The Media-Savvy Racist

by Daisy Hernandez on April 13 2010, 6:54PM

The day has finally arrived. It’s not enough to hear the N-word screamed at you in public and to report it. You must have a YouTube video to prove it and preferably the audio transcript—all of which goes to…

Topics: Politics

Barbour: Slavery ‘Goes Without Saying,’ Confederate History Flap’s a ‘Nit’

by Kai Wright on April 12 2010, 9:44AM

Looks like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s on a roll. Fresh off of praising the federal response to Katrina as “generous” — in a speech in New Orleans, no less — the chair of the Republican Governors Association tells CNN…

Topics: History, Politics

GOP Governors’ Chair: Bush Did a Heckuva Job on Katrina

by Kai Wright on April 12 2010, 9:00AM

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference closed out a rich few days in New Orleans over the weekend. On Thursday, Sarah Palin once again urged the faithful to “reload.” A straw poll on Friday and Saturday found Mitt Romney running…

Topics: Katrina, Politics

South Rides Again in Virginia Governor’s Office

by Kai Wright on April 7 2010, 8:30AM

It’s enough that Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, a GOP darling, has revived the tradition of declaring April “Confederate History Month.” But what’s truly astonishing is that in bringing it back he dropped from the ceremonial proclamation a previous obligatory nod…

Topics: History, Politics

Lessons of Rage in South Africa

by Michelle Chen on April 6 2010, 6:16PM

The 69 year-old white supremacist leader Eugene Terre’Blanche, the notorious founder of the ultra-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) of South Africa, recently died a gruesome death. Authorities say the gory beating and hacking, allegedly at the hands of two farmworkers, was…

Topics: Global Affairs, Politics

Michael Steele’s Problem “Isn’t the Race Card, It’s the Credit Card”

by Jorge Rivas on April 6 2010, 1:43PM

Chairman of the Republican National Committee Michael Steele is in the news again. Last month he was making headlines for spending almost $2,000 of RNC money at an erotic, bondage-themed strip club in California. And just when you thought…

Topics: Politics

Obama on Tea Party’s ‘Core’ Crazies vs. ‘Legitimate Concerns’

by Kai Wright on March 30 2010, 10:23AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy President Obama covered lots of ground on the Today show (taped Monday). Perhaps most interesting was his parry with Matt Lauer’s tired questions about the “tone in Washington.”…

Topics: Politics

Obama’s Health Care Lesson: Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 1:17PM

As President Obama wound into his health care victory speech this morning, an urgent cry rang up from the East Room crowd: “The bill! Sign the bill!” Everybody laughed, but it was the most real moment of the ebullient signing…

Topics: Health, Politics

The Morning Browse: Noose Faxes, GOP’s Immigration Rhetoric, and More

by Kai Wright on March 23 2010, 9:37AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy The Tea Party onslaught continued yesterday as Rep. James Clyburn told Keith Olbermann about noose faxes to his office - “This stuff is not all that isolated.” GOP…

Topics: Economy, Environment, Health, Immigration, Politics

Pay as They Go: The Cruel Calculus of Deportation

by Michelle Chen on March 21 2010, 1:02AM

On Sunday, thousands are set to rally in the capital to demand a just and fair immigration policy. Though the protesters will try to make their voices ring as loud as ever, perhaps nothing will speak more to the cause…

Topics: Immigration, Politics

Friday Twitter Break: Reading Rainbow Is Back, And Immigration Reform Bill Is Here

by Julianne Hing on March 19 2010, 1:44PM

After a brief hiatus, your favorite Friday Twitter Break is back with a roundup of the best of the race talk on the Twittersphere. There’s plenty going down as we speak, and lots happening in D.C. this weekend. Folks in…

Topics: Politics

The Morning Browse: Big Stuff in Today’s News

by Kai Wright on March 16 2010, 6:25AM

The evil ad wizards who brought us Willie Horton are tying Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid to Dubai “slave labor,” which they in turn equate with union labor in Nevada. MoJo’s Stephanie Mencimer reports. The FCC’s releasing it’s National…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Economy, Health, Politics, Race and Recession

Rewriting History in Texas

by Michelle Chen on March 13 2010, 8:38PM

Rewriting history sounds like a daunting task, but an elite group of educational “experts” in Texas makes it look easy. In the Lone Star State, all you need to dictate education policy is an abiding faith in dead white men,…

Topics: History, Immigration, Politics, Schools & Youth

Love, Exciting and New: Van Jones Tells Glenn Beck to Come Aboard — We’re Expecting You

by Gina Acebo on March 1 2010, 1:49PM

Van Jones shows that the work to bring racial equity to the green economy is not over, but in our hands… and in our collective hands, the work must be guided by love. Take that Glenn. (Listen to Glenn…

Topics: News Items, Politics

The Stimulus and Disadvantaged Communities: Trickling Down or Slipping Away?

by Michelle Chen on February 24 2010, 10:02PM

One year on, how far does the stimulus money stretch? New data on the impact of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act spending in communities of color show that by and large, the money has trickled into well-worn grooves of privilege…

Topics: Economy, Politics

Immigrants’ Invisible Presence in Health Care Debate

by Michelle Chen on February 20 2010, 12:12AM

You might be sick of hearing about health care by now, The politics of medicine grow messier by the day, dripping with empty jargon and industry lobbyists determined to eviscerate any substantive effort toward reform. Now imagine if you’ve…

Topics: Health, Immigration, Politics

Countering Myth of Colorblindness, from the White House to the Statehouse

by Tammy Johnson on February 17 2010, 6:10PM

This weekend the National Governors Association gathers in Washington to discuss budget cuts, stimulus funds and a litany of state policy proposals. Things have changed dramatically since President Obama’s election. Many observers embraced the moment as the start of a…

Topics: Politics

California Lawmakers Fail the Grade

by Debayani Kar on February 10 2010, 8:57PM

Applied Research Center publishes its fifth edition of the “California Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity” today, as people of color look to legislative solutions to pull their communities out of the recession. Unfortunately, California lawmakers are failing the grade….

Topics: Politics

NY Gov. Paterson: ‘I’m Black, Blind, and Still Alive’

by Jamilah King on February 10 2010, 8:03AM

Those were the words of embattled Governor David Paterson this morning as he fought back against claims that he’s about to be ousted from office amid corruption, drug, and sex charges. In the soap opera that’s become New York…

Topics: Politics

Wages and Immigrants: ‘Cheap Labor’ Might Give You a Raise

by Michelle Chen on February 5 2010, 10:30PM

If you were one of the legions of pissed-off jobless folks out in force at the National Tea Party Convention this week, demonstrating against the “illegals” taking “your job,” you’re entitled to your opinion. But you should know that…

Topics: Immigration, Politics