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The Problem of Race in America, June 28, 2014

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  • Politicians -- Democrats, Republicans, the Tea Party -- manipulate deep prejudice to rouse hostility against minorities and the government, by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • Part 1- The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama
  • Part 2- Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported
  • Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1- The Racism Behind Boehner's Threats to Sue Obama

This new attack by Boehner on Obama's legitimacy as president is nothing more than an extension of the earlier Republican Birther attack.

Thom Hartmann, AlterNet 

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June 28, 2014  |  First, the Republicans were gleeful that the Democratic Party had nominated a black man who's middle name was Hussein to run for president. They figured beating him would be a cakewalk, and didn't even get too upset when John McCain picked a fringe politician from Alaska as his running mate.

After all, Obama was black and his middle name was Hussein – how could they lose even if their nominee was an elderly crank and their vice presidential nominee was a former sports reporter on local television?

Thom Hartmann is an American radio host, author, former psychotherapist, entrepreneur, and liberal political commentator. He is the #1 progressive radio talk show host in the US and a New York Times bestselling author, including 4 Project Censored awards.

 

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Part 2- Racism in Politics Too Often Goes Unreported

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The GOP has a serious problem with racism, and corporate media are often loath to point fingers too directly at elite American institutions such as one of the two major political parties.

Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart

 

Steve Rendall, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

 

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June 27, 2014 | Evidence that racism is thriving in the US arrives on a regular basis. There are the ongoing stories of institutional racism that media often fail to frame as being about racism are there: underfunded schools, drug wars, sentencing differentials, stop and frisk, lending disparities–the list goes on and on.

 

There are also the episodic stories that media are usually more comfortable with–because they're shorter,  come with names attached, can be treated as isolated incidents and often leave the reader or viewer with a feeling that the problem is at least being addressed.  But even these stories, depending on who the bigots are, often go begging in corporate media newsrooms.

 

Senior Media Analyst and Co-producer of CounterSpin Steve Rendall  is FAIR's senior analyst. He is co-host of CounterSpin, FAIR's national radio show. His work has received awards from Project Censored, and has won the praise of noted journalists such as Les Payne, Molly Ivins and Garry Wills. 

 

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Fox News’ divisive race strategy: How O’Reilly, Hannity, and Coulter intentionally tore America apart, Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

 

 

 

Ruby Dee, a Ringing Voice for Civil Rights, Onstage and Off, Dies at 91

“You can only appreciate freedom,” she said … , “when you find yourself in a position to fight for someone else’s freedom and not worry about your own.”

Bruce Weber, New York (NY) Times

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June 12, 2014 | Ruby Dee, one of the most enduring actresses of theater and film, whose public profile and activist passions made her, along with her husband, Ossie Davis, a leading advocate for civil rights both in show business and in the wider world, died on Wednesday at her home in New Rochelle, N.Y. She was 91.

Her daughter Nora Davis Day confirmed the death.

Bruce Weber: I write obituaries for the New York Times and I'm the author of Life Is A Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America

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Chester Nez, last of the original Navajo 'Code Talkers,' dead at 93

Altogether, before war's end, 421 Navajo warriors enlisted in the Marines and learned how to give Japanese intelligence headaches. Without them, their commanders and other officers have said, American casualties in battles for Japanese-held islands would have been far more ghastly than they were.

Meteor Blades, Daily Kos

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Jun 04, 2014 | In Navajo tradition, when someone dies, it is said that he or she has "walked on." Wednesday, Chester Nez, last of the famed Navajo code talkers, walked on. He had turned 93 in January and was living in Albuquerque. He was 21 when he joined the Marines in World War II. He had been specially recruited.

Felicia Fonseca writes:

Of the 250 Navajos who showed up at Fort Defiance—then a U.S. Army base—29 were selected to join the first all-Native American unit of Marines. They were inducted in May 1942. Nez became part of the 382nd Platoon.

