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  • "Since Obama's inauguration, polls and studies indicate that racial animosity, white supremacist membership, fears of socialism, Muslim infiltration and feelings that the government has gone in treasonous directions are all on the rise. It is in this environment that obliging, irresponsible media exploits a dangerous and vulnerable mindset.

    "As a strong defender of the 1st Amendment, suggestions of censorship make me somewhat uneasy. In this light, the call from ColorOfChange.org to use social media as a new media vs. old style, race-baiting media retaliatory tool makes perfect sense."

  • "That kind of arithmetic, an aggressive government interpretation of 1996 immigration laws that has been increasingly invoked in recent years, was rejected by the Supreme Court in a unanimous decision in June. But the ruling came too late for Mr. Donnoli and thousands of deportees like him, all former lawful residents who have no way to turn that legal vindication into a chance to come home."
  • "Polyandry has been practiced here for centuries, but in a single generation it has all but vanished. That is a remarkably swift development in a country where social change, despite rapid economic growth, leaping technological advances and the relentless march of globalization, happens with aching slowness, if at all."
  • "Askew explains his position in the new book, 'Cultural Hegemony and African American Patriotism: An Analysis of the Song, 'Lift Every Voice and Sing,' which was released by Linus Publications in June. The book explores the literary and musical traditions of the song, but also says that a national anthem for African-Americans can be construed as racially separatist and divisive."
  • "Beck continued: "There's enough there that makes you say 'hmm,' but it's the only tape that I have seen on her. The only one." He added that the NAACP made a statement saying that they plan to talk to Sherrod and and watch the video before making a further statement. "When was the last time the NAACP didn't give someone the benefit of the doubt right away who was African-American?"

    "Now if she is relating a story from1986 to make a point about how her racial perceptions have changed, this woman deserves her job back. Again, me at AA. Something is definitely wrong here," Beck said. "

  • "When Sherrod said that in 1986, she was "struggling with the fact that so many black people have lost their farmland"; she was talking about the precipitous loss of black farms in the face of active discrimination from the U.S. government. As Ira Katznelson has noted, it's remarkable how often our discussion of race fails to take into account moments the entire engine of the state was geared toward active assistance to the exclusion of blacks, even when such matters are so directly relevant."
  • "And the Obama administration, once again, demonstrated just how far they will bend and twist in order to capture some illusive approval from conservative white folks that just ain’t coming. In fact, the right unanimously jumped at the chance to point out how weak it was for the White House to pounce on Sherrod based on information from an avowed foe. What the White House still doesn’t seem to understand is that even your adversaries will respect you if you stand for something. They may not support you, and they will continue to undermine you, but they can respect you as a worthy opponent. In this case, the lack of fortitude is so evident, it seems even adversaries are surprised by how easy it was to send the Obama administration into a state of racial panic."
    (tags: race politics)
  • "Since Obama's inauguration, polls and studies indicate that racial animosity, white supremacist membership, fears of socialism, Muslim infiltration and feelings that the government has gone in treasonous directions are all on the rise. It is in this environment that obliging, irresponsible media exploits a dangerous and vulnerable mindset.

    "As a strong defender of the 1st Amendment, suggestions of censorship make me somewhat uneasy. In this light, the call from ColorOfChange.org to use social media as a new media vs. old style, race-baiting media retaliatory tool makes perfect sense."

  • "However, the range of available roles shrinks considerably after the transition to Hollywood, especially for Asian American actors. In 2008, according to the Screen Actors Guild, 72.5 percent of all theatrical and television roles were white, while Asian/Pacific Islander roles amounted to 3.8 percent.

    But an exception holds certain for some Asian American actors — those with mutable features who can “pass” for a variety of ethnic roles."

  • This one is from Nadra. “Why would the state NAACP advocate for blacks to stay high?” asked Bishop Ron Allen during a news conference at the state Capitol in which he and members of his International Faith-Based Coalition demanded Huffman’s resignation.

    Allen, however, misses the point. The goal here isn’t to encourage blacks to abuse marijuana but to strip law enforcement of additional opportunities to target young blacks, pot smokers or not. Studies show that the authorities arrest young people for marijuana possession much more than other age groups. In California, for example, 70% to 80% of people arrested for marijuana possession are 29 and younger, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. Moreover, police arrest blacks for pot possession at much higher rates than whites.

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