John McCain’s son to the ‘ignorant racists’ criticizing an Old Navy ad with an interracial couple: ‘Eat it’By Yasmin S
Original Source: Emily Heil @ The Washington Post News
Sen. John McCain’s son, Jack, had a blunt assessment of the people criticizing an Old Navy ad featuring an interracial couple: “Ignorant racists.”
The controversy began when the low-price fashion chain tweeted an ad on Friday featuring a good-looking, adorably dressed couple with their “child.” Dad’s white, and mom’s black.
Predictably, there was nasty backlash on Twitter. And then backlash to the backlash.
Which is where Jack McCain came in. The fifth of the Arizona
Republican’s seven children, Jack McCain is a Navy lieutenant and
helicopter pilot — and he’s
married to a black woman, Air Force Reserve Capt. Renee
Swift. “To the people upset about the
of an a picture of a mixed race marriage, eat it,” he tweeted on
Monday, along with a picture of the couple in military uniforms.
McCain was only one of many people responding to the ad by posting pictures of their own mixed-race families.
A few minutes later, he tweeted a picture of the pair on their 2013 wedding day. “I hope this one burns too, you ignorant racists,” he wrote.
Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
‘God called my bluff’: A Christian blogger faces fury over a post about her white daughter’s marriage to a black manBy Yasmin S
Original Source: Derek Hawkins @ Morning Mix
When Gaye Clark prayed to God to send her daughter Anna a “godly, kind” husband, she got exactly what she asked for.
Glenn was a devout Christian who volunteered at church, mentoring kids in an after-school program. By day, he worked as an applications developer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, and he was well on his way to becoming “a great dad and a good provider,” Clark said.
Glenn was a gentleman, too. Clark noticed that he’d hold doors open for Anna, even at the grocery store. Her daughter seemed happy, she said.
But there was one thing the 53-year-old mother was hung up on: Glenn was a black man with dreadlocks.
Clark, a white freelance writer and cardiac care nurse from Georgia, confessed in a blog post Tuesday on the website the Gospel Coalition, or TGC, that she initially struggled with the idea of her daughter marrying an African American man. In it, she explained how she ultimately came to embrace her daughter’s decision, and offered some advice for parents like her to consider if they, too, are hesitant about a child’s interracial marriage.
The post, titled “When God Sends Your White Daughter a Black Husband,” has since been taken down from the website, but not before receiving a hail of criticism from readers online, many of whom called it tone-deaf, un-Christian and downright racist.
Clark, for her part, thought she was being open-minded.
“I was proud of a wish list void of unrealistic expectations,” she wrote. “But God called my bluff.”
Clark said she never envisioned her daughter in an interracial marriage. But after Clark saw the sparkle in Anna’s eyes when she introduced her to Glenn, she came around.
In her post, Clark urged parents in her situation to keep an open mind, too. Among her recommendations: Be patient with bigoted family members, forge a good relationship with the groom’s family and “remember heaven’s demographics.”
Clark also wrote that “Glenn moved from being a black man to beloved son when I saw his true identity as an image bearer of God, a brother in Christ, and a fellow heir to God’s promises.”
However well-intentioned Clark’s words might have been, they backfired.
Beyond the intensely negative reaction on social media, Clark and her family received thousands of hateful comments and even threats from white supremacist groups, the site’s editors said.
On Wednesday, Clark asked TGC to remove the post, saying she was “profoundly grieved by the hurt and harm it has caused.” It was taken down later in the day.
Clark wasn’t immediately available for comment Wednesday.
The furor over Clark’s piece is unsurprising. Interracial marriage — which Clark acknowledged was once a “taboo” in white society — has risen steadily since the U.S. Supreme Court scrubbed the remaining state anti-miscegenation laws from the books in its landmark Loving v. Virginia ruling in 1967.
In 2013, a record-setting 12 percent of newlyweds were married to someone of a race different from their own, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of census data. More than 6 percent of all spouses were married to someone of a different race, up from less than 1 percent in the years after the Loving decision. About 19 percent of blacks and 7 percent of whites who got married in 2013 had spouses of a different race, according to Pew. And the figure was even higher for black men, one in four of whom married someone who was not black.
