06 Nov 2008

Historically Black Homophobia

Ed. Note: I plan on writing something about black voters, the passage of proposition 8 in California, and the discussion that has ensued about whether the former failed in part because of the latter. In the meantime, I thought I’d republish some old content that might be relevant to the

05 Nov 2008

Nothing Changed

I wrote in the previous post, echoing a commentator from last night, that Americans just elected president a man whose parents’ marriage would have been illegal 40 years ago. Upon hearing that California’s anti-gay marriage amendment passed, I guess they will say the same of my sons, if either of

05 Nov 2008

A Change is Gonna Come

It’s been a long, long time coming But I know, a change is gonna come. Oh, yes it will. Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come” At 11:01 p.m. last night, after the polls closed in California, I just had to call someone. I’d spent the night at the National

04 Nov 2008


OK. Not that we didn't already know this, but they have none. Leaving no potential avenue of attack unexplored, the Republican National Committee has decided to bash Barack Obama over his October visit to see his ailing grandmother in Hawaii. Of course the visit itself is not being criticized, but

04 Nov 2008

Meeting Obama

I just dare you to watch this and not be moved. He didn’t say it in so many words, but I’m willing to bet that Charles Alexander has thought to himself at some point, “I never thought I’d live to see the day…” To understand the reason for his emotions

31 Oct 2008

Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 2

(See Part 1.) A funny thing happened on the way to the bailout. A number of the members of the bucket brigade – that’s us, taxpayers – realized that for all the billions of dollars worth of bailing we’re doing, we still appear to be sinking. Our task seems to

29 Oct 2008

Concentrating the Wealth, Pt. 1

Last week I ventured into the "spreading the wealth" discussion with a post attempting to unpack one aspect of why even some people who might be helped by the kind of economic policies Obama is proposing are against them anyway. It was a rather long post, so I wrapped it

23 Oct 2008


That’s the only word I can think of to describe this. Seriously?

23 Oct 2008

The Meek Shall Not Inherit

In my work-related news reading this morning, I came across an interesting take on Obama's exchange with "Joe the Plumber." The truth is that Obama in Ohio spoke the language of American democracy, which has always included a perception that wealth is a form of power, and that stupendous inequalities

22 Oct 2008

Write Your Own Caption

Normally I post these without much comment. But I this time I couldn’t help it.