Wednesday Open Thread | William Shakespeare Week : Othello

We continue this week with William Shakespeare.

Have Black Actors acted Shakespeare?

Of course they have.

The Most Obvious Role, of course, would be the Moor himself, Othello.


Paul Robeson was the first Black American to play Othello on the American stage.


Willard White as Othello

Laurence Fishburne as Othello

A more modern version – ‘ O ‘ starring Mekhi Phifer

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49 Responses to Wednesday Open Thread | William Shakespeare Week : Othello

  1. rikyrah says:

    if there’s a behind-the-scenes media story to find out, Ken Auletta usually has the lowdown


    May 14, 2014

    Why Jill Abramson Was Fired
    Posted by Ken Auletta

    At the annual City University Journalism School dinner, on Monday, Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the New York Times, was seated with Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the paper’s publisher. At the time, I did not give a moment’s thought to why Jill Abramson, the paper’s executive editor, was not at their table. Then, at 2:36 P.M. on Wednesday, an announcement from the Times hit my e-mail, saying that Baquet would replace Abramson, less than three years after she was appointed the first woman in the top job. Baquet will be the first African-American to lead the Times.

    Fellow-journalists and others scrambled to find out what had
    happened. Sulzberger had fired Abramson, and he did not try to hide that. In a speech to the newsroom on Wednesday afternoon, he said, “I chose to appoint a new leader of our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects …” Abramson chose not to attend the announcement, and not to pretend that she had volunteered to step down.

    As with any such upheaval, there’s a history
    behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

    Sulzberger is known to believe that the Times, as a financially
    beleaguered newspaper, needed to retreat on some of its generous pay and pension benefits; Abramson had also been at the Times for far fewer years than Keller, having spent much of her career at the Wall Street Journal, accounting for some of the pension disparity. Eileen Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Times,
    said that Jill Abramson’s total compensation as executive editor “was directly comparable to Bill Keller’s”—though it was not actually the same. I was also told by another friend of Abramson’s that the pay gap with Keller was only closed after she complained. But, to women at an institution that was once sued by its female employees for discriminatory practices, the question brings up ugly memories. Whether Abramson was right or wrong, both sides were left unhappy. A third associate told me, “She found out that a former deputy managing editor”—a man—“made more money than she did” while she was managing editor. “She had a lawyer make polite inquiries about the pay and pension disparities, which set them off.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Wesley Lowery ✔ @WesleyLowery

    NYT has black exec editor. WaPo has black managing ed. LAT editor born in Trinidad. Meanwhile, have Vox/538 hired a single black person yet?

  3. This cat kicked the dog’s ass–>Hero cat saves kid from vicious dog attack.


    My spoiled cat would kick a dog’s behind too. He does not play! lol

  4. rikyrah says:

    Watched Joy Reid today, and it seem as if Paul Ryan has found him a Black spokesperson for his ‘Starve the Poor’ Budget – Robert Woodson. Ok, if Mr. Woodson wants to be the Blackface for the Zombie-Eyed Granny Killer, then so be it.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama brings out the monsters on the margins
    By TBogg
    Sunday, May 11, 2014 14:49 EDT

    No good deed, it is said, goes unpunished.

    We are all aware, or should be aware, that close to three hundred teenaged girls were kidnapped in Nigeria and the kidnappers have threatened to sell them into sex slavery. Reasonable people can certainly agree that this is a horrific event and that every effort should be made to rescue the girls and return them to their families.

    You’ll notice that I said ‘reasonable’ people.

    It goes without saying that western media did a piss poor job of reporting on the incident — possibly because they were preoccupied with finding that missing airplane or covering the 2016 Presidential horse race — and the story only took off after it became a hashtag trend on Twitter. Michelle Obama threw her not inconsiderable support behind the #BringBackOurGirls campaign and, I’m sure chatted up her husband about it when he came home from work that evening.

    This was, obviously, a huge mistake by the First Lady –who also happens to be the mother to teenaged girls — because it raised the ire of the reflexive whatever-she’ss-for-I’m-a’gin-it kneejerkers whom we allow to walk our streets without shame.

    Yesterday I pointed out Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft gloating that the girls were probably already sex slaves — Tea Party high five! — but that sort of thing is to be expected of Hoft because he is what is known in the DSM as a ‘fucking idiot.’

    Their words, not mine. You can look it up.

