Obama’s Citizenship & Race: Separated at Birth?

It never ceases to amaze me how eager some white liberals are to divorce race from political analysis when it comes to Obama. Bob Somerby of the Daily Howler (who seems to have settled nicely into his blogospheric role as the curmudgeonly Luddite uncle who refuses to replace his black and white TV with a...

The Human Touch

When it comes to successful anti-racist activism, Carmen Van Kerckhove of Racialicious reminds us that facts and statistics aren’t enough to instill change; focusing on the human dimension is a more effective method of inspiration: When I think back on how my own views about race have evolved over my...

Psst–Toni Morrison Was Being Ironic*

Shorter NY Times: “A couple of black people standing in front of a building in Harlem are still down with Bubba!” h/t Racialicious *Ok, read the “first black president” line in context, then check out Sherrilyn Ifill, Elizabeth Alexander, and Melissa Harris-Lacewell. BTW, Morrison just endorsed Obama. Maybe...

A Renewed Icon

“I raised my head. The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed somber under an overcast sky–seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.” – Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness Several weeks ago I...