What a week, or more correctly, what a day. From the sadness of losing Ed Lee to the elation of the Alabama election. I spent most of Tuesday reluctant to listen to the news because I feared a repeat of last year’s election night when the unthinkable became real. I feared that my fellow Americans … Continue reading Sweet Home Alabama
Allow me to get irritated for a minute. The first article below (first link at the bottom) is an example of inciting unnecessary fear. The so-called “Bradley” (a.k.a., Wilder, a.k.a., Dinkins) effect, of which there is sparse evidence, has been assigned to Obama for one reason: because he’s an African American candidate (and race … Continue reading Bradley Effect? The Boogey Man is Under Your Bed
The continuing stream of articles dealing with race and the presidential campaign contrasts with the infrequent coverage we saw in the primary season. Just a sampling of articles in the past 24 hours: TIME's Peter Beinart in an article titled "Is He American Enough?": "With their incessant talk about who loves their country and who … Continue reading Is ‘That One’ American Enough?
Associated Press writer Douglass K. Daniel yesterday writes about how Palin's attacks on Barack Obama's relationship with University of Chicago Prof. William Ayers embed negative racial connotations without resorting to "overt racism." Palin's words avoid repulsing voters with overt racism. But is there another subtext for creating the false image of a black presidential nominee … Continue reading AP Analysis: the Racism in Palin’s Attacks on Bill Ayers
UPDATE: Maynard Institute's Richard Prince has more on this subject. PBS's Gwen Ifill, the only woman and person of color to moderate any of the debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates, is under attack from conservatives for moderating the vice presidential debate tomorrow night and being the author of a book titled "The … Continue reading VP Debate Moderator Gwen Ifill Subjected to Misleading Criticism
With the first presidential debate of the 2008 campaign days away, UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. wants to ensure this will be the last election cycle that fails to include women or people of color as moderators. UNITY, the largest organization of journalists in the world, calls on the Commission on Presidential Debates to reevaluate … Continue reading UNITY: Presidential Debate Moderators Fails to Reflect Nation’s Diversity