  6. rikyrah says:

    @Deggans: Jill Abramson suddenly replaced as executive editor at New York Times by Dean Baquet. NYT’s 1st female editor replaced by 1st black editor

  7. rikyrah says:

    De Blasio’s Role Among Republicans: Nemesis

    “These folks can still party like it’s 1999,” said Peter Ragone, a senior adviser to Mr. de Blasio. “The 21st century called and asked if they want to join us and help everyday Americans get ahead.”
    MAY 14, 2014

    Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, offered to help run a campaign to oust the new mayor in 2017. Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News titan, said he wanted “to beat him up.”

    And at a black-tie dinner a few nights ago, a billionaire donor to the Republican Party warned that under his stewardship, New York City risked becoming the “New Havana.”

    National Republicans, alarmed by the rising influence of activist liberals in government and eager to paint the Democratic Party as captive to its left wing, seem to have settled on an unlikely new nemesis: Bill de Blasio.

    It is a startling turn for a municipal leader who was virtually unknown, even within New York, just a year ago, but now finds himself on the same conservative dartboard as far better established figures, like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and the occupant of the Oval Office.

    But in the actions and policies of Mr. de Blasio’s young administration, Republican leaders see the embodiment of their fears about an empowered New Left: a populist disdain for the rich, open sympathies for organized labor and a relentless focus on income inequality.Photo

    At the dinner, Jeb Bush, a possible Republican presidential candidate, offered to help a campaign to oust Mr. de Blasio in 2017. CreditJohn Minchillo/Associated Press

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told a Chicago audience not long ago that Mr. de Blasio’s emphasis on closing economic disparities represented a march toward “mediocrity.”

  8. rikyrah says:

    A dishwasher’s daughter could soon be an IITian
    May 14, 2014 12:39 IST
    A dishwasher’s daughter could soon be an IITian

    Shobha Warrier/

    Meet Fathima Shabana who’s cleared her JEE (Main) and wants to study computer science from an IIT.

    It has been a week since the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) results were released, and yet, the smile on 17-year-old Fathima Shabana’s face has still not diminished. After all, she has been working hard for the last four years; and she has just cleared the JEE (Main). This means that she has already made the grade to go to an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) or National Institute of Technology (NIT) or state engineering institutions that will offer seats on the basis of JEE (Main) merit list like the Anna University in Tamil Nadu.

    If she manages to make it through to the JEE (Advanced) examination on the May 25, she might well make it into an IIT!

    Fathima’s is no mean achievement, especially when you look at her background. Her father, Shahul Hameed, dropped out after Class VIII and her mother didn’t continue past primary school.

    Ever since he made his way to Chennai from Siruthondanalloor village in Thoothukudi district in search of a job almost two decades ago, Shahul Hameed has been washing dishes and serving food at a pushcart eatery.

    His day starts very early in the morning, before the city wakes up, and ends only by 10 at night. For all of this, he takes home Rs 300 a day.

    Ever since he was told of his daughter’s phenomenal achievement, he has been a happy and proud man. “My daughter has made me very proud. She was always an extremely hard working child, and I always knew that she would pass all of her exams with flying colours. I could not afford to send her to a private school. So, I sent her and my son to a corporation school so that we didn’t have to pay for their fees and textbooks.”

    “It has always been her dream to be an engineer. But I earn only Rs 300 a day; I do not have the wherewithal to send her to an engineering college. I grow distressed just thinking of shattering my daughter’s dreams. But I am sure some good soul will come forward to help her pursue her dreams,” he says, while making dosas for a customer.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Newly discovered letters reveal Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s feelings about her marriage to President John F. Kennedy and reaction to his death. The 14 years of correspondence with an Irish priest will be auctioned in Ireland in June, The Irish Times reported.

    In the letters with Fr. Joseph Leonard, Kennedy wrote in 1952 that her time with the then-senator gave her “an amazing insight on politicians — they really are a breed apart.”

    She also wrote that then-boyfriend Kennedy was consumed by ambition “like Macbeth,” and she noted her concern that Kennedy might be like her father, John Vernou Bouvier, a Wall Street stockbroker and socialite.

    “He’s like my father in a way — loves the chase and is bored with the conquest — and once married needs proof he’s still attractive, so flirts with other women and resents you. I saw how that nearly killed Mummy,” she wrote.

