Some links/articles noticed on Negrophile. Like I said, nothing new here.
From the entry Once government turns on one minority, who knows where it will stop?, a link to No Votes Here by Peter Beinart:
If Republicans stopped trying to redistribute wealth upward (and changed their views on explicitly racial issues like the Confederate flag), blacks might listen to them on gay marriage. But that's like saying that, if Democrats changed their views on abortion, they could win over white evangelicals like Gary Bauer who oppose privatizing Social Security and support raising the minimum wage. You don't win voters over by agreeing with them on issues they consider peripheral; you win them over by agreeing with them on the issues they care about most.
There's one more problem for the GOP. It's not just that blacks get squeamish when gay marriage becomes associated with Republicans; they get squeamish when it becomes associated with government in general. It's one thing to want the government to legislate morality when you're the cultural and racial majority. It's quite another when you're a racial minority with an acute memory of that morality being legislated against you.
And from 'Like, I want to go there, but then again, I don't, because of the racial aspect of it.', the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel piece UW minority students alone in a sea of white:
Minority students at UW-Madison often are the only ones - the only one in a class, the only one in a restaurant, the only one on a bus. People ask if they are athletes. If they favor certain kinds of foods. When a class breaks into small groups, they feel shunned.
Often, the attention from non-minorities is not malicious but can still be insulting.
"They want to pet your hair like you're a dog," said Tamara Middleton, 20, a junior from Milwaukee, chuckling.
Then there's the classic scenario: the lone minority student in a class is asked, often by a well-meaning professor, "What do (insert race or ethnicity here) people think about (insert issue)?"
True, that last one is depressing as fuck, as I'd kind'a hoped there would'a been some progress on that sort of thing since I graduated (and see comments at Negrophile in that entry for something even more cheerful).
I wouldn't be at all surprised to see the right-wingers pounce on the anecdotes related in the second article as evidence of racism on the left.
Disgusted, yes, but not surprised.
I'd be surprised and impressed if they managed to tackle the issues raised in the first article up there in an intelligent fashion, but I'm not holding out much hope on that.
In happier non-news, check out yesterday's All Fools Day edition of La Cucaracha. Which, I point out, is La Cucaracha; I actually skimmed over it yesterday (thinking it was something else) because, um, I'm easily fooled, apparently.