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  1. rikyrah says:

    Ta-Nehisi Coates on White Supremacy and a Life of Struggle

    This year’s top The Root 100 honoree reflects on his groundbreaking article, “The Case for Reparations,” and his belief that African Americans have accomplished much, despite overwhelming obstacles.
    By: The Root Staff
    Posted: Oct. 30 2014 3:00 AM

    This year we selected writer Ta-Nehisi Coates as the top honoree on The Root 100, our annual list of influential and high-achieving African Americans. It was June when The Atlantic published his widely read and highly acclaimed cover article, “The Case for Reparations,” which “lays bare a compelling argument for the pecuniary redress of Africans brought to this country in chains and continually terrorized—socially, politically and economically.”

    Coates sat down with The Root’s managing editor, Lyne Pitts, to talk about the impact of his record-shattering article, which, he says, “way outdistanced my expectations.”

    The Root: You called this article “The Case for Reparations.” So obviously you were making that case to someone. Who was it written for?

    Ta-Nehisi Coates: Well, this is tough to say, because I don’t want this to come off the wrong way. In general, when I write something like that, I’m writing for black people. But that shouldn’t mean that I don’t want other people to read it, or I don’t expect other people to read it.

    But I think for those of us who find ourselves in majority-white spaces, we feel this need to slow things down and dumb things down and speak to people in a certain way. And I just try to write as though I were in a room full of African Americans. I don’t want to cut anything back.

    And I think in the long run that that actually shows more respect for my white readers. Because the expectation is that they’re gonna be able to follow me, and that it’ll be OK, if I speak in my natural way or write as I naturally would, as though I were explaining it to people within my community. And those who are outside of my community will actually understand and can understand. And I truly, truly believe that.

  2. rikyrah says:

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    Republican voters ready for impeachment: poll
    Stan Greenberg, Democratic pollster, talks with Rachel Maddow about the results of an election night survey that found most Republicans, and a significant majority of tea party Republicans, are supportive of the idea of impeaching President Obama.

  3. rikyrah says:

    For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch by Michael Daly

    Daughter of a librarian, sister to a SEAL. Why colleagues say America can’t ask for better than Loretta Lynch, the president’s pick to succeed Eric Holder.

    The woman tapped to become the new attorney general is the younger sister of a Navy SEAL from those days before fame and book deals, when America’s foremost warriors were known only as anonymous “quiet professionals.”

    Loretta Lynch has taken much the same quietly professional approach as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. Her father can attest to that, having seen her in action in a Brooklyn courtroom. He speaks of her much as he might of his elder son, the SEAL.

    “Low-key, soft voice, but hard-punching attorney,” says Rev. Lorenzo Lynch, a fourth-generation Baptist minister from North Carolina. “She was never a show person but boy she did hit hard.”

  4. rikyrah says:

    Leaving the Campaigner in Chief on the sidelines
    11/07/14 12:12 PM
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    By Steve Benen
    It’s hardly a secret that Democratic candidates were reluctant to campaign with President Obama this year. For that matter, there’s no great mystery as to why: the president’s support has lagged, leaving Dems to see him as a possible drag on their chances.

    And so, for the most part, Obama stayed off the trail, waiting for invitations that never arrived. In the wake of the results, however, a debate has unfolded as to whether or not Dems made the right choice.

    Garance Franke-Ruta raised a good point this morning, noting how interesting it is to see Democrats – the ones who avoided campaigning with the president – complain that “Obama voters stayed home” this year. Yesterday, it even became the subject of Republican trolling.

    In their victory lap after taking over the Senate on Tuesday, Republicans are poking some fun at Democrats for their candidates’ laborious efforts to distance themselves from President Barack Obama: Thanks a lot, guys!

    National Republican Senatorial Committee executive director Rob Collins needled his opponents on Thursday, saying that Democrats had “sidelined their best messenger” by avoiding Obama.

    As a rule, there’s no good reason for Democrats to look to the NRSC for guidance, but maybe Collins’ point shouldn’t be dismissed out of hand.

    Indeed, Obama campaigned for Gary Peters’ in Michigan’s U.S. Senate race, and Peters won; Obama campaigned for Dan Malloy in Connecticut’s gubernatorial race, and Malloy won; so it’s not as if the president was necessarily an electoral albatross.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Thursday, Nov 6, 2014 10:45 AM CST
    White women didn’t just fail Wendy Davis — they failed the rest of Texas, too
    It’s already been said that Greg Abbott won among women voters. So are women of color not women?
    Jenny Kutner

    I am well aware that Wendy Davis lost the Texas governor’s race by a wide margin. It’s salt in a very personal wound. Her campaign meant a lot to me, and to so many other Texas women — thousands of whom stood in line for hours to cast their ballots in support. Greg Abbott won anyway, and he won by a lot. But he didn’t win by a lot across the demographic landscape.

