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

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Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks, Salon

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Saturday, May 17 | Right-wing political figures have often defended the content of Fox News and other right-leaning media. A common ploy is the insinuation that the “mainstream” news establishment is in fact biased in favor of liberal ideological framings of issues or that it is actually antiwhite. For example, Sarah Palin famously blamed the “leftist lamestream media” for allegedly pressuring Newt Gingrich to soften his critique of Republican congressman Paul Ryan (while in fact the disapproval came from Fox News), and Palin again insinuated charges of political targeting when she decried the media as attacking right-wing figures with their brand of unfair “gotcha journalism.” Rush Limbaugh also compared the mainstream press to a “drive by shooter except the microphones are guns.” Limbaugh further asserted that the anti-right, mainstream media attempts to “destroy people’s careers. Then they get in the convertible, head on down the road and do it all over again, while people like you and me are left to clean up the mess with the truth. So I call them the drive-by media.”

The Fox News audience is distinct. Numerous studies have found Fox viewers to be less informed about political and current events than viewers of most other broadcast news and cable networks. This could mean either that Fox News performs less effectively in educating viewers or that Fox News attracts less knowledgeable audiences. Other studies have found that individuals who like news with in-depth interviews tend to watch network news and CNN more than Fox, and that individuals who prefer news that aligns with their already-formed opinions are much more likely to watch Fox News (while no such relationship exists for the CNN or network audiences). More research indicates that ABC, CBS, and NBC all favored their own polling numbers and reported “positive” polls for Bill Clinton and “negative” polls for George W. Bush, while Fox appeared to favor exactly the reverse. This would seem to indicate 

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that Fox is simply on the conservative side of media bias. However, while all media outlets have political leanings, Fox News is exceptional in that Fox was especially willing to cite external polling numbers of Clinton if they were damaging—a practice that other news outlets did not perform.

Matthew W. Hughey is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. Gregory S. Parks is an Assistant Professor of Law at Wake Forest University School of Law

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Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company

  • Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II

 

Vincent Harding Dies At 82

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  • A 'Prophetic Voice for Justice and Vigorous Nonviolence
  • Civil Rights Activist, Speechwriter And Friend Of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Part 1: Rest in peace, Vincent Harding
  • Part 2: Remembering Historian Vincent Harding, Who Drafted Dr. Martin Luther King’s Anti-Vietnam War Speech

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Rest in peace, Vincent Harding

Steve Thorngate, The Christian Century

Vincent%20Harding.JPG Vincent Harding passed away on Monday. Photo: Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Sojourners 

May 20, 2014| Vincent Harding died yesterday. If all the civil rights leader had done was draft King's "Beyond Vietnam" speech, that would have been quite a contribution. ("I watched this [antipoverty] program broken and eviscerated as if it were some idle political plaything of a society gone mad on war.") But in the 60s Harding founded Atlanta's Mennonite House (with his wife Rosemarie Freeney Harding), traveled around the South with the movement, and got his doctorate in history (here in Chicago, with Century contributing editor Martin Marty). After that he had a long career of teaching (mostly at Iliff), writing, and activism.

Harding was gentle and wise. He could also be rhetorically quite fierce—be sure to read his "open letter to President Obama" following the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Steve Thorngate: The Century associate editor is also a church musician. He has quit bands many times and graduate school twice. He blogs here.

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Part 2: Remembering Historian Vincent Harding, Who Drafted Dr. Martin Luther King’s Anti-Vietnam War Speech

We end today’s show remembering Vincent Harding, the historian, author and civil rights activist who died Monday at the age of 82. 

Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

VincentHarding.jpg Tue, May 20, 2014 | Amy Goodman: We end today’s show remembering Vincent Harding, the historian, author and civil rights activist. He died Monday at the age of 82. He was a friend and speechwriter for Dr. Martin Luther King, and he wrote the draft for Dr. King’s famous antiwar address, "Beyond Vietnam." Speaking on Democracy Now! in 2008, Vincent Harding talked about the speech.

