links for 2011-04-01

  • Why is Ed Schultz hosting MSNBC’s special on “The Black Agenda” alone? | St. Petersburg Times
  • “It’s hard to know what troubles me more about an upcoming MSNBC special dubbed “A Stronger Nation: The Black Agenda,” planned April 10 at a convention held by Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.

    “Is it the use of a dated term like “black agenda,” which sounds oddly pejorative? Regardless of who came up with it — MSNBC or Sharpton’s group — it feels like the kind of term anti-civil rights people used to describe work towards social justice decades ago.”

    “Sixty-one percent of women between the ages of 50 and 75 questioned for a UK Film Council survey of 4,315 people said women of their age were portrayed on the big screen as not having sexual needs or desires. Half said they were comfortable with older women being seen as attractive to younger men. Seven in 10 also felt that their group was generally under-represented in films and that younger women were glamorised.”In contrast, two-thirds of black African and Caribbean people said black characters were portrayed as being overly sexual. Eighty percent of the gay people questioned felt gay characters’ sexuality commanded disproportionate attention.”
    “Of course, Peck’s comments are not in the smallest way indicative of the GOP’s hatred for Hispanics. As conservatives are quick to point out, that is all a liberal-media myth, and the Republican Party truly loves Hispanics. After all, you only joke about slaughtering people like vermin if you really respect them.”To be fair, it can’t be easy for Representative Peck. You see, he knows, on some subconscious level, that this is probably the high-water mark for anti-Latino sentiment in this country. His homey brand of racism just isn’t going to fly much longer.”

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  • Nat_a_nat

    I’ve seen some ads for the Ed Schultz bit on MSNBC for several days now and was…wondering the same thing myself. Is it really hard to call say Melissa Harris-Perry or someone else to at least take part in hosting this?

  • Anonymous

    When I read Eric Deggan’s column on MSNBC casting Ed Schultz for “The Black Agenda”, my first thought was “charges of reverse racism in 3… 2… 1…” And sure enough, the FIRST comment:

    “I think it’s a little racist to suggest a white man can’t grasp the material well enough to host a program about it.”

    But my favorite is:

    “Using your logic Mr. Deggans, no BLACK man, including the President, can talk about any issues that may affect WHITE America.”

    And there you have it, folks. Racism is dead.