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April 6th, 2014
thesmithian

When we think about the Civil Rights Act, our minds are drawn to scenes of obstructionist Southern politicians and presidential arm-twisting. But we often forget the broader context of activism and protest in which the bill’s long journey across Capitol Hill took place…These two stories—the political theater inside the Capitol, and the violent tumult of civil rights protests outside it—did not happen independently. Each drove the other. Few pieces of legislation in American history have been as intimately connected to its social context as the Civil Rights Act.

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March 24th, 2014
thesmithian

'The Washington media taste-makers and “thinkfluencers” loved it. All the signs of 2016 swoonfest are clear already. This insider media group is going to build this guy up, find him “interesting” and “fresh,” and they’ll promote him over that old hecate (as they see it) Hillary Clinton in much the way they once promoted George W. Bush over Al Gore as the superior person to have a beer with.'

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March 19th, 2014
thesmithian

'…the RNC’s “Black Trailblazers” event at the Howard Theatre in DC was packed with black conservatives. But that will only get Republicans so far…'

They say they want black votes, but they are still trying to make it difficult for blacks to vote (see Ohio and … Wisconsin). They know their electoral salvation rests in the hands of Latino voters. They know that comprehensive immigration reform will secure it. But they continue to block any action on comprehensive immigration reform…

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March 9th, 2014
thesmithian

A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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A “Jeopardy” answer might be: “He was the most famous civil rights activist not to attend the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” The correct question to that answer is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?” Another such answer might be: “He invented the slogan ‘Black Power’ and married famed South African singer Miriam Makeba.” The question again is “Who was Stokely Carmichael?”

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February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

mannybricks:

© Perry Riddle / National Archives, July 1975, Michigan Avenue, Chicago

This photo is part of the exhibition Documerica - Searching for the Seventies at Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery / National Archives, Washington DC, USA. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Check this post for more photos and information about the exhibition.

Exhibition dates:

» find more exhibitions here «

[look of the hour]

(Source: burnedshoes)

Reblogged from Manny Bricks.
February 14th, 2014
thesmithian

'…recent independent reports…confirmed what anybody who has spent some time abroad already knows. “Americans in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC are paying higher prices for slower Internet service.'

January 29th, 2014
thesmithian

…what the vow of executive action…constitutes is a gamble that Americans…agree more with the liberal economic vision than the conservative one. The hope: If people support liberal economic policies like the minimum wage hike, they will support accomplishing them via executive action, won’t care about process, and will contrast this action favorably with Congressional Republicans, who will remain associated with Washington dysfunction and, by extension, economic pessimism.

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January 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

newyorker:

The President talks about climate change, Iran, the atmosphere in Washington, and the future of American policy in these outtakes from a series of exclusive interviews with David Remnick: http://nyr.kr/LY18Sw

Photograph: Pete Souza

[meaningful glance]

Reblogged from The New Yorker
January 21st, 2014
thesmithian

'…can you imagine the media's reaction if, as U.S. Senator, Barack Obama had angrily wagged his finger in the face of Illinois voters during town hall meetings, or if he had flown in a $12 million, state-owned helicopter to attend one of his daughter's baseball games? Chris Christie did those things and the D.C. press never flinched as journalists built him up as an “authentic” leader.'

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November 23rd, 2013
thesmithian

'…Florida Congressman Trey Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and was sentenced to one year of probation after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine from an undercover agent in D.C.'s Dupont Circle neighborhood. To put that in perspective, when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was arrested for smoking a “little speck” of crack cocaine that was not in his personal possession back in 1990, he was sentenced to six months in a federal prison. That about sums up the racial disparity crisis between cocaine and crack possession sentencing in our nation, which despite recent reforms, still allows white men leniency in the courts compared to African-Americans.'

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November 21st, 2013
thesmithian

…mass terrorism has largely replaced targeted murder as both the defining political act and cultural preoccupation of our times.

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November 4th, 2013
thesmithian

'…just about all members of Congress are drawn from the…top 10%—as are almost all their friends and associates, and even the media who report on them. Get it? The bottom 90 percent of Americans—most of whom are still suffering from the Great Recession, most of whom have been on a downward escalator for decades—have disappeared from official Washington.'

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