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louise-young's picture
Oct.06.2012
  I've only reviewed a handful of books in my life, and my reviews -- invariably positive -- are written mostly as favors for friends.  One book, however, inspired me to post a scathing, one- star review on Amazon.  The offending volume is a reprint of an early twentieth century...
gregory-norfleet's picture
Sep.11.2012
I've heard of Christians, conservatives and Republicans all called "closet homosexuals" or "closet racists" or "closet bigots" -- fill in the word -- misogynists, extremists, radicals. Why do they never accuse someone of being a "closet Christian"? Clearly the accusations above are to lead the...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.05.2012
Michelle Obama did what any good wife does – made her husband look like he needed her. By default, America needs her. Apparently, her speech at the Democratic Convention was a huge hit. Political spouses play a major role in US politics. So, did her human interest angle make sense? As...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.30.2012
It’s official. The symbolic head of the Republican Party is not Ronald Reagan. It’s Pee-Wee Herman. It was Herman after all, as portrayed by comic actor Paul Reubens, whose only comeback to every criticism was, “I know you are but what am I?” And it is this mantra — this maddening, childlike,...
tim-wise's picture
Aug.25.2012
For the most part, I’ve tried to be restrained. Although conservatives accuse those of us on the left of thinking that all critiques of President Obama are rooted in racism, this has certainly never been my argument. Indeed, I’ve written two books highly critical of Obama’s positions on a number of...
arlene-goldbard's picture
Aug.12.2012
A quotation from James Baldwin has been making the rounds of some friends on Facebook this week. I like to observe this phenomenon, how a snippet of text gets unmoored from its intended context and eddies through cyberspace, washing up on shores of meaning its author surely never intended....
tim-wise's picture
Aug.11.2012
In the pantheon of right-wing dog whistles, none is as tried, true, and generally effective as “welfare” bashing. Ever since the days of Ronald Reagan, who fabricated tales of a “welfare queen” collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash benefits by using multiple identities and Social...
farzana-versey's picture
Aug.08.2012
White supremacy and neo-Nazism have different histories. Tanking up on the latter absolves internalised racism       “Nobody's angry here. We're just confused. Was this a random act? Was this directed at us because of the way we look?” The questions were raised by an onlooker at...
suellen-ocean's picture
Aug.06.2012
"Jim Crow" is an expression used to refer to customs and laws that oppress African Americans. Jim Crow was a down on his luck black man who may not have been a real character. Songs were written about Jim Crow and white entertainers with blackface appeared in minstrel shows depicting him.  ...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.04.2012
Between a man in a dark grey suit and a bright-eyed bride in white, they seem to have covered the American dream. Insider trading and ‘marrying well’ are common occurrences, but when these things happen in the United States of America they become symbols. Somewhere outside of this Wall Street and...