I saw this video earlier today. Looks like this was a "payback killing" by a police officer for the Jena protest. All need to be aware of this.
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CNN: Racism blamed in taser death
I definitely saw this coming. I wrote an essay last year titled The Fire this Time. In that essay, I analyzed what I saw as a "re-focus" on race and race-related news stories...I argued that the refocus probably started with Katrina, and no doubt will continue to intensify through this presidential election. While racism is still very much alive and well and much of it is structural that will not be changed by good intentions and colorblind ideology, this presidential campaign has also been a bold reminder that overt racism has not gone anywhere either. Just this week I've read commentaries that compare Obama to Hitler and then there are these two crazy pictures:
As Dome said in a comment below, America ain't ready (at least a large portion of it).
Also, as I've said before, I hope my progressive brothers and sisters will be very careful when joining the Obama bashing bandwagon. Amiri Baraka has written a good piece that I hope all will read. Davey D has it posted on his blog:
In a previous post I listed a number of reasons I hope Obama wins. I should have added one more: white supremacists and ideologues like Hannity, O'Reilly and Limbaugh will be beside themselves...lol. Now, that's progress...and change I can believe in :-)