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I appreciate how Buttigieg is responding to criticism of his handling of the police shooting

He's dealng with it in a straightforward, mature way, acknowledging he could have done better, and clearly trying to find a way to address the current problems and to do better in the future. I also appreciate that his supporters aren't accusing his critics of attacking him or calling him a racist but seem to be respectfully considering other points of view. His maturity, thoughtfulness, and decency are shining through.

Mayor Pete and his team are awesome!

Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Jul 7, 2019, 12:19 PM (4 replies)

Trump buddy Jeffrey Epstein charged by SDNY, not the state. That's encouraging

https://nyti.ms/2L7IIko
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:19 PM (14 replies)

Barack Obama isn't our "Magical Negro"

Magical Negro (n) = stereotype that serves as a plot device to help the white (usually male) protagonist get out of trouble, typically through helping the white character recognize his own faults and overcome them and teaching them to be a better person.

In his landmark 2008 speech on race:[Barack Obama said]: ďI can no more disown him [Rev. Jeremiah Wright] than I can my white grandmother ó a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.Ē
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One of the stranger developments in [the discussion of Vice President Biden's opposition to busing for desegregation] is the injection of President Obama into the conversation, with some claiming Obama's choice of Biden as his vice president somehow makes Biden's civil rights record off limits for criticism.

However, being tapped as the running mate for the first black president in no way releases Biden from an obligation to explain his civil rights record - any more than it erases any other part of his history with which Obama may not have agreed (such as his Iraq war vote). Obama picked him DESPITE his record on civil rights, not because of it. Or possibly it was a combination of the two, since Obama no doubt considered that Bidenís anti-busing views and attempts to undermine desegregation efforts in Delaware and across the country (including the voluntary busing plans he now says he supported) may have been a factor in his selection. After all, how better to show skeptical moderate and conservative white Democrats that Obama wasnít some kind of a black radical than to bring Scranton Joe into the fold?
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But Obamaís selection of Biden should not be seen as an absolution of his civil rights history ... Just as having a problematic history on civil rights doesnít make Biden a racist, being Obamaís vice president doesnít release Biden from the obligation to explain his own views and record on civil rights. Biden is running to be President of the United States and, if he wants that job, he must address his entire record, not just the parts heís proud of. And that means he has some explaining to do about his positions and actions on civil rights, in general, and busing and desegregation, in particular. If heís the man I think he is, heíll be willing and able to do that, openly, honestly and undefensively. But he must do it in his own voice and from his own heart, and not hide behind Barack Obama, who may be one of Bidenís best friends, but is not his "Magical Negro."

http://www.stephaniejones.com/barack-obama-isnt-joe-bidens-magical-negro/
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sat Jul 6, 2019, 05:51 PM (40 replies)

If you're mad that The Little Mermaid isn't white . . .

https://twitter.com/boldroastrev/status/1146758258104983552


If youíre mad that The Little Mermaid isnít white, wait until you find out about Jesus.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Fri Jul 5, 2019, 09:54 PM (37 replies)

Question for DU lawyers

Since the House Ways and Means Committee filed it's lawsuit today asking the Federal District Court to order the Treasury Department to turn over Trump's tax returns, numerous DUers have harshly criticized the committee for "taking too long" and for not suing earlier. Several lawyers on and off DU (including Joyce Vance) have said the committee has handled this correctly and tried to explain why the committee has proceeded the way they have, only to have our explanations rejected.

I'm curious if there are any DU attorneys who believe that the Ways and Means Committee erred in taking the time they have to lay the groundwork for the lawsuit filed today and that the committee should instead have filed this lawsuit immediately upon the Democrats taking over the House in January as several DUers have suggested.

Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:13 PM (17 replies)

I just now realized that that was Joaquin Castro, not Julian, at the border yesterday

Joaquin needs to grow his beard back.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 2, 2019, 12:35 PM (6 replies)

BREAKING: House Democrats file suit to obtain Trump's tax returns

House Democrats are filing a lawsuit for Trumpís tax returns, seeking access to financial records
https://wapo.st/327vc5y

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal is filing a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday seeking to compel the Internal Revenue Service to turn over President Trumpís tax returns, according to a person familiar with the matter. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin denied multiple requests for the financial records, which the president refused to release in the 2016 presidential campaign in a break with decades of precedent.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 2, 2019, 11:33 AM (63 replies)

Progressive Democrats: Please stop using the term "forced busing"

First, there isn't and never was such thing as "forced busing." What we're really talking about is "forced desegregation."

"Forced busing" - the pejorative and intentionally inflammatory term for court-ordered desegregation - was actually not the issue during the busing controversies in the 1970s - it was just a convenient and obviously very effective strawman. It's language designed to trigger white resentment, as Lee Atwater himself admitted and, in fact, bragged about.

Calling court-ordered desegregation "forced busing" is like referring to court-ordered recognition of gay marriage as "forced cake baking."

Millions of schoolchildren were bused every day for decades, often to schools miles away from their homes (even when other schools were closer). The bus was simply the mode of transportation used to take children to school.

The real issue was school reassignments ordered by courts after local school districts refused to comply with the constitutional requirements to stop segregating their schools based on race.

Many districts did this voluntarily. Because they did so on their own, there were no lawsuits, no court litigation and no need for judges to order them to do anything. They just did it.

But many districts refused to desegregate, rebuffed black parents' entreaties to provide equal educational opportunities for their children, dug in their heels, retrenched and said 'hell no." So the black parents had to go to court and sue for their children's civil rights.

The result of many of those suits was the courts ordering the school districts to develop plans to reassign students in order to overcome the long pattern of educational and housing segregation and discrimination that kept black children trapped in segregated, inferior schools.

The school districts and many white parents were furious about this. But most of the anger wasn't about the buses since there was no requirement that their kids ever get on a bus to get to school. They were upset about desegregation - the desegregation they had resisted in the 20 years after Brown and that was not being "forced" on them the way state and local governments are not being "forced" to recognize gay marriage or to register all eligible voters to vote, regardless of race. Many were also angry that their children might have to attend a previously all-black school they seemed inferior - a clear acknowledgement that black children were being being subjected to conditions that were viewed as unacceptable for white children.

But here's the thing. "Forced busing" i.e., court ordered school desegregation was ONLY "forced" because school officials, with the full support of many white parents, openly defied the law. If they had complied with the law and stopped discriminating against black children, there would have been no need for the courts to step in and "force" them to do anything.

So the distinction between "voluntary" desegregation and so-called "forced" busing is pure bull, nothing but subterfuge and obfuscation of the real issue that was at play.

What we're really talking about is the difference between local government officials obeying the law and local officials breaking the law in order to continue denying constitutional rights to their black citizens.

A court order to follow the law isn't "forced" anything and a court isn't out of line or overstepping or "interfering in local matters" when it requires local government officials to obey the law. It's what they're SUPPOSED to do.

So please stop adopting and repeating a long-standing right wing term that is
it only grossly inaccurate, but was created and used to divide, frighten and conquer.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 2, 2019, 08:38 AM (38 replies)

I REALLY like Pete Buttigieg

Every time I see him, I feel so good about him. I love his brilliance, his empathy, his depth of insights into government, policy, people and the world. When I listen to him, I feel the way I felt when I first read "Dreams from My Father" and I thought, "Wow. This is the kind of person we need to have as president one day." This was a few years before Obama ran for the Senate and I didn't think, at the time, that he was ready either. But he got himself ready and when he was BOOM!

I don't think Buttigieg's yet ready to be president yet - he needs a little more "seasoning" beyond being mayor. But I hope he stays in the race, makes a strong showing in the primaries and then runs for governor or the Senate.

And I hope - and am sure I'll have the chance - to vote for him as president in a general election in the future. He's going to be president one day.

In the meantime, I'm just loving that we have people like Pete Buttigieg in public life. He gives me hope.
Posted by StarfishSaver | Tue Jul 2, 2019, 12:03 AM (41 replies)

Lee Atwater on the power of the term "forced busing"

"You start out in 1954 by saying, 'Nigger, nigger, nigger.' By 1968 you can't say 'nigger' ó that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me ó because obviously sitting around saying, 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'

(From an interview with Alexander P. Lamis (8 July 1981), as quoted in The Two-Party South (1984)‎ by Alexander P. Lamis; originally published as an interview with an anonymous insider, Atwater was not revealed to be the person interviewed until the 1990 edition; also quoted in "Impossible, Ridiculous, Repugnant" by Bob Herbert in The New York Times (6 October 2005)) https://en.m.wikiquote.org/wiki/Lee_Atwater
Posted by StarfishSaver | Sun Jun 30, 2019, 10:45 PM (5 replies)
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