Racism

Mike the Mad Biologist

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By way of Digby, I came across this poll of white attitudes towards various ethnicities (including whites) based on self-identified Tea Party support (note: respondents were only from four states, NV, MO, GA, and NC). One of things that struck me while looking at the data (pdf and pdf) was the extent to which whites…

Remember last year, when Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. was arrested by the Cambridge Police (charges were dropped). We all sat around, had a beer, and discussed race. Well, there’s been a review of the Cambridge police’s arrest behavior from 2004 to 2009. At the time, I thought it had nothing to do with…

Snark can’t even begin to cope with this sickening display of hatred–directed at elementary school children: A group of artists has been asked to lighten the faces of children depicted in a giant public mural at a Prescott [Arizona] school. The project’s leader says he was ordered to lighten the skin tone after complaints about…

Amanda Marcotte has a must-read post about Rand Paul, and why we shouldn’t just sweep his libertarianism under the rug. I’ll get to Amanda in a bit, but, to explain the title, I want to first provide some context by way of deceased Republican political operative Lee Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying,…

Digby brilliantly snarks what I’ve been trying to describe for a while about the Tea Buggers: …if you just remove the poor blacks from the equation it would be clear to everyone that America doesn’t like Obama. Now, this isn’t about race, mind you, not at all. It’s about resistance to all these lazy blacks…

There’s nothing like the prospect of a black person receiving a government service to rile up the Republican base. Anyone who has spent extended time in the South, when listening to the Tea Partyers, has heard this ugly, racist dogwhistle. But with the possible passage of Romneycare–for people who aren’t white, too!–which apparently portends The…

Image by Bettmann/CORBIS With ten percent unemployment, and nearly eighteen percent underemployment–and much of the political establishment unconcerned about this–Martin Luther King’s passion for economic justice sadly is still relevant. What is forgotten about Kings–often willfully–is that he was an advocate for racial and economic justice. From a speech he gave to striking sanitation workers…

Not exactly. Remember back when some idiot posted a video in an open contest comparing Bush to Hitler that was held by MoveOn.org? Never mind that the video was removed within thirty minutes, rightwing political operatives and their lapdogs in the traditional media haven’t stopped talking about it. I wonder if this picture posted on…

Recently, I described polls that described how half of Southerners did not believe that President Obama was born in the U.S. David Weigel examines how many Southern whites believe Obama was born outside of the U.S.:

Granted, picking on Fox News is like taunting the slow kid–it’s cheap and makes you feel bad about yourself. On the other hand, this, reported by Alex Koppelman, just cries out for comment: