The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates: Sarah Palin and white privilege

The Atlantic: Ta-Nehisi Coates (9/16/08)

Sarah Palin and white privilege

For the most part, I’ve stayed away from the “If Sarah Palin was black” paradigm. I think that sort of thing opens you up to generalizing. That said, I found this Tim Wise piece pretty convincing:

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.


Racewire: Citizen-Times: Biden campaigns in North Carolina

Racewir (9/14/08)

Citizen-Times: Biden campaigns in North Carolina

Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden, campaigning in North Carolina where black votes could help swing the state to the Democrats, said today that electing a black person to the White House would be transformative.

Biden said the policies of running mate Barack Obama make his presidency even more urgent and declared this to be the most important election that any living person has seen in their lifetime. But he particularly singled out the meaning of electing someone who is black.

“That will be a transformative event in American politics and internationally,” Biden said. “That all by itself will be significant.”


Washington Independent: Kennedy’s Premature Obama Tears

Washington Independent (9/16/08)

Kennedy’s Premature Obama Tears

Randall Kennedy, the award-winning author, Rhodes scholar and esteemed Harvard Law School professor, is worried that Obama will lose.

So worried, in fact, that he has already begun analyzing why Obama will lose, if he loses, and the repercussions of that loss, if there is one, in an expansive essay for The Washington Post:

If Obama loses, I personally will feel disappointed, frustrated, hurt. I’ll conclude that a fabulous opportunity has been lost. I’ll believe that American voters have made a huge mistake. And I’ll think that an important ingredient of their error is racial prejudice — not the hateful, snarling, open bigotry that terrorized my parents in their youth, but rather a vague, sophisticated, low-key prejudice that is chameleonlike in its ability to adapt to new surroundings and to hide even from those firmly in its grip. If Obama is defeated, I will, for a brief time, be stunned by feelings of dejection, anger and resentment…


Campaign for America’s Future: We shall overcome. Some day.

Campaign for America’s Future (9/15/08)

We shall overcome. Some day.

Pam Spaulding quotes Freepers under the presumption that if Barack Obama loses there will necessarily follow a violent civil war against whites:

This scenario is called the SHTF scenario, where the acronym stands for $#|+
Hits The Fan. So this will be the SHTF gun thread for November 2008… Of
course, gun ownership isn’t for everyone. But it is the most accessible
safety measure under our constitution, which is as our founding fathers
intended. Recall where the police were when the Rodney King riots started:
they left the scene for their own safety. If that were to happen in your
neighborhood, what is your plan?

*A pump shotgun is a great weapon for a neophyte. Easy to aim. Easy to load
and unload. Hard hitting effective rounds….