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Just Makes You Proud To Be An American…

This is really, really depressing:

In the largest and most comprehensive project of its kind to date, 13 young male applicants, presenting the same qualifications and experience, split into teams and went on nearly 3,500 entry-level job interviews with private companies in supposedly left-leaning, “progressive”, multicultural New York City, jobs ranging from restaurants to manufacturing to financial services. After recording which applicants were invited back for interviews or were offered jobs, two sociology professors looked at the hiring practices of 1,500 prospective private employers, focusing specifically on discrimination against young male minorities and ex-offenders.


Some of the study’s findings are depressingly familiar. For instance, young white high school graduates were twice as likely to receive positive responses from New York employers as equally qualified black job seekers. It also reaffirmed not only that former prisoners are at a distinct disadvantage in the job market, but also that, again, black ex-prisoners are in a much worse position: positive responses from employers towards white applicants with a criminal record dipped 35 percent, while for black applicants similarly situated it plummeted 57 percent.

However, the study revealed that our society’s racism extends even deeper: black applicants with no criminal record were no more likely to get a job than white applicants with criminal records just released from prison! In other words, while whites with criminal records received low rates of positive responses, such response rates were equally low for blacks without a criminal background. Further exposing the overt racism at play was the study’s finding that minority employers were more accepting of minority applicants and job applicants with prison records.

Well, that’s just great. A black person applying for a job with a white employer is on the same footing as a white ex-con. Wonderful.

My simplistic interpretation of this is that there is an implicit assumption that criminality is the default condition for black people, but an aberrant condition for white people. So the straight-arrow black applicant with no record simply hasn’t slipped up yet, while the white ex-con has obviously learned his lesson and paid his debt to society.

See also: “Looting” vs. “Finding” in the reporting of the Katrina aftermath.

1 comment September 25th, 2007 at 08:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Polls,Racism

Shorter Bobo: Smart Peeple Ar Stoopid

If it’s Tuesday, it must be another pile of fatuous concern-troll garbage from Bobo Brooks. Today he argues that the netroots are irrelevant foolish losers, and that Matt Bai and Mark Penn are brilliant political analysts, and that Hillary is the strongest Democratic candidate because of her disdain for the netroots.

So, I have to ask… Did Bobo sleep through the 2006 elections, or did he have them professionally removed from his memory like in The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind He reminds me of those “Thanks for 2004, loosers!” trolls who would gloat about how none of Kos’s candidates ever win. But most of them mysteriously disappeared this year – I guess a “Boy, we really screwed the pooch with that Iraq war and rampant corruption thing, huh?” troll wouldn’t be very effective.

It’s very hard to take seriously anyone who manages to extol the brilliance of Matt Bai and Mark Penn in one column – I’m surprised he didn’t start rhapsodizing about about Bob Shrum’s mad campaign management skillz. But it never surprises me to see yet another wingnut talking about what a great nominee Hillary would be. Because it’s true… if you’re a Republican.

She would have the most difficulty differentiating herself from a Republican opponent, is quite possibly the only candidate that both bases hate, and if she did win, she would have the most Republican-friendly policies of any Democrat this side of Joe Lieberman. Meanwhile, the right-wing noise machine and the corporate media would be able to pick up right where they left off in 2000, demonizing Hill & Bill as corrupt ultraliberal archfiends who will sell us out to China, Iran, and al Qaeda.

2008 will be a very long year if Hillary is the nominee, and all that Republican talk about what a strong candidate she is will dry up before Obama even finishes his concession speech.

September 25th, 2007 at 06:19pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Politics

Getty Villa Interior Photoblogging

For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Getty Villa was the result of J. Paul Getty deciding to recreate a Greco-Roman village in Southern California. So, lots of cool Greco-Roman art and architecture. Absolutely none of that is visible here, right next to the gift shop.

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It’s an authentic Greco-Roman overhead light!

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Here it is again!

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The stairs leading up to the surprisingly upscale cafeteria.

September 25th, 2007 at 11:26am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: La Jolla/San Diego,Photoblogging

Racist Republicans

First Krugman:

…Southern white exceptionalism is about race, much more than it is about moral values, religion, support for the military or other explanations sometimes offered. There’s a large statistical literature on the subject, whose conclusion is summed up by the political scientist Thomas F. Schaller in his book “Whistling Past Dixie”: “Despite the best efforts of Republican spinmeisters to depict American conservatism as a nonracial phenomenon, the partisan impact of racial attitudes in the South is stronger today than in the past.”

Republican politicians, who understand quite well that the G.O.P.’s national success since the 1970s owes everything to the partisan switch of Southern whites, have tacitly acknowledged this reality. Since the days of Gerald Ford, just about every Republican presidential campaign has included some symbolic gesture of approval for good old-fashioned racism.


One of the truly remarkable things about the contest for the Republican nomination is the way the contenders have snubbed not just blacks — who, given the G.O.P.’s modern history, probably won’t vote for a Republican in significant numbers no matter what — but Hispanics. In July, all the major contenders refused invitations to address the National Council of La Raza, which Mr. Bush addressed in 2000. Univision, the Spanish-language TV network, had to cancel a debate scheduled for Sept. 16 because only John McCain was willing to come.

If this sounds like a good way to ensure defeat in future elections, that’s because it is: Hispanics are a rapidly growing force in the electorate.

But to get the Republican nomination, a candidate must appeal to the base — and the base consists, in large part, of Southern whites who carry over to immigrants the same racial attitudes that brought them into the Republican fold to begin with. As a result, you have the spectacle of Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, pragmatists on immigration issues when they actually had to govern in diverse states, trying to reinvent themselves as defenders of Fortress America.

And both Hispanics and Asians, another growing force in the electorate, are getting the message. Last year they voted overwhelmingly Democratic, by 69 percent and 62 percent respectively.

In other words, it looks as if the Republican Party is about to start paying a price for its history of exploiting racial antagonism. If that happens, it will be deeply ironic. But it will also be poetic justice.

And now Herbert:

Last week the Republicans showed once again just how anti-black their party really is.The G.O.P. has spent the last 40 years insulting, disenfranchising and otherwise stomping on the interests of black Americans. Last week, the residents of Washington, D.C., with its majority black population, came remarkably close to realizing a goal they have sought for decades — a voting member of Congress to represent them.

A majority in Congress favored the move, and the House had already approved it. But the Republican minority in the Senate — with the enthusiastic support of President Bush — rose up on Tuesday and said: “No way, baby.”

At least 57 senators favored the bill, a solid majority. But the Republicans prevented a key motion on the measure from receiving the 60 votes necessary to move it forward in the Senate. The bill died.

At the same time that the Republicans were killing Congressional representation for D.C. residents, the major G.O.P. candidates for president were offering a collective slap in the face to black voters nationally by refusing to participate in a long-scheduled, nationally televised debate focusing on issues important to minorities.

The radio and television personality Tavis Smiley worked for a year to have a pair of these debates televised on PBS, one for the Democratic candidates and the other for the Republicans. The Democratic debate was held in June, and all the major candidates participated.

The Republican debate is scheduled for Thursday. But Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson have all told Mr. Smiley: “No way, baby.”

They won’t be there. They can’t be bothered debating issues that might be of interest to black Americans. After all, they’re Republicans.

This is the party of the Southern strategy — the party that ran, like panting dogs, after the votes of segregationist whites who were repelled by the very idea of giving equal treatment to blacks. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. (Willie Horton) Bush, George W. (Compassionate Conservative) Bush — they all ran with that lousy pack.

I think there might be something to this racism idea. Herbert also provides this truly chilling quote from Lee Atwater, which removes all doubt:

“You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger,’ ” said Atwater. “By 1968, you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things, and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.”

My God. The GOP is morally bankrupt in pretty much every conceivable direction.

1 comment September 25th, 2007 at 11:17am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Racism,Republicans

Ships That Have Already Sailed

I could have sworn this already happened last year:

It is the document that laid the foundation for fundamental principles of English law. Angry colonists complained long before the Boston Tea Party that King George III had violated it. The men who drafted the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights borrowed from it.

It is Magna Carta, agreed to by King John of England in 1215 and revised and reaffirmed through the 13th century. The tail dangling off the page is a royal seal.

And it is about to go on sale.

Sotheby’s, which today is expected to announce plans to auction it in New York in mid-December, estimates that the document will sell for $20 million to $30 million. It is the only copy in the United States and the only copy in private hands. Sotheby’s says the 16 others are owned by the British or Australian governments or by ecclesiastical or educational institutions in England.


The Perot Magna Carta dates to 1297 and was endorsed by King Edward I. The National Archives said that of the 17 original versions that still exist, 4 are from the reign of John; 8 are from Henry III; and 5 are from Edward I. Mr. Neilson said that some jurists consider the Perot Magna Carta to be the most important one because it was the one that was entered into the statute books in England.

This just in: President Bush has declared his intent to buy it, stating that it will occupy “a very special place” in his bathroom for a brief time before embarking on an ocean voyage.

1 comment September 25th, 2007 at 07:55am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution

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