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Mon Jun 11, 2012, 10:25 PM

54. They probably wanted to give some attention to minority blogs. But the minority blogosphere is huge

and filled with some brilliant bloggers so I don't know why they chose her when there are so many others whose standards are so much higher. I understand their intentions as back around 2004 when the leadershop of the Dem Party began slapping down 'single issue' voters, and mainstream blogs were not in any way representative of minorities, women, gays and it became a big issue. Many simply said they could not relate to the major blogs as their issues were not of interest to them once they transformed into Party blogs.

To try to address that, fearful of losing the minority vote and women and gays, AFTER the slap down which was truly shameful, the minority blogosphere grew and to this day there is a very small minority of women and other minorities on eg, Daily Kos, the main cause of the uproar. It was when the DLC decided to take over the Dem Party and thought they were so smart. The announcement airc, was delivered in such a condescending way. Bullying actually. But it backfired. Women walked off in droves, as did other minorities which were a small enough group to begin with on those blogs. The announcement being that the Dem Party would no longer focus on the 'womens' studies set' or on other 'single issue voters', basically an order to STFU about Gay Rights, about Women's issues and other minorities, such as AA and Hispanics. They were all supposed to 'get on board' and 'quit whining' about their silly single issues. Needless to say, the bullying produced a huge backlash.

I love the diversity of the blogosphere now. I remember in an effort to try win back those they drove away, Netroots Nation, criticized for being so 'white upper middle class' offered a 'scholarship to one of the best of the minority bloggers imo. He was gracious about it, but wary. I will have to look for his posts on what happened, his impressions of Netroot Nation (to me it was always a DLC attempt to reign in the energy on the internet and control it) were very thoughtfully written after he returned. The blog wars over this issue scanned months, even years, and many, many blogs. It was sad to watch. The blindness of some of those who claimed to be 'leaders' was revealing. And it was the beginning of an awakening for many people.

Anyhow, it's a very long and interesting story, I hope someone writes it one day. But my point was I think Raw Story was trying to bring both blogospheres together. Eg, see how many minority blogs are listed on DK's blogroll. Considering how vast the minority blogosphere is, they still have not shown much interest in it.

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