I read Kathleen Parker, and I don't typically agree with the conservative columnist but usually I find her articles well-written and measured. But her most recent column, where she all but calls President Obama a race-baiter for saying if he had a son he'd look like slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin was, by far, the most offensive and misguided column I'd read about race relations in America by a mainstream columnist in years. Dripping with obtuseness, Parker alludes that racial profiling is all about just not dressing appropriately and that there would "riots" if white teens killed a black man akin to the Chris Lane murder (in which one of the killers actually was a white teen).
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Hey! Paula Deen came out a winner against part of that lawsuit a former employee filed against her. (You know? That lawsuit where we all learned that Paula Deen has thrown the N-word around a few times.) That means the Buttery Queen is OK now? Is she OK?
From USA Today:
"The irony is thicker than her gravy," says Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com. "As I've said all along, you have to play in the court of law and you have to play in the court of public opinion. Like O.J. Simpson, who won in the court of law but lost in the court of public opinion -- Paula 's in the same situation. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube now. It's going to be really challenging for her to piece this together."
Nah. She's not OK. She'll never be OK.
You can work your way out of poverty. You can fight your way out of despair. You can own homes in multiple cities and be one of the richest women in the United States of America, but gosh darn it, you can't buy your way out of being black. But if you are rich and black (and typically famous) at least you can do what us regular joes who get followed around the mall by rent-a-cops can't do. Go to the nearest TV camera or newspaper person and SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!
Watching the trial I knew there was a chance for not guilty.
Celebrity chef and butter fetishist Paula Deen accidentally came out of the bigoted closet of sorts this week when pages of her deposition were released in relation to a lawsuit that alleges Deen and her brother were terrible, violent, racist, sexual harassin', slave drivin' bosses to former employee, Lisa Jackson.
Big week in conservative outreach to the black community!
Rand Paul went to the Harvard of historical black colleges -- Howard University -- to school a roomful of already educated black students on how President Abraham Lincoln was a Republican and that all of the NAACP's founders were Republicans. (Some were also white! And really light-skinned Negroes!!! And Ida B. Wells!!!!) Of course, all the students (and me and most black people who can read) already knew this.
First thought: No.
In my latest post for Clutch Magazine Online, I write at length about the efforts black parents go through to keep their children safe, even at the expense of their child developing better skills to be independent. While it may be easy to throw out advice and parenting rules and bring up all sorts of psychology studies to black parents, most are solely concerned with making sure their son or daughter doesn't become a statistic, freedom be damned.
Here's a snippet after the jump.
The best retort critics could come up with was "you do it too."
That was the slam after The New Republic published its piece "Original Sin: Why the GOP is and will continue to be the party of white people." Conservatives quickly googled Wikipedia, and pointed out how lacking in a tan The New Republic's staff is, failing to grasp that The New Republic (while could benefit from diversity) is not one of two national political parties that takes turns in writing, executing and judging our laws.
I'm going to go out on a limb and say the GOP might be a bit more important and powerful than a magazine. I can't think of the last time TNR did something that determined what military contracts we might purchase and how much interest the government will have in my womb year-to-year.
As Dylan Byers writes at Politico: "Should TNR diversify its offices? That's up to them. But for the GOP, it isn't a case of should or shouldn't. It's a case of must."