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Blaming Obama’s America First

We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama’s America first—you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to “take back” the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.

Posted on Nov 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ted S. Warren

Pat-Downs Hit Middle America Where It Counts

What has emerged from the TSA pat-down kerfuffle is recognition that it is psychologically demeaning to be subjected to physical touching of private areas of the body by someone not invited to do so. Now, the psychological treatment of men of color is being brought home to middle American men.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Bush to Kanye: All Is Forgiven

During his comfortable sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday’s “Today” show, former President George W. Bush was visited by the pre-taped image of a contrite Kanye West, who was all ready to make nice after his Bush-is-a-racist claim of yesteryear.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Race and the Tea Party’s Ire

The first African-American president takes office, and almost immediately we see the birth of an overwhelmingly white national movement that tries its best to delegitimize that president. Coincidence? [Above, an anti-Obama poster.]

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



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SB 1070’s Day in Court

The anti-immigration SB 1070 will soon have its day in court. Arizona’s toxic new law is on the docket of a federal appeals court in San Francisco for Monday. The justices are expected to consider what exactly is the role of state and local authorities in immigration issues.

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Sue Ogrocki

Oklahoma Not OK With Shariah Law

Some people in Oklahoma are either able to predict the future or they’re just anti-Muslim bigots. A measure on the ballot next week in the state will ask voters whether they want to pass, no joke, a constitutional amendment outlawing Shariah, or Islamic law.

Posted on Oct 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Arizona Lawmaker Fights Boycott Backlash

Raul Grijalva is a four-term congressman from southern Arizona. Yet in the wake of the state’s SB1070 anti-immigrant legislation, the historically shoo-in Democrat is locked in a tight race with his Republican challenger after Grijalva had the gall to back a national boycott campaign against the Grand Canyon State.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010 READ MORE



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From ‘Sons of Confederate Veterans’ to Children’s Ears

A Virginia fourth-grade textbook falsely claims that “Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks” during the Civil War. The author of the book relied heavily on a pro-Confederacy group she found on the Internet.

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Clemens Bilan

Merkel: Multiculturalism Has Failed

Maybe she sipped a bit too much during Oktoberfest, but German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stumbled to the right after she claimed that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” stirring the proverbial cultural melting pot to suggest that immigrants have not effectively integrated into German society.

Posted on Oct 17, 2010 READ MORE



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The Tea Party: It’s Worse Than You Think

A debate has raged over the last 18 months as to whether the tea party movement is racist. I propose to put this debate to rest. The tea party is racist. Its followers have deployed a brilliant strategy to deflect charges of racism by using a form of the legislative provision known as severability.

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Sanchez Fired From CNN

CNN has canned Rick Sanchez after the “Rick’s List” host unleashed a verbal barrage against Jon Stewart’s “bigotry,” Jews in the media, and the institutional racism he says he experienced in the newsroom. Guess what part of the rant the media is going to leave out?

Posted on Oct 2, 2010 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: Libertea

Tuesday’s primaries brought a couple of surprising results, such as the voting victories of problematic e-mail forwarding enthusiast Carl Paladino in New York and anti-masturbation crusader Christine O’Donnell in Delaware. What are we to make of these people?

Posted on Sep 16, 2010 READ MORE


Newt and the Closet Kenyan

Is Newt Gingrich just pretending to have lost his mind, or has he actually gone around the bend? His lunacy certainly seems genuine enough.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Aussies Elect First Indigenous MP

In a historic moment for Australia, an Aboriginal man has won a seat in the country’s House of Representatives, the first indigenous person to be elected as an MP in Australia’s century-long history as a democracy.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 READ MORE



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The State of Our Interracial Unions

Though Dr. Laura’s comments are definitely offensive, what’s more offensive is that she really isn’t saying anything new. Throughout our nation’s long history of racial mixing, mainstream culture has regarded interracial relationships as abnormal.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Glenn Beck MLKs It

Before holding his Hubrisfest 2010 celebration on Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, Glenn Beck says he’s no Martin Luther King Jr., but would also like to point out that “African-Americans don’t own Martin Luther King.”

