Race Roundup

Saturday, February 16, 2008

News bytes on race and racism from around the way:

Racist etchings should be fully investigated

When symbols of racism show up in public, it’s always offensive. When those responsible for the property figuratively shrug their shoulders, it’s downright distressing.
Houston DA resigns amid scandal over e-mails containing porn, racist and political comments

A district attorney who's considered the state's most powerful prosecutor resigned Friday under the weight of a scandal involving the release of dozens of pornographic, racist and political e-mails on his office computer. Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal blamed the bizarre inbox contents, which included love notes to his secretary and campaign strategizing, on a combination of drugs he had been prescribed that affected his judgment, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Fashion is racist: insider lifts lid on 'ethnic exclusion'

Speaking as London Fashion Week drew to a close, Carole White, co-founder of Premier Model Management, which supplies models to top fashion brands, admitted that finding work for black clients was significantly harder than for the white models, because both magazines and fashion designers were reluctant to employ them.
Hastings says 'racist streak' may hurt Obama

As the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has tightened to the point that it may be settled only by superdelegates at the Democratic presidential nominating convention in August, a prominent South Florida political leader is saying that America's racial attitudes will hurt Obama's chances.
Ann Coulter Starts Early with Racist Slurs Against Obama

Watching "Countdown" with Keith Olbermann yesterday on MSNBC (the only hour of basic cable where one might hear something relevant) I learned that Ann Coulter has already begun implementing the Far Right's strategy of smearing Barack Obama. Coulter's job is to inject into the Republican echo chamber racist words that would be unacceptable anywhere else. We are drearily familiar with her lies, false accusations, exaggerations, innuendo, and racist attacks while pretending to be "funny."