Race and politics

What we are observing now in Brazil is a definite return of the right at the political helm.
One of the "great" things about polarized, identity politics is that each side excels in bringing out the shadow side of the other. And ... at the same time refuses to face its own shadow because that would be giving ammunition to the enemy.
Race was the unspeakable factor in the presidential election -- in contrast to 2008 when it was on everyone's mind and on display. That does not mean it has disappeared.
Left of Black host and Duke Professor Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the Left of Black studios by Eduardo Bonilla Silva, author of the now classic Racism without Racists.
For a people who were barely recognized as full citizens with equal rights under the laws of the country they helped to build, it is a victory, whether you are Obama supporter Reverend Al Sharpton or Romney advocate Herman Cain, that a black man now assumes the highest office in the land
The important truth is that a significant minority is almost always going to hate whomever is president. And before we get nostalgic, it happened to Jefferson, Lincoln and FDR, too.
A year after the nation's first African-American President took office, "post racial" hasn't panned out. Though Barack Obama eschews ethnic tags, they're front row, center in the national debate.
Let's call a spade a spade. Our friend, Bill Clinton, has a race problem. Am I saying he's a racist? No. But he has repeatedly proven that he has no qualms appealing to racial divisions for political gain.
Within minutes of the announcement of the decision, the Republican National Committee had blasted out to reporters a summary
As she faces a host of hostile questions in her confirmation hearings, Sotomayor should remember one thing: it is not she who will be on trial, but the Republican Party.
Women who want to keep it all together should always have a plan, burn the candle at both ends and make sure to keep the middle for themselves.
Everyone is all kinds of excited about the fact that there's now a Vietnamese-American dude rocking the U.S. House of Representatives. Incidentally, I think it's a bit of a mixed bag.
Comedian Elon James White talks about the wide spread notion of eliminating color when it comes to President-Elect Obama. Lets just say, he's not amused.
From not-so-subtle euphemisms to open slurring, how much is conservative race-baiting going to cost the Republicans? Probably the presidency.
Everyone's fretting that the dreaded Bradley Effect will turn up in this election. But there's another shoe to drop on this issue -- and it may change the electoral map for years to come.
For the past few weeks the nation has been engaged in a truly bizarre debate over who is better qualified for the presidency -- Barack Obama or Sarah Palin.
Does the Republican Party now represent primarily a demographic of one skin color only? McCain and Palin always seem to be surrounded by Whites.
The simple fact that an African-American is in line for the presidency serves to affirm for all of us our belief in America's best ideals.
Since his speech in March, Obama has been effectively and consciously redefining racial politics. He can consolidate his "brand" by addressing race openly, as he has already done in the past.
The broader challenge for Senator Obama is to make voters aware of the fact that even many well-intentioned individuals harbor unconscious, anti-black biases.