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Compassion for America’s poor and the long-term unemployed is audibly absent among many of the well-to-do, their on-air groupies, and politicians who once upon a news cycle tried to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives. A caller to a progressive radio show this week asked when heartlessness became fashionable in America.

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When they say it’s not about sex, it’s about sex. So what is it when they say it’s not about race?

Minnesota Republicans in Chisago County had to answer that yesterday.

The slavery image was posted Wednesday morning and by the early afternoon it had been taken down and the entire Chisago GOP Facebook page was down for a while.

The page reappeared later in the day and the Chair of the Chisago GOP issued an apology saying, “It should not have been posted, and the party is saddened by it.” The caption on the post says “Slavery, against it? Don’t buy one.”

While Minnesota Republicans were apologizing, the New York Times’ John Harwood cited a NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showing that the partisan divide is about race.
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The Content Of His Character

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Barack Obama’s speech today:

The following is a transcript of remarks made by President Obama to the White House press corps on Friday 19 July 2013:

The reason I actually wanted to come out today is not to take questions, but to speak to an issue that obviously has gotten a lot of attention over the course of the last week: the issue of the Trayvon Martin ruling. I gavea preliminary statement right after the ruling on Sunday, but watching the debate over the course of the last week, I thought it might be useful for me to expand on my thoughts a little bit.

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“RACE DOESN’T MATTER!” Ask some Obama haters. Some raise their voices at the suggestion that race is still an issue in this country. (I’ve seen this in person.) Others saw it in March at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

This week, General Foods proved otherwise after it launched its commercial, “Just Checking,” and posted it to YouTube.

Gawker wrote late on Thursday:

A nice Cheerios advertisement whose only discernible difference from other Cheerios commercials is that it depicts an interracial family was forced to disable its YouTube comments section today after it became inundated with virulent racism.

Slate offered a printable sample: “If the dad was stereotypical black, I don’t think they would have needed more than 2 actors for the commercial.”

General Mills responded:

The ad will “absolutely not” be withdrawn, Meredith Tutterow, associate marketing director for Cheerios and Multigrain Cheerios at General Mills in Golden Valley, Minn., said Friday.

“There are many kinds of families,” Ms. Tutterow said, “and Cheerios just wants to celebrate them all.”

The Cheerios Facebook page is full of smiles. By Friday morning, “thumbs up” comments were outpacing the negatives by over five to one. So hey, maybe those conservatives at CPAC were right that race doesn’t matter. At least for growing number of Americans who have no problem with mixed-race families and mixed-race presidents.

(Cross-posted from Crooks and Liars.)

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Sunday Morning Music

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For some reason last night I was pondering the endless panoply of wingnut night terrors when a song from childhood TV popped into my head. When I looked up the lyrics and video, I was astonished. You will be too.

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Creating Their Own Enemies

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Did they really think only old white men would hear the dogwhistles?
– David Atkins, Hullabaloo, offering a four-year litany of Republican insults to non-white, non-male Americans

In last week’s election, the 47% spoke.

Matt Taibbi listened to Rush Limbaugh the morning after so you didn’t have to. Limbaugh blathered on about how Republicans might win back the votes of women and minorities, and like most on the right, without “even a hint of self-examination, self-criticism.” Taibbi concludes, “[T]he Rushes of the world are too clueless to realize that it’s their attitude, not their policies, that is screwing them most with minority voters.” By that Taibbi means the relentless sarcasm and condescension towards women, minorities and the poor that Rush’s listeners tune in for each day. That attitude drives his ratings up with conservative white men and drives other voters away. Gosh, wonder why?

Rush: Let’s start our own abortion industry. Let’s go out and get the women’s vote. I just want you to think, would that work?

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WNC’s Slaveholding Past

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Deborah Miles is the Director of UNC Asheville’s Center for Diversity Education, and she sent me a message about the emergence of a powerful and important resource:

On Saturday, Sept. 22 another historic milestone will take place with the 150th anniversary of the preliminary announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.
As part of the local commemoration, the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville has worked with the Buncombe County Register of Deeds to provide accessibility to the slave deeds that are a part of the documents in the historic collection.
Andrea Clark, the granddaughter of James Vester Miller who was enslaved in WNC, shares, “It is very important to see where you came from to know where you are going. History has been kept from African Americans and now we are learning more about our heritage. Our ancestors were strong, honorable, caring, and decent people who wanted the best for their community.”

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Asheville: Brave New Voices

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Two women from Asheville have an impassioned conversation, performance poetry style, about the civil rights and struggles of African American and LGBT people.

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