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Thanks, South Central, for celebrating diversity, for uniting us instead of dividing us.
Up now on The Daily Beast, a travel story about my trip north of the Arctic Circle this January, to see things before they change.  
Mar 23 Arizona Immigration-Law Backer Woos Mexico
Many American Hispanics and Mexicans in Mexico see Arizona as a racist state, thanks to SB 1070.
Mar 18 Pew: Crossing border illegally more than once drives uptick in federal immigration crime
In 1992, 12 percent of sentenced federal offenders were unauthorized immigrants, the Pew Center reports today. Ten years later, 48 percent of sentenced federal offenders were unauthorized immigrants. The reason for the uptick:  more unauthorized immigrants who were caught crossing the border more than once have been sentenced to hard time – two years on […]
Dec 06 Luis Gutierrez, Immigration Reform and the Demographic Tsunami
Rep. Luis Gutierrez on 2014 immigration reform: “It will not be perfect, and it may not even be pretty.”
Nov 22 Shattered Dreams: Jan Brewer’s Arizona fails to investigate 6000 cases of child abuse
I’m not saying Juana could have prevented the massive CPS negligence, but with her education, heart and work ethic, she would have improved the culture at CPS, and would have helped the fragile, abused children who crossed her path.
Is Race Driving Romney Republican Campaign?
Is Race Driving Romney Republican Campaign?

Ta-Nehisi Coates, writing this month in The Atlantic, contends the pervasive fear of President Barack Obama is deeply rooted our nation’s history of entrenched white supremacism. He’s not talking whacko KKK white supremacism, although that’s part of it. Instead, he’s talking about the more subtle kind — dominance by one group over all others in a nation that promises equality to all.

These days, I’m hearing a lot of liberals say race (fear that the brown will take resources and power from the white) is at the heart of the Romney campaign, or at least takes up a good chunk of it.  Read Thomas Edsall’s piece  in the New York Times.

Michael Tomasky highlighted the Edsall piece today in his piece The Daily Beast:

“Tom Edsall said it without quite saying it this morning in the Times, that this Romney-Ryan campaign is becoming among the most racist we’ve ever seen. The two key lies so far are totally about race–that Obama is soft on welfare recipients, and that he’s “robbing” $716 billion from Medicare (77 percent of recipients are white) to “pay for Obamacare” (that is, to extend health care to black and brown people who don’t deserve it, havent earned it, etc.).”

And check out this video, in which Chris Matthews confronts GOP chairman Reince Priebus on racism in the Romney campaign.

What do you think? I’d like to know.