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Dropping the G-Word

Seven years after a decade-long spate of violence in the Congo, a leaked U.N. draft report on the slaughter of tens of thousands of ethnic Hutus by Rwandan soldiers tepidly says that the horrific mass killings may possibly constitute genocide.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


Howard Dean Explains His ‘Mosque’ Views to Disappointed Glenn Greenwald

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald called Howard Dean’s suggestion that the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero be moved the “worst thing I’ve seen him do.” Here, Dean attempts to explain himself.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



The Glenn Beck-Sarah Palin Rally to Un-Pervert MLK

There’s almost too much crazy going on here to cope, but Media Matters does a bang-up job of explaining how Sarah Palin (who told Dr. Laura N-Word “don’t retreat ... reload!”) and Glenn Beck are planning to “reclaim the civil rights movement” with a rally on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “dream” speech.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Courage and Lower Manhattan

Nothing tests a president like standing up against a wave of fear and prejudice, even at potentially great cost to his own party and prospects.

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


Dr. Laura

So Long, Dr. Laura: Schlessinger to Leave Radio

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is still sorry about that whole “n-word” incident from earlier this month. So sorry, in fact, that she went on “Larry King Live” Tuesday night to talk about it—and to announce, “I’ve made the decision not to do radio anymore.”

Posted on Aug 18, 2010 READ MORE


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Mosque-Issippi Burning

Salman Hamdani died on Sept. 11, 2001. The 23-year-old police cadet raced to Ground Zero to save others. His selfless act cost him his life.

Posted on Aug 17, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bernat Armangue

Israel to Deport 400 Children

Q: What do Arizona and Israel have in common? A: An uncanny disregard for immigrant rights. Two weeks ago the Israeli Cabinet voted to deport 400 children of migrant workers, and even after the wife of the Israeli prime minister wrote a letter pleading for amnesty for them, the Cabinet has refused to reconsider.

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE


Dr. Laura

Dr. Laura Sorry for Airing N-Word Barrage

Dr. Laura Schlessinger is many things, but an astute commentator on racial politics isn’t one of them. The long-running schlock jock removed her foot from her mouth this week to issue an apology for ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Racists Return

Expressions of racial hatred on the right are troubling, but not nearly as troubling as the behavior of conservatives who excuse, embolden or simply pretend to ignore the bigots surrounding them.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



Nasser Shiyoukhi

The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Muslim, Christian or Jew, we ignore this suffering at the peril of our own humanity. As Rachel Corrie wrote in her last letter to her parents, “I could live a comfortable life and possibly, with no effort at all, exist in complete unawareness of my participation in genocide.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


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A Countercultural Conversation With Noam Chomsky

The following is an interview with professor Noam Chomsky examining the question of why the counterculture, which had been so endemic to the politics of dissent in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, no longer seems to exist in any viable way.

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE    


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‘Colbert Report’: Laura Ingraham Gets Owned

So, conservative talk radio starlet Laura Ingraham showed up on “The Colbert Report” Tuesday night, despite the fact that the show’s host had once dubbed her “Ichabod Crane’s banshee widow,” to plug her new book, “The Obama Diaries.” How’d she do?

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Colbert Report’: Teachable Moments With Shirley Sherrod, Fox News

The recent Shirley Sherrod kerfuffle served to show how quick the Obama administration is to bend to the will of Fox News pundits, according to Stephen Colbert, who can think of a few other people to fire as well for doing nothing wrong.

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


Israeli Court Convicts Arab of Rape Because He Claimed to be Jewish

A Palestinian man was convicted by a Jerusalem court of “rape by deception” after a Jewish woman he had consensual sex with grew enraged after discovering he had lied to her when he claimed to be Jewish.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt York

U.S. Gov’t Aiming to Stop Arizona Law Before It Starts

Arizona’s infamous immigration law, SB 1070, is due to kick in July 29, at which point local law-enforcement officials will begin exploring what the term “reasonable suspicion” means to them. But not if the federal government can help it.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Using Race to Smear Obama

After the Shirley Sherrod episode, there’s no longer any need to mince words: A cynical right-wing propaganda machine is peddling the poisonous fiction that when African-Americans or other minorities reach positions of power, they seek some kind of revenge against whites.