    In 1953, the year Kennedy married the senator, she wrote to Leonard: “Maybe I’m just dazzled and picture myself in a glittering world of crowned heads and Men of Destiny — and not just a sad little housewife. … That world can be very glamorous from the outside — but if you’re in it — and you’re lonely — it could be a Hell.”

    A year later, she wrote, “I love being married much more than I did even in the beginning.”

    Kennedy met Leonard, a Vincentian priest in Dublin, in 1950 when she was visiting Ireland. However, Kennedy saw Leonard only one other time, while she was visiting Ireland with her husband in 1955.

    After JFK’s assassination in 1963, Kennedy wrote that she was having difficulty finding comfort in her Catholic faith. However, “I have to think there is a God — or I have no hope of finding Jack again.”

  10. rikyrah says:

    Arkansas’ Cotton scrubs site of Sandy aid info

    05/14/14 11:27 AM—Updated 05/14/14 11:28 AM
    By Steve Benen

    When Congress voted to approve emergency aid to Hurricane Sandy victims, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) was the only member of the Arkansas delegation to vote against the disaster relief early last year. The far-right lawmaker, at least at the time, took a fair amount of pride in position.

    Now that Cotton is a U.S. Senate candidate, that’s apparently no longer the case.

    [I]t appears Rep. Tom Cotton’s (R-Ark.) campaign has taken down two blog posts in support of those votes from his website.

    According to an Internet archive, the blog items, which were posted months before Cotton announced his bid to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), were online until late January of this year.

    The first post from January 2013 was a letter to the editor calling Cotton’s approach to the federal aid for Sandy victims “sensible.” Cotton had explained that he believed that “a lot of that money was not going to natural disaster relief” and he didn’t “think Arkansas needs to bail out the Northeast.”

    Cotton’s office told the Huffington Post yesterday that deleting the content was simply routine website “maintenance.” That may be true.

    But it’s also true, as we were brutally reminded in April, that Arkansas sometimes suffers from its own natural disasters, which require a governmental response. Indeed, Cotton himself apparently had an entirely new approach to the issue last month when he joined his congressional colleagues from Arkansas seeking “federal resources” to help communities struck by a deadly tornado.

  11. Ametia says:

    So is the Bieb a young, troubled man or a THUG? Inquiring minds wanna know!

    Justin Bieber Investigated for Attempted Robbery in L.A.
    by Josh Feldman | 12:14 am, May 14th, 2014

    The Los Angeles Police Department said Tuesday night that they were investigating a claim that Justin Bieber was involved in an attempted robbery that took place in the San Fernando Valley.

    An individual not identified by the police accused Bieber of the attempted robbery, but the pop singer has not been arrested yet.
    KTLA broke the news of the investigation on Twitter mere minutes ago.

  12. rikyrah says:

    ‘This could be a rabbit hole’

    05/14/14 10:46 AM—Updated 05/14/14 10:49 AM
    By Steve Benen

    After House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced there would be a new select committee on the 2012 Benghazi attack, it fell to the House GOP leader to choose which seven members of his caucus would serve on the panel. There are currently 233 House Republicans – and 206 of them wanted to be part of the committee.

    From a distance, it reinforced the impression that GOP lawmakers are united in their zeal to pursue this witch hunt with great enthusiasm. But the Daily Beast reports that behind the scenes, Republicans aren’t all on the same page. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), for example, warned his GOP colleagues last week about possible pitfalls.

    “He was saying this could be a rabbit hole,” one House member told The Daily Beast. “He was warning us that we should not let this investigation get into conspiracy theories.”

    Contrary to the caricature of Republicans, as singularly obsessed for political reasons with Benghazi, the reality is quite different. There is deep unease within the Republican leadership that the select committee, which has yet to announce a schedule of hearings, could backfire, and badly.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Judge: Conservative group can’t have docs that would ‘out’ LGBT Justice Dept employees

    By David Ferguson
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:25 EDT

    In a decision memo handed down Monday, a U.S. district judge denied a FOIA request by the far-right activist group Judicial Watch in which conservative activists tried to obtain the names of LGBT employees at the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle wrote in her decision that to allow Judicial Watch access to those documents “creates a palpable threat to privacy” of employees at the Department. Huvelle wrote that she was unwilling to compromise that privacy for the “relatively inconsequential (if not non-existent) interests” of the conservative group.

    On August 23, 2012, LGBT employees at the Justice Department held the “Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair,” where they were addressed by Attorney General Eric Holder. The event was sponsored by the LGBT Bar Association.

