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Americans Elect Quietly Upgrades Candidate Status of David Walker, from Outsider to Insider

In the last week, Americans Elect has quietly gone out of its way to change the ballot access terms for David Walker, a presidential candidate about whom Americans Elect has written glowingly and who also sits on its Board of Advisors. Why has Americans Elect gone to this trouble? Nobody knows. [...]

Why are some people getting so Upset about Discrimination Against Black People?

Why are some people getting so upset?

I mean, isn’t this a color-blind society? Isn’t all that discrimination business a 20th Century thing, all over and done with? Aren’t black people in America just whining while they take all the good jobs away from equally qualified whites?

No.

These are the results of Devah [...]

Selection Bias: In Video from 7 Cities, Americans Elect Underrepresents Women and Black People

Political campaigns in the modern era commonly use demographic targeting to conserve resources, appealing to certain portions of the population and largely writing off others:

J. Brian O’Day explains:

The point of targeting is to determine which subsets of the voting population are most likely to be responsive to your candidate and focusing your campaign [...]

White Privilege has a Conference

I knew it! That’s how white people stay on top. They have a conference!

11th Annual White Privilege Conference, LaCrosse WI, April 7-10

Do they offer different levels of privilege, like non-harassment from the police for a basic conference rate of $300, hiring advantages if you buy a ticket to the banquet, and access to [...]

Stand for Marriage Maine Brings Out the Scary Black Woman for its Anti-Gay Ads

Lee Atwater is chuckling in his grave.

When Stand for Marriage Maine wanted to put out its first TV ads against same-sex marriage in Maine, it put out an audition notice looking for a nice, well-spoken white woman willing to pretend to be a teacher and read a script. I’m not kidding. Here is the [...]

Maine Marriage Group Solicits Actors for Anti-Gay Ad: Whites Only, Please!

This spring, Maine passed a law declaring marriage equality for same-sex and different-sex couples. This fall, Maine voters will take to the polls to respond to Ballot Resolution 1, which would make same-sex marriage illegal in the state.

We learned last week that, the group Stand for Marriage Maine has been unable to find any [...]

Barack Obama 50% White, 44% Arab and 6% Black: the Proof, Gauged

PawPaw writes to us today with helpful scientific information about Barack Obama:

He is 50% white, 44% Arab and 6% Black.

I wasn’t sure at first whether to believe PawPaw or not, because he didn’t include any documentation of this claim or any links to such documentation. Those are pretty specific numbers, too: 44% Arab, [...]

Hillary Clinton Supporters Persevere … With What Consternation in Mind?

The PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass”) activists who resisted the nomination, and then the election, of Barack Obama for President are an interesting bunch. On the one hand, they’ve said they are upset because Barack Obama is horribly bigoted toward Hillary Clinton. On the other hand, in their ongoing communications they continue to say things [...]

GOP Presidential Rankings in CafePress Searches, 3-18 to 3-24 2009

Believe it or not, the jockeying for position among Republican presidential contenders for 2012 has already begun. Mike Huckabee is taking trips to Iowa, Sarah Palin is being pushed to the top of the list in speaking engagements, Bobby Jindal is explaining to the world how not bothering to prevent natural disasters would be helpful [...]

Race and Homophobia: In the Congress, It's a NOT-Black Thing

In California’s last election, the passage of Proposition 8 barring same-sex marriage equality was made possible for many reasons, including the meddling of Roman Catholic and Mormon religious leaders, but also in part by the disproportionate support of black voters, leading to dismayed November 5 reactions like this:

I am feeling the same bittersweet feeling [...]

HEART for Women Act Hides Race-Based Medicine Research Agenda

S. 422, a bill introduced by Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan earlier this month, has a companion in the House, Lois Capps‘ H.R. 1032. It takes the short title of the “HEART for Women Act of 2009,” with HEART being an acronym for “Heart Disease Education, Analysis Research, and Treatment.” Its longer title: “A bill [...]