Thursday, September 28, 2006

N***a Moments Cont'd: At Least Webb is a Little Honest About It ...

The media infatuation with political candidates and racial slurs continues as the VA Senate race seems void of any issues:

Democratic Senate candidate James Webb on Wednesday sought to explain remarks he had made a day earlier, in which he refused to say whether he had used the "N-word," but he insisted he has never used it as a racial epithet aimed at anyone.

"I don't think that there's anyone who grew up around the South that hasn't had the word pass through their lips at one time in their life," he told the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Tuesday. "If you read 'Fields of Fire,' that word and a lot of other words are in the book." "Fields of Fire" is a novel Webb wrote about the Vietnam War.

At least Webb is somewhat honest about it. We appreciate that to a degree. But, it'd be nice to find out about the platforms and the issues that really impact Virginians. In the end, the voters in that state risk losing out when the focus is on what these guys have said as opposed to what they have done or can do as elected officials. Definitely a bad year in leadership picks for the Commonwealth.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Stalling on Sudan

Now we see why there was so much inaction in the Congress on the worsening situation in the Sudan. The Hill reports:

Business lobbyists scored a quiet win this week when lawmakers approved a long-stalled Sudan sanctions bill without language protecting states’ ability to force the sale of public holdings tied to the African dictatorship — but the legislative battle is far from over.

The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), which represents more than 300 multinational companies, had led the lobbying campaign against a section on state investments inserted during House consideration of the Sudan sanctions bill earlier this year. The bill passed Congress late Monday, as the Sudanese government continued to block a United Nations force aimed at halting mass killings in its Darfur region.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Ni**a Moments & Ma***a Moments

Let's get real for a moment.

Check it - we've been watching, with peaked interest, the ugly public demise of incumbent Virginia Senator George Allen (R), once seen by many in his party as a serious Presidential contender for 2008. Just when he thought he recovered from that "Macaca Moment" (yeah, yeah - hahaha. Go ahead and keep laughing, 'cause we about to crack heads in a minute about this), here comes this roadside bomb from

Three former college football teammates of Sen. George Allen say that the Virginia Republican repeatedly used an inflammatory racial epithet and demonstrated racist attitudes toward blacks during the early 1970s. "Allen said he came to Virginia because he wanted to play football in a place where 'blacks knew their place,'" said Dr. Ken Shelton, a white radiologist in North Carolina who played tight end for the University of Virginia football team when Allen was quarterback. "He used the N-word on a regular basis back then."

Not certain how Allen can respond to this. He's now saying he can't "recall" using it. That's a safe way of saying "Yeah, I used it. Damn - I shouldn't have used it if I had known these n****s was gonna use it against me" And it gets even deeper with a follow up today:

In a separate event, Larry Sabato, one of the most quoted political scientists in the country, appeared on MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews," where he claimed to know that Allen had used the racial epithet. "I'm simply going to stay with what I know is the case, and the fact is, he did use the N-word, whether he's denying it or not," said Sabato, who was Allen's classmate at the University of Virginia, where he now runs the Center for Politics. Sabato did not initially elaborate on the source of his knowledge. But when contacted by Salon Monday night, Sabato said the source was distinct from Taylor and Shelton, a North Carolina radiologist.

With the highly regarded Sabato in the mix, this will be hard to shake. Still, that says something about Sabato if he knew this all along, but didn't say anything - nor have we seen this in the Center for Politics' "Crystal Ball," which has been eyeing the VA Senate race closely, especially since it's centered at the state's flagship University. Funny how most White people don't snitch on the racial attitudes of their colleagues until they make a headline ...

Not to digress, but wonder how it would look if, say, Ford (D) in TN, or Steele (R) in MD, or Blackwell (R) in OH and Fleming (D) in MS each got spots blown for once using or still using the "N" word. Not to say that they do or have ... in the privacy of their homes or during those heated moments of rather colored exasperation. But, a lot of brothers still use it, some privately ... some very publicly on mass transit or in the local mall for all to hear. Some as a joke or ... "term of endearment;" some in the pit of anger. Some of us educated professionals use it; some of us not-so-educated (on paper) making-ends-meet relish it. A Black law professor might not write it in her book; but a battling hip hop emcee will use it to no end in a lyric. Come on - we know we do it. Collectively, we're not proud of it. But, it's certainly become a stalwart expression in our cultural identity. But, the bottom line is that you won't find a headline like's on one of the Black people above - or some high profile others we're not going to mention since we really like writing this blog and aren't about to have it shut down. Besides, that's what shows like HBO's The Wire are for. You see where we're going with this ... yeah - that's another discussion.

