Monday, May 23, 2022
The chart above reflects the results of the newest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between May 15th to 17th of a nationwide sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,342 registered voters). The margin of error for adults is 2.9 points, and for registered voters is 3.0 points.
Sunday, May 22, 2022
The chart above reflects the results of the latest Economist / YouGov Poll -- done between May 15th and 17th of a nationwide sample of 1,500 adults (including 1,342 registered voters). The margin of error for adults is 2.9 points, and for registered voters is 3.0 points.
The following is part of an op-ed by Colbert I. King in The Washington Post. He has a valid point!
President Biden visited Buffalo this week. There he declared, “In America, evil will not win, I promise you. Hate will not prevail. White supremacy will not have the last word.”
Well, Mr. President, as I stand in the autumn years of my life and look around, white supremacy seems to be doing all right for itself.
The racially stratified Buffalo that I occasionally visited during the early ’60s when on leave from my Fort Niagara military post has now taken its place on the listed sites of atrocities in Black American history.
“This is not who we are,” Biden has said many times. Oh, no?
- Colfax, La., where in 1873 more than 60 Black men were killed trying to vote.
- Aug. 14 to 16, 1908, when a mob of 5,000 descended upon Black people in Springfield, Ill.
- July 29 and 30, 1910, and the massacre in the small, predominantly Black town of Slocum, Tex.
- July 19, 1919, when White mobs here in D.C. attacked Black soldiers returning from World War I.
“Not who we are”?
How about the Elaine Massacre of Black farmers in Arkansas on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 1919? The Nov. 2, 1920, Ocoee Massacre of Blacks going to vote in Florida?
Remember the May 31 and June 1, 1921, Tulsa Massacre that destroyed a thriving Black community in Oklahoma?
Are we to forget the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, the 1979 Greensboro Massacre, the 2012 Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Massacre, the deadly hate crimes against Blacks in Kentucky and Jews in Pittsburgh in October 2018?
So no, I’m not moved in the least by Biden’s argument that such attacks are the handiwork of people who “are just deranged, who are susceptible, who are — who are just lost and don’t know what to do, and they’re easily taken — they’re easily sucked in.”
There are too many of them, and all were motivated by one single thing: racial hatred.
Own that reality.
And remember: Racial resentment also prompted the owners of Glen Echo amusement park in Maryland to keep people of color on the outside looking in until 1961.
Disgust with Black faces is what prompted the good White leaders in Ocean City, Md., and other Eastern Shore beaches to enact laws prescribing where Black people couldn’t set foot.
Disdain for Black people produced racially restricted swimming pools, hotels, shops, restaurants, bars, theaters and schools — all part of my upbringing.
White loathing of Black people was at the heart of legal and de facto segregation — including the voter suppression schemes now being crafted in states across this country.
National Urban League president Marc Morial’s plea that Biden use “the bully pulpit and moral power of the presidency” to bring down white supremacy has a nice ring to it. But that burden is not Biden’s alone.
White supremacy is America’s burden. You know it. I know it. Millions more Americans know it, too.
Own up and get on it. Or keep sending ambulances, and building makeshift memorials.
Saturday, May 21, 2022
The chart above is from surveys by the Gallup Poll -- the most recent being done between April 1st and 19th of a nationwide sample of 1,018 adults, with a 4 point margin of error.
Between 2002 and 2008 about 61% of Americans said they were in the middle class. Currently, only about 52% say that -- a drop of 9 points. That drop is evident in all demographic groups.
The following is part of an op-ed by David Brooks in The New York Times. In it, he discusses the moral views of the left and right -- and offers suggestions on how Democrats can win this "morality" war.
Friday, May 20, 2022
The charts above reflect the results of a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between March 12th and 16th of a nationwide sample of 1,586 adults, with a 2.5 point margin of error.
The Labor Department released its weekly unemployment statistics on Thursday. It showed that about 218,000 workers applied for unemployment benefits in the week ending on May 14th. Here is the official Labor Department statement:
In the week ending May 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 218,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 6,000 from 203,000 to 197,000. The 4-week moving average was 199,500, an increase of 8,250 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was revised down by 1,500 from 192,750 to 191,250.
In this editorial, the Las Vegas Sun laments the lack of honest Republicans who believe in democracy and fair elections that are running for office in Nevada. I share their concern, and believe it is a problem in most, if not all, states.
No one knows better than Nevadans when it’s time to put our cards on the table.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
The shooter who killed 10 innocent Black citizens in Buffalo made his reason clear. He was a believer in "replacement theory" -- the idea that Democrats are trying to replace white heterosexual citizens with others (Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, Lesbians, Gays, Muslims, etc.) to keep the Republicans from ever winning elections (especially on a national basis).
Where does replacement theory come from? It was originally a fringe idea embraced by white supremacists (and other racists). It is no longer a fringe idea. The Republican propaganda organ (Fox News) has several of their hosts pushing the theory now. And many elected Republicans are openly embracing the theory. Even those Republicans who don't preach it are reluctant to condemn it.
Republicans will try to tell you the shooter was just mentally ill. But mentally ill or not, the ideas he was expressing (and carrying out with his murderous rampage) are now a part of mainstream Republican beliefs.
How did a once proud political party sink to such racist depths? It began in the 1960's when Democratic president Lyndon Johnson piloted three civil rights bills through Congress and signed them into law. This caused millions of racists to abandon the party (especially in the South). Republicans saw an opportunity to seize power in the South, so they embraced these racists, appealing to them with racist dog whistles.
The Republican leaders thought they could control this racist element -- using them to win elections. But it didn't work out that way. The racists proved to be numerous, and unwilling to be controlled. They have seized control of the party. Now a Republican can't get elected with accepting the sick beliefs of these racists. The Republican Party has become the party of bigotry -- particularly when it comes to white supremacy, anti-immigrant sentiment, and christian fundamentalism.
Add in the conspiracy theorists (like Q-anon) and an irrational loyalty to Donald Trump, and it's easy to see that the lunatics are now running the party.
They are no longer a mainstream party, but a party of radical fringe ideas.