In honor (?) of the Bush administration’s attempt to rush through last minute legislation to open the Grand Canyon area to uranium mining:
Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune, 11.07.08
A combo shot at the new puppy and Rahm Emanuel:
Jimmy Margulies, The Record (NJ), 11.08.08
A little more on the historic nature of the election: from Rosa Parks to Barack Obama:
Jack Ohman, The Portland Oregonian, 11.07.08
On the dichotomy of the Obama win v. the ban on gay marriage in California and other defeats of civil rights measures for gays and lesbians in Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas:
Mikhaela Reid, 11.07.08
This one was jarring … because it’s from Sweden:
Riber Hansson, Sweden, 8.17.08
And, finally, to begin the recognition of Veterans’ Day. Remember, political cartoons (and children) frequently confront us with a truth we don’t want to face:
Rick McKee, The Augusta Chronicle (GA), 11.08.08
If you’d like to help, visit the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
So after we acknowledge Thomas Friedman’s assertion (correct, I think) that Obama’s election puts one final nail in the coffin of the Civil War, we should engage in a discussion of whether or not the election means that this country has become “post-racial.” I have one word for my opinion: bullshit. This Week in Blackness has lots of words:
Where I live, the Civil War is sometimes frequently referred to as the “late great unpleasantness.” In the New York Times this morning, Thomas Friedman argues that the Civil War could not have truly ended until the election of Barack Obama, or someone like him:
And so it came to pass that on Nov. 4, 2008, shortly after 11 p.m. Eastern time, the American Civil War ended, as a black man — Barack Hussein Obama — won enough electoral votes to become president of the United States.
A civil war that, in many ways, began at Bull Run, Virginia, on July 21, 1861, ended 147 years later via a ballot box in the very same state. For nothing more symbolically illustrated the final chapter of America’s Civil War than the fact that the Commonwealth of Virginia — the state that once exalted slavery and whose secession from the Union in 1861 gave the Confederacy both strategic weight and its commanding general — voted Democratic, thus assuring that Barack Obama would become the 44th president of the United States.
This moment was necessary, for despite a century of civil rights legislation, judicial interventions and social activism — despite Brown v. Board of Education, Martin Luther King’s I-have-a-dream crusade and the 1964 Civil Rights Act — the Civil War could never truly be said to have ended until America’s white majority actually elected an African-American as president.
Yes we did.
- Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune
I especially like this one, because it’s from overseas:
- Stephane Peray, The Nation, Bangkok, Thailand, 11.04.08
And from our neighbor to the North:
- Tab (Thomas Boldt), The Calgary Sun, Alberta, Canada, 11.04.08
- Ed Stein, The Rocky Mountain News, 11.04.08
Mike Luckovich, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 11.04.08
And from South Africa: