SCOTUS guts the Voting Rights Act — in a way that keeps its hands clean

By: Tuesday June 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Today SCOTUS handed down a decision in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, and essentially punted to Congress the matter of re-addressing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It struck down Section 4, with Chief Justice John Roberts writing the majority opinion (PDF) in the 5-to-4 decision; siding with Roberts were Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence (Uncle) [...]

Will there be a black vs gay Prop. 8 meme redux, or will the work building stronger coalitions prevail?

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 2:53 am

I recall all too well the conflicting feelings I had on election night 2008 — Barack Obama was elected as the first black President of the United States, and enough California voters cast ballots to pass Proposition 8, intended to “protect” marriage from gays. The despair turned into rage by some in the LGBT community, [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Remembering the African American Holocaust survivors

By: Thursday April 11, 2013 9:20 am

This week, April 8- 12, marks the 27th annual observance of Holocaust Memorial Week. The week is about remembering not only the 6 million Jews murdered but also remembering the millions of allies, martyrs and victims who survived Nazi Germany’s reign of brutality. The enormity of the mass slaughtering of Jews that took place— in [...]

CPAC attendee from NC defends slavery at minority outreach panel; asks for return to segregation

By: Friday March 15, 2013 8:21 pm

Scott Terry thinks blacks should be grateful for food and shelter provided by Massa and why can’t we just have segregation? So much for minority outreach, lol. My fellow North Carolinians out there, look at what is “representing” at CPAC [shaking my head...]: The exchange occurred after an audience member from North Carolina, 30-year-old Scott Terry, [...]

Same old, same old anti-gay bigotry from NOM-bought black pastor shell group

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 3:04 pm

Gawd, these people are tiresome. The Coalition of African-American Pastors (CAAP), headed by Rev. William Owens, sent out an e-blast to its membership, trying yet again to build some momentum against marriage equality by driving a wedge between blacks and gays. (Conveniently rendering those of us who are black and gay, naturally). Here at the Blend we have written [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Was Marco McMillian killed in Mississippi because he was black or gay?

By: Thursday March 7, 2013 7:00 am

Marco McMillian was a trailblazer, and the pride of the Mississippi Delta. Just in his twenties Ebony magazine in 2004 hailed him as on the nation’s 30 leaders under the age of 30. And in his thirties the Mississippi Business Journal hailed him as one of the “Top 40 Leaders under 40.” But at age [...]

Rev. Irene Monroe: Obama linking Selma to Stonewall divides black community

By: Friday January 25, 2013 5:09 pm

President Barack Obama’s inaugural address was the most inclusive speech a president has ever given. It was delivered on the 27th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and the President honored King’s legacy when he eloquently spoke of how the many U.S. liberation movements, both current and historic, are interconnected. “We, the people, declare [...]

Colin Powell on the obvious: the GOP is polluted with racists

By: Monday January 14, 2013 7:00 am

I often wonder whether black Republicans, and gay Republicans (and of course black, gay Republicans and any other combination of color/ethnicity) have the patience of saints or are just deluded that reform of the party — tossing the bigoted and bible beater Base overboard — is just around the corner. Sometimes you’ll get a bit [...]

The desperate, outnumbered neo-Confederacy continues its fantasy of rising again

By: Sunday January 6, 2013 12:00 pm

There is an interesting piece up at Salon by Andrew O’Hehir, “Welcome to the new Civil War,” where he discusses the neo-Confederacy elements in our culture that are trying to turn back the clock on women, gays, God and guns, drawing parallels to the Lincoln administration (through the eyes of the film “Lincoln”). We’ve just emerged [...]

CNN’s ‘Who is Black in America?’ on colorism and racial identity – updated

By: Sunday December 9, 2012 7:00 pm

UPDATE: If you tuned in, what did you think of “What is Black in America”? You can’t cover all of the intricacies of this complex subject in an hour, it’s just an overview (much of the Black in America series feels like this) meant to spur discussion. Quick impressions: 1) How the U.S. Census perpetrates [...]

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