8:40 AM, Dec 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Obamas talked with People magazine about dealing with their "own racist experiences," as the magazine described.
Michelle Obama told one story that recently took place, even as she was first lady of the United States.
"I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new," Michelle Obama, who is 5'11", said.
She also said that her husband, Barack Obama, was asked to get coffee when he was wearing a tux. "He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee," she told People.
The president told his own experiences. "There's no black male my age, who's a professional, who hasn't come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn't hand them their car keys," Obama told the magazine.
12:06 PM, Dec 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked by journalist Jorge Ramos why he doesn't more to combat "white privilege" since becoming president of the United States:
Critics complain about racial makeup of 'Exodus'9:18 AM, Dec 9, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
In an article turgidly tallying up the racial backgrounds of the actors appearing in Ridley Scott’s forthcoming movie Exodus, contributor to The Week Jonathan Merritt says that viewers will “notice one ingredient painfully missing: melanin.”
2:37 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama alluded to the recent unrest in Ferguson and New York City in remarks today at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The president talked of "restoring a sense of common purpose."
7:36 AM, Nov 3, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
In the eleventh hour, unaffiliated conservative candidate Joe Visconti gifted the Tom Foley campaign with a much appreciated present.
Chris Christie to Maryland as governor's race shows signs of tightening.1:01 PM, Oct 15, 2014 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
Every election year, it seems, there’s a race that catches the political set in Washington by surprise. It’s possible that we’ve already seen the 2014 version of this with the defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor, a result few anticipated and fewer still predicted.
4:22 PM, Oct 13, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Professor Cornel West was "taken into custody" in Ferguson, Missouri earlier today, according to the New York Times:
Protesters, including religious leaders, were arrested on Monday as they stepped forward into a line of officers in riot gear outside this city’s police department, a day when organizers here have promised numerous organized demonstrations of civil disobedience around the St. Louis region over questions about police conduct.
12:48 PM, Aug 18, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Possible 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie refused speak out against the police in Ferguson, Missouri, following the ongoing unrest there.
A reporter "asked Gov. Chris Christie on Friday if he thought there was a general problem in this country with the way police deal with young African American men and teenagers."
One in five black men under age 30 voted for Romney; youngest 'millennials' lean even more conservative.
8:20 AM, Aug 12, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
In the midst of rioting in St. Louis over the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the New York Times decided to stoke the embers of racial animus even further with an incendiary op-ed titled, "Can the G.O.P. Ever Attract Black Voters?"
Due to 'Echoes of Injustice'...7:14 AM, Jul 16, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Martin Luther King dreamed that one day his children would "be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not the color of their skin." This week, the current head of the Justice Department said that "given the disparities that still afflict and divide us," that dream will have to wait.
2:01 PM, Jun 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It has been a while since there has been a winner of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. Thirty-six years, in fact. Twelve horses have had a chance before today, when California Chrome gets a shot in the Belmont. Eleven of those horses came up short and one did not run. When Affirmed won the Belmont in 1978, the horse became the third Triple Crown winner of the 70’s, back in a time when thoroughbred racing, handicapping, and turf writing were still in their glory.
8:14 AM, May 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alan Webber of New Mexico says of his likely political opponent, Republican governor Susana Martinez, that "We need to send her back to wherever she really came from."
1:13 PM, May 9, 2014 • By DENNIS P. HALPIN
In an age of hypersensitivity to sexism and homophobia, why does the North Korean regime escape censure? North Korean media specialize in a gutter rhetoric that, from any other source, would be met with immediate condemnation. The world, however, seems so accustomed to hearing astonishingly repellent remarks from the North Korean propagandists that now anything goes.
10:08 AM, Apr 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Juan Williams and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News: