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Most Americans Don’t Think Barack Obama Is Black

President Obama Addresses The Nation On The Situation In Syria

A new Pew Research poll finds something very interesting when it asks Americans how they perceive the President of the United States: [A]ccording to data in a fascinating new Pew Research Center study, a majority of Americans describe the President as “mixed race” while just more than a quarter (27 percent) call him “black.” While […]

#CancelColbert Trolling


An opportunist ruins a good joke and hijacks an important discussion.

Twice as Good with Half as Much


Ta-Nehisi Coates explores his complicated reaction to the first African-American president.

South Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Nelson Mandela


Following the death of Nelson Mandela on Thursday, President Obama ordered flags at the White House and other Federal offices to be lowered to half staff in his honor until December 9th. Typically when this happens, governments at all levels follow suit even though the President technically doesn’t have authority over them. That won’t be […]

Obama’s America Iron Bowl Cartoon Controversy


Irony is officially dead.

Last Of The Scottsboro Boys Pardoned


After 80 years, the last of the Scottsboro Boys, African-American men wrongfully convicted of the rapes of two white women, were pardoned for a crime they never committed: MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama’s parole board wrote a new ending for the infamous “Scottsboro Boys” rape case Thursday by approving posthumous pardons more than 80 years after the […]

Poll: Conservatives More Comfortable With Confederate Flag Than Rainbow Flag

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A new poll finds that conservatives are more comfortable with public display of the Confederate Battle Flag than they are with the display of the Rainbow Flag that has become associated with the gay rights movement and same-sex marriage: Public Policy Polling found that the Americans polled were more offended by the rainbow flag than the confederate flag, […]

White Guy Wins Election By Pretending To Be Black


Well, this is certainly an interesting campaign strategy: HOUSTON — Dave Wilson chuckles as he talks about his unorthodox political campaign. “I’d always said it was a long shot,” Wilson says. “No, I didn’t expect to win.” Still, he figured he’d have fun running, because he was fed up with what he called “all the […]

White Male Privilege Exists, Defense Department Points Out


A Pentagon Equal Opportunity training manual points out the obvious.

Supreme Court Hears Argument On Referendum Banning Affirmative Action


Should states have the right to ban affirmative action? The Supreme Court will decide that this term.

NFL Commissioner Endorsing Heckler’s Veto Over Redskins Name?


Should one person being “offended” by more important than a vast majority who are not?

Boehner, Cantor Turned Down Invitation To Speak At MLK Anniversary


And Republicans wonder why they have problems with minority voters.

Republican Congressman Vows Push To Fix Voting Rights Act


Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner made some news today when he said that he intended to make an effort to address the problems in the Voting Rights Act that caused the Supreme Court to throw out the pre-clearance formulas that had been the most powerful part of the nearly 50 year old law: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) […]

Federal Government Sues Over Texas Voter ID Law


Reports of the death of the Voting Rights Act have been greatly exaggerated.

Justice Dept. Files Challenge Against Texas Redistricting


Notwithstanding last month’s Supreme Court decision on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the Justice Department is moving forward with a challenge to Texas’s redistricting plan: Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling in late June that weakened the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department will use what’s left of the […]

Victor Davis Hanson’s Prejudice And Race In America

We’ve still got a long way to go.

Race In America And The Time Barack Obama Was Mistaken For A Waiter


What can an incident at an elite New York party ten years ago tell us about race in America?

Obama: Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Me


President Obama has once again weighed in on the Trayvon Martin case in a personal manner.

Hispanics Identify More With Democratic Party


A new Gallup poll shows that Hispanic-Americans identify with the Democratic Party over the Republican Party by a nearly 2-to-1 margin: PRINCETON, NJ — Hispanics of all ages in the U.S. today are more than twice as likely to identify with or lean to the Democratic Party rather than the Republican Party. However, younger Hispanics are […]

George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty On All Charges

George Zimmerman Don West Mark O'Mara

George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges by a Florida jury late Saturday night.

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’


Most deprived subcultures resent those among them who strive too hard to escape–much less succeed.

SCOTUS: ‘Can’t Rely on Past’ for Voting Rights Act


The Supreme Court today struck down the most controversial part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Section 4 Of Voting Rights Act


A major Constitutional ruling from the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Punts On Affirmative Action, But Its Future Seems Short-Lived


The Supreme Court’s decision on Affirmative Action in education didn’t go as far as many thought it would, but it’s future in the near-term seems fairly clear.

Whites Will Soon Be A Minority Of The U.S. Population


The demographic shifts in U.S. population has been going on for quite some time now, with the biggest changes taking place largely because of declining birth rates among white American and a combination of immigration and higher birth rates among minority groups, especially Latinos. Now, we are about to reach a point where white Americans […]

Poll: Latino Voters Oppose Borders-First Approach To Immigration Reform


According to a new poll, Latino voters strongly oppose an approach to immigration reform that would require some form of certification that the nation’s borders are “secure” before any other provisions of an immigration reform bill could take effect: A strong majority of Latino voters reject the idea that border enforcement should come before a […]

America’s Problems Solved, Congress Now Wants To Change The Redskins’ Name


Apparently, our biggest problem in America is now the name of an NFL franchise.