Using Navajo words for red soil, war chief, clan, braided hair, beads, ant and hummingbird, for example, they came up with a glossary of more than 200 terms that later was expanded and an alphabet.

Meteor Blades (Timothy Lange) is a member of the Daily Kos staff.

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The Latest Affirmative Action Decision Isn't Just About Race

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The Supreme Court's decision sweeps away decades of equal protection precedent.

Patricia J. Williams, The Nation

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May 2, 2014  |  The name of the Supreme Court’s latest case involving university admissions describes the battle lines: Schuette, Attorney General of Michigan v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigrant Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary. When the Court found for Schuette, headlines declared the decision a landmark ruling against affirmative action. But technically, the Court did not retreat from its prior holdings: race sensitivity is still a constitutionally permissible criterion when weighing the applications of similarly qualified candidates.

The case addressed a challenge to Article I, Section 26, of the Michigan Constitution, which altered the decision-making capacity of the regents and trustees of the state’s public university system. Section 26 took away those boards’ ability to use otherwise constitutionally permissible race-sensitive criteria for admissions—i.e., a backdoor way of banning affirmative action in the state. Schuette was also a broad capitulation to an old notion of states’ rights, allowing localities to opt out of federal equal-protection measures designed to dismantle segregation. Following this ruling, states can merely override those measures, one by one. The bottom line? What is expressly permissible as a matter of the US Constitution is now forbidden in Michigan. Not only that, it has removed affirmative action in Michigan from the democratic process. Where once these policies were negotiated through elected university boards, requiring a degree of popular will, Section 26 has ended discussion with a blanket ban.

Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University and a member of the State Bar of California, writes The Nation column "Diary of a Mad Law Professor."

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American Racism

  • The necessary work to be done involves as many of us as possible having the audacity to have real and honest conversations about race, about racism, about skin privileges and skin preferences in our America, still here in the 21st century.
  • Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences
  • Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 



Part 1: The Sterling Ban: 10 Takeaways From Adam Silver’s and Kevin Johnson’s Press Conferences

 

If this “Donald Sterling moment” is going to matter, it will be because we recognize that racism is not merely about someone saying vile things about Magic Johnson but the power this racist exercised over both his team and the thousands of residents in Los Angeles County who had to live in his residential complexes. 

 

Dave Zirin, The Nation

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

April 29, 2014 | We learned a great deal today from the back-to-back press conferences of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and National Basketball Players Association liaison/Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Let’s count it down.

 

1. History is made. Donald Sterling, when he was growing up as Donnie Tokowitz in Boyle Heights, always wanted to be a big shot, and now he is: the first major sports owner in the United States to ever be banned for life.

Dave Zirin, The Nation’s sports correspondent, is the author, most recently, of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World,” Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN and Democracy Now! 

 

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Part 2: #DonaldSterling, Civil Rights, and American Racism

I … feel we completely fool ourselves, forever, if we actually believe that because the NBA is 80 percent black, the National Football League similarly composed, and because we have Barack Obama in the White House, Oprah and Beyoncé as global icons, tastemakers and trendsetters, that we've somehow made so much progress in America that we live in a post-racial utopia with mere hiccups like Donald Sterling along the way.

 

Kevin Powell, Huffington Post

 

04/29/2014 | It was Albert Einstein who said it best, long ago: insanity is saying or doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Well, American racism is a form of insanity, a mental illness, as central to this land as the genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement of African people, and everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement to apple pie and Coca Cola to the tragic murder of Trayvon Martin.

 

That there is widespread outrage and condemnation of the Los Angeles Clippers' owner for his alleged racist rants on a telephone call with his "girlfriend" (Mr. Sterling is married too) is not surprising. Mr. Sterling disses African Americans, Latinos, and we know for sure, that he has a lengthy track record around housing and other forms of racial discrimination as it concerns communities of color; and that former Clippers executive and NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor documented, in his lawsuit against the owner, quite serious instances of unrepentant racism.

 

Kevin Powell: Public speaker and activist; author, 'Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and the Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays'

 

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