Washington Times: Labor fears bias may hurt Obama

Washington Times (9/8/08)

Labor fears bias may hurt Obama

Labor leader Gerald W. McEntee has a simple plea to white blue-collar workers – don’t be afraid to vote for Sen. Barack Obama because he is black.

“There are some of our local union presidents who are afraid – that’s the word, afraid – to give out literature for Barack Obama,” Mr. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told a gathering of Illinois delegates at the Democratic National Convention last month.

“You can’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? That’s the color of his skin, and that is [irrelevant].


Tulsa World: Inhofe says patriotism question will sink Obama

Tulsa World (9/6/08)

Inhofe says patriotism question will sink Obama

ST. PAUL, Minn. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe predicted voters’ uncertainty over whether Barack Obama really loves his country will help Republicans win the White House again in November.

A spokeswoman for the Democratic nominee said Obama will not let anyone question his love of his country, adding that Americans have grown tired of cynical partisan politics such as challenging an opponent’s patriotism


Racism Review: How White Privilege Works

Racism Review(9/8/08)

How White Privilege Works

Earlier this year, Gloria Steinem wrote a provocative and controversial op-ed piece where she asked readers to imagine an African American woman, trained as a lawyer, who spent two years in the Senate and then went on to run for the Presidency. Steinem’s point was that that “gender is probably the most restrictive force in American life,” and that a Black woman could never hope to achieve such lofty heights, while a Black man is currently doing so and may in fact be elected President.

I took exception to Steinem’s premise, but now I find myself wishing she would update it. Specifically, I’d like Americans to examine a few scenarios and imagine how these would play out.