Did Race Play a Role in the Shutdown?
Republicans from the House districts that have the highest levels of racial resentment were about 60 percentage points less likely to vote for the deal to end the shutdown than Republicans from districts with low levels of racial resentment.
During a speech at a $10,000 per plate DNC fundraiser on June 4, Michelle Obama was heckled
by gay rights advocate and GetEQUAL
member Ellen Sturtz, calling on President Obama to sign an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from LGBT workplace discrimination. The first lady responded by telling Sturtz and the 200 attendees, "[L]isten to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." [more inside]
In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
Fear of a Black President. 'As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of integration.'
An article by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
It all comes down to race.
Michael Tesler, expanding upon the research of his mentor David Sears, has found racial bias to be a strong indicator of people's opinions on a myriad of political and other issues. The effect extended even to issues that normally would be the most stable and to opinions that would seem divorced from politics. [more inside]
Lifestyles of the White & Suggestible
opens and closes with a Conservative of Color. The singer heard (but not seen) in the background is Lloyd Marcus, who provides the American Tea Party Anthem
. Obama doesn't think it's about racism
. Neither does Republican Chairman Michael Steele
. An introduction to the beliefs of Conservatives of Color: Emancipation Revelation Revolution
What is race in the Obama age? Some blacks say there are two black races
, one poor and one rich.
Does that mean Obama is from the rich black race? Some wonder if he's black enough or too black
. Or do we have to choose among four options
: "a) black or b) white or c) half-black and half-white or d) an American and who-gives-a-damn about his ethnicity"? Or is he multiracial
? All I know for sure is he's the president
Obama's win is a racial milestone in world history, but beneath the surface a white backlash
is festering in the US, spurring hate crimes around the country
and an uptick in recruitment among white supremacists
, according to the The Southern Poverty Law Center.
The Persistent Myth of the Bradley Effect
proposes that even if racists lied to pollsters in the 1980s, there's no evidence of that happening in 2008. The Bradley Effect - Selective Memory
goes further: "The Bradley Effect was born amidst some major polling errors and a confusing array of mixed predictions, hardly a firm foundation to construct a theory."
Obama's Gettysburg Address. Today we saw and heard a preview of our brightest possible American future in Senator Barack Obama's glorious speech. This, then, is what it means to be presidential. To be moral. To have a real center. To speak honestly, from the heart, for the benefit of all. If there was any doubt about what we have missed in the anti-intellectual, ruthlessly incurious Bush years, and even the slippery Clinton ones (the years of "what is is"), those doubts were laid to rest by Barack Obama's magisterial speech today. A speech in which he distanced himself from a flawed father figure, Reverend Wright, and did so with almost Shakespearian dignity and honor.
One of the most important speeches on race in decades if not longer. (text
) [more inside]
"In short, the success of Barack Obama has proven, perhaps more so than any other single thing could, just how powerful race remains in America. His success, far from disproving white power and privilege, confirms it with a vengeance." Tim Wise
, an American anti-racist activist, writer, and author of White Like Me
, has published two new essays about Obama, racism, and the 2008 election bid. More can be found on his official website
Would you vote for an articulate horizontal-thinking Canadian?
Race and religion in America defined through obfuscation.