Back to VA. Words define the VA Senate race. This now very racially-charged race - between two very White contenders - is shaped by the racially/religiously/ethnically-charged past (and present) of the incumbent. How does this play out? First: Democratic challenger (and former Republican Navy Secretary to President Ronald Reagan) James Webb remains to be one of the most stoic, reserved and unpassionate political candidates we've seen in quite some time. He's as stone-faced as Jackson is Stonewall. So, Democratic operatives (or a rather liberal got to find a way to keep Democratic chances in this sudden battleground state alive and churning. The ever struggling (a survivor of the Internet boom) must also find a way to pay its bills by putting out some sensationlistic headline that catches readers that, ultimately, translates into advertising revenue.

Hence, Allen's N***a Moment.

We're wondering how the African American electorate might react to this, of course. And, will the senior African American State Senator Benny Lambert (D), jumping party ship to endorse Allen for his support of Black colleges & universities in Virginia (which translated into federal dollars), suddenly rescind that endorsement? We expect him to at least re-evaluate it. The endorsement seemed strategically smart at the moment it happened, since Allen & Webb's poll numbers are neck and neck, signalling a possible Webb loss. If that happened, at least a segment of the Black political establishment in Virginia could leverage a relationship with Allen, regardless of how he felt about them. In the end, he'd owe them some political favors. But, now?

This latest revelation might not be all that bad for Allen, who should expect his numbers to remain solid in the mostly White and very "redneck" Southern and Southwestern parts of the state. Anxious that he might lose support from that demographic after his Jewish ancestry was leaked, he can at least point to this as a show of Confederate solidarity(lol).

But, the fact of the matter is that most White people have those moments. And not just conservatives either. Yeah, we've come a long way since We Shall Overcome, but that's just because most don't do it out in the open as much as they use to. It's not fashionable to do so anymore. Ideological leanings and partisan affiliations do not make you immune to this contagion. For some, it's as clearly voiced as an anti-war protester mooning the White House. For others, they quietly think "n***az" to themselves when interacting with Black folks they don't like simply because they fit the profile of what they think (or have been raised) to believe what or who Black is. For some, they are more than happy to spill it when spitting mounds of chewing tobacco out the window of their rifle-racked pick-up truck. For others, they claim compassion in their views, yet they daily oppress brothers and sisters in the workplace, passing us over for promotions, relegating us to glorified grunt work, and tripping us up at every moment in a continuing effort to prove that we are, indeed, inferior. For some, they beat us with a nightstick when they think no one is watching or gun us down for mistakenly believing we had a firearm; for others, they stop us on the side of a road and issue erroneous citations after illegal searches.

You know who you are.

Which brings us to the enthusiastic looseness with which commentators, pundits and election year hacks refer to these moments. We watch closely as the talking heads, week after week, continue to gleefully reference "The Ma***a Moment" as if the word was never a derogatory term in the first place. As if it was something as trivial as Clinton's "Monica Moment" - hey, this sounds funny, dude. Let's call it a Ma***a Moment. Like it's some corny television commercial or one of countless billboard ads you might find along the highway. As if it's comical that millions of people were subjected to racist colonial tyranny through the use of this word and so many creative others like it. So, what do we do with Allen's new moment? Do we wake up every Sunday or every episode of Hardball and hear about his "Ni***r Moment"? Which makes us wonder: do you report on this because it's news or do you report on it because it satisfies some deep seated urge to let us know our place?

In Response to "Democracy Project" blog ...

In response to Mithcell Langbert's blog titled "Iraq & The Terror Threat," dated 9.23.06:

"For example, we did not invade Iraq after the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, and that was followed by the attack on the Cole in 2000. We did not invade Iraq after the bombing of the Cole in 2000, and that was followed by September 11, 2001."

You may have inadvertently omitted the U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi, Kenya in 1998 that killed 257 people and the car bomb explosion at the United States embassy in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. These two explosions also resulted in the wounding of 4,000 people. In addition, we shouldn't forget the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia.

