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Maine GOP Chair Suspicious of 'Dozens of Black Voters'

'Nobody in town knows anyone who's black,' Charlie Webster protests

(Newser) - Maine GOP chair Charlie Webster thinks his state is rife with voter fraud—and he has evidence. "In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day," Webster told WCSH 6 . "Everybody has the right to... More »

Falling From Favor: The Term 'African American'

Changing tastes have many preferring 'black'—or just 'American'

(Newser) - African Americans are increasingly shunning, well, the very term "African American," with many just preferring "black" amid increasingly complex origins and loyalties, reports the AP . "African American" rose to popularity in the 1980s, thanks in large part of Jesse Jackson's 1988 run for the presidency,... More »

View Blasted for Blaming HIV on Secretly Gay Blacks

Show refuses to correct 'dangerous' info

(Newser) - GLAAD is determined to get an apology from The View, saying one of its cohosts perpetuated a “dangerous myth” about HIV in the black community last month. On the June 22 show, guest host DL Hughley blamed “the prevalence of HIV in the African American community” on “... More »

Obama to Meet With Black Church Leaders

White House meeting comes amid criticism from African Americans

(Newser) - Barack Obama will meet with about 20 black religious leaders at the White House today, following a broader Easter prayer breakfast, in his latest attempt to reach out to the African-American community. Criticism of Obama within those ranks heated up last month, the Washington Post notes, but a White House... More »

Obama Is Politicizing Haiti, Rush Maintains

And woman calling him on it is 'bigot' with 'tampons in her ears'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh said today he didn’t mean to discourage private donations to Haiti relief efforts yesterday in insisting that Americans had already made a contribution via income taxes—but did stand by a claim that President Obama is using those efforts to boost his popularity in the black community.... More »

Time to Get Tough on Obama, Say Some Blacks

Making 'history is not enough,' argue commentators

(Newser) - He made history on January 20—but some black politicos say the honeymoon is over with President Obama, the Washington Post reports. Taking the president to task will ultimately help him lead, says talk show host Tavis Smiley. “History is not enough,” notes black media personality Jeff Johnson.... More »

Obama Sends Messages Whites Don't Hear

"Dog-whistle" politics lets prez court blacks without alienating whites

(Newser) - It’s no surprise that President Obama has a strong connection with black Americans. But how did he manage to avoid being pigeonholed Jesse Jackson-style? Nia-Malika Henderson writes in Politico that Obama uses “dog-whistle politics," employing allusions, cadences—even a swagger—that resonate with black Americans but go... More »

Black DC Vies for First Couple's Attention

(Newser) - From churches to hair salons, Washington’s black institutions are gunning for the Obamas’ patronage, the Washington Post reports. Many in the largely black city feel a sense of camaraderie with the first couple—and know that making a connection with the town's hottest celebrities would be “a tremendous... More »

Kitt's Purr Wore Down Racial Barriers

(Newser) - Eartha Kitt camped it up in Batman episodes and stirred live crowds with her crooning, but also nudged "Hollywood's color barrier several feet from the dominant crude stereotypes," Reed Johnson writes in the Los Angeles Times. The performer who danced with Katherine Dunham's troupe and acted alongside Sidney... More »

Obama Brings Radical Change —for Black Comedians

Hope infuses acts built on raging at system

(Newser) - The 2008 election was a game-changer for many facets of US society, and not least for black comedians, the LA Times reports. Many have made careers out of lampooning and railing against a system that seems stacked against them. “Now, there’s this self-made black man, and they don’... More »

Obama's Run Forces Debate on Black Identity

Candidacy highlights growing divides in black America

(Newser) - Barack Obama's candidacy has drawn overwhelming support from the black community but also sparked debate on how much of a community it really is. The Wall Street Journal examines how Obama's international and biracial heritage highlights the growing diversity of black America, and some of the tensions this has created.... More »

Obama Against Reparations for Slavery

Prefers schools, jobs; opposes legislation backed by NAACP

(Newser) - Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders. The man with a serious chance to become the nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the... More »

Obama Treads Lightly on Issue of Race

Democrats try to avoid race war with McCain

(Newser) - Race has once again crept into the presidential race this week, and Barack Obama did his best to ignore it, the New York Times reports. John McCain’s campaign accused Obama of “playing the race card…from the bottom of the deck” when the Dem said McCain might attack... More »

Obama to NAACP: 'Seize Responsibility'

Candidate pushes home message on accountability at NAACP convention

(Newser) - Barack Obama stood firm on his message to blacks of personal responsibility in his speech to the NAACP convention yesterday, reports the Chicago Tribune. The candidate, accused by Jesse Jackson last week of "talking down to black people," revisited his theme of personal accountability while stressing that responsibility... More »

Black Media Outlets Focus on Obama Ads

Budget for African-American outreach unclear

(Newser) - The Barack Obama campaign hasn't spent much on advertising in African-American media, a trend many hope the candidate will reverse as he gears up for the general election, Advertising Age reports. "The audience has to be motivated to get out and vote," says a BET exec who cautions... More »

Did Jackson Vent for Many?

Jackson's crude remarks highlight frustration over apparent shift right

(Newser) - Jesse Jackson is catching plenty of flak for his "cutting" remarks about Barack Obama, but he is unlikely to be the only one feeling some frustration with the candidate, writes Suzanne Goldenberg in the Guardian. Many supporters are angry Obama appears to be shifting to the right as he... More »

Obama Found His Identity in Chicago's Gritty South Side

Political journey began in years as organizer

(Newser) - Between graduating college and starting Harvard Law School, Barack Obama spent three years working as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side. As he learned how to rally and mobilize people to progressive causes, he also developed a greater understanding of his identity as an African American. The New York ... More »

Offended, Black Ministers Decry Wright's Comments

And are concerned that he's hurt Barack Obama

(Newser) - Jeremiah Wright's ideas don't "represent mainstream black thought on Sunday morning," black ministers and parishioners tell the Los Angeles Times—and they're worried that his recent comments are offensive and damaging to Barack Obama’s candidacy. “This didn’t have anything to do with the black church—... More »

Are Black Immigrants Black?

Debra Dickerson on the divide between 'native' and 'immigrant' blacks

(Newser) - The notion that a black American must be a “descendant of West African slaves brought here to labor for whites against their will” just reinforces the “invisibility that black immigrants face in America,” Debra Dickerson writes in Mother Jones. But she can’t escape it herself, she... More »

Obama Raises Black Hopes

Across the nation, his win brings pride, joy, and hope

(Newser) - African-Americans across the country are largely proud, amazed, and thrilled after Barack Obama's Iowa win, writes the New York Times. Interviews across the country found that while Obama's support among black people is not universal, his triumph in a white state is nonetheless worthy of celebration. “I think he’... More »

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