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Obama’s Post-Racist Presidency: Is ‘Socialist’ the new N-Word?

by Guest Columnist on September 8 2009, 11:30AM

Written by Victor Goode In the last few weeks, some of the right wing criticism of President Obama has reached a virtual crescendo. To be sure, some of his policies raise questions, and reasoned critiques have come from both right…

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Jenna Bush’s Genetic Advantage: Her Last Name

by Channing Kennedy on August 31 2009, 10:29AM

Jenna Bush, daughter of George W., has just been hired on by The Today Show. This is good news for us, because it’s handed some of our favorite bloggers a stick with which to poke conservative ideas of meritocracy….

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Glenn Beck’s Attack On Van Jones: Fantasies & Falsehoods

by Guest Columnist on August 28 2009, 4:52PM

[Editor’s note: I’ve included Glenn Beck’s piece on Van Jones above, in case you’d like to hear a narrator say ‘green jobs’ in a scary voice. I kid, but seriously: while we might see these as the obvious falsehoods…

Topics: Economy, Media

Caption Contest Post Has Moved!

by Channing Kennedy on August 25 2009, 1:57PM

Hey all: Thanks for participating! Head on over to the new caption contest post, and bring your A game! Last week’s winner below the jump. ——————————————————————— AND SPEAKING OF: Last week’s winner is (drumroll please) RaceWire commenter tonymacias, with: “Y’all…

Topics: Environment, Media, Video & Multimedia

Beyond ‘Hard-Working’: Rinku Sen Talks About Talking About Race at Netroots Nation [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 25 2009, 11:32AM

Courtesy of Sum of Change, here’s our own Rinku Sen (executive director of the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, author of The Accidental American) at Netroots Nation 2009. Speaking on the “Stepping it up: Creating Powerful Multiracial Alliances…

Topics: Criminal Justice, Immigration, Media, Video & Multimedia

Racism’s Demise has been Greatly Exaggerated: Rinku Sen at Netroots Nation ‘09 [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on August 24 2009, 10:13AM

Courtesy of Sum of Change, here’s our own Rinku Sen (executive director of the Applied Research Center, publisher of ColorLines, author of The Accidental American, list goes on). Speaking on the “Myth of Post-Racial America” panel, Rinku takes post-racialism…

Topics: Immigration, Media, Video & Multimedia

Naomi Campbell Jumps Rope with Monkeys in Harper’s Bazaar

by Julianne Hing on August 19 2009, 2:29PM

The spread was shot for the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar by Jean-Paul Goude, who, Jezebel points out, made a name for himself by exploring his self-confessed “jungle fever.” Other photos from the spread include Naomi Campbell wearing a…

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Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” Could Set White Men Straight

by Channing Kennedy on August 7 2009, 2:15PM

I know Daisy just beat me to the punch on posting this trailer, but stick with me. I remember very clearly an exchange I had with a Black woman I’d just met, shortly after I’d left my rural Missouri hometown…

Topics: Media, Video & Multimedia

Did they act alone? The media and the “extremists”

by Michelle Chen on June 10 2009, 3:59PM

Details are trickling in about the suspect behind the shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum today. James Von Brunn, an elder of the white supremacist movement, renowned for prolific spew about Jews, Barack Obama, America as a “third-world racial…

Topics: Media, National Security

Videos That Make You Go Mmm

by Daisy Hernandez on May 20 2009, 1:05PM

Two hipsters set out to make a commercial for a local furniture store in North Carolina. They decide to go with the personal angle and quickly discover that the white and black guys selling furniture are most comfortable saying two…

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Open Book TV with Moutafa Bayoumi [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 7 2009, 12:34PM

Open Book TV: Moustafa Bayoumi from Open Book TV on Vimeo. Check out this clip from Open Book, a new television show about books that spends each episode in one location exploring stories about people’s ties to place. The premiere…

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The Most Racist Comments About Mexicans Ever Allowed On-Air [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on May 5 2009, 12:18PM

via Alternet by Cenk Uygur I am not quick to call something racist. In fact, I wrote an editorial pleading with everyone not to call the NY Post chimp cartoon racist. I went on MSNBC and defended that position. I’m…

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How the President Fared In the Press vs. Clinton and Bush

by Jorge Rivas on April 29 2009, 5:00PM

via Journalism.org, Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism As he marks his 100th day in office, President Barack Obama has enjoyed substantially more positive media coverage than either Bill Clinton or George Bush during their first months…

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5 Hot New (Old) Racial Stereotypes [VIDEO]

by Channing Kennedy on April 29 2009, 8:58AM

In the first 100 days of the Obama administration, our national conversation on race opened up and flourished, bringing about a discourse in which all voices are heard on equal terms, to discuss and dismantle the racial disparities in economics,…

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Rethinking Porn. Really

by Daisy Hernandez on April 22 2009, 9:41AM

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and I’m reconsidering my ideas about porn. I’ve generally been one of those people who rolls her eyes when the anti-porn folks start talking about how porn is really (really) bad for you….

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Racial Privilege on Full Display in NY Times’s “Why We Travel”

by Guest Columnist on April 10 2009, 11:00AM

Click to enlarge. by Ian Lovett The New York Times Travel section’s most recent slide show, “Why We Travel,” adds 13 new slides and captions to last year’s slide show of the same name. Unfortunately, “Why We Travel” conveys…

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The Usual Suspects

by Michelle Chen on April 9 2009, 5:00AM

From the department of easy scapegoats: Media Matters has released a round-up of the mainstream media’s various potshots against immigrants, ACORN, and generally, people often demonized by the political establishment when they’re not neglected by it. Not a real…

Topics: Media, News Items

Does An Overweight Barbie Really Help Latinas Get Healthy?

by Guest Columnist on February 25 2009, 10:22AM

by Nina Jacinto This post originally appeared on WireTap. A new campaign by Latinworks, a Texas-based marketing agency that claims to “effectively and efficiently” target the Latino market through advertising, has created a campaign for ACTIVE life that warns against…

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Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Controversial NY Post Cartoon

by Jorge Rivas on February 24 2009, 12:12PM

The chairman of the New York Post, Rupert Murdoch, personally apologized Tuesday for the editorial cartoon that was so obviously racist and only published to create a controversy. “Today I want to personally apologize to any reader who felt…

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“Slumdog Millionaire”: A Hollow Message of Social Justice

by Jorge Rivas on February 23 2009, 2:40PM

By Mitu Sengupta, via AlterNet Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, perhaps one of the most celebrated films in recent times, tells the rags-to-rajah story of a love-struck Indian boy, Jamal, who, with a little help from “destiny,” triumphs over his…

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