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ed Zurga

Racism Reconsidered

In Obama’s America, negative connotations of race are but a relic of the past. But does this mean that it’s now fair game to play the race card in ways that might have been considered politically incorrect before Obama’s election? 

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


Purging the Tea Party’s Racist Poison

When the nation’s leading civil rights organization passed a resolution condemning displays of racism by tea party activists, leaders of the movement reacted with umbrage so thick you could cut it with a knife—then demonstrated that the NAACP’s allegation was entirely justified.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


Last Temptation of TMZ

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AP / Charles Dharapak

Obama’s Unlikely Allies in Immigration Reform

President Obama is preparing for another drawn-out legislative and public battle over yet another contentious and unwieldy issue: immigration reform. But in this case, he may get help from some surprising sources at the right of the political spectrum.

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


The NAACP and the Tea Party’s Flag-Burners

Good for the NAACP. We need an honest conversation about the role of race and racism in the tea party. Thanks to a resolution passed this week at the venerable organization’s national convention, we’ll get it.

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Department of Justice

Feds Rev Up for Second Arizona Suit

As Arizona and the rest of the nation prepare for the state’s controversial anti-immigration SB 1070 bill to go into effect, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has suggested that the federal government may file yet another suit against the beleaguered state “if the U.S. believes racial profiling is taking place.”

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



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Ariz. Anti-Immigrant Wing to Target Children

Arizona Republicans are expected to introduce legislation this fall that would strip the citizenship of those quite offensively dubbed “anchor babies,” children born in the U.S. to parents who are undocumented. It seems that the state’s anti-immigrant wing is going even crazier than previously thought possible.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Sarah Silverman Re-Brands Fox News as ‘Racism Engine’

Sarah Silverman’s no shrinking violet, as she recently demonstrated once again by launching a direct hit on the Murdochian empire that is Fox News, calling the cable news channel “a 24-hour-a-day racism engine” ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Kentucky Senate Adopts Civil Rights Resolution

The Kentucky state Senate has passed a resolution to let it be known that all varieties of discrimination are officially not OK in the Bluegrass State. Whether Rand Paul is paying attention to that gesture was unclear at press time.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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A.G. Huddles With Top Cops About Arizona Law

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with police chiefs from several big cities—including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Philadelphia—who are concerned about the potential effects of Arizona’s SB 1070 on ... (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Miami Ad Agency Rolls Out ‘Gringo Masks’ for the Masses

When life gives you SB 1070, make Gringo Masks. That’s the response of the Miami-based agency Zumi Advertising, whose clever marketers came up with handy his ’n’ hers facial accouterments for anyone to slap on and instantly look whiter ... (continued) 

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


Give Some Answers, Dr. Paul

Not so fast, everybody. Rand Paul can’t abruptly disavow the extremist views on civil rights that he’s been espousing for years and expect us all to just move along.

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


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‘SATC 2’ Review: Marking the ‘Misogynistic, Borderline Racist’ End of an Era

The early word is out on the second “Sex and the City” movie, and according to at least one former-fan-turned-reviewer, the franchise has officially gone to Hades in a Birkin bag, taking what she believes was once a series with a warm heart beating under all those ... (continued)

Posted on May 24, 2010 READ MORE


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Mexico Builds Border Wall to Keep Out U.S. Assholes

This immigration-themed parody from the geniuses at the Onion is much needed at this time. Actually, we were a little slow to come upon it, but its relevance—and brilliance—endures. Someone ought to stream this directly into Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office, stat.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt York

Beyond Reasonable Suspicion

“You’ve been randomly selected for a search.” These are the words I heard as I was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon my return from a recent trip to Canada.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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Lena Horne: A Glamorous Revolutionary

Lena Horne, who died Sunday at 92, was an infiltrator and one of the most significant American entertainers of the 20th century.

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE



Most Americans Support Arizona Immigration Law

Give us your tired and your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, because we already have an abundance of selfish, mean xenophobes. Polls show that most Americans support Arizona’s new immigration law, which makes it criminal to accept the Statue of Liberty’s invitation. (continued)

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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