A blackface holiday in the continent's most famously tolerant country
If you have ever tuned in to Fox News and seen Heather Nauert on the air, you have probably also registered surprise that she is able to string an entire sentence together. But not only can she talk—she can also read. Here's proof: She shows herself very able to read the bigoted garbage that Fox News's cynical executives and producers put on the Teleprompter. This particular helping of bigoted garbage concerns a YMCA in Minneapolis. Here is Nauert, explaining that in Minneesota, "Sharia law is now changing everything. A YMCA in Minneapolis-St.
Washington's football squad is hardly the only sports team with an offensive name and/or logo derived from Native American culture. How does your team compare?
Chris Smith's very well executed interview with Michael Bloomberg in New York has received a lot of press for the mayor's remarks about Bill De Blasio, one of the candidates hoping to succeed him. But the Q&A is more interesting for what it reveals about Bloomberg: namely, that he has not changed one iota since becoming mayor, and remains just as distant and sheltered as ever. First, the De Blasio excerpt:
June 1, 1992
On the 89th anniversary of James Baldwin's birth, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on what Baldwin can and can't teach America.
In The New York Times on Sunday, Laurie Goodstein has a piece on several Mormons who have started questioning their faith. One of the problems, at least from the perspective of the Church, is the internet:
President Barack Obama just held a press conference—or rather gave a speech in the White House Press Room—devoted entirely to the Trayvon Martin verdict. It was an example of Obama at his best, with fine rhetoric and several moving moments. But the president also went slightly beyond other statements he has made about race, and he spoke with more passion than he has displayed in a long time. All in all, it was good rhetoric that seemed to recognize rhetoric was insufficient for the problems raised by the trial.Obama began by discussing the verdict, before adding:
It's OK to find humor in the 'viral' star of the Ohio kidnapping story
It's OK to find humor in the 'viral' star of the Ohio kidnapping story.
In every election over the last 20 years, Appalachia shifted toward Republicans and the West revolted against the incumbent party’s candidate. These patterns continued in 2008 and 2012, but Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argues that these more recent manifestations are due to racism, since they correlate with the prevalence of racist Google searches. Although this explanation matches the data, it’s not persuasive.
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Yes, Obama's support declined in the same places where racist internet searches are highest. But it doesn't mean racism cost him votes. Here's why.