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Let’s play a little game with racial and religious labels, shall we?
I saw a headline on a right-wing Web site the other day that said this: “Looks Like Boston Bombing Suspects Not ‘White Americans.’”
But, of course, that’s only half right. On second thought, it’s only one-fourth right. Only one of the suspects is an American, but both are white.
Joan Walsh of Salon puts it THIS WAY:
[E]thnically in this country, we count Americans of Russian descent, as well as Chechens, as white. Dzhokhar [Tsarniev] was a naturalized American citizen; Tamarlan had applied for citizenship but reportedly …
On several occasions over the years (most recently HERE), I’ve written about how America’s two great political parties gradually traded places in the past half century on matters of civil rights and states’ rights, which resulted in the South switching from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican.
But we still occasionally hear from right-wing Republicans who think they’re making some important point by mentioning the Democratic Party’s racist and segregationist wing of 50 or more years ago.
This subject comes to mind with Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s speech the other day at Howard University, a traditionally black school.
My calendar says it’s 2013. But THIS STORY suggests that it’s still the 1950s in Rochelle, Ga.:
They share the classroom, the football field, and the baseball diamond, but the school is still holding on to a vestige of this country’s darkest days of segregation.
“We’re embarrassed, it’s embarrassing,” exclaimed Stephanie Sinnot, Mareshia Rucker, Quanesha Wallace, and Keela Bloodworth.
The group has been friends since the 4th grade and they say they do everything together, except prom night.
“We are all friends,” said Stephanie. “That’s just kind of not right that we can’t go to prom together.”
I’m not so sure that THIS STUFF represents racism in full flower, but it comes close enough to cause concern:
ProgressKentucky is a progressive group that first made headlines by announcing its intention to fund a tea party candidate to run against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) in the 2014 primary. On Tuesday, the group’s leadership tried to defend itself after a series of tweets this month referencing the ethnicity of McConnell’s wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, and her father’s business ties to China….