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Forum: Diavlog comments 05-12-2008, 02:22 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 34,819
Posted By mpg77
Re: Obama the politician

I don't think that politics needs to be an art of compromise. What compromise can there really be on the question of equality? To use your "half a loaf" metaphor, Dr. King once argued that the...
Forum: Diavlog comments 05-12-2008, 01:25 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 34,819
Posted By mpg77
Re: Barack vs. Jeremiah

Swingstatements, may I gently suggest that Reverend Wright is using "black" here as a designation for a certain kind of politics?

The philosophical critique of essentialism (and I hate that I even...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 04:56 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: If Obama Wasn't Black Before, He Sure Is Now

I wonder, do you think the event was polarizing -- or do you think it revealed a division that was already there? I personally don't think many people interpreted this event through new lenses. Note...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 04:52 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: If Obama Wasn't Black Before, He Sure Is Now

This is not true of everyone, but my clearest and most pointed remarks come when I get a little "fired up." In my opinion, the deal is that whites want to keep benefitting from something we never...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 04:41 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: White equivalent to Rev. Wright.

You are one of the few people who has drawn the connection between Wright and Falwell. While I don't agree with your judgment of Wright, I admire that you paint all of them with the same brush --...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 04:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: If Obama wasn't Black Before, He Sure Is Now

I hear you oluoni, but I think it should also be noted that there have never been only two racial designations in this country. So the point of expanding the conversation beyond black and white...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 12:04 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: White equivalent to Rev. Wright.

I'd also like briefly to add that the supposed "shock" of fence-sitting, sincere, white moderates (to use the phrases you used) is not excusable. I am quite well-versed in a variety of white opinions...
Forum: Diavlog comments 03-25-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 87,149
Posted By mpg77
Re: White equivalent to Rev. Wright.

I know I'm late to this scene, but I must say that the flap over Reverend Wright is rather hilarious to me. Much like the prophet for whom he was named, Jeremiah Wright suggested that America has run...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-17-2008, 11:41 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 39,046
Posted By mpg77
steinem's imagination

Hi, Jay J:

The Steinem article struck me, actually, as quite strange. First, she invented an imaginary black woman to prove the sexism affecting Hillary Clinton and all women candidates. Strange,...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-17-2008, 10:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 16,502
Posted By mpg77
Re: Obama's empty speeches

Hoofin:

I, too, had been extremely disappointed with Obama's vague speeches, until I remembered an episode from my own life.

Eleven years ago, I was running to be the first black student...
Forum: Diavlog comments 01-17-2008, 10:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 16,502
Posted By mpg77
Re: Race, Sex, and Religion in Politics

Basman, you asked for an accessible argument for the structural embeddedness of race in regards to Loury's pessimistic assessment of an Obama candidacy.

_Whitewashing Race_ ed, Brown, Duster, (et...
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