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Yes, Chief Justice Roberts, the South is More Racist

Voting Rights Act Section 5's Covered Jurisdictions, which are More Racist

When Wednesday John Roberts and the solicitor general questioned whether any southern concentration of racism was a rationale for Voting Rights Act Section 5’s constitutionality, cynics responded as though the chief justice was blind to a vicious national legacy. One American Prospect article — leaning on a 2005 analysis that concluded the U.S. South was especially racist — was redistributed through Twitter at least 300 times over a day.

The American Journal of Political Science analysis, aforementioned, “Old Times There Are Not Forgotten: Race and Partisan Realignment in the Contemporary South [PDF],” concluded “the regional gap in racial conservatism has not closed since [the end of the Civil Rights era.]”

The exchange between the justice and administration lawyer was in the context of a Supreme Court challenge to the decades-old Voting Rights Act, by Alabama’s Shelby County — a challenge on whether mostly southern states, due to Section 5’s “preclearance requirements,” should have to run voting-law changes by authorities in Washington.… Read the rest

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A Manifesto Against Truth

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Mikhail Lyubansky, Ph.D, writing in Psychology Today, from 2011:

The problem with truth is that it can be just as destructive as a lie, sometimes more so.

This is self-evident for most adults. That’s why we have the concept and vocabulary of a “white lie” (and yes, even our language has racist overtones).

Yet, when it comes to racism and anti-Semitism, “truth” and “facts” are frequently assumed to trump any other argument. They don’t.

Consider this a manifesto against truth.

Don’t get me wrong: I like verifiable, data-supported facts as much as the next person, perhaps more than many, given my training and background in research.  Even so, I have issues with “truth” — serious issues.

Here are my Top 3:

#1 There is rarely a single truth. Philosophers have long observed that our reality — our “truth” — is strongly influenced (if not outright determined) by one’s perspective or point of view.

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A Politician’s Attempts to Disconnect from his Online Life of White Supremacy

“They can have my guns, bullets first.”

We’re coming into a generation of leaders who will have grown up on the internet and know no world without it.

What will happen to our online pasts when we all have a lifetime of potentially shameful Facebook pictures, forum posts and tweets to hide? In 2030, how much will a politician have to pay to have his extensive online past scrubbed? Will it even be possible to clean your past completely? Will a future candidate for President live in fear of old blogs and ancient forum posts coming back to haunt him or her?

At least the old IRC chat logs are gone forever, right? Right?

In 2005, Doug Hanks ran as a Republican for a seat on the City Council of Charlotte, North Carolina. Doug was 36, a relatively young age in the traditionally wrinkled world of politics. He had been using the internet for years.… Read the rest

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Does Opposition to the EU’s Plan for a ‘New World Order’ Make You a Bad Parent?

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“We all got a gang mentality. Republicans are f—ing idiots. Democrats are f—ing idiots. Conservatives are idiots and liberals are idiots. Anyone who makes up their mind before they hear the issue is a f—ing fool. Everybody, nah, nah, nah, everybody is so busy wanting to be down with a gang! I’m a conservative! I’m a liberal! I’m a conservative! It’s bull—t! Be a f—ing person. Listen. Let it swirl around your head. Then form your opinion. No normal decent person is one thing.” – Chris Rock

Does opposition to the EU make you an unfit parent? Her Majesty’s Government seems to think so…

Curious reports are emerging in the United Kingdom that foster parents have had children removed from their care because they belong to the libertarian[1] inspired UK Independence Party (UKIP).

Disinfo has carried critical articles on the decline of the would-be EU Superstate previously. However, the construction of a ‘new world order’ with the founders of all the world’s major Empires at its heart is viciously, and sometimes blindly, supported by people locked into and controlled by the “left wing” paradigm.… Read the rest

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Victims Of The Army’s Secret St. Louis Chemical Experiments Speak Out

Missouri’s KSDK has more on the previously discussed revelation that the U.S. army secretly sprayed chemicals on families in St. Louis housing projects during the 1950s and 60s. Former residents reveal bizarre recollections which were previously ignored:

Missouri’s two U.S. Senators, Democrat Claire McCaskill, and Republican Roy Blunt, are demanding more information about the secret human testing. But so far, the Army remains silent. Survivors remember and for the first time are sharing their stories in hopes someone will listen and perhaps be held accountable.