Federal Judge Finds That Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Rights Of Latino Suspects

Joe Arpaio

The man some of called America’s toughest Sheriff has been dealt a setback by a Federal Judge.

Pa. Governor: No, We Have No Latinos


Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett seems unusually proud that his Administration has no Latinos in it: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett is taking some heat for comments he made last week about his lack of Latino staffers. Corbett, asked at a Philadelphia forum hosted by the Spanish-language newspaper ALDIA News Media if he had any Latinos serving in […]

Only Obama Can Go To Morehouse


President Obama delivered another powerful speech on race.

RNC Hispanic Outreach Director Becomes A Democrat


The man who was in charge of Hispanic outreach for the Republican National Committee in Florida has become a Democrat: The Republican National Committee’s former Hispanic outreach director in Florida has become a Democrat, citing the Republican party’s “intolerance” and a general frustration with the party’s attitude toward immigration Pablo Pantoja wrote in an e-mail to […]

Black Voter Turnout Higher Than White Voter Turnout In 2012


2012′s election represented a significant change in voting patterns in the United States. What’s unclear is if the change is a permanent one.

Georgia High School To Hold First Ever Integrated Prom


File this one under what the heck took you so long: MACON, Ga. –Students at one south Georgia high school share classrooms and sports fields; but, they don’t share the same prom. The school holds one prom for white students and another for students of color. “We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing, yeah it’s kind of embarrassing,” […]

Diversity on TV Talk Shows


MSNBC’s Chris Hayes uses a quota system to make sure his guests aren’t all white dudes.

How the Quiet Car Explains the World


With “How the Quiet Car Explains the World,” Ta-Nehisi Coates has become an old white dude.

Bloomberg Businessweek’s Unintentionally Racist Cover Art


So, whoever approves cover art at Bloomberg BusinessWeek thought this was a good idea.

Census to Stop Counting Negroes


In a bold move, the Census Bureau has removed “Negro” from its racial categories.

Counting Hispanics


We’re having trouble counting Hispanics. Should we be trying?

Numbers That Should Cause Republicans To Lose Sleep At Night


Charlie Cook takes note of the GOP’s scary math: The white share of the vote in presidential elections has dropped 15 points over the past six elections, from 87 percent in 1992 to 72 percent in 2012. This trend has little to do with Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president. The declines from one […]

Jamelle Bouie’s TV Moving Dilemma


What does it mean to be privileged? It means not having to think about any of this, ever.

Obama Hit For Lack Of Diversity In Reshuffled Cabinet


President Obama is taking some heat over the fact that his Second Term cabinet selections have been very white and very male.

Racist Ezra Klein Counts Blacks As American. Hey, Wait . . .

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The Internet is a weird place.

Republican Brand Deeply Damaged Among Hispanics


A post-election poll from Republican polling firm Resurgent Republic shows that the GOP’s problems with Hispanic voters go well beyond immigration: Majorities of Hispanic voters say that, regardless of how they typically vote, the Republican Party does not respect the values and concerns of the Hispanic community. Combined with the overwhelming view that the Democratic Party, […]

Poll: Most Americans Back Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants


The Battleground Poll that James Joyner wrote about earlier today contained another interesting piece of information that is directly relevant to the Republican Party’s ongoing problems: A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground poll finds that 62 percent of those surveyed support an immigration reform proposal that would allow illegal or undocumented immigrants to earn citizenship over a […]

Jefferson Was Neither A Monster Nor A Saint


Vilifying Thomas Jefferson is as much as mistake as placing him on a pedestal.

Thomas Jefferson: Monster of Monticello?


In a NYT op-ed titled “The Monster of Monticello” Paul Finkelman expresses his befuddlement that people play down Thomas Jefferson’s legacy as a slave owner.

Maine Republican Chairman Suspicious Of All Those Black People Who Voted


The Chairman of Maine’s Republican Party apparently thinks he’s uncovered voter fraud: Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster is once again alleging possible voting irregularities, this time claiming that groups of unknown black people showed up in some rural towns to vote on Election Day. Webster made the claim in a wide-ranging, post-election interview this […]

Charlie Murphy on Racism, The ‘N-Word,’ and Political Correctness


Charlie Murphy, Eddie’s funny brother, has some interesting thoughts on racism and free speech in an interview with Esquire.

New Texas Senator Says Texas Could Go Democratic In The Future

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Ted Cruz just won a comfortable victory in the race to replace Kay Bailey Hutchinson in the Senate, but he’s already warning his fellow Republicans that  the Lone Star State’s status as a solid red state may not last much longer: As a senator from Texas, the largest and most important state in the Republican […]

Romney Got No Votes In 59 Philadelphia Precincts?


According to preliminary results, Mitt Romney got absolutely no votes in 59 of Philadelphia’s most heavily African-American precincts: It’s one thing for a Democratic presidential candidate to dominate a Democratic city like Philadelphia, but check out this head-spinning figure: In 59 voting divisions in the city, Mitt Romney received not one vote. Zero. Zilch. These […]

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