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By CLARENCE PAGE | May 11, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Remember when media pundits were asking whether Sen. Barack Obama was "black enough" to attract black voters? That was the old media narrative. The new one goes sort of like this: "Maybe he's too black." Take, for example, his conservative adversaries, such as talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who seems to take gleeful delight in reminding everyone of how black the Illinois Democrat is - and even more delight when the rest of us notice. Back in mid-March, for example, el Rushbo began to air a satirical song titled "Barack the Magic Negro."
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 14, 2013
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Mr. Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt. The song, Mr. Paisley's attempt to metabolize his conflicted feelings as "a white man comin' to you from the southland" trying to pick his way through the minefield of race, has generated, well ... feedback. Rolling Stone dubbed it "questionable. " Gawker called it "horrible.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 14, 1994
On Pratt Street yesterday morning, with God in his heaven and Minister Louis Farrakhan inside the World Trade Center breakfasting with the NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson looked reporters in the eye and said, What about it?Everybody's making too much of this invitation to Farrakhan, Jackson said. Unfortunate distraction from the real issues, he said. Focus on the pain in the black community, he said. And, on all counts, Jackson was on the money."If I were sitting at a table with Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms," declared Jackson, "nothing would be said.
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By CLARENCE PAGE | May 11, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Remember when media pundits were asking whether Sen. Barack Obama was "black enough" to attract black voters? That was the old media narrative. The new one goes sort of like this: "Maybe he's too black." Take, for example, his conservative adversaries, such as talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh, who seems to take gleeful delight in reminding everyone of how black the Illinois Democrat is - and even more delight when the rest of us notice. Back in mid-March, for example, el Rushbo began to air a satirical song titled "Barack the Magic Negro."
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | April 14, 2013
There are many things to say about Brad Paisley's new song. The country music giant is under fire for "Accidental Racist," about a Starbucks employee who objects to Mr. Paisley's Confederate battle flag shirt. The song, Mr. Paisley's attempt to metabolize his conflicted feelings as "a white man comin' to you from the southland" trying to pick his way through the minefield of race, has generated, well ... feedback. Rolling Stone dubbed it "questionable. " Gawker called it "horrible.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 11, 1992
By the eighth and final night of "Roots," movie theaters in many cities didn't even try to compete. They simply closed their doors.Eighty million viewers watched that last two-hour episode. Its 51.1 rating and 71 Nielsen share were a record that will likely never be matched.Mayors in more than 30 cities declared it "Roots" week.That's the kind of impact "Roots," the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's book, had for one week in January 1977.In the weeks that followed, debate about the miniseries raged.
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By Ben Wattenberg | October 19, 1990
KEVIN PHILLIPS' argument, from his new book ''The Politic of Rich and Poor,'' has now been honed into a Democratic theme. The argument is simple: In the 1980s, the greedy rich got richer while poor people and the middle class made no progress; not fair; fix the deficit by taxing the rich.But census data on income, issued in late September, confirming previous statistics, reveal that the facts behind the Phillips-Democratic theme are a long way from accurate.In the Reagan-Bush years every income cohort got richer -- the rich, the middle class and the poor.
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January 20, 1992
Had he lived to see his 63rd birthday, Martin Luther King Jr. would have found a nation still grappling with the matter of race. Some parts of the dream have flowered: The legal revolution of the past quarter century has helped many blacks achieve something closer to equal treatment under law. Today, 14 percent of the nation's black population enjoys some level of affluence, compared with only 6 percent in 1967. Blacks occupy positions of power and influence in government, the arts and, to a lesser extent, corporate America.
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By Steve Chapman | May 4, 2005
CHICAGO - Racism is on the verge of extinction in this country, judging from the latest evidence. There is no way to precisely measure how much is left, but it appears to be in such short supply that we're forced to manufacture an ersatz version to take its place. Recently, three minority female students at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill., received racist letters, including one that mentioned a gun. Students, faculty and administrators were shocked. They should have been skeptical.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Television Critic | February 11, 1992
By the eighth and final night of "Roots," movie theaters in many cities didn't even try to compete. They simply closed their doors.Eighty million viewers watched that last two-hour episode. Its 51.1 rating and 71 Nielsen share were a record that will likely never be matched.Mayors in more than 30 cities declared it "Roots" week.That's the kind of impact "Roots," the TV miniseries based on Alex Haley's book, had for one week in January 1977.In the weeks that followed, debate about the miniseries raged.
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By MICHAEL OLESKER | June 14, 1994
On Pratt Street yesterday morning, with God in his heaven and Minister Louis Farrakhan inside the World Trade Center breakfasting with the NAACP, the Rev. Jesse Jackson looked reporters in the eye and said, What about it?Everybody's making too much of this invitation to Farrakhan, Jackson said. Unfortunate distraction from the real issues, he said. Focus on the pain in the black community, he said. And, on all counts, Jackson was on the money."If I were sitting at a table with Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms," declared Jackson, "nothing would be said.
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By Jamie Stiehm and Jamie Stiehm,SUN STAFF | September 30, 2004
The chief white participants wore chains and handcuffs, along with black shirts emblazoned with the words "So Sorry." Their black counterparts wore traditional African garb and armbands signifying forgiveness. Kept at bay by Annapolis police yesterday were 12 white male protesters who used racial epithets to describe an event they denounced as a "White Guilt Zone." The Slavery Reconciliation Walk -- a ceremony organizers say was intended to help heal the wounds of slavery -- began by City Dock on an overcast morning, drawing about 200 people on a short walk through the streets of a once-thriving slave port.
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By Mona Charen | September 24, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom have tackled the perennial American heartache in their massive, comprehensive new book, "America in Black and White: One Nation Indivisible."From the founding of this republic and the compromises this "peculiar institution" required, on through the horrible Civil War and the civil rights movement, the thread of race has run through our history -- and it is inseparable from the history and destiny of this country.In the wake of the O.J. Simpson trial, the Yankel Rosenbaum murder and the Million Man March, the Thernstrom book is particularly well-timed.
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