What Congressman John Lewis Was Really Saying: White Folk Getting Ready to Act Up, Y’all!

Much ado has been made over Georgia Congressman John Lewis’ statement about the nasty turn the Presidential campaign took at Republican rallies. From Palin saying Obama was “pallin’ around with domestic terrorists, to Republican rally supporters calling the Democratic nominee “an Arab,” “a terrorist,” and calling for Obama’s death, shouting out, “Kill him!”, the rhetoric [...]

Lipsticked Pit Bulls: Orange Jumpsuit Better Idea

When the circus act of Sarah Palin and Cindy McCain whipped up crowds into a seething frenzy, where was the US Secret Service? That is the group designated to protect all four candidates (and the President and Vice President) from threats. When the McPalin gals incited hatred and anger with their indignation — mock or [...]

Race: The Elephant in the Room

A recent study of voter fears shows that a large percentage of white, Democratic voters won’t vote for Barack Obama because his is black. The study reprises patterns that have driven race relations in business and society since our earliest colonial days and continue to this day. Even while agreeing that Republican / McCain policies [...]

(Proto)Typical White Denial: Reflections on Racism and Uncomfortable Realities

Whites Deny Racism Continues to Exist ot long ago, after I had written an article in which I discussed white denial–the tendency for most white folks to reject the notion that racism is still a significant obstacle for people of color in the U.S.–I received an e-mail from a white man who insisted that my [...]

Uniting a Divided Nation

Not too long ago, Dick and I joined our local Unitarian Universalist Church, Neighborhood Church in Pasadena. Shortly after we started attending, the church contacted us about a potluck dinner they were having for the congregation’s “people of color.” Being a newcomer to the church, I tried my best to be gracious as I inquired [...]

Blind to Racism. . .part I

Black Girl

Blind to Racism is a series that tells of incidents you won’t hear about in the media or history books. These are the types of incidents, frequently experienced by people of color, that inform them of the progress the country is or isn’t making on the racial divide.

Apology For Slavery: How Convenient, But What Does It Really Mean?

The U.S. House of Representatives issued an apology for slavery last week. Something some people have waited for some 10 lifetimes, something others thought would never happen, what was once a significant event that would lead to progress in Racial Americana went largely under-reported.

The Bradley Effect

Since Obama’s presidential aspirations are beginning to look like they have the possibility of becoming reality, we’re hearing a term in political parlance that we haven’t heard for quite some time. The term I’m referring to is the “Bradley Effect”. I first heard mention of this phenomenon sometime in January 2008 during the Democratic Presidential [...]

“Black Is Back” in America

The Presidency aspirations of Barack Obama have caused a renewed discussion on race in America. The prospect of a black President has cast America in a different light throughout the world — as demonstrated by Obama’s highly successful trip to the Middle East and Europe last week.

The Defiant Gesture 40 Years Later

Olympics

On Friday, the Olympics unveiled the official posters of the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games set to begin at the end of July. The artists did a beautiful job. The posters are available for all to see on the official Beijing Olympic website, posted right beneath the official Olympic slogan “One World One Dream.” [...]

Come On, Jesse: Don’t Hate The Playa, Hate The Game!

Lynching in America

Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s “live mike” comments about Barack Obama remind us that there’s always someone laying in the cut to divide and conquer Black America. For once, Black America seems to be all on the same page in Obama’s quest to become the nation’s (real) first black President.

Obama, Black Voters and the Myth of Reverse Racism

Senior Citizens

omehow I knew it would happen. In fact, I had even made a note to myself, indicating how long I thought it might take: twenty-four hours was my guesstimate, in case you’re interested. Turns out I was overly optimistic, because it only took about nine hours from the time that my latest essay hit cyberspace–a [...]

Jesse and Joe

Jesse Helms

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill, last night, Alive as you and me. Says I “But Joe you’re ten years dead.” “I never died says he.” This old song popped into my head while I was reading a rightwing blogger’s paean to Jesse Helms. The blogger praised Helms as a “heroic warrior for conservative values.” [...]

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Racism, Sexism and the Deceptive Social Science of the Far Right

black woman

hroughout the course of the Democratic presidential primaries, many have asked which is the bigger societal problem in the United States: racism or sexism? Although the question itself is absurd–the two are often interrelated, after all, and comparing systems of oppression is typically neither intellectually nor ethically very productive–there is little question that both remain [...]

Occassionally, We Get Feedback

Barack Obama

I love doing surveys and polls. We put questions out on the Web, people answer, we post their responses. It’s a pretty simple process. But this simple process yields a big payoff. It results in us hearing from you. For me, getting your reponse is what makes the survey process rewarding. Everyday, Dick and I [...]

Will A Black President Dispel the Need For Diversity?

Racism

The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States will be viewed by many as accomplishing racial diversity’s last frontier. The politics of diversity carries a heavy stigma, particularly in the post-affirmative action era.

Uh-Obama: Racism, White Voters and the Myth of Color-Blindness

Tim Wise

Here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write, at least not as soon as I am now compelled to write it: It may well be the case that the United States is on its way to electing a person of color as President. Make no mistake, I realize the way that any number of factors, [...]

Black Media Fails Its LBGTQ Community

Rev. Irene Monroe

By now many in the LGBTQ community have heard of the news about the cop beat down of Duanna Johnson in a Memphis jailhouse that was captured on a surveillance video. Those of us especially of African descent, who don’t know or haven’t seen a photo of Johnson, might pick up on a cultural marker [...]

The Whole World Is Watching

Black Woman

know the issues that America currently faces with regard to racism and sexism have been addressed at many levels. While I’m encouraged by the conversations people are having (even the immature ones), I’m saddened with the reality that our country…our world…is saddled with such unnecessary burdens. I hate that we are so ignorant and fearful [...]

Hillary Clinton The Lovely Parting Gift

Barack and Hillary

I woke up one morning feeling like I’d awakened in a different country. Sort of. Barack Obama’s passing the numerical finish line was still not quite the end of the Democratic primary season. “She” had yet to concede. It should have been All-Obama-All-the-Time, but it wasn’t. Very well, then. He’s handled this turn of events [...]

Psychological Warfare On The Notion of a Black President; Playing On Black Fear and White Lunacy

Give Us Hillary or Give Him Death

The notion of the first black President in the history of the United States has become very real over the past couple weeks. So much so that we are now beginning to see both Barack Obama’s opposition (in both parties) and the media engage in a very vicious and mean-spirited wordsmithing that seeks to subtly [...]

Re-create 1968: The Obama Wave & Leftists

1968 Vietnam Protesters

Presidential elections don’t create change. Grassroots social movements, putting pressure on politicians, does. However, who’s in the Oval Office creates the context we have to work within. If anyone doubts that, Bush-Cheney should be hard evidence. For the first time in 40 years, there’s a huge wave of “mainstream” progressive energy—much of it fueled by [...]

Notas por La Casa Politica

latina voter

How can I vote for a candidate who doesn’t care about us? Race, sex, and age are always issues in every political campaign. In every political campaign, a successful candidate will confront racism, acknowledge economic inequality, and assure voters of all ages that their agendas will be addressed. For the last eight years I have [...]

Jeremiah Wright: Let’s Explore This Wound

Jeremiah Wright

Perhaps you were as moved by Barack Obama’s speech on race as I was, and as intrigued with the responses as well. Last year, at Professional Days before the Unitarian Universalist General Assembly, we heard Rev. Jeremiah Wright as our keynote presenter. He was impressive—learned, provocative, inspirational. Our tradition of preaching is quite different from [...]

The More Things Stay the Same: Sharon Remembers Forced Busing

Forced Busing for school desegregation

School Desegregation Busing (Part 2 of a 2 part story) ast forward 20 years after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and we found ourselves embroiled in yet another school desegregation controversy. The more things change… It was September 1973, I was about to enter the 11th grade in a new [...]

The More Things Change: Remembering the Little Rock Nine

Terrance Roberts - Little Rock Nine 1957

(Part 1 of a 2 Part Story) For those of us of a certain age, the image is forever seared in our minds of Governor Orville Faubus blocking the doorway to Little Rock’s Central High School, flanked by members of the Arkansas National Guard, denying entrance to a group of nine black students. It was [...]

It’s Not Just McArthur Park

may day

Violent May Day Immigration Rights Rally rganized as a peaceful May Day March and immigration rights rally, the events held at MacArthur Park last week turned violent when members of the Los Angeles Police stormed into the mostly peaceful crowd of workers, activists, media, and immigrants at the Los Angeles rally. Today’s technology facilitated the [...]

The Iron Rainbow

Iron Rainbow2

Self-Segregation in the Democratic Party? Over the past few months, my husband, Dick, and I have attended several functions put on either to raise funds for or celebrate victories that were ultimately achieved in three local California Assembly Districts: ADs 44, 45, and 48. The two of us enjoy good relationships with people in all [...]

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