Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink.
— the death of a young man understandably suspected because he was black and tragically dead for the same reason.
um, no words.
It is painful to say this: Trayvon Martin is not a miscarriage of American justice, but American justice itself. This is not our system malfunctioning. It is our system working as intended. To expect our juries, our schools, our police to single-handedly correct for this, is to look at the final play in the final minute of the final quarter and wonder why we couldn’t come back from twenty-four down.
I am sorry that your government hates you. We saw what happened in Katrina. I’m sorry that your government hates you.
How disingenuous for it to be John Roberts [who wrote the majority opinion]. John Roberts can talk about 40 or 50 years have passed. John Roberts had the same attitude towards the Voting Rights Act in 1982 — when he worked for the Reagan Justice Department. This is a guy who has been trying to get rid of the Voting Rights Act since ‘82, and that was 17 years after what happened on Bloody Sunday … not 40. So, his attitude hasn’t changed. His rationale has changed.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid, last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell
I confess myself refreshed to hear Paula Deen respond “Yes, of course,” when asked if she used the word “nigger.” We have conditioned ourselves on a kind of magic wherein we believe that racism is a matter of kindness and prohibitive vocabulary—as though a hatred of women can be reduced the use of the word “bitch.” But what does a country which tolerates the terrorism of Southwest, Georgia expect? What does a country whose left wing’s greatest policy achievement was made possible by an embrace of white supremacy really believe will happen to children raised in such times? What do we expect in a country where many find it entirely appropriate to wear the battle-flag of the republic of slavery?
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder refused to give up his beloved team’s name despite a lawsuit and letters from 10 members of Congress. But now it appears he’s bringing in the “pollster”/spin-doctor/Republican Batman Frank Luntz to examine what, exactly, everyone thinks about what everyone else thinks is most racist name in football.