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Category: racism

This has to stop

I’ve been wanting to comment on the Michael Brown shooting and situation in Ferguson, Mo., this week, but haven’t known where to begin. New information, often conflicting or confusing, keeps coming out […]

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown takes media to task

There’s a critically important point being made on Twitter this week. And news outlets across the country should be giving it serious thought. #IfTheyGunnedMeDown is a social media campaign prompted by […]

Hyphenating Americans

This country is full of hyphenated Americans. Mexican-Americans, Asian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, etc. And it leads one to contemplate why. (And yes, we know that, strictly speaking, the hyphens should be […]

Offending the uninvited

We’ve taken political correctness to ridiculous extremes in this country, and I’ve ranted about it before. These days you can scarcely say or do anything without offending someone. It just […]

Clarence Thomas: We’re too sensitive

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas stirred up a hornet’s nest yesterday when he said Americans today are too sensitive. Speaking to college students at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West […]

Political partisanship and the Big Bang

(Updated June 6, 2012, at 9:20 am MDT) Yesterday the Pew Research Center released a new report entitled “Partisan Polarization Surges in Bush, Obama Years.” The Pew study, as widely […]

Dr. Laura pulls a Helen Thomas

Sounds like “Dr. Laura” Schlessinger pulled a Helen Thomas on her radio show yesterday. She used the “N word” at least 10 times on the air while talking to a […]

The Sherrod debacle

The Shirley Sherrod case is a tragic example of how nasty our nation’s politics have become. A woman loses her job because some commentator wants to make a point about […]

Summer news snooze

The Mosque at Ground Zero The “mosque at Ground Zero” isn’t. It isn’t a mosque and it isn’t at Ground Zero. Or at least that’s what I’ve heard. Whether it’s […]

Much ado about Arizona

Arizona is getting a lot of negative publicity these days, mostly because of their recently passed anti–illegal immigration law (SB 1070 and amendment). I’ve no problem with that law and […]

We are not Borg

Yesterday I heard a really troubling update on that story about the California students who were sent home for wearing the American flag on Cinco de Mayo. I first wrote […]

Speaking the unspeakable

The media try and for the most part succeed in not mentioning it. The politicians in Washington can’t afford to say it, even if they think it. And most Americans, […]

PC silliness

Just a little addendum to my sunflower post a few days ago … Trying to identify the smaller thistle-like plant growing beneath the sunflowers, I looked up “niger seed,” a […]

Obama himself ‘acted stupidly’

President Obama put his foot in it the other day when asked about the incident with Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a black man, and the Cambridge police. Obama […]