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 ...

Ludacris’s Endorsement Backfires

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Obama praised rapper Ludacris as a great talent recently (though he wished he didn't have to worry about his daughters "getting bad images of themselves" should they listen to his music). Last week, Ludacris presumably thought he returned the favor with Politics As Usual, his endorsement of Barack. The ...

Acting Presidential: Catch 22

Posted by Katherine | Monday, July 28th, 2008

Watching Obama in Berlin [stevegarfield / Flickr] Sam Han is a sociology PhD student at CUNY. He didn't want to wade into campaign hoopla but couldn't help himself last week when people started saying, during Obama's trip abroad, that Barack "'needs to be careful' about not appearing like he’s already won ...

Jesse Jackson and a Hot Mic

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

Last week, Jesse Jackson said he'd like to "cut [Obama's] nuts off" for "talking down to black people" in speeches about moral responsibility. Unfortunately he said it into a hot microphone at Fox News. Mmby2k is a 27-year-old single mom in Alabama who thinks Jackson is a hater -- possibly because ...

Racism is a Factor

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

[Steve Rhodes / Flickr] We've posted several times about the racism Obama faces in his campaign. (Here, here, and here.) This story, found by Sue Salinger, is the rawest example so far. Frank lives in Tuscon, Arizona, and he's a "blue collar-type fella." His interests range from lifting heavy stuff to ...

Anti-Illegal-Immigration Activist

Posted by Katherine | Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Veronica lives in Southern California and is a "proud far-left Liberal" who is "anti-hate" of any kind. Here she talks with Chelene, a Save Our State anti-illegal-immigration activist. Chelene argues that racism has nothing to do with her stance and that reducing crime and protecting the environment do. (Thanks, ...

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 ...

West Virginia Democratic Primary

Posted by Katherine | Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

It seems that a Clinton victory in West Virginia today may be a foregone conclusion. In a completely unscientific survey, there are certainly more Hillary signs than Obama signs in this picture from Shepherdstown, WV, taken by Marylander Pang Tubhirun (hat tip to Misa Dayson): [pangalang / Flickr] It looks like the ...

Anti-Hispanic Racism in Virginia

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

This probutcool video was made by indy filmmakers who are documenting immigration issues in Northern Virginia. They're putting shorts up on their YouTube channel as they go, and they'll draw on the collection of footage to create a feature-length film. This clip (found by Sue Salinger) documents some anti-Hispanic racism ...

Jeremiah Wright is Everywhere

Posted by Katherine | Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The blogosphere is roiling with views on Jeremiah Wright's recent public appearances (on Friday on PBS's Bill Moyers Journal, on Sunday at an NAACP dinner, and on Monday at the National Press Club). [assbach / Flickr] Some posts echo of the idea visible in much of the mainstream media that Wright spells ...

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 ...