are fighting for their lives. He faces death by lethal injection at the hands of the state of Georgia, and she has breast cancer. Their parallel battles against insuperable odds deserve the public’s attention.

Posted on Oct 9, 2007 READ MORE


United by Hate

How did thousands of African-Americans come to descend on the town of Jena, La., on Thursday for a march and rally that brought to mind the heady days of the civil rights movement? The answer says as much about what has changed over the past half-century as it says about what hasn’t.

Posted on Sep 20, 2007 READ MORE


Tipping the Scales of Justice in Jena

The Jena Six, teenage victims of good old-fashioned, Deep South racism, have won a crucial battle in their struggle against prejudice.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


execution
news.bbc.co.uk

Russians Get a Lead in Beheading Case

Russian authorities have arrested a student for allegedly posting a video of the apparent execution of two men by a neo-Nazi group, although authorities still don’t know who recorded the video or carried out the attack.

Posted on Aug 16, 2007 READ MORE


execution
news.bbc.co.uk

Russia Investigates ‘Nazi’ Beheading Video

Russian authorities are investigating a gruesome online video which shows the apparent execution of two men by a group calling itself “National Socialists of Rus.” According to the BBC, Russia has experienced a rise in ethnic violence over the last few years.

Posted on Aug 14, 2007 READ MORE


Al Sharpton Joins Forces With Wal-Mart CEO

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton and Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott have found common ground on the issue of immigration reform. Appearing at the annual conference of the Hispanic organization La Raza, the unlikely cohorts gave speeches demanding a revival of the immigration debate. Sharpton raised the specter of racism and criticized presidential candidates who, he said, wink at voters of color and then often fail to deliver.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Two Races, Two Systems of Justice in Louisiana

Last week in Detroit, the NAACP held a mock funeral for the N-word. But a chilling case in Louisiana shows us how far we have to go to bury racism.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


America’s Love-Hate Relationship With Immigration

America has always had an immigration “problem,” just as it has always been a beacon for the downtrodden who seek a better life here and, in doing so, make it a better country.

Posted on May 24, 2007 READ MORE


Unfair at Any Speed

This just in: Driving while black is still unsafe at any speed, even zero miles per hour. The same goes for driving while brown.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


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