Race

What Black Men Think

By Marc Comtois | August 23, 2007 |

I recently caught a C-SPAN Q&A with Janks Morton, Jr., who was promoting his new film, What Black Men Think. It attempts to dig into some of the problems–both cause and affect–facing African-Americans today. According to his website: Since the triumphs of the civil rights legislations of the early 1960′s havoc and decimation has been…

Anachronistic History: Ruth Simmons on George Washington

By Marc Comtois | August 22, 2007 |

In a ProJo story about the annual reading of George Washington’s Letter to the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Brown University President Ruth Simmons is quoted thusly: She touched upon the moral contradictions underlying the noble desires of past leaders who were eager to uphold freedom, despite an indifference to the injustice of slavery. “We all…

The Democratic Party’s Legacy of Racism–Part II

By Mac Owens | July 15, 2007 |

Responding to my post on the Democratic Party’s legacy of racism, Bobby Oliveira wrote: Up until the Voting Rights Act, which LBJ predicted “would lose the South for years to come”, you are exactly correct. However, since that day, all those folks, foreshadowed by Strom Thurmond in 1948, have left and now hang out with…

The Democratic Party’s Legacy of Racism

By Mac Owens | July 15, 2007 |

In December 2002, I got myself into a heap of trouble by writing an op-ed for the Providence Journal arguing that, despite its current reputation as the party of racial progress, the real legacy of the Democratic Party was racism and slavery (“The Democratic Party’s Legacy of Racism”). The catalyst was the reaction of the…

Democrats to Blacks: You Cannot Leave Our Plantation

By Donald B. Hawthorne | September 24, 2006 |

During the Chafee-Laffey campaign, this blog site was highly critical of the heavy-handed tactics of the National Republican Senate Committee. Now the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee deserves its own public spanking for their actions described in Democrats set to air ads in bid to derail Steele: Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele’s assertive campaign for…

Will the Senate Vote to Create a Racial Registry in Hawaii?

By Carroll Andrew Morse | June 7, 2006 |

About three decades ago, the state of Hawaii decided it could ignore the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution…The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.To administer programs intended…

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