Some right-wingers love to cite the role of Democrats in the segregationist South of yore

Every once in a while, I get a comment on my blog from some conservative who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a certain extent by Southern segregationists. Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.” LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican...

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Redskins trademark voided because it’s a racist slur

A certain National Football League franchise has suffered a MAJOR DEFEAT on the field of fair play: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.” The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed. “This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said...

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Wingnut media say young-uns shouldn’t take Grandpa to task for his racism

First Lady Michelle Obama gave a commencement address the other day in which she suggested to the high school graduates that they diplomatically take issue with the racist remarks they might hear from family elders. Well, of course, that advice was just too much for certain operators of the right-wing noise machine. Steve M. REPORTS on the...

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Survey: Most young Americans simply don’t understand racism

MTV, the youth-oriented cable network, has commissioned surveys of a nationally representative sample of people ages 14 to 24, the so-called millennial generation,  to measure how young people are “experiencing, affected by, and responding to issues associated with bias.” Jamelle Bouie summarizes the results HERE: Overall, MTV confirms the general view of millennials: Compared with previous generations, they’re more tolerant and diverse and profess a deeper commitment to equality and fairness. At the same time, however, they’re committed to...

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Fox News host blasts his own network for ignoring Cliven Bundy’s racism

When media critic Howie Kurtz left CNN a while back for a similar gig at Fox News, I worried that he might abandon  his independence. I haven’t seen enough of Kurtz at Fox to assess his overall performance, but at least he acquitted himself well on THIS MATTER: Media critic and Fox News host Howard Kurtz blasted his own network on Sunday for its silence on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s widely condemned comments about blacks and slavery. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Bundy wondered aloud during a press conference...

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