Dr. Vincent Harding:  There was a great deal of struggle within the community around Martin about the speech—even more than about the speech, about what position King should take in relationship to what our country was doing in Vietnam and what our country seemed intending to do all over the world.

But it’s important to recognize that King saw these issues not simply as what we call foreign policy issues. King was most deeply a pastor, and King saw these issues in terms of what they were doing to the poorest, weakest, most vulnerable people in this country, as well as what they were doing to the poor of other countries, particularly, in this case, Vietnam. So King did not see himself as separating his attention from this country and turning it overseas. King saw the natural connection between what was happening to the poor in the U.S.A., why young men and women were rising up in anger, frustration, desperation, saw that action as deeply related to the attention that the country was paying to the devastation it was doing in Vietnam. And so, King was actually trying to bring the country together to sense the relationship between its sickness at home to the sickness of its policy overseas.

Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author. Goodman's investigative journalism career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria. Since 1996, Goodman has hosted Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on radio, television and the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous awards.

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Series | The Resegregation of America's Schools, Part 1: James

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  • In Tuscaloosa (AL) today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.
  • Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds

Nikole Hannah-Jones, ProPublica

Series%20%7C%20Segregation%20Now%20Pt%201-%20James.jpgThursday, April 127, 2014 | Though James Dent Could Watch Central High School's homecoming parade from the porch of his faded-white bungalow, it had been years since he'd bothered. But last fall, Dent's oldest granddaughter, D'Leisha, was vying for homecoming queen, and he knew she'd be poking up through the sunroof of her mother's car, hand cupped in a beauty-pageant wave, looking for him.

So, at about 4:30 in the afternoon on October 18, Dent, age 64, made his way off the porch and to the curb along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in the West End of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Soon he could hear the first rumblings of the band.

Nikole Hannah-Jones joined ProPublica in late 2011 and covers civil rights with a focus on segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Her 2012 coverage of federal failures to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act won several awards, including Columbia University’s Tobenkin Award for distinguished coverage of racial or religious discrimination.

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Education Fails Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • The education reform movement has failed in its effort to boost educational outcomes for children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Part 1: Education is Not the Answer
  • Part 2: New York Schools Most Segregated in the Nation

GOP Racism

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  • Race has moved to the front-burner of political news lately.
    • Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist
    • Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism
    • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Top Democrat: 'Not All' Republicans Are Racist

  • "To a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate." --Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY)
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also suggested this past week that racism was a factor in the Republican party's opposition to immigration reform.
  • Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One

Christina Wilkie, Huffington Post

display_600/image.JPG In this Sept. 3, 2013 file photo, Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y. is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Credit: AP / J. Scott Applewhite) 

April 13, 2014 | "Not all" Republicans are racist, said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) on Sunday, but "to a significant extent, the Republican base has elements that are animated by racism, and that's unfortunate."

Israel's comment was in response to a question from CNN's Candy Crowley, who asked the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about remarks by Attorney General Eric Holder this week. In a speech to a civil rights group, Holder questioned his treatment by Republican lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, and implied that race may have played a role. 

covers/pdp/9780199964277 Christina Wilkie is a political reporter at Huffington Post based in Washington D.C., where she covers lobbying, special interests, and the Beltway influence game. 

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Part 2: You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism

Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.

Michael Tomasky, Daily Beast

04.14.14 | Some time back, whenever a big racial controversy erupted, I trained myself into the habit of reading about it at FoxNews.com, just for the unbelievable comment threads. Let’s put it this way: If my friends and I went out to a bar and started playing a “let’s write the racist FoxNews.com comment thread” drinking game, our efforts couldn’t begin to approach what I read there.

I wasn’t alone. Liberal websites started feasting on these threads. And so, a couple of years ago, Ailes & Co. got wise. Stories about race were, at least in my disheartened experience, closed to comments.

The Daily Beast special correspondent Michael Tomasky is also editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

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Related:

Ian Haney López on the Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part One, Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers and Company

  • Author and legal scholar Ian Haney López tells Bill that dog whistle politics is “the dark magic” by which middle-class voters have been seduced to vote against their own economic interests. 
  • The Dog Whistle Politics of Race, Part II

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