Category Archives: Racism

This Is Post-Racial America: The St. Louis Rams Fans’ Edition

While people can get very tribal about football (both the U.S.-ian and global kinds), this response to a Ferguson-related protest at a St. Louis Rams game is not encouraging (boldface mine): Stadium protester Shannon Wilson said, “We chanted in protest … Continue reading

Posted in Football, Racism

Traffic Tickets As a Regressive Tax That Targets Poor Minorities

If you haven’t heard by now, the fine city of Ferguson, MO generates one quarter of its tax revenue from traffic tickets. Here’s one awful thing–well-to-do people can buy their way out (boldface mine): Because Missouri works on a point … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Racism, The Rule of Law | 3 Comments

Corruption Is A Contagion That Can Not Be Contained: The Ferguson, MO Edition

In my experience, bigoted and racist local governments are usually the most corrupt: you can’t decide that laws will be applied unequally and not have that spill over into other areas of governance. An honest government would not use traffic … Continue reading

Posted in Bidness, Racism

Nothing in Movement Conservativism Makes Sense Except in the Light of Creationism: The Anne Arundel County Edition

Amidst all of the blather about the ‘libertarian moment‘ and the ‘reformicons’ (DOES REIHAN SALAM TURN INTO A FIGHTER JET?), it’s worth remembering that conservatism isn’t defined by what some high-end reporter or pundit thinks it is, conservatism is defined … Continue reading

Posted in Conservatives, Creationism, Racism | 6 Comments

The Best Commentary I’ve Heard About Donald Sterling and Racism

I don’t usually post audio or video, since the amount of information versus time spent is usually incredibly low. But this interview with Bomani Jones about Donald Sterling is great (though Ta-Neisi Coates is interesting as well) and worth the … Continue reading

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When Poverty Wears a Black Face

Matt Bruening makes an important point about poverty in the U.S. (boldface mine): Our discourse around poverty, and particularly the so-called “culture of poverty,” often proceeds as if most poor people are black and most black people are poor. Neither … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Racism | 5 Comments

“The Past Is Never Dead. It’s Not Even Past”–The Colfax Massacre Edition

Observed on the Twitterz: You can read about the Colfax Massacre here. Interestingly, the sign was installed in 1950, possibly as a backlash to the nascent civil rights movement.

Posted in Racism