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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Are basketball mogul Donald Sterling’s remarks evidence of Democratic racism?

The right-wing noise machine, embarrassed by the racist remarks made by right-wing hero Cliven Bundy, is trying to peddle a bogus claim that Democrats should be equally embarrassed by the racist remarks made by Donald Sterling, owner of the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. But the comparison is preposterous. Bundy’s status as an idol to the more extreme elements of the Republican Party — at least until he started spouting off about how “the Negro” was better off under slavery — is beyond question. On the other...

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Cliven Bundy’s blatantly racist rant alienates some conservative supporters

Renegade cattle rancher Cliven Bundy put his booted foot in his mouth the other day when he offered his bigoted views on what he called “the Negro.” Consequently, Republican politicians have begun to backtrack on their support of Bundy’s anti-government campaign. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Bundy’s daily speech to his supporters the other day included these remarks about African-Americans: They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick...

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