TGC editor Jason Cook explained the editorial decisions that went into Clark’s piece in a podcast Wednesday that was featured in the post’s place.
Cook, who is black, said he had read the post before publication, as had Glenn and Anna. He said he also sent it to “multiple African Americans and people of color.”
“All these eyes that were put on this article all basically came back and said that the article itself was very helpful, that it was beautiful,” Cook said in the podcast.
But in light of the backlash, he said, TGC could have done things a lot differently.
First and foremost, Cook said, the site would have been better off inviting Glenn’s mother to co-author the piece to bring in perspectives from both families and both races.
Cook also acknowledged readers’ concerns about Clark coming off as a “white hero,” saying it “probably wasn’t the best for the main discussion of such sensitive issues.”
“There are a lot of things we could have done better, and we’re going to learn from this,” he said. “We hear our brothers and sisters, and we respect that.”
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Original Source: Grace Chen @ Public School Review
Which states have the most diverse public schools? We analyze our data to find how much diversity truly exists on public school campuses. Learn about the varying levels of school diversity in regions around the nation, as well as the benefits derived from ethnic diversity in schools.
Original Source: Saritha Prabhu @ The Tennessean
Michelle Obama says Hillary Clinton is advancing the cause for women so "all our sons and daughters now take for granted that a woman can be President of the United States." (July 25) AP
Michelle Obama put it poignantly in her convention speech about the race-based attacks: “When they go low, we go high.”
Whatever one’s politics, it’s safe to say that President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have been great role models for the last seven-and-a-half years. Only the racist or the hyperpartisan would probably say otherwise.
They have conducted themselves — as spouses, parents and public servants — in a way that has been a credit to their country, their race and their upbringing.
There has been no drama, no personal scandal, no public bad behavior from their teenage daughters, no nothing.
What makes their White House years remarkable is that they did so in the face of often ugly racial taunts and disrespect from not just some ordinary Americans, but often some elected leaders and officials.
We’re not talking here about legitimate policy-based differences with the president, which is fine, but racially tinged disrespect.
In particular, President Obama’s demeanor has been especially admirable. I always thought he was the Jackie Robinson of American politics — as the first African-American president of the country, he knew he’d face disrespect, but he also knew that, like Robinson, he’d not be able to have the luxury of showing anger or getting affected by it.
Michelle Obama put it poignantly in her convention speech about the race-based attacks: “When they go low, we go high.”
The list of race-based taunts and disrespect were many — from prominent people questioning his birthplace and his faith, from elected leaders like Gov. Jan Brewer to Rep. Joe Wilson to many others showing open disrespect, to the many racist political cartoons depicting the first family.
It’s true that past presidents like Bill Clinton and George W. Bush faced their own share of “derangement syndromes” from their detractors. But in Obama’s case, there was an added layer of ugliness and darkness to the verbal attacks.
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CHARLEMONT — With all the clamor and divisiveness about the upcoming presidential election, where does the youth vote stand?
Former Pew Research Center executive and author Paul Taylor will discuss this and other generational changes in his talk, “Millennials and The Next America” on Wednesday. This is part of the Charlemont Forum at the Charlemont Federated Church, and the free program begins at 7 p.m.
Taylor says today’s 77 million millennials, ages 18 to 35, are the most liberal generation the country has ever produced. They are also more racially diverse, more accepting of same-sex marriage, immigration and aware of economic inequality. In Pew Research polls, more than half of millennials identify politically as “independent” — which is more than any other generation before them.
Taylor believes it’s unlikely the majority of millennials would vote for Donald Trump, but adds that Hillary Clinton may have to work harder for voter turnout among the millennials.
“Obama and Sanders have been the two candidates who were able to get their message out to millennials — Bernie Sanders with his economic message and Obama with (his message of) hope and change,” Taylor remarked. He said the polls show Hillary doing better than Trump with young voters at this point.
Taylor said Sanders won between 70 to 75 percent of the millennial vote in the primaries because they saw him as “authentic, an outsider, and not tainted by being part of a corrupt system.”
He said Clinton may not have as much appeal as Sanders, but “in Donald Trump, the alternative is so unpalatable.”
