Smart people saying smart things (12.3)

I’m speechless today, so let me turn the microphone over to Jay Smooth, Pamela Merritt, Ed Kilgore, Richard Beck and Jamelle Bouie. There’s a theme here, I think, and even the one that seems like it’s not a part of that theme actually really is. [Read more...]

Postcards from the culture wars (12.3)

HandsUp

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” [Read more...]

‘Amnesty’ and amnesia on immigration from Sooners and Southern Baptists

The Republican Party has a branch office in Louisville, Ky.

Sen. Tom Coburn is not allowed to lecture anyone about “illegal” immigration. And Sooners are, by definition, pompous hypocrites whenever they decide to bloviate about “the rule of law.” It’s simply ridiculous and merits only ridicule in response. Sen. Coburn is either woefully ignorant about “where he comes from” or else his talk of “the rule of law” is something he believes only applies to other people. Either way, he is a silly, silly man, even by congressional standards. [Read more...]

Radio Raheem is still dead: A Ferguson reader

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Responses and reflections from Syreeta McFadden, Leonard Pitts, Ezra Klein, Chauncey DeVega, Zandar, Jamelle Bouie and more, plus links to all the grand jury evidence released so far. [Read more...]

The lie of ‘the Black Problem’ is not just immoral, it’s illogical

FearOf

In a sane universe, or a moral one, it would not be not reasonable to claim that the mere presence of an unarmed dark-skinned person was a basis to fear for one’s life. In a sane world, such fear would be regarded, rather, as the very definition of racial prejudice. In a reasonable world, the claim that a lethal response was necessary due to the presence of an unarmed black man would be rightly understood as a confirmation of racial prejudice — as a confession of it. [Read more...]

Everybody knows.

AmericaGoddam

Take one last look at this Sacred Heart before it blows. [Read more...]

Rudy Giuliani discusses his Black Problem

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The point here is not simply that what Giuliani is arguing is racist, but that he has accepted a framework that doesn’t allow for any thought or response that could ever be anything other than racist. The framework of The Black Problem allows for different degrees of white supremacy and slightly different gradations of racism, but the construct redefines the subject in such a way that any non-racist response is prohibited. Any such response is, for people like Giuliani, unimaginable. [Read more...]

The praying hands prey with deliberate cunning

BerryHiddenWound

Some Thursday night linkage, including: Glenn Beck is worried about the Black Problem; Ta-Nehisi Coates on Bill Cosby; the hidden curriculum of housekeeping wages; the ghosts of the Satanic panic; and G-L-O-R-I-A in excelsis at the Vatican. [Read more...]


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