State of the Union, 2004
: "In 1972, I begin: 'According to the polls, our second principal concern today is the breakdown of law and order.' (What, I wonder, was the first? Let's hope it was the pointless, seven-year--at that point--war in Southeast Asia.) I noted that to those die-hard conservatives, 'law and order' is usually a code phrase meaning 'get the blacks.' "
The New York Times > Week in Review > An Appeal Beyond Race
: "Mark Blumenthal, who did polling for one of Mr. Obama's white primary opponents, said, 'I don't think voters look at him stereotypically.'"
And this is the problem.
I'm having serious problems with the central thesis of this piece. While at the same time, I knew it had to happen. I don't want to "transcend" my "race." I don't want to be accepted in spite of it. I don't want to make people feel "comfortable" just because they haven't taken the time to consider that I might approach life with the same (and forgive me for using this word) "values" as they even if I'm just a little different from them culturally.
But I have. I've spent my life trying to do on a small stage what Obama is doing on a much larger one. And I've grown to dislike it; because frankly, I started out thinking it would be a temporary approach. - Barry
The New Republic Online: July Surprise?
: "According to one source in Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), 'The Pakistani government is really desperate and wants to flush out bin Laden and his associates after the latest pressures from the U.S. administration to deliver before the [upcoming] U.S. elections.' Introducing target dates for Al Qaeda captures is a new twist in U.S.-Pakistani counterterrorism relations--according to a recently departed intelligence official, 'no timetable[s]' were discussed in 2002 or 2003--but the November election is apparently bringing a new deadline pressure to the hunt."
The New York Times > Opinion > Guest Columnist: Breaking the Silence
: "Why has it been so difficult for black leaders to say such things in public, without being pilloried for 'blaming the victim'? Why the huge flap over Bill Cosby's insistence that black teenagers do their homework, stay in school, master standard English and stop having babies? Any black person who frequents a barbershop or beauty parlor in the inner city knows that Mr. Cosby was only echoing sentiments widely shared in the black community."