Hank Aaron’s comments about racism confirmed when he gets tons of racist responses

Only bigots of uncommon ignorance would respond to a black man’s comments about racism by sending him racist mail. But that’s what’s happened to a certain immortal sports star, as we see HERE: Because baseball great Hank Aaron had the audacity to say that racism still exists and things haven’t really changed that much over the last few decades. So the racists responded by entirely proving his point and sending a deluge of racist hate mail to the Atlanta Braves… In reality all it takes to prove that racism is...

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Obama could say “Good morning,” and he’d be accused of playing the race card

I’ve discussed here on previous occasions the penchant among certain political types to employ what psychologists call “projection” — the defense mechanism whereby a person subconsciously denies his own thoughts and emotions and ascribes them to other people. Witness, for example, THIS SITUATION, wherein right-wing Obamaphobes play the race card: In his long interview with David Remnick in the latest issue of The New Yorker, President Obama gave a few thoughts on the dynamics behind his job approval rating. For anyone who studies public...

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White racist Kentuckian denounces government, though it keeps him alive

With help from Beth Reinhold of the National Journal, Mark Karlin of Buzzflash expounds HERE on the problem of poor white Appalachian voters being lured into racial class warfare: To understand Kentucky’s conflicted relationship with the federal government, 50 years after hosting President Johnson’s launch of the “War on Poverty,” is to meet Terry Rupe. The 63-year-old widower can’t remember the last time he voted for a Democrat, and he’s got nothing nice to say about President Obama. He’s also never...

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Here’s how the GOP became the party of Southern white men

HERE are a few excerpts from a long essay on how the Republican Party has changed over the past 50 years  or so: The Republican Party today, in its voters and in its elected officials, is almost all white. But it wasn’t always like that. Indeed, in the decades immediately before 1964, neither party was racially identified in the eyes of the American public. Even as the Democratic Party on the national level increasingly embraced civil rights, partly as a way to capture the growing political power of blacks who had migrated to Northern cities,...

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Is the Obama presidency changing young people’s views on racial matters?

It probably takes more than a few years, perhaps even  decades, for the overall effects of any American presidency on the nation’s culture to become clear to social and political scientists, and the White House tenure of Barack Obama would seem to be no exception. After all, the man has not yet completed the fifth of his eight years on the job. But early signs of Obama’s influence on racial attitudes already are emerging, as we see HERE: Decades of political science research show that political attitudes can be strongly affected...

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