Although optimistic about their future, millennials are also the first generation in modern history to have less wealth and more debt than their parents’ generation had at the same stage of life. As a result, millennials are taking longer to reach adult milestones: living at home with parents longer, marrying later and having children at an older age. Only 26 percent of millennials are married, compared to 48 percent of Baby boomers when they were under 35.
“They’re the transitional generation to America’s majority, non-white future,” Taylor wrote in an essay for “The Catalyst,” which is published by the George W. Bush Institute.
He said 44 percent of millennials are “non-white” — Hispanic, black, Asian and mixed-race. About 50 percent polled think interracial marriage is “a good thing for society,” and about 35 percent think children being raised by same-sex couples is a good thing, according to Taylor. In 2013, about 16 percent of all marriages were between spouses of different races or ethnicity, he said.
“Millennials’ liberalism derives largely from something they’ll never age out of — their diversity,” Taylor says. “They’re the transitional generation to America’s majority nonwhite future.”
“If not for the votes of Millennials in 2012, almost certainly this year, the incumbent president running for re-election would have been Mitt Romney,” Taylor said. If the 2012 presidential campaign been held only among voters age 30 and up, Romney would have won by 2 million votes instead of losing by 5 million votes, according to Taylor.
He said Millennial voter turnout for Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012 was about 40 percent. But in the 2014 national election, without a presidential race, Millennial turnout was 20 percent.
Taylor’s book, “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown,” draws on his work at Pew Research Center to reflect on the political impact of young voters between the ages of 18 to 35.
Besides serving as the Pew Research Center’s executive vice president, Taylor served as president of the Alliance for Better Campaigns, a public interest group that sought to improve the content of political campaign communication on television. Its honorary co-chairs had been Walter Cronkite and former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Before that, he was a newspaper reporter for 25 years, including at The Washington Post.
The Charlemont Forum is supported by the Cultural Councils of Plainfield, Conway, Charlemont, Hawley, Amherst, Heath, and Shelburne through funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
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The hijab is but a frame for the beautiful person you are outside and within.
Thank you for introducing yourself to me on the school yard when I was new to the community. Had you not, I don’t know if I would have extended a hand.
When I first saw you in the neighborhood, I avoided eye contact. I couldn’t see pass the hijab. Your headscarf represented to me a religion of extremes, a culture of anti-Semitism and a stifling of the modern woman. I quickly concluded we were from different worlds and hence, unable to find common ground - until we did.
Our sons’ fast friendship led to ours. Several conversations, a few CrossFit WODs and a shared hookah later, my eyes shifted their focus.
Your commitment to Islam is rooted in a spirituality that transcends all religions.
When asked, “What did you learn from making pilgrimage to Mecca?” you told the young people at the local mosque that in light of the experience, both positive and negative, you returned grateful for the gifts God gives us as free, healthy human beings and with an understanding that He loves us, imperfections and all.
At home, you demonstrate your love for God through modesty, daily prayer, study and diet. But that love is also deeply evident in the thoughtful way in which you respect yourself, interact with others, approach parenting, nurture relationships and care for patients.
Your words and actions remind me we are all connected.
You have an open, accepting and generous heart.
As a Christian woman raising Jewish children married to a man with a strong connection to Israel, I was worried my friendship with someone of Palestinian descent might be tricky. I was wrong.
From day one, you welcomed my family into your home. You taught us about your culture, answered questions, appreciated our traditions, and even joined us for holidays. When my son swallowed a marble, you were at my door despite having worked a full day. When I had jury duty, you spent the afternoon with my boys even though your children had busy schedules of their own. You think of my family whenever you cook or travel and thanks to your charming sweet tooth, my children affectionately refer to you as “The Candy Fairy.”
The goodness that emanates from you inspires me be better.
You are an advocate for women; a role model for your son and daughters.
Your dress may be traditional, but your ideas are progressive, willful and strong. I was moved when in an effort to understand practices, question inequities and evoke change, you approached Muslim women in the streets of Mecca and asked how they felt wearing a khimar, a long garment covering their head, neck, and shoulders, ran errands in pants to encourage dialogue and questioned local leaders about the sanitation of the city.
Every day I watch you work tirelessly to support your family, use your education to help others, handle conflict and struggle with grace and perseverance, tackle new adventures with uncanny energy, act zany, be fun and simply love life.
