Racial Politics This Week -- A Roundup
by Jill Tubman, Sat Sep 09, 2006 at 02:30:24 PM EDT
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.
"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)