Magazine April 19, 2010, Issue

‘Worst People’

Demonstrators gather at a rally outside the Teachers College of Columbia University in New York, N.Y., October 10, 2007. (Shannon Stapleton/Reuters )
Some notes on racism and anti-racism in America

Have you ever been called a racist on national television? It’s not the most pleasant experience, I can tell you. Last January, after the State of the Union address, I did some blogging, like so many in my racket. I made approximately 40 points about the president and his speech. Some were complimentary, some were un-. One was merely observational: “Obama looks arrogant, whether he’s arrogant or not. I don’t think he can help it: It’s the upturned chin. When actors want to preen and so on, they turn that chin upward. Yikes.”

For this observation, Keith Olbermann named me one

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Books, Arts & Manners




Finding Hassett’s premise unsatisfactory regarding racial differences in layoff rates.
The Week

The Week

During the eight years of George W. Bush, we heard constantly that dissent is the highest form of patriotism.


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A Revolt in Cuba

A Revolt in Cuba

Last month, thousands of Cubans poured into the streets, daring to protest the government that has ruled them for 60-plus years.