The ongoing debate over the Washington Redskins’ team name moves to the Smithsonian American Indian museum this week as sports writers, scholars, Native Americans and others gather for a conference.
Redskins. Redskins. REDSKINS!! A word that is pejorative, derogatory, denigrating, offensive, scandalous, contemptuous, disrespectful, disreputable, and disparaging.
Unfortunately, political poll after political poll reveals that the presidential election of 2012 has much to do – in fact, more to do – with the race of the presidential candidate than most anything else.
Romney supporters, including his son Tagg, have moved away from dog whistle politics and are now engaging in outright disrespectful and racist campaigning.
While it is reported that 94% or more of African-Americans support President Barack Obama over Mitt Romney in the upcoming national presidential election, the rarely-spoken question is: Are many African-Americans only voting for Obama because he’s black?
The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely.
While there’s nothing wrong with an African-American president speaking in a black dialect, there is something terribly wrong with him speaking in a black accent and cadence when undoubtedly inciting racism to a predominantly African-American audience.
The media keeps suggesting that the racism regarding candidates has to do with whites not wanting to vote for a black man, even though Barack Obama won a presidential election with a great amount of white support in 2008. What the media isn’t talking about is the NBC-Wall Street survey results which say that there are basically no black supporters for the Caucasian candidate, Mitt Romney, in 2012.
In 2008 it seemed we had entered a new era of post-racial politics, but the dog whistle politics of the Grand Old Party has again raised its ugly head. In fact, since Obama’s election the Tea Party Republicans efforts to race bait have only increased.
The first black police chief of an East Texas town, made infamous for a 1998 hate crime dragging death, has been fired over poor job performance.
Octavia Spencer won the Academy Award for her supporting role in “The Help.” She played a Mississippi housemaid during segregation. Two women in Dallas say they lived the experience.
Not so very long ago there was a fight to preserve American freedom being waged by a group that was not always given freedom. The Tuskegee Airmen were a band of WWII black pilots who began the breakdown of barriers in the military.