I’m glad Georgia is on someone’s mind

By: Friday August 9, 2013 1:30 am

Because they could use all the brain power they can get. One can almost detect the state as reflective of a regional pattern…and that pattern is a giant boat anchor on human progress.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private-Sector Employment Since the Civil Rights Act

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 1:59 pm

The authors amass an extraordinary amount of detail in presenting their conclusions as they examine variations by region, business and decade. They consider some of the background developments comparing expanding industries with contracting ones, and new firms with old ones, showing that such factors vary in importance depending on the industry, the time period, and the impact on racial versus gender segregation.

They also provide in depth comparisons of the firms large enough to be covered by federal civil rights laws versus those exempted, and the varying effectiveness of EEOC enforcement against large firms versus oversight of federal contractors. The result provides a wealth of data for anyone interested in either the trajectory of racial and gender equality in the workplace or the effectiveness of enforcement efforts.

Anti-gay, gun-promoting Teabagger Black Republican Appointed to U.S. Senate Seat

By: Tuesday December 18, 2012 6:20 am

Sadly Tim Scott would be the first black man to serve as a U.S. Senator from that state since Reconstruction. He will replace Jim DeMint. Times are slowly a-changing for the GOP.

Not that it makes much difference, politically. He’s right out of winger-central.

Sanity in NC: ‘Choose Life’ license plates ruled unconstitutional

By: Tuesday December 11, 2012 10:45 am

Before we begin to celebrate, note that in 29 states, these state-sponsored “Choose Life” plates are actually available. But not in North Carolina — only after the ACLU sued to halt the launch of the plates in the state after it was approved in the 2010-2011 legislative session. The plate was permanently blocked because the state failed to offer a pro-choice alternative plate to drivers.

Louisiana HS Reunion Letter Includes Pot Luck Event for ‘White Graduates Only’

By: Monday September 3, 2012 1:30 pm

Sometimes I simply want to give up – will this country ever rid itself of the idiocy and evil of racism? Here’s another sad tale of self-segregation because apparently some of the St. Martinville, Louisiana’s, Class of 1973 have no interest in celebrating with non-white classmates.

NC NAACP Runs Powerful Radio Ads Against Amendment One

By: Monday April 30, 2012 4:15 pm

The North Carolina NAACP is the only chapter aside from California’s that has come out forcefully against an anti-gay marriage discrimination amendment, and Rev. Dr. William Barber makes it crystal clear why voters in NC need to come out and vote against Amendment One.

Honoring Boots on the Virtual Ground: the Letters to the Editor Brigade Against Amendment One

By: Monday April 23, 2012 11:10 am

While there is an official campaign to defeat Amendment One out there, we have to recognize that there are many, many people working at the grassroots level, residents of North Carolina putting in countless hours to educate voters on their own time and dime because they feel passionately that this discriminatory amendment is wrong for the state that they call home. They find a niche to effectively counter the anti-gay, anti-logical arguments out there.

In this case, I wanted to spotlight a local effort — responding to op-eds and letters to the editor (LTEs) in our local and regional papers that have been, as you might expect, populated with anti-gay, fear-driven, often religion-based arguments in favor of Amendment One.

What Century Would Alabama and Mississippi Republicans Like to Go Back To?

By: Monday March 12, 2012 2:00 pm

NC’s the home of the very successful — and accurate when it comes to gauging the South — polling outlets, Public Policy Polling. PPP took a peek at some cultural political attitudes in Alabama and Mississippi — those states hold their primaries tomorrow, and it is a real eye-opener. This is mindset of the average GOP primary voter — it’s a frightening trip in the DeLorean.

NC: Online Video Campaign Kicks Off to Fight Marriage Discrimination Amendment

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 6:23 pm

Education is sorely needed, because while polls show North Carolinians support legal recognition of same-sex couples, it’s another matter to get those in favor of fairness to out to vote — to give straight allies (as well as LGBTs) the information they need to speak to their friends and neighbors to motivate them with facts about what this amendment will do.

Question of the Day in Louisiana: Are Undocumented Immigrants ‘Persons’?

By: Saturday November 19, 2011 1:00 pm

When I saw the headline over at Facing South, I had no idea that the nativist batsh*ttery has run off the rails into complete batsh*ttery.

The brains down in Louisiana have decided to throw a tantrum over the fact that the U.S. census attempts to count all people in the country, regardless of immigration status.

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