Dorothy Johnson and her doctors never knew what caused blisters to boil up and cover her body when she was 18-years-old. The life-long emotional scars never healed and she wonders if there is a connection to the secret testing. Through tears, Johnson said, “They isolated me and I stayed there about a month to recuperate. I lost my fingernails, my toe nails, the lesions on my body.

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Did The Republican Party’s Vilification Of Muslim Americans Just Cost It The Presidency?

You reap what you sow. It seems hard to believe in the wake of the invasion of Iraq and widespread conservative hostility towards Muslims in the United States, but prior to 9/11, American Muslims were a solidly Republican voter demographic. Via Ray on the Royals, baseball blogger Rany Jazayerli pointed out yesterday that, fascinatingly, ex-Republican Muslim voters would have won the election for Mitt Romney:

In the 2000 election, approximately 70% of Muslims in America voted for Bush; among non-African-American Muslims, the ratio was over 80%. Four years later, Bush’s share of the vote among Muslims was 4%.

There is simply no way that I can justify voting for a party that denies the very legitimacy of my identity as an American. Nor can most other members of the American Muslim community, who just happen to be clustered in swing states like Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. If Nate Silver is right, not only will Romney lose the election, but it can be safely said that if the Muslim community had voted the same way they had in 2000, he would have won.

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Racism May Not Be “Natural” (But Being an Asshole Is)

From "2001: A Space Odyssey"

Brain scans have shown that when people see faces of other races, their amygdalas light up like home security systems.  Some tout this as evidence of hardwired racial bias, evolved to keep the oddly colored “other” out of home territory.  But as Robert Wright points out in this recent article, there would be few opportunities for interracial conflict in our geographically dispersed evolutionary past.  The “other” would primarily be distinguished by different visual cues such as tribal emblems, because hostile neighboring tribes would generally be of the same race.

More recent brain scan experiments done on children show that, like menstrual cramps and unstoppable boners, neurological race rage doesn’t kick in until after puberty.  While the question of “nature vs. nurture” is still open, this suggests that cultural forces are at work.

Wright’s line of reasoning is pretty solid when he says, “[T]hough we’re not naturally racist, we’re naturally ‘groupist.'”

Via The Atlantic:

There’s never been good reason to believe that human beings are naturally racist.… Read the rest

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Most Americans Prejudiced Against Blacks

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Bad news for “post-racial” America:

Via the Associated Press:

Racial prejudice has increased slightly since 2008 whether those feelings were measured using questions that explicitly asked respondents about racist attitudes, or through an experimental test that measured implicit views toward race without asking questions about that topic directly.

In all, 51 percent of Americans now express explicit anti-black attitudes, compared with 48 percent in a similar 2008 survey. When measured by an implicit racial attitudes test, the number of Americans with anti-black sentiments jumped to 56 percent, up from 49 percent during the last presidential election. In both tests, the share of Americans expressing pro-black attitudes fell.

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Nine Most Racist Moments of the 2012 Election

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Race-baiting has been the historical shame of the GOP for some time now, and I can only hope it will haunt the once-moderate Mitt Romney with many a sleepless night, whether he wins or loses. Mitch McConnell’s 2010 pronouncement to voters that “the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president”, and a steady stream of subtle and not-so-subtle racist imagery has combined to create a rabid, perhaps even dangerous, mindset among some lawmakers and a minority of their constituents. Worse still is the ugly and prejudiced mindset revealed among a mostly white, male, wealthy elite. We are all at risk of such bigotry seated deep in our subconscious, but as a cunning campaign cudgel, it’s pretty damning to these reprehensible Republicans.

via Alex Kane at AlterNet

The son of a Wisconsin candidate for Senate turned heads over the weekend when he indulged in a favorite Republican pastime: appealing to racism to get out the vote. 

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NYPD Stop And Frisk: ‘For Being A F**king Mutt’

New York City's racist stop and frisk police policy is the stuff of legend, but it's never before been recorded so explicitly. Kudos to The Nation:
...In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence. Early in the stop, one of the officers asks, “You want me to smack you?” When Alvin asks why he is being threatened with arrest, the other officer responds, “For being a fucking mutt.” Later in the stop, while holding Alvin’s arm behind his back, the first officer says, “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”...
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