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Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?

  • We might have actually retreated from racial equity.
  • 'A View From the Bottom'
  • Racism in Minnesota (And Beyond)

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Earl Ofari Hutchinson discusses how the Shirley Sherrod debacle has reignited a conversation about race in the media, about NAACP and the Tea Party and if it has taught us anything about race in the era of Obama.

Many suggest that with the election of President Obama, race has become a non-issue, because as he said when referring to the ethnic segregation of the country, there’s only the United States of America. However, Tim Wise, author of Colorblind, suggests we might have actually retreated from racial equity.

The National Black Prosecutors Association recently had its 27th annual conference in San Francisco and over the last decade there has been a rise of the black district attorneys and prosecutors across the United States. But if justice is colorblind does it make a difference if the prosecutor is black or white? Carmen Lineberger, President of the NBPA, discusses.

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Racism in Minnesota (And Beyond), Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes

  • We cannot conquer "the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism" until we "shift from a thing-oriented society to a person-oriented society." -- Martin Luther King
  • A new legal caste system?

'A View From the Bottom' Don Nash, Axis of Logic

  • Nothing brings out the worst in xenophobic America like the color of a person’s skin. Oh yeah.
  • Why, even in “our modern times” the color of a person’s skin will segregate one into enclaves and ghettos that riddle the California stateside like perky little Gazas here and there.
  • Can Race Ever Be on the Back Burner?


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Mike Malloy - We Are A Nation Of Sheep Being Led By Wild Dogs

And George Carlin's Final Words To The World

hschulein, Democratic Underground

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarsaki

Hi Democratic Underground. My name is Hernan and I´m the owner of The Mike Malloy Gallery at Youtube. On this video, Mike talks about american citizens inaction regarding the wars, the lies and the deception. If you like it and want to see more, please subscribe to the gallery at: www.youtube.com/hschulein or go to www.mikemalloy.com and scroll down the main webpage to see the gallery. Thanks.

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George Carlin's Final Words To The World, Jay Cole, YouTube

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Michael Sodos George Carlin on "The American Dream".

The greatest 3 minutes of his career. The PTB are aggressively trying to keep this video off YouTube and Google, so I thought I'd upload it so it can't get deleted as easily. Everyone needs to watch this!


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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of Aug 1

2 New Items including:

  • Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics
  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Target's $150,000 Donation To Fund Anti-Gay Politics, Michael A. Jones, Change.org

  • Send the company a message right now, urging them to explain why their money is being used to fund a politics that not only serves to prevent LGBT equality, but breeds homophobia, transphobia and hatred.
  • Mother of Gay Son Stands Up to Target for Anti-Gay Donation
  • After political gift, Target feels backlash
  • Corporate interests backing Emmer sue for right to donate to him

Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline, Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet
We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

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Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet

"If there are zeitgeist moments for products, movie stars, and even politicians, then such moments can exist for weaponry as well. The robotic drone is the Lady Gaga of this Pentagon moment."

So wrote Tom Engelhardt, in an essay titled "America Detached from War," and he couldn't have picked a more perfect metaphor. Gaga is sexy, ubiquitous, and oh so of-the-moment. She exists on a line between monstrous and beautiful, making us ask questions about progress, about agency, about control, about men and women, about Americans and the world. She is both a perfect embodiment of American cultural dominance and subverting what that means at every turn.

Gaga-analysis could fill a library at this point. It is impossible to ignore her. She demands in a voice somewhere between a howl and a snarl at the Grammys "I wanna be a star!" and she makes philosophers (like Nancy Bauer, in a New York Times piece) as well as pop critics talk about her.

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