Southern Values Revived: How Our Elites Have Become Worse
"It’s been said that the rich are different than you and me. What most Americans don’t know is that they’re also quite different from each other, and that which faction is currently running the show ultimately makes a vast difference in the kind of country we are. Right now, a lot of our problems stem directly from the fact that the wrong sort has finally gotten the upper hand; a particularly brutal and anti-democratic strain of American aristocrat that the other elites have mostly managed to keep away from the levers of power since the Revolution. Worse: this bunch has set a very ugly tone that’s corrupted how people with power and money behave in every corner of our culture. Here’s what happened, and how it happened, and what it means for America now." [more inside]
posted by bookman117
on Jul 2, 2012 -
Black Chefs' Struggle For The Top
With the restaurant industry booming and chefs becoming celebrities and wealthy entrepreneurs, few blacks are sharing in that success, and as young black men and women enter the profession they are finding few mentors or peers. [more inside]
posted by magstheaxe
on Dec 20, 2011 -
"I'm trying to get to a point where I accept that marriage may never happen for me."
Audrey belongs to the most unmarried group of people in the U.S.: black women. Nearly 70% of black women are unmarried, and the racial gap in marriage spans the socioeconomic spectrum, from the urban poor to well-off suburban professionals.
African-American Professor of Law Ralph Richard Banks has an intriguing solution: Interracial marriage
posted by Brandon Blatcher
on Aug 7, 2011 -
It's All Because.
Have you ever had those days where you're wondering just why everything about your life is feeling like it's going down the toilet bowl? Oded Gross
knows, and he will tell you all about it. In a song
posted by brownpau
on Jul 26, 2007 -
After the 9-11 massacre, most of us, eager to hear someone in a position of authority make reassuring noises, gave George B. Jr. some props.
Even those of us who had our doubts before were, in that state of anxiety and fear, ready to applaud his actually quite banal statements.
Then came the "axis of evil" speech.
Die hard conservatives and Bush-lovers said "that's okay, he's just using colorful language - and, after all, those folks are evil."
The rest of us groaned a bit.
And now, his trip to Europe during which something very funny happened
that reaffirms his 'through the looking glass', profoundly deep ignorance of the world.
posted by Modem Ovary
on Jun 10, 2002 -
Reverse discrimination? Kathleen Carter, who is white, says that when she became chairman of the education department at historically black Delaware State University in 1995, she was told that she was usurping blacks' right to govern themselves and that whites in the department were trying to make blacks look bad.
posted by Rastafari
on Mar 22, 2002 -
Review of Nissan Car Loans Finds That Blacks Pay More
A statistical study of more than 300,000 car loans arranged through Nissan dealers from March 1993 to last September — believed by experts to be the largest pool of car loan data ever analyzed for racial patterns — shows that black customers in 33 states consistently paid more than white customers, regardless of their credit histories.
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posted by Rastafari
on Jul 3, 2001 -
This article about the stereotyped Black man
offered up by nearly every reality TV show broadcast in the US ends just as it's getting to the essence: why is this the "reality" the networks -- and damningly the audiences -- are choosing?
posted by sudama
on Feb 20, 2001 -