It was the 1998 Kenya bombing that attracted serious international attention to bin Laden for the first time and put him on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List.

Monday, September 25, 2006

D.J. McGuire, China e-Lobby, on ASCENT Perspectives ...

Fascinating discussion with China e-Lobby co-Founder D.J. McGuire on the growing (and disturbing) influence of Communist China in the African Diaspora. The entire interview at ASCENT Perspectives, part of the Audioblog Network.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

DNC African American Leadership Summit in Motor City this weekend ...

We're not certain how critical this summit of leading African American Democrats in Detroit over the weekend will be after it's all said and done. It could very well turn out as old wine in a new bottle, with regurgitated strategies highlighting nothing more than the usual voter mobilization efforts.

The rhetoric from both major parties struggling to court the Black vote is rather stale and predictable. On one end, we have Democrats trying to find a way to re-energize a traditionally loyal demographic that is showing signs of becoming fiercely independent. On the other end, we have Republicans seeking to steer some of those independent votes to their statewide Black candidates in PA, MD and OH (we believe they have a chance in 1 out of three of these states). Somewhere on the margins we find a maturing Green Party movement promoting an interesting slate of African American candidates in key local, state and federal races.

What would be rather forward-thinking and innovative is if Black Democrats, Black Republicans and, even, Black Greens and others were able to sit in the same room and devise a way to translate this newfound partisan interest in the Black vote into something truly empowering, collective and tangible for the greater African Amerian community. We think the smart strategy is to identify candidates, platforms, agendas and plans based on their merits and potential for community advancement rather than the party affiliation. That sort of agenda seems unattainable at the moment as the parties have us divided (and conquered) into competing camps.

Cory Maye Death Sentence Thrown Out ...

To this blog's knowledge, we seem to be the only African American news outlet that has closely followed the egregious miscarriage of justice that occurred in Marion County, Mississippi, where now 25-year old Cory Maye was - by all accounts - wrongly sentenced to death for what appeared to be the accidental and fatal shooting of a White Prentiss police officer who stormed into Maye's duplex apartment on the evening of December 26, 2001. We've blogged about it (when everybody else seemed focus on freeing an admitted founder and leader of a notorious West Coast gang) and interviewed Radley Balko on a few occasions, the Cato analyst who first broke this story on his Agitator blog. It wasn't until Balko broke the story with copious research that Maye was finally able to get competent pro-bono legal representation after his first lawyer, Rhonda Cooper, dismally failed him after being reportedly "tired."

Maye - unaware until after the shooting that a police raid was taking place - was watching his 18-month old daughter and, in an immediate act of self-defense, fatally shot Ron Jones, who happened to be the son of the Prentiss police chief. Evidence later found that Prentiss police has actually raided the wrong apartment and that Maye did, indeed, act in self-defense of himself and his infant daughter. Still, he was sentenced to death by a jury of 10 Whites and 2 Blacks.

Balko's persistence and the first rate representation by counsel from law firm powerhouses such as Covington & Burling have now led to Maye's death sentence being thrown out and a new hearing being considerend. This is a major and promising development in that case. Albeit Jones' death was unfortunate and regrettable, blatant miscarriages of jurisprudence such as this can not and should not be tolerated.

Friday, September 22, 2006

A Note of Caution to Black Republicans

A recent radio ad by the National Black Republican Association airing in Maryland has quite a few (listen here) people visibly upset:

Pam: Dr. King was a real man. Tina: You know . . he was a Republican. Pam: Dr. King, a Republican? Really? Tina: Democrats passed those Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan. Pam: The Klan . . . White hoods and sheets?! Tina: Democrats fought ALL Civil Rights Legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks. Pam: Seriously! Tina: And the Dixiecrats? Remained Democrats and vowed to vote for a yellow dog, before a Republican. Republicans freed us from slavery and put our right to vote in the Constitution. Pam: What? Tina: Republicans started the NAACP, affirmative action and the HBCU’s.

OK - when looking at the facts, as shocking and difficult to accept as it may be, African Americans were overwhelmingly Republican up until the Great Depression, when a rather dramatic and massive switch took place. It's difficult to dispute that fact - and many other unsavory facts about the Democratic party. Why should we even try - simply put: it's all history.

