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The Trouble With Transcending Race

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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 below the fold...

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Oh Archie!

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I was reading one too many references to "Archie Bunkers" when it occurred to me that Archie is getting a bad rap.

Yeah, Archie was a bigot in 1971 when "All in the Family" went on the air, but he changed over the years.

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Oh, no! He didn't say that, did he?

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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 below the fold...

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There is no justice

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3 NYPD detectives cleared in wedding-day shooting

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 below the fold...

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The Racist Tool Representing KY-04

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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 below the fold...

THE POISONED LANDSCAPE -- RACE, GENDER, & ELECTION 2008

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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 below the fold...

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I don't get it.

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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 below the fold...

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Forty Years And Still In The Wilderness

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 below the fold...

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Take A Look At What Real* Racism Looks Like

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.
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Sean Wilentz and white resentment

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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 below the fold...

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Let's Talk About "Race"

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So a friend from Jersey sent me this awful/funny email. These are "Jersey" people. Here are some highlights:www

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Yet Another Taser Death, and of Course: A Black Youth

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How many will it take before we can agree? There is no way one can defend tasering at this point. I mean, I can barely keep up with all the national news, and so I'm sure for every taser-death story like this one I read, I'm not reading 10 others. Other nations don't give tasers to their police officers and still manage to keep crime down. There are better ways to enforce the law.
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No MI Do-Over

No do-over. From an email I just got:

House Speaker Andy Dillon (D-Redford Twp.) and Majority Floor Leader Steve Tobocman (D-Detroit) issued the following statement regarding the subject of a potential presidential primary do-over in the state of Michigan:

"We would like to thank Senator Carl Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, Debbie Dingell, Ron Gettelfinger and Mark Brewer for their hard work to create an agreement that would have enabled Michigan Democrats to have a meaningful vote in the Democratic presidential primary.

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Confronting Racism Like Never Before, or Not

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Boo tells an interesting story about an encounter he had after the speech:
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