Now here’s a good way for the GOP to make the case that it hasn’t been reduced to a southern regional rump party that’s held hostage by intolerant crackpots: Elect as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee a southerner who just resigned a longtime membership in a whites-only country club.
Katon Dawson, the South Carolina GOP chairman, announced his candidacy for RNC chair yesterday.
And guess what: Back in September, when Dawson was first quietly laying the groundwork for his RNC run, The State newspaper reported that he resigned his membership in the nearly 80-year-old Forest Lake Club. Members told the newspaper at the time that the club’s deed has a whites-only restriction and has no black members.
Dawson claimed to the paper that he’d actually been working since August to change the club’s admission practices after reading about them in the press [...]
With just one day before the most anticipated political showdown of a generation, certain critical steps must be taken if a repeat of Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004 is to be avoided. Democracy Now! hosted a segment, today, on issues surrounding voter-empowerment and voting-rights:
In an interview with CNN’s Campbell Brown, Monday night, NBA legend, Charles Barkley, mentioned that racism was still an integral part of U.S. political life. Surprisingly, FOX News wasn’t to happy about it, and talk-show host, Sean Hannity, made much hoopla about it on his show last night. “Liberal Commentator,” Bob Beckel, was featured as a guest to provide some analysis on Barkley’s charge. Beckel responded saying, “I would rather take the words of a drunk on the corner down here on politics than Charles Barkley’s… He’s a great basketball player, but he ought to stay there. That’s exactly right. And not wander into our neighborhood, you know.” What does Beckel mean by “our neighborhood?” Perhaps, in Beckle and FOX News’s minds, Black athletes can only function one-dimensionally. This might explain why politically-conscious athletes like Etan Thomas have become increasingly marginalized in mainstream athleticism:
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In several key states, voters are reporting of irregularities at the polling booth. Most voters are expressing concern with the electronic voting machine system. Worries of ballot-tampering are sweeping the progressive world, as early-voters share stories of machine malfunctioning. In Tennessee, a filmmaker-couple reported of pushing a button to vote for Sen. Obama, but having the screen instead highlight Green Party Presidential nominee, Cynthia McKinney’s name. McKinney, on Friday, condemned these occurrences and is asking for thorough investigations into the scathing reports. Could this be the Republican strategy: Blame Cynthia McKinney for Sen. Obama’s loss?
Democracy Now! filed a report on these incidents:
Should Black Voters be concerned with the numerous allegations of Voter-purging? BBC Reporter, Greg Palast, believes so. In this short documentary, Palast reports of bi-partisan efforts, across state lines, to disenfranchise poor and “minority” voters:
If the claim that 2 million Black votes were discounted in 2000 – in favor of a White man – holds any substance, one can only wonder what measures are being presently taken — given the context that a Black man is running, with a 90% voter turnout rate in the Black Community.
To empower voters, Rev. Jesse Jackson is sponsoring stealbackyourvote.com. Visit for resourceful information on your Voting Rights.
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