Monday, June 15, 2009

In the words of Rodney King, "Can't we all get along?"

There's been a lot of things to blog about in the last 2-3 weeks I've been out of regular blogging-mode. And a lot of it I wish hadn't happened or didn't exist, because it's heartbreaking. The murder of Dr. George Tiller by an anti-choice zealot. The murder of security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns by an anti-semitic/racist zealot at the U.S. Holocaust Museum. The right-wing attacks on Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor (and the bizarre portrait of her on the cover of The National Review with the title "The Wise Latina" combining racist caricatures of Asians with Latinas. Nice.).

[Aside: Judge Sotomayor is being stuck with the double-whammy of racism and sexism--there are plenty of folks who have weighed in on the right-wing attacks on her, but you should check out Nina Tottenberg's piece on NPR about the criticism that Sotomