This week’s top 10 most read was led by Jasmyne Cannick’s White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women, which points out how major liberal feminist organizations, such as the National Organization of Women, and the conservative Concerned Women for America were slow in chastizing local Los Angeles radio hosts when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” shortly after her death.
These feminist organizations and other liberal bastions were much quicker to rush to Georgetown Law School student Sandra Fluke’s defense when she was repeatedly attacked by Rush Limbaugh, his defenders, and clones, pointing to a possible racial disparity. While feminists rose to disagree, Jasmyne’s perspective about racial bias in the media and the progressive community is clearly shared by others in the Black community.
Dick Price & Sharon Kyle
LA Progressive Most Read Articles
March 10-17, 2012
1. White Feminists Don’t Care about Black Women. Jasmyne Cannick: Why have these two female powerhouse organizations been missing in action on the two Los Angeles talk radio hosts who offended women, particularly Black women, when they called Whitney Houston a “crack ho” three days after her death?
2. Controlling Women’s Bodies. Ruth Rosen: What neither side wants to say is that this is a counter-reformation, an attempt to return women to the early 1960s, before birth control pill existed and the Supreme Court established the right of contraception in the United States.
3. Occupy and Organized Labor: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win. Mark Naison: If I dare to dream, I can see where this collaboration between Occupy and Labor might lead—to the unionization of Wal-Mart, to the unionization of McDonalds, to the unionization of financial services workers in the nation’s largest banks.
4. Ending California’s Death Penalty to Solve More Crimes. Jeanne Woodford: By replacing the death penalty, California will free up much-needed funds for DNA testing and other vital tools needed to tackle the shocking 46% of murder and 56% of reported rape cases that remain unsolved in our state every year, on average.
5. Why Goldman’s Greg Smith’s Critique Is Way Too Narrow. Robert Reich: If you took the greed out of Wall Street all you’d have left is pavement. The problem is endemic abuse of power and trust.
6. Nobody Really Cares About What You Write Except Other Nuts Like You. Berry Craig: This old reporter turned history teacher finds anonymous bloggers of any political persuasion eminently ignorable. In my book, no name equals no credibility.
7. Is California Reducing Prison Overcrowding Without Fixing Its Cause? Sharon Kyle: In a relatively short period of time, our nation has incarcerated enough people to create the second largest city in the United States. Releasing a few tens of thousand prisoners for
overcrowding won change that much.
8. The GOP’s Anti-Woman Campaign. Jim Rhodes: Americans have been mentally conditioned for this time in history by constant Republican anti-women’s rhetoric over the past two decades carefully crafted within fundamentalist Christian dogma.
9. We’re Not Working Out Issues Anymore. Bob Letcher: Please notice that “We’re not working out issues any more” is *not* listed among the top seven issues in Barack Obama’s re-election plans.
10. Romney Ignites Democratic Base. Randy Shaw: Barack Obama’s campaign has lots of money, but there is no way it could match Romney’s success at getting this base to align with the President.