You are an exemplary, modern American woman who I feel proud to call friend.
Connection and communication helped me confront prejudice, challenge stereotypes and understand a culture I knew only through media, politics and hearsay. I have renewed hope for future generations when I see our sons playing, laughing and treating each other as brothers.
The hijab is but a frame for the beautiful person you are outside and within.“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” -Martin Luther King Jr.
Original Source: Roque Planas National Reporter fro the Huffington Post.
Let’s not forget the pain of the white working class, she urged.
WASHINGTON ― Hillary Clinton may view Donald Trump as a racist misogynist, but she feels some sympathy for his supporters.
Speaking at a conference of black and Hispanic journalists, the Democratic presidential nominee walked a fine line, casting many of Trump’s most controversial comments as racist and xenophobic, while declining to extend that characterization to his ardent supporters.
“We have to recognize that, of course, some of the appeal [of Trump] is xenophobic, racist, misogynistic,” Clinton said, while cautioning the audience not to “lose sight of the pain that many Americans are feeling because the economy has left them behind.”
Clinton recalled Trump’s harsh words against Mexican immigrants and his repeated attacks against Khizr and Ghazala Khan, Muslim parents who lost their Army captain son, Humayun, in the Iraq war.
Despite the wide gulf that separates Clinton from Trump’s hardcore supporters, she explained his nationalist appeal as a reaction to the declining fortunes of much of the American middle class with the dwindling of manufacturing and the harsh recession of 2008.
She said she’d met with a coal mining family in West Virginia, a state she expects to lose in November. But in listening to their concerns, Clinton said she became more sensitive to the wider discontent among Trump supporters with the shortage of stable jobs with decent pay.
“We have to reject and stand up against the appeals to the kind of bigotry and the use of bluster and bullying we’ve seen come from the Trump campaign,” Clinton said. “But let’s not forget the pain … all Americans are feeling.”
She added that she would continue to reach out to Americans “of all ethnicities,” a phrase usually invoked to refer to groups other than white males.
Clinton made the comments at a joint annual conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Trump was invited to attend, but declined.
The GOP presidential nominee has consistently alienated voters of color that the Republican Party sought to reach out to more consistently after Mitt Romney bombed among Hispanics in 2012, winning only 27 percent of the Latino vote.
Instead, Trump’s support base is largely white and male, though a McClatchy-Marist poll released Friday showed that his support among that demographic had dropped from a 14-point lead over Clinton last month to just eight points after the conventions and his public feud with the Khan family.
Editor’s note: Donald
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Cush Jumbo, best known for appearing in US series The Good Wife, has called for more ethnic diversity on British TV.
The London-born actress told BBC Radio 5 live UK television "doesn't represent the country we live in".
She added the US has "huge race problems", but said she could find more work there because there were "more options for you to try".
"I would jump at the chance for there to be more parts for me here," she said, referring to the UK.
"It's not that I think [producers and casting directors] are racist or don't like me," she said.
"It's that we have an idea in our heads here of representation on TV, and it doesn't represent the country we live in, and it should."
The 30-year old revealed she had been told her mixed race background made her unsuitable for several roles she had auditioned for on British TV shows.
'Top down' approach
She said: "You get feedback from auditions - and they might say something along the lines of, 'We're only casting fully black or fully white people for this particular project, and because you're mixed [race] that doesn't work.'
"Or I've had, 'You were the absolute best person for the part but you don't fit with the family shade-wise.'"
The actress, whose mother is British and father Nigerian, is well known for her portrayal of lawyer Lucca Quinn in US drama The Good Wife.
She called for change in the UK television industry and referred to the "Oscars So White" movement, which saw several actors boycott the Academy Awards earlier this year in protest over the lack of nominees from ethnic minorities.
"I think we have to start from the top down," Jumbo said.
"If our producers and the people sitting on our boards and trusts and the people writing don't have different experiences, then of course the work that drips down is just of one or two or three experiences... not the experience of anybody else.
"It's a little bit like what happened with the Oscars where they made some huge changes very quickly because they realised they had to."
Nearly 700 entertainment figures have now been invited to become Academy members, with a focus on women and ethnic minorities.
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