Barack Obama

What would Charles James think of the events in St. Paul last week? In 1902, the president of the Boot and Shoe Workers Union, Charles James was elected head of the St. Paul Trades and Labor Assembly. That year, the Assembly hosted the annual Labor Day parade, and James, an African American man, led thirty […]

  Blacks are scarce here at the Republican National Convention.   Of the more than 2,300 Republican delegates who gathered this week, just 36 — or 1.5% — were black, the lowest portion in 40 years, according to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington think tank that focuses […]

My mother calls from Kolkata, India. She is still thinking about Michelle Obama’s speech. She says on the answering machine, “I’m for Obama all the way.” My two little girls march around the house chanting “Obama, Obama.” They picked it up from the will.i.am song. My pothead friend says, “I’m for Obama because he said […]

I know the National Enquirer might not carry the same weight as the New York Times. But in terms of political sex scandals they have a good track record. Let’s remember that they broke the John Edwards Affair. They were also one of the media’s main sources for the Clinton/Lewinsky Affair According to The Enquirer, […]

  The media has played Third Party in Election ’08 better than any Ralph Nader or Ron Paul ever could. Sometimes, it’s a great help, like when reporters stop gushing over a candidate’s appearance long enough to ask pressing questions. More often than not, some complex issue gets flattened into a fury of sound bites, […]

  Back when I was 5-going-on-6, me and my stepbrother Bilaal were both big Muhammad Ali fans. Now, the fact was the neither of us had ever seen him fight, but having gathered an approximation of what he stood for from all the seemingly responsible adults around us, we decided that yes, he was our […]

Back in 2008, as John McCain accepts the Republican party nod for president, Sen. Barack Obama appeared on The O'Reilly Factor.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police arrested more than 80 protesters in downtown Minneapolis early Thursday following a concert by the political rock group Rage Against the Machine. Lisa Kiava, a spokeswoman for the Hennepin County sheriff’s office, says at least 85 people had been arrested, but final figures weren’t immediately available. She says most of the […]

  Today on MSNBC Former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan and former McCain advisor Mike Murphy were caught on tape trashing Sarah Palin during a break from the show.

I read Cornel West‘s “Race Matters” with more of a sense of obligation than any real interest. The book’s been out since ’94 and I only got around to reading it this year, so that should tell you something. See, I think the “Black people as a scientific study” books have only been done right […]

  John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, prepared to address a national television audience at the Republican convention Wednesday as the McCain campaign said the news media was orchestrating a scandal to destroy the party’s first female vice presidential candidate.

I readCornel West‘s “Race Matters” with more of a sense of obligation than any real interest. The book’s been out since ’94 and I only got around to reading it this year, so that should tell you something. See, I think the “Black people as a scientific study” books have only been done right once: […]