The real question here is if it really matters in the modern political scheme of things. Both parties are carrying a pretty heavy load of disturbing baggage, so it's hard to point fingers at one in an effort to absolve the other of any wrongdoing. Bottom line is that both parties are dominated and owned by White folks who could care less where Black folks end up so long as they get a few "colored" votes to get a few of their prized candidates over the top.

A note of caution still to Black Republicans. We understand you're feeling a bit hype over these high profile Black GOP candidates who've been nominated in some major battleground state races. And, you're really hype over Lt. Gov. Michael Steele's prospects at winning the Senate in Maryland - yeah, we know all about that. He's got a good shot at it. But, when you start running noxious advertisements that can potentially offend the sensibilities of a ... well ... sensitive Black electorate, you could end up potentially destroying those chances. Blowing up Steele's Republican spot is not the way to campaign - and there's a long history of foul-mouthed Black GOP activists losing the masses in misguided rhetoric.

This ad, and the zealous partisanship of Black Republicans campaigning their cause in Maryland, could seriously damage the chances of a Black GOP nominee that is trying hard to distance himself from the GOP. Still, being a Republican was his choice ...

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally (D-Compton) on Black Political Clout in Cali

Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally talks with about growing African American political clout in California, his relationship with Gov. Schwarzenegger and the new "Super Minority" Caucus. All on ASCENT Perspectives, part of the Audioblog Network.

Sen. Verna Jones (D-Baltimore) on

State Senator and MD Black Legislative Caucus Chair Verna Jones (D-Baltimore, 44th) talks to about recent problems with Marylands e-voting machines. Catch the interview in its entirety at ASCENT Perspectives, part of the Audioblog Network.

Serious Growing Pains with E-Voting Machines ...

The Washington Examiner holds no punches on electronic voting machines in this latest editorial on the Maryland primary debacle last week. To date, ballots are still being counted in the MD CD-4 race between incumbent Rep. Albert Wynn (D) and activist challenger Donna Edwards who refuses to concede:

Maryland’s electronic voting machines are even worse than we thought. The Diebold AccuVote-TS that a Princeton team led by computer scientist Edward Felten obtained in May from an “undisclosed location” actually came from Maryland, The Examiner has learned. Felten’s team found it “vulnerable to extremely serious attacks” — including the spread of an undetectable computer virus via infected memory cards that could potentially change election data throughout the entire state.

Here is where it gets politically murky for Democrats in the state, who are hoping this election cycle will redeem them of mistakes made in 2002 when MD got its first GOP Governor in 36 years:

Blame this fiasco on “human error,” specifically that of Maryland elections administrator Linda Lamone — first appointed by former Gov. Parris Glendening and practically given life tenure by the Democratic-controlled state legislature in 2002 when Gov. Robert Erlich was elected as Maryland’s first Republican governor in 30 years. Lamone has known about these and other serious problems for at least three years.

But Lamone, who can only be removed by an 80 percent supermajority vote of the full elections board, deliberately chose to ignore clear warnings from academics and computer experts. Equally to blame is the Maryland Senate, which earlier this year killed a bill passed unanimously by the House of Delegates to require a paper trail for all elections.

Ehrlich, right now, is looking fairly pro-active on this issue by calling for paper ballots and favoring a total scrap of the electronic system. Maryland Democrats - in charge of the elections system and the state legislature - seem befuddled at the moment and fingers could ultimately point to them as culprits. It's Florida Part Deux in reverse.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

On Iran ...

This blog's assessment of the situation with Iran is not as ... upbeat as the Washington Post:

Slowly but surely, the White House has muddied what were once clear lines in pursuit of diplomacy. As recently as a month ago, the administration firmly demanded that Iran must first suspend its nuclear activities before the United States would join negotiations on the nuclear programs, but now U.S. officials have quietly acquiesced in a European-led effort to find a face-saving way for the talks to begin.

Everything will hinder on where the political winds blow in November. If American voters take the lower-gas-price bait and feel no one else can protect them from decapitating "Islamic fascists" and the insanity of Chavez/Castro/Ahmadinejad, then Republicans will maintain the power needed to bolster support for the Administration. Which is why the recent circus at the U.N. politically plays into Bush Administration election year strategies. The Administration, emboldened by mid-term wins, will assume that signals support for another war - with Iran. We would not be surprised if military actions against Iran were to follow if Republicans maintain control of Congress.

