I was prepared to go to bed when I read this:
Black campers recruit against history, stereotype
GADSDEN, Ala.—The throngs filling campgrounds across America this weekend will include hardy outdoors types and those who prefer creature comforts, but they'll have at least one important thing in common: Nearly all of them are white.
A small but committed group of campers is trying to change that by growing a generation of black campers, one person at a time.
The National African-American RVers Association is composed almost exclusively of black people who camp, although it includes a few whites and Hispanics. The group doesn't have much money to buy ads or solicit new members.
I just got off the phone with an Israeli friend, and we had some fun joking with each other about the timing of the call. I was reading this post from a very strong Obama supporter, and I complimented the author on his honesty and willingness to say what needs to be said. Read more about When Irony Only Makes Me Sad: A Pro-Obama Post at Corrente
On the morning of the West Virginia primary, Washington Post Associate Editor Kevin Merida published a blockbuster story about ugly racial incidents experienced by Obama campaign workers that continues to fuel debate.
Media pundits are now using it to prove that “Clinton is willing to ride these biases to the White House.” Read more about Washington Post Suppresses News of Abuse of Clinton Campaigners
My thoughts started to coalesce from a thread on TalkLeft titled "Politics Has Always Been Stupid which brings up an NYT Op-Ed piece by Bob Herbert titled "Overkill and Short Shrift. This article laments the media play of Jeremiah Wright as a diversion to discussing the real issues of this political season.
It's not accidental that the discussions of race have been systematically dismissed from this campaign. From the very start, Obama has been the first black candidate to nationally campaign with the premise that no where in his agenda is there a desire to hold white Americans accountable for the past. Read more about So why is it that we still aren't talking about race?
In the ongoing saga of WKJM, today's edition tries to answer the question, why did Hillary win Ohio and does it have anything to do with why she'll win Indiana and Kentucky? Not one to bury the lede, let me say that WKJM's answer is that there are a whole bunch of racists in those states. Read more about What's the matter with Josh Marshall?
Examination at The Root of the perceptions and personas of Oprah and Obama, and how unrealistic stereotypes and expectations--and meeting them and molding yourself to fit them--provide very fragile and shaky foundations for trust. Read more about The Trouble With Transcending Race
Jake Tapper tells the tale:
In an interview with National Journal's Linda Douglass, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe downplays the impact Obama's race will have on any November match-up, saying "the vast, vast majority of voters who would not vote for Barack Obama in November based on race are probably firmly in John McCain's camp already."
Did Obama run out of Democrats to offend? Is this strategy part of the "party building" meme? Read more about Oh, no! He didn't say that, did he?
NEW YORK (AP) — Three detectives were acquitted Friday in the 50-shot killing of an unarmed groom-to-be on his wedding day, a case that put the NYPD at the center of another dispute involving allegations of excessive firepower.
What does it take to send thug-cops to jail? Read more about There is no justice
Via Talk Left, Rep. Geoff Davis (R-KY) on Barack Obama:
I'm going to tell you something: That boy's finger does not need to be on the button. He could not make a decision in that simulation that related to a nuclear threat to this country.
Not that there is ever any excuse for calling an African American man "boy," but in case you're wondering this racist jackass is 49, not 79. And, yes, Geoff Davis is his real name. Read more about The Racist Tool Representing KY-04
Part 4 of Misogyny, Sexism, & the Gender Gap in the 2008 Election
In choosing a nominee, the Democratic Party will not merely be deciding who deserves to win, or who would make the best candidate. It will also be a decision about which poisoned landscape the Party wishes to compete upon --- one in which toxic wildflowers of misogyny and sexism are in full bloom, or one in which the poisonous weed of racism is a constant part of the environment, and needs the merest watering to completely despoil the land. Read more about THE POISONED LANDSCAPE -- RACE, GENDER, & ELECTION 2008
Can someone explain this to me?
According to Tweety & the Gang, it's no big deal for David Bellavia to compare Barack Obama to Tiger Woods, because Tiger is a great golfer.
But when Bill Clinton compared Barack Obama's win in South Carolina to the earlier victories in South Carolina by Jesse Jackson, it was vile racism. Read more about I don't get it.
This post started out as a celebration and analysis of Dr. King's final great oration on the night before he was murdered, the "I've Been To The Mountaintop" one, which too few people read, today, in it entirety.
On the way to putting virtual pen to virtual paper, I noticed Juan Williams has a piece in the Wall Street Journal, ostensibly an analysis of Obama's rhetorical, intellectual and political connection to King, which cries out for critical commentary. Read more about Forty Years And Still In The Wilderness
No, I'm not talking about the Klan, or even the Republicans "southern strategy."
But I do want to place this post in the context of much of the back and forth that is going on here at Corrente and through-out the liberal blogisphere about race and racism, what is it, when is it, and who is playing with it.
Mary-Beth at Wampum reminds us of an even wider perspective that liberals have as much difficulty even remembering exists as do right-wingers.
Read more about Take A Look At What Real* Racism Looks Like
This bit of white entitlement has been widely cited as evidence of the horrible opportunism of the Obama campaign, but actually it shows something rather sad about some of the opposition to Obama.
First, let's note that the publisher of the Wilentz piece is notorious for its use as a "liberal" place to attack the left left and here for its hyping of Bush's war and so on. Read more about Sean Wilentz and white resentment