Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them — Part V

Posted by Katherine | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Osvaldo Padilla has a background in journalism and now runs a commercial/corporate video-production company in Florida. He went to DC for the inauguration hoping to secure footage he could sell to news outlets. In this clip, New York mental-health counselor Carolyn Jenkins talks about her childhood experience of segregated buses. [Osvaldo ...

Obama’s Inauguration: What It Meant to Them

Posted by Katherine | Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Twenty-two-year-old ThisAMThisPM (aka Travers) grew up in a small Texas town and now lives in NYC. He went to DC to watch Obama become president, and at 6:08 pm on inauguration day, he read a letter to his unborn children about the significance -- to him and to them -- ...

Former Illegal Immigrants Voted for Obama

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Sue Salinger found this video of an Obama-supporting family in California. They're talking about their votes on a moonlit night just after casting their ballots. Erick, a 30-year-old who likes Sade and Pablo Neruda, first films his giddy mom and slightly embarrassed teenaged brother (a first-time voter). Then he turns ...

A Black Man Will Be President

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Obama speaking last night [super.heavy / Flickr] Cheryl started travelling the world in utero and has visited 22 countries. She's now based in Chicago and crammed herself into Grant Park last night with about 100,000 other cell-phone-checking supporters to hear Obama speak. This was her part of the history-making night: Every time ...

Black Man Running

Posted by Katherine | Friday, October 31st, 2008

The undertones of race and racism in the campaign have gotten louder (subtly and not so subtly) in the last month or so, amplified, many believe, by Palin/McCain references to things like Obama's middle name and his "palling around with terrorists." A good moment, perhaps, for this picture, which affirms defiantly ...

Bristol Palin’s Pregnancy

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Bristol Palin with family at VP announcement in Dayton [er3465 / Flickr] Elle is a Texas-based group blogger who thinks it's no one's "business" that 17-year-old Bristol Palin is five months pregnant. Elle was a pregnant teen herself, once. But she does take aim at the coverage of Bristol's pregnancy. Elle "can't ...

Felon Disenfranchisement

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Despite the general excitement about high voter turnout rates in this election -- even among youth -- it's good to remember that over five million Americans (as of 2004) can't vote even if they want to. Because they're convicted felons. Depending on what state they live in, they may be ...

Democrats and Hispanic Voters

Posted by Katherine | Friday, June 6th, 2008

Sixty-four-year-old AHispanicVoter may be a bit hyperbolic with his numbers. He also seems to like Clinton but be angry at all "Democrats"; presumably he means every Dem but Clinton? He also meanders somewhat. Quibbles aside, his basic point is an important one. He feels the Democrats are taking Hispanic voters ...

Free Speech Cure for Racism

Posted by Katherine | Friday, May 30th, 2008

Sexism isn't the only wart on the Democratic primary. Obama's blackness has of course come up in blatant and derogatory ways. Also in slipperier form from the Clinton campaign: after Hillary won in Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky and brandished her white support, she was accused by many of playing ...

Race and Racism in the Race

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Twenty percent of white West Virginians who voted in yesterday's Democratic primary said race "influenced their choice." Two out of every ten. Although Obama's skin color didn't appear to be an issue in white Iowa, it does seem to matter in the general Appalachian region. Clinton's focus on the ...

The Race Speech

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Independence Hall [Runs With Scissors / Flickr] Barack Obama spoke about race yesterday in Philadelphia. This morning, rants aside, the "regular-person" blogosphere mostly praised Obama for nuance and bravery and uncommon frankness. We're still looking for a thoughtful but largely negative critique -- so send us a link if you find ...

Democrats in Rural Texas

Posted by Katherine | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Karl-Thomas Musselman from The Burnt Orange Report, a Democratic group blog based in Austin, TX, has this to say about last night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: I have occasionally taken the liberty of talking about my hometown of Fredericksburg in Gillespie County out west of Austin in the ...