  14. rikyrah says:


    Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had a plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.

    by Dale Russakoff
    May 19, 2014

    Late one night in December, 2009, a black Chevy Tahoe in a caravan of cops and residents moved slowly through some of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Newark. In the back sat the Democratic mayor, Cory Booker, and the Republican governor-elect of New Jersey, Chris Christie. They had become friendly almost a decade earlier, during Christie’s years as United States Attorney in Newark, and Booker had invited him to join one of his periodic patrols of the city’s busiest drug corridors.

    The ostensible purpose of the tour was to show Christie one of Booker’s methods of combatting crime. But Booker had another agenda that night. Christie, during his campaign, had made an issue of urban schools. “We’re paying caviar prices for failure,” he’d said, referring to the billion-dollar annual budget of the Newark public schools, three-quarters of which came from the state. “We have to grab this system by the roots and yank it out and start over. It’s outrageous

    Booker had been a champion of vouchers and charter schools for Newark since he was elected to the city council, in 1998, and now he wanted to overhaul the school district. He would need Christie’s help. The Newark schools had been run by the state since 1995, when a judge ended local control, citing corruption and neglect. A state investigation had concluded, “Evidence shows that the longer children remain in the Newark public schools, the less likely they are to succeed academically.” Fifteen years later, the state had its own record of mismanagement, and student achievement had barely budged


    the back seat of the S.U.V., Booker proposed that he and Christie work together to transform education in Newark. They later recalled sharing a laugh at the prospect of confounding the political establishment with an alliance between a white suburban Republican and a black urban Democrat. Booker warned that they would face a brutal battle with unions and machine politicians. With seven thousand people on the payroll, the school district was the biggest public employer in a city of roughly two hundred and seventy thousand. As if spoiling for the fight, Christie replied, “Heck, I got maybe six votes in Newark. Why not do the right thing?”

    So began one of the nation’s most audacious exercises in education reform. The goal was not just to fix the Newark schools but to create a national model for how to turn around an entire school district.


    Almost four years later, Newark has fifty new principals, four new public high schools, a new teachers’ contract that ties pay to performance, and an agreement by most charter schools to serve their share of the neediest students. But residents only recently learned that the overhaul would require thousands of students to move to other schools, and a thousand teachers and more than eight hundred support staff to be laid off within three years. In mid-April, seventy-seven members of the clergy signed a letter to Christie requesting a moratorium on the plan, citing “venomous” public anger and “the moral imperative” that people have power over their own destiny. Booker, now a U.S. senator, said in a recent interview that he understood families’ fear and anger: “My mom—she would’ve been fit to be tied with some of what happened.” But he characterized the rancor as “a sort of nadir,” and predicted that in two or three years Newark could be a national model of urban education. “That’s pretty monumental in terms of the accomplishment that will be.”

  15. rikyrah says:

    Tommy Christopher: 7 Lame Excuses For Why White Men Dominate Your Favorite Liberal Sites

    The mainstream media, with the exception of MSNBC, maintains an abysmal record when it comes to diversity, while conservative media don’t even pretend to care. The American Prospect‘s Gabriel Arana took a look at diversity among liberal publications like The Nation, Slate, and Mother Jones, and came away with a raft of excuses from their editors, all of which are pure horseshit. Arana’s own over-complicated analysis eventually gets around to some productive points, but what’s truly revealing are the excuses he elicits from the editors of liberal outlets:

    1. They don’t know how white they are.

    … The largest staff that Arana reported on was Slate’s, at 75, with five minorities on staff. If you need a report from an advocacy group to tell you that your staff is 94% white, then you also need a seeing-eye dog.

    2. It’s a white world, after all.

    …. I realize Arana put “existing talent” in scare-quotes, but this is an unwitting summation of the entire problem: of course, minority talent “exists,” it’s just invisible to these people.

    More here


    Jay Carney, Legend:


    ThinkProgress: Finally, A Network Created A Primetime Lineup That Looks More Like America

    It’s upfront season, friends. A time when all the television networks announce their big, bold plans for the upcoming year, release teaser-trailers of new shows, make promises about those that will return, and cancel everything you love….

    Some good news out of the upfronts: anyone who gets excited about increased diversity in the usually white-as-the-driven-snow landscape that is network TV is going to be psyched about what ABC has planned for next year.