The U.N. Gets an Emmy ...

This was the most entertaining U.N. General Assembly in a long time. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez clowned an American President, adding more drama to this growing stand-off between the U.S. and the "Non-Aligned Movement." The tension definitely accentuates a classic battle between White Male dominated Western supremacy and Countries "of Color" dominated by increasingly defiant "Brothers" of the "Global South."

The Week in Gas ...

Everybody is hyped over the obvious decrease in prices at the pump. It's so dramatic, it makes many want to scrap that half-mile walk to the grocery store (which is what we all need, anyway) and opt to burn noxious fumes into precious air. On this point, we tend to agree with blogger Andrew Sullivan quoted here in ABC News:

Writing in April on record-level gas prices, Sullivan called them "one of the best things to happen in the long time." Taxes, he hoped, could raise them further still, because "only higher oil prices will actually jump-start the new, greener technologies we all say we want (and our planet desperately needs)."

But, that argument can come off a bit too middle-class considering the millions of Americans forced to make choices between food on the table and a few dollars in the gas tank to make that drive to a low paying gig that barely meets rent.

That all said, we watch closely the correlation between these drastic reductions at the pump and fluctuations in the political polls. Interesting how suddenly the Bush Administration's poll numbers rise a few percentage points as the prices go down. Congressional races seem to tighten, too, as trends are starting to favor Republicans. A sign, maybe, of an uninformed electorate convinced that Bush and the GOP have somehow found the magic energy crisis antidote? That's a curious thought considering gas prices traditionally fall after the summer anyway ...

For the record, this blog has been skeptical all along of the headline assumption that Democrats would sweep back into power come November. We were saying that for quite some time while everybody else ate the hype. Suddenly, the pundits - as early as this Sunday - are talking "trends favoring Republicans." Somewhere along the line, the Administration machine would find a way to distract voters from bread-on-the-table issues and put a terrifying spotlight back on "enemies of the state." Lower gas prices bring that strategy full circle. Perfect timing. The madness continues.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Brother Heru on ASCENT Legacy talks to spoken-word artist Heru about Black people, politics, spirituality and empowerment. Hear him perform his latest pieces on ASCENT Legacy, part of the Audioblog Network.

The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids in the U.S.

We urge all our faithful readers (and listeners) to read the attached report by Cato Institute Policy Analyst Radley Balko (a past guest on radio) about the disturbing rise of police raids in the U.S. that use paramilitary tactics, gear and weapons. Warning: this is some truly depressing material:

Americans have long maintained that a man’s home is his castle and that he has the right to defend it from unlawful intruders. Unfortunately, that right may be disappearing. Over the last 25 years, America has seen a disturbing militarization of its civilian law enforcement, along with a dramatic and unsettling rise in the use of paramilitary police units (most commonly called Special Weapons and Tactics, or SWAT) for routine police work. The most common use of SWAT teams today is to serve narcotics warrants, usually with forced, unannounced entry into the home.

Balko should be joining us next week on ASCENT Perspectives to discuss this piece.

Update on Mumia Abu-Jamal

Of course, we'd be surprised to find this on One reason Mumia's case is dragging on for so long: conventional wisdom in the City of Brotherly Love has it that if Mumia - somewhat of a street legend in Ill-Town - is executed, the city will have to reckon with serious social unrest that could make the L.A. riots look peaceful. Reports

Pam Africa and other supporters has written up their own City Council Resolution to counter the previous one condemning French support for Mumia and are going to present it at Philadelphia City Hall for the City Council opening session first thing in the morning this Thursday, September 14. Africa emphatically urges people to arrive that morning to show support for the new resolution.

Corey Booker Making Tough Calls in Newark

Now we understand why the Newark Mayor's race was so tight for so long. The newly-elected Mayor Booker (D), fresh from a historic win due to former Mayor Sharpe James' (D) sudden retirement, is calling for some drastic budget-cutting measures that won't go over to well with the city's entrenched workers. Newark Star-Ledger reports a fresh new day and age in the city known as Jersey's armpit:

Up to 20 percent of Newark's municipal work force could be laid off due to a "savage structural deficit" in the city's budget, Mayor Cory Booker said.

"There are going to have to be major personnel reductions," Booker said yesterday after a 9/11 memorial service. "We are reviewing every way to recoup money and stop waste. At the end of the day, we have to spend less money, and that's personnel."

Black Politicians Representing Diverse Districts

Interesting article from several days ago. This reflects a growing trend towards serious maturity for the African American body politic - there are pros and cons:

While some view that trend as progress, others worry that the Black community may lose clout in the process.“As districts begin to reflect a broader, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic orientation, the leadership, in order to get elected, begins to reflect both political realities. And there are consequences, “ says U. S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.). “The consequences include less emphasis on programs that directly or proportionately affect African-Americans. We start talking about programs that affect all Americans. I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bad idea because it requires leadership to talk about issues that reflect all Americans. But Black folk have got some real needs out here that need to be addressed.”

Rochelle Olson, Minn. Star Tribune, on ... talks to Rochelle Olson, Reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about Keith Ellison's (D) primary win in Minnesota Congressional District 5. Here about Ellison's road to the Hill at ASCENT Perspectives, part of the Audioblog Network.

Rochelle Olson, Minn. Star Tribune, on ... talks to Rochelle Olson, Reporter for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, about Keith Ellison's (D) primary win in Minnesota Congressional District 5. Here about Ellison's road to the Hill at ASCENT Perspectives, part of the Audioblog Network.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Baltimore Sun's Gregory Kane gets Raw ...

Here's an interesting piece in today's that everyone should take a peep at. Desperate times call for desperate measures in Kane's view, who is no stranger to controversial commentary:

That woman from Southeast D.C. and other law-abiding black folks should channel into that history of Williams and the Deacons. They should join the NRA, buy some weapons and then announce to city officials that they’re prepared to defend themselves against criminals.

It's hard to argue with Kane on this point given the continuous and deterioriating situation in major urban centers. However, the point missed here is prevention and the community's ability to preempt rising crime through internal social, cultural, familial, educational and economic mechanisms. Effective parenting, basic financial literacy and fixing broken windows can be a lot more useful than a last-resort call-to-arms. We need to be a bit more creative.

Groff & Ellison post-primary analysis on ASCENT Chamber's Groff & Ellison give their take on primary results in D.C., MD, MN and NY. Check out the discussion in its entirety on ASCENT Chamber, part of the audioblog network.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Voting Shouldn't Be Rocket Science

We're catching this action unfolding in the primary races taking place in Maryland, and we're not digging it - especially considering the number of African American candidates in major races in that state. Washington Post reports:

Early morning voters were forced to cast provisional, hand-written ballots at Montgomery County's 238 polling places, while election staffers scrambled to delivered the forgotten voting cards as quickly as possible. Several precincts ran out of the paper ballots, and workers from at least one precinct went to a copy shop to make more. Some poll workers, according to witnesses, did not know the provincial ballots were an option and told voters to try again later in the day.

According to reports, it apparently gets messier than that.

The predictable lack of outrage from the larger body politic will keep this blog awake for the coming weeks into November. Some say it's disorganization. Others will say incompetence. Many will, unfortunately, wake up the next morning and forget it happened or feel that "it doesn't matter anyway." We see it as a dress rehearsal for something a lot more sinister.

The one function of democratic government that should be the most efficient and consistently perfect function is the function to vote. It's becoming increasingly apparent and disturbing that a vast number of elections administrators, poll workers, precinct judges and others charged to manage our most fundamental right do not take this function seriously.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Race Games in Ohio ...

Cincinnati Enquirer Reports:

Democrats have accused the Republican candidate for state auditor of conducting a poll with a racially motivated question intended to point out that her opponent is black. The telephone poll on behalf of Republican state Rep. Mary Taylor asks a series of questions about the voting record of Democratic state Rep. Barbara Sykes of Akron. Another question asks voters for their opinion of Sykes being president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.

Shady politics? You be the judge:

"Our candidates would not engage and have not engaged in race-baiting, and it is disingenuous for Democrats to suggest otherwise," said party spokesman John McClelland, who pointed out that the GOP's candidate for governor, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, is black.

It will be interesting to see just how many White Republicans vote for Blackwell after pointing out how Black he is.