Thursday, December 01, 2005

Repubes and Race

That's one of my favorites of Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts.

I never get tired of that comic. Partly because it's so true. Turn over a rock and you'll find a swarm of elected Republicans.

If you missed C.I.'s "Target: the 9th Circuit (The Republican war on the judiciary continues)" click and read it to find out the latest attack by the Republicans.

I've got an e-mail from C.I. this morning about "Help Make Thursday, December 1st 'Blog Against Racism Day.'" which is something Leah wrote for Corrente.

When I think of racism, remember I live in Florida, the first thing that comes to mind is the 2000 election. Tubby Tim Russert couldn't stop saying, "Florida, Florida, Florida." And the media swarmed down here like a bunch of Republicans. And of course Republicans swarmed down here to pose as Floridians and try to shut down the recount (and succeeded on that).

There were media reports on the half hour. But the story they didn't want to cover was the disenfranchisement of African-American voters.

Think about all the jawing on Florida, all the cameras, all the coverage and think about how little attention was paid to African-Americans being dropped from the voting rolls.

I think that goes to racism. If it happens to whites, it's news for everyone. If it happens to non-whites, the media decides it's not all that important.

We saw it in the coverage of Florida's 2000 election, we saw it again in Ohio in 2004.

Some issues matter more to the media than others and too often it seems like skin color is what they base that decision on.