    …. this is so much more than just talk: ABC is actually investing significant money in the belief that shows featuring diverse casts can be just as successful as the rest of the pack. They’re tapping into a market that is mostly ignored and, if they succeed, could become trendsetters for the rest of the industry.

    What are the big diversity landmarks here?

    More here


  16. Loving this series, Rikyrah! Gone with your bad self!

  17. Ametia says:

    | Wed May 14, 2014 6:00 AM EDT
    Tom Philpott
    Climate Change Is Turning Your Produce Into Junk Food

    Climate skeptics like to point out that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stimulates plant growth—suggesting that ever-growing fossil fuel consumption will lead to an era of bin-busting crop yields. But as I noted last week, the best science suggests that other effects of an over-heated planet—heat stress, drought, and floods—will likely overwhelm any bonus from CO2-rich air. Overall, it seems, crop yields will decline.

    And here’s more bad news: In a paper published in Nature this month, a global team has found that heightened levels of atmospheric carbon make key staple crops wheat, rice, peas, and soybeans less nutritious.

  18. Ametia says:

    OH MY GOD!


  19. rikyrah says:

    There are times that I wish I was on twitter, because I’d love to tweet this stuff to the Kneegrows who are trying to peddle that Rand Paul is some ‘different kind of Republican’. They can say this, even knowing that this racist grifter has already said, more than once, that he would have never voted for the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. See, maybe I’m just different, but as a Black person, there’s no need for further conversation once I found that out.


    Fox News sets Rand Paul straight
    05/14/14 09:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    I had no intention of returning to the subject of Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) on-again/off-again concerns about voter-ID laws, but the Kentucky Republican’s position keeps changing – and if I’m in for a penny, I’m in for a pound.

    To briefly recap, Paul told a largely African-American audience in Memphis late last week that it’s “wrong for Republicans to go too crazy” on voter-ID laws. When the right murmured some disapproval, Paul backed off a bit, saying he never actually “come out against voter-ID laws.”

    Then Fox News got involved. By midday yesterday, the Kentucky Republican had abandoned altogether the position that had won him progressive praise.

    Tuesday, Paul spoke with Sean Hannity, and abandoned his deviation completely. Paul assured Hannity he fully agrees with the Republican vote suppression strategy on substance, and that his only argument is that Republicans should “emphasize” other issues without changing their policies:

    “No I agree, there’s nothing wrong with it. To see Eric Holder you’ve got to show your driver’s license to get in the building. So I don’t really object to having some rules for how we vote. I show my driver’s license every time I vote in Kentucky … and I don’t feel like it is a great burden. So it’s funny that it got reported that way.”

    Last night, the senator appeared on Fox News’ “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” and went even further.

    “I am very aware of voter fraud, and I think it’s not that unreasonable to show your driver’s license, but I’m also aware that some people find it – that they think it’s nefarious that Republicans are doing this to suppress the African-American vote. […]

    “It’s not an unreasonable thing to ask to show your identification…. We shouldn’t be tone deaf about this. And that’s what I’m saying, is don’t be tone deaf, but I’m also not saying, it’s not unreasonable idea.”

    For the record, voter fraud generally exists only in the imaginations of those who support voter-suppression tactics.

  20. rikyrah says:

    A ‘teenage temperament’?

    05/13/14 05:04 PM—Updated 05/13/14 07:04 PM
    By Steve Benen

    When it comes to public affairs, I’ve always thought President Obama and his team conducted themselves with a fair amount of dignity and grace, but writing in the Wall Street Journal today, Eliot Cohen, a former Bush/Cheney administration official, thinks that’s backwards – he sees a “long string of failures” resulting from, of all things, a “teenage temperament.”

    Clues may be found in the president’s selfie with the attractive Danish prime minister at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela in December; in State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki in March cheerily holding up a sign with the Twitter TWTR hashtag #UnitedForUkraine while giving a thumbs up; or Michelle Obama looking glum last week, holding up another Twitter sign: #BringBackOurGirls. […]

    Often, members of the Obama administration speak and, worse, think and act, like a bunch of teenagers. When officials roll their eyes at Vladimir Putin’s seizure of Crimea with the line that this is “19th-century behavior,” the tone is not that different from a disdainful remark about a hairstyle being “so 1980s.”

    In case his point was too subtle, Cohen added that members of the Obama administration will “throw a few taunts … as teenagers will,” act like “self-obsessed teenagers,” and have a “teenage temperament.” (In all, Cohen referenced “teenagers” six times in a nine-paragraph piece. The right’s preoccupation with infantilizing the president, alas, continues.)

