Obama’s Speech: Cynical Me and Cynical He – UPDATED

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This afternoon, President Obama showed up before the White House Press Corp and talked about the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case. You can read the full text, here. I agree with much the president says. Racism is -- and always has been -- "a God-damned thing". As a nation we should be under no illusions that just because we're no longer in a Jim Crow era, that we are living on the Starship Enterprise where racism is a thing of the past. Profiling is real. African Americans (and for … [Read more...]

Race in America: See the Person First?

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Over Easter, I chatted with someone who currently works for a network news outlet and naturally NBC New's epic editing fail, and the subsequent fallout came up. My companion, who has spent time in the editing booth, said he doubted the edit was accidental, and added, "We're forgetting our job -- it's only to inform." A press meant to inform, not inflame. What a concept! Our conversation spun all over the place, until someone at the table said, "if you think about it, all of our problems as … [Read more...]

Trayvon and the MSM: “Who will guard the guardians?” UPDATED

It's an ironic question, given George Zimmerman's own ideas about guardianship, but it's one that needs to be asked of the mainstream press. A long time ago, in the midst of of a month-long discussion on media, I noted a piece by a journalist who bristled at the existence of alternative media. To his way of thinking, the internets lacked the scruples, ethics, and sensibilities of "the mediating intelligences" within traditional, mainstream media. I had suggested, back then, that the whole … [Read more...]

Trayvon and Zimmerman: A “good faith” breakdown?

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In the comboxes, someone wondered earlier today why I had not written anything about the killing of Trayvon Martin by a "neighborhood watch" volunteer named George Zimmerman. Since I don't watch the news or read papers anymore, I only became aware of it yesterday, and it seems the political world was slow to come to it, too. It's a dreadful story; my heart cannot help but go out to the family of Trayvon Martin, and my prayer is that this case gets a thorough and honest investigation which … [Read more...]

Finding Closure with Jumper Cables

The latest entry into the Habit of Witness series is a particularly poignant one, written by Carmelite Sister Timothy Marie. When the convent car breaks down, Sister seeks out some help and her need allows kindness to come full circle, putting paid to "centuries of ignorance and prejudice: A lot of big trucks were parked nearby. Truckers! My answer had come! Saying good-bye to my newfound friend, I went to the crosswalk and, feeling like Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music scene where she is … [Read more...]

Journolist: Listening So You Don't Have To!

Git along little dawgies Over at RCP Jay Cost is asking what's so bad about journolisters? It's a good piece, and I urge you to read it, but here's what I think: Journolisters discourage listening among their readers and the general public, and if people are not listening, they are not thinking, either; they're just following the moo-path, which appears to suit the journolisters just fine, since it is the one they're forging. When Jeremiah Wright's America-damning, race-tainted rants were … [Read more...]

Sherrod should write a book- UPDATED

The Pool of Bethesda, 1645, Joost Cornelisz Droochsloot Shirley Sherrod says she is not certain that she would accept a reinstatement to her office even if the USDA offers it to her. I think she should not. This woman needs to write a book. Politics aside, (and Sherrod may have had a little time to reconsider her absorption of the NAACP's message that tea parties = racists) her personal story is gripping, poignant and wholesome - a staggering snapshot of where America was 50 years ago, … [Read more...]

Sherrod Blames NAACP for Resignation – UPDATED

Shirley Sherrod is blaming the NAACP for her resignation/firing, and she is right to: Asked about the NAACP’s actions during an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Sherrod said the only reason the video surfaced was in response to an NAACP resolution accusing the tea party of using “racist” tactics. “They got into a fight with the tea party, and all of this came out as a result of that,” Sherrod said. I said something very similar in the comment #81 section of this post: It is worth … [Read more...]

The Breitbart Sherrod Tape – UPDATE

Glenn Reynolds linked to this piece at Hot Air where Ed Morrissey writes: Andrew Breitbart announced that he would publish at least one video of the NAACP itself cheering racism. Breitbart delivers on that promise today at Big Government, showing USDA official Shirley Sherrod explain to an appreciative NAACP audience in July 2009 how she deliberately withheld information from a white farmer in Georgia trying to save his land and his business: The Breitbart piece is here, and yes, the … [Read more...]

Just Words Powerful Words – UPDATED

There is an art to good politics This, however, is artless. And cynical. First Lady Michelle Obama brought renewed energy to the NAACP today . . .one day before the nation's largest civil rights group is expected to condemn what it calls racist elements in the Tea Party movement. Tea Party members have used "racial epithets," have verbally abused black members of Congress and threatened them, and protestors have engaged in "explicitly racist behavior" and "displayed signs and posters … [Read more...]


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