Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

This week in minority politics, brought to you by Jack and Jill Politics typed to you to the sounds of The Joint, the reggae channel on XM Radio. Let's dive right into some playa-hating, shall we?

Losers This Week:

Al Wynn, whose greasy shell game involving possibly illegal corporate donations to his Maryland Congressional campaign was exposed on MyDD.  Fortunately, there's another candidate for this seat who also happens to be African-American: Donna Edwards. If you live in her district in Maryland, get out and make sure a progressive candidate who will care more for constituents than corporations wins this time. Wynn doesn't deserve to win.

John Bolton, who has brought a not very unique blend of racism, aggression and blunt ideological stupidity to his tenure as U.N. Ambassador got the bum rush from Sen. Lincoln Chafee. During Senate hearings, Chafee probed Bolton's thoughts that "shaping the Middle East" is "one" of the significant challenges of our time. Shouldn't the people living in the Middle East shape their own destiny? I thought Manifest Destiny went out of fashion in the 19th century? Looks like Bolton may be looking for a new job come Jan.

Condi Riceblows any remaining credibility with Black women between the ages of 25-55 or really any thinking American with her head-scratching statements in popular Essence magazine comparing critics of the Iraq war to those who tacitly supported slavery during the Civil War. Repugnant, reactionary, desperate and disgraceful.

Michael Steele is revealed this week as a real-live Right Wing Republican, despite elaborate efforts to shuck and jive, duck and dodge what he calls the Scarlet R. Much to his dismay, he receives a warm, heartfelt endorsement from the conservative Washington Times.

Arnold Schwarzenegger gets caught with his pants down saying about fellow Republican lawmaker Bonnie Garcia and Cuban/Puerto Rican Latinas in general:

"I mean, they are all very hot," the governor says. "They have the, you know, part of the black blood in them and part of the Latino blood in them that together makes it."

For some reason, this isn't going over so well in California. Chris Bowers suggests that the Governator can help handicap the next season of Survivor.

Immigrant Rights Groupsshift their goal of a million new voter registrations from 2006 to a million in 2008. For those of us who heard during historic marches earlier this year -- "Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote" -- this is a big disappointment given the human rights that are coming under scathing attack right now from the right wing.

YouTube continues to have a problem dealing with the legions of white supremacists using the site to organize and share their hate with each other and the world. YouTube members led by Kwaichi and the YouTube Anti-Racism Collaboration are fighting back without much help from YouTube the company.

White Candidates hinting they might apply for the Congressional Black Congress learned this week that the CBC has decided to stay Black.

George "Macaca" Allen gets the boot from the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund which decided to rescind its Community Leadership Award under pressure from donors.

Tags: Al Wynn, Alcee Hastings, CA-Gov, Condoleeza Rice, Congressional Black Caucus, Donna Edwards, George Allen, immigration, Jane Harman, John Bolton, latino, Lincoln Chafee, minority, racism, RI-Sen, U.N., William Jefferson, Youtube (all tags)



Re: Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

Hi Jill!  This is a link to the Washington Post (the local paper for all of MD-4) endorsement of Donna Edwards.  Quoting the endorsement:

Mr. Wynn insists he has been a successful pork-barrel politician; we suspect Ms. Edwards, razor-sharp and relentless, would be at least as effective. We disagree with her on some important issues, but we are convinced she would be the more forceful, principled and effective representative. And while her insurgent candidacy is an uphill battle, it should put Mr. Wynn on notice that voters expect quality representation in Congress, not just a local political boss.

by Bruce Godfrey 2006-09-09 02:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup

I would think the best way to counter racist/hate videos on youtube would be to catalogue the vile crap and mobilize people to go to the site and flag the crap as racist.  Its actually a flagging option.  With hundreds of thousands of videos on there, I doubt Youtube is capable of patrolling them, but Youtube users can patrol the site.  I went through the jew watch website and flagged all their Youtube embeds already.  If enough other people followed suit, the videos would be removed.

by JJCPA 2006-09-09 03:40PM | 0 recs
'No whites in CBC' thing could warm up

David Yassky's primary in NY-11 is on Tuesday; Steve Cohen has a three-way in the general in TN-9 with a GOP and Ford's brother (can you say Lurleen?).

Both elections, as I recall, are currently rated as close.

If either wins in the general, and applies for CBC membership - well, they caused Pelosi a bucketload of grief over 'Cold Cash' Jefferson's refusal to step aside from Ways and Means; there's the small matter of Alcee Hastings, his impeachment conviction and the slated bumping of Jane Harman off the HIC. (I seem to remember that Pelosi more or less promised that this move would go through in a Dem-controlled 110th. Oh dear.)

Not to mention there being, most probably, at least a couple of CBC ranking members that a Dem Speaker might ideally like to bump in favor of other chairmen for key committees.

A loudly imposed CBC color line would be an extra straw on the camel's back.

by skeptic06 2006-09-10 11:43AM | 0 recs


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