    Just as a general rule, it’s amusing on its face when veterans of the Bush/Cheney administration choose – on purpose and in public – to talk about others’ foreign-policy “failures,” but it’s especially interesting when a member of Team Bush is concerned about presidents and maturity.

  21. rikyrah says:

    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    The GOP Energy Drain

    The big Senate energy bill is now dead, the hostage having been killed by Republicans who wanted to insert amendments that would have permanently crippled the EPA’s regulatory power over clean air and water, ended green energy projects, stopped Department of Energy research, and a host of other GOP anti-environment and anti-science initiatives.

    Oh yeah, and the bill would have been a victory for two red state Democrats up for re-election. Can’t have that.

    Only three Republicans, including its chief GOP sponsor, Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), voted to end debate and move to a final vote. Supporters needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster from Republicans angered that Democrats wouldn’t allow votes on their amendments.

    Monday’s 55-36 vote followed days of negotiations that failed to yield a deal on amendments.The stalemate denied an important victory to the bill’s other sponsor, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who faces a general-election challenge from former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

    Democrats accused Republicans of sinking the bipartisan bill to prevent Shaheen from touting a win on the campaign trail. She worked with Portman for three and a half years on the bill.

    The legislation would have strengthened energy efficiency requirements for new homes and commercial buildings and encouraged private sector companies to develop energy efficient technology.

    The filibuster also thwarted Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.), another vulnerable incumbent who sought a vote on the pipeline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) promised a vote on Keystone if Republicans let the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill reach a final vote.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Federal judge strikes down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban

    05/14/14 08:01 AM
    By Steve Benen

    One by one, state laws against marriage equality are being challenged in the courts, and one by one, civil-rights proponents are prevailing. The latest victory came late yesterday, when a federal court struck down Idaho’s state constitutional amendment that banned same-sex marriage.

    One week after hearing oral arguments in the case Latta v. Otter, sponsored by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale found the state’s voter-approved amendment that prohibits gay couples from marrying to be unconstitutional…. Dale ordered clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples starting on Friday.

    In her opinion, Dale wrote that the right to marry is fundamental, one which Idaho’s laws wrongfully deny its gay and lesbian citizens. The U.S. Supreme Court has referenced the fundamental right to marry in at least 10 separate instances – most recently, in the landmark United States v. Windsor decision, which gutted the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for federal agencies to begin recognizing same-sex marriages.

  23. Ametia says:

    Happy HUMP day, Everyone! Othello’s one of my favorite Shakepeare plays.

    Desdamona, Iago, and Othello. Sorry, but you just can’t perform Othello with out a BLACK actor, and these men have performed this role with all the focus and intensity it requires.

    LOVE this week’s series, thanks so much Rikyrah!

  24. rikyrah says:

    Moral Monday Movement Gears Up for Round Two

    Barry Yeoman

    May 13, 2014

    As the North Carolina state legislature reopens on May 14 with no ideological reversal in sight, the Monday takeovers of the rotunda will resume. So, likely, will the arrests.

    On Wednesday afternoon, the North Carolina legislature will open its 2014 session. It will be hard for the Republican majority to top last year’s performance, which shattered the final vestiges of the state’s 50-year reputation for moderate governance. With the help of newly elected GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, lawmakers in 2013 slashed both public education and unemployment benefits. They rejected an expansion of Medicaid, paid for almost entirely by the federal government, that would have covered at least 300,000 low-income North Carolinians. They cut corporate taxes and eliminated the earned-income credit for low-wage workers. And they rewrote the state’s election laws in a way that will make registration and voting harder, particularly for African-American, blue-collar, and younger voters.

    They might have done this without attracting national attention if not for the emergence of a political counterweight: a coalition of clergy, health professionals, educators, and other activists who took over the marble rotunda of the legislative building in Raleigh on twelve Mondays during the session—holding hands, praying, singing “We Shall Not Be Moved”—to protest what they viewed as an assault on the state’s most vulnerable residents.

    Many refused to leave until police escorted them away in plastic handcuffs. The Moral Monday demonstrations, spearheaded by the state NAACP and supported by dozens of other groups, produced 945 arrests and garnered international headlines. Activists in states from Florida to New York have borrowed the North Carolina model to organize similar protests.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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