links for 2010-11-02

  • "So far, Haley has used her race and gender as a way to position herself as a Republican party outsider—a good place to be in a year when the party insiders have been nothing but a disgrace. A story she likes to tell, of being disqualified from a beauty pageant as a child because she could be neither the black queen or white queen, emphasizes that’s she’s neither (and, of course, draws attention her looks, without which it seems hard for Republican women politicians to gain prominence). Subtly implied by this story is the suggestion that both blacks and whites received her with the same degree of animosity—that perhaps black South Carolinians are just as racist as whites are, a common refrain in the Tea Party victim storyline, though one not borne out by Haley's own background."
  • "Fennell says the Pike County Railroad Co. defied topography, efficiency, cost and even its own surveyors' advice to build a wide bypass.

    "At its peak in 1865, the town had about 160 residents. After the bypass was built in 1870, New Philadelphia declined and reverted to farmland. By the 1890s it was gone.

    "'The last explanation standing,' Fennell writes, is that the railroad, based in slave-trading Hannibal, Mo., 'did not want to see New Philadelphia thrive. … This is an instance where racial ideology leads to a net loss for everyone.'"

  • "Personally, I’m a little surprised to find that this is the second television project I’ve heard about in the last few months that involves an African-American producer attempting to put Asian-Americans into the spotlight, the first being Tyrese’s 'K-Town' reality television project. I don’t know what, yet, to make of this apparent trend, but I think it may speak to a need for our community to keep independently funding media projects that attempt to promote Asian Americans in a more varied and diverse light."
  • "'If you'll excuse me, I have to put on my headdress,' [Griffin] said. 'I bet Joan Rivers has never had to say that.

    "Comment:  Anyone who isn't an ignoramus never had to say that.

    "Spare us any comments about how the headdress was part of Griffin's comedy routine. Or how she was satirizing our ignorance about Indians. I've already dismissed those excuses as invalid."

  • "Creative people are 41 percent more likely to watch AMC's Mad Men than non creative people, according to psychographic ad targeter Mindset Media as picked up in Ad Age.

    Fans of the 1950s-set advertising drama are also 124% more likely to be liberal."