    I went to the Texas Tribune first for a dissection of the election results, and one piece of information struck me as particularly… wrong. The Tribune cited CNN exit polls to illustrate the landslide, saying Abbott “beat Davis by lopsided margins with white voters (72-27), men (65-34) and women (52-47). Davis beat Abbott among Latinos (57-42) and African-Americans (93-7).” Last time I checked, though, there were thousands upon thousands of women in Texas considered Latina and African-American — what about their votes?

    As RH Reality Check’s Andrea Grimes reports, their votes were solidly in Davis’ favor: 94 percent of black women and 61 percent of Latinas voted for her. Only 32 percent of white women did. That’s certainly not enough women to say that Abbott won the whole gender (though that’s a ludicrous statement in the first place). It seems to be enough, though, to result in the erasure of votes from women of color, Grimes notes:

    You’ll hear that Greg Abbott “carried” women voters in Texas. Anyone who says that is also saying this: that Black women and Latinas are not “women,” and that carrying white women is enough to make the blanket statement that Abbott carried all women. That women generally failed to vote for Wendy Davis. As if women of color are some separate entity, some mysterious other, some bizarre demographic of not-women. […]

    Once more, with feeling: Greg Abbott and the Republican Party did not win women. They won white women. Time and time again, people of color have stood up for reproductive rights, for affordable health care, for immigrant communities while white folks vote a straight “I got mine” party ticket—even when they haven’t, really, gotten theirs.

  6. rikyrah says:

    “So wrong about so much”: Paul Krugman blasts newly empowered GOP
    The economist asks how a party that’s gotten every major policy question wrong could do so well at the ballot box
    Luke Brinker

    How did the Republican Party — with a favorability rating significantly worse than the Democratic Party’s – manage to trounce the Democrats on Tuesday?

    The obvious answer is that midterm elections witness a substantial dropoff in turnout by core Democratic voters; the dynamics of this year’s contest simply favored the GOP. But as New York Times columnist and economist Paul Krugman emphaizes this morning, voters awarded Senate control and an historic House majority to a party that has gotten every major policy question of the last several years woefully wrong.

    Take the financial crisis and its aftermath. “According to conservative dogma, which denounces any regulation of the sacred pursuit of profit, the financial crisis of 2008 — brought on by runaway financial institutions — shouldn’t have been possible,” Krugman writes. But Republicans refused to rethink their reflexive opposition to robust regulation, he notes, and they badly bungled the response to the ensuing Great Recession. Denouncing deficit spending and championing austerity, GOPers like House Speaker John Boehner prescribed policies that actually exacerbate economic slumps. Though the GOP’s knee-jerk opposition to government spending didn’t stop the enactment of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus, the party did preside over a drastic cut in crucial investments like infrastructure after it captured control of the House of Representatives in 2010, and those spending cuts have held back the economic recovery.

    On health care reform, meanwhile, the party’s predictions of peril haven’t panned out. Krugman notes that the GOP forecast “minimal enrollments, more people losing insurance than gaining it, [and] soaring costs.” The reality? More people than expected are enrolling in health care plans; the number of Americans without health insurance has substantially decreased; premiums are “well below expectations”; and the rate of health spending growth has slowed.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Just came back from seeing “Dear White People”. I loved it. Thought it was funny, smart and on point. Can’t wait for it to come out on DVD.

  8. rikyrah says:

    Louisiana 1964 Literacy Test: Harvard Students Take and Fail the Exam Badly (VIDEO).
    by A.J. McCarthy – Slate
    By Lumberheadrss

    As my colleague Rebecca Onion explained last year, the tests were supposedly administered to all voters who “couldn’t prove a certain level of education” but in reality were an obvious attempt to disenfranchise black voters.


  9. Liza says:

    Here’s a random thought.

    I’m predicting that Hillary won’t run in 2016. The political landscape is just so hostile toward Democrats right now in the red states. All the right wing has to do is keep spewing lies and nonsense for the next two years in the corporate media that they fully control. Hillary knows they will skewer her upside down and sideways. And I think it would be impossible for her to work with a Republican House and Senate which might win again in 2016, and I don’t believe she is delusional enough to think she can. I dunno, I think Hillary might be done.

  10. Photos with smiles that spark a smile; a great way to start a Saturday:-) Thank you for posting, and have a great day!

  11. Rikyrah

    Where can I find your post from 08 warning President Obama was going to have trouble with people in his own party? I know it was written on Jack and Jill Politics but I can’t find it. I remember how you helped us hold on to our sanity back then.

  12. Love that blue eyed baby in the picture. We are an amazing people.

  13. Good morning, Chics!

    Lets kick this Saturday off with the ultimate turn up in wedding history.

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