Sadly, there are still people who have a problem with marriages like Mildred and Richard’s and my own. While the legal battle has been won permanently via the ACLU and the Supreme Court, prejudice and anti-miscegenationist beliefs are a continuing concern — especially with the resurgence of racism and hate being openly celebrated by so […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Census Data Not So Confidential After All March 8, 2010Mary L. G. Theroux The current $350 million ad campaign for the 2010 Census, including the much-maligned $2.5 million Super Bowl spots, urges individuals to “Tell your story.” The Census Bureau is particularly eager for minorities and illegal immigrants to do so, as they are traditionally believed […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
What Jimmy Carter Doesn’t Know September 17, 2009Jonathan J. Bean When Barack Obama dumped Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the presidential campaign, he explained that the Reverend was a man lost in another time, when hard-core white racism required hypersensitivity to issues of race. Likewise, former President Jimmy Carter seems lost in the hypersensitive radicalism of the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Party of Lincoln, and of Douglass Rediscovering Frederick Douglass in the Age of Obama July 4, 2009Jonathan J. BeanNational Review Online Some 157 years ago, in 1852, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass delivered his “Fourth of July Oration” condemning America for practicing slavery and thereby failing to live up to the humane ideals expressed by the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
New Haven Firefighters: Supreme Court Overrules Discrimination July 4, 2009Jonathan J. BeanProvidence Journal Fires don’t discriminate, but clearly fire departments do. In an effort to prevent lawsuits, New Haven’s fire department tried to ensure the “right” proportion of light and dark skin among its firefighters, regardless of merit. But this week, the U.S. Supreme […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
NAACP 100th Anniversary: Exploiting Color Instead of Erasing It February 12, 2009Jonathan J. Bean George Orwell famously wrote “who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.” As the NAACP celebrates its 100th anniversary, its leaders present a past that squares with its present positions on racial preferences, welfare, and […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Taressa Stovall of the Montclair Times on Transcending the quest for racial identity: Some bi/multi-racial people feel they have a choice of colors, options for selecting how they define their racial/ethnic identities. Between a decades-long movement to create a separate census category and an increasingly blended United States population bursting the seams of traditional definitions, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
An interesting observation from the Arab American Institute (a co-partner of mine in several advocacy coalitions): Feeling Safe in Scarborough Country? There are some who argue that 24-hour cable stations have lowered the quality of news programming—clogging the airwaves with self-proclaimed "experts" and misinformation. They must be watching MSNBC's Scarborough Country. Last night, host Joe Scarborough […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A posting in the Libertarian Party forum at MySpace got me posting there again. The following was written in response to a typical pro-“racial” profiling advocate’s remarks here. As a libertarian, I fail to see why it is the government’s job to screen ANY passengers for commercial airline traffic. Period. It is not about “hurting […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
From Charles Michael Byrd, founder of Interracial Voice and author of Beyond Race: The Bhagavad-gita in Black and White: Interracial Voice Poll Questions: Checking “Race” in 2010? http://interracialvoice.com/polls.html Political Identity http://interracialvoice.com/polls2.html Human or Spirit? http://interracialvoice.com/polls3.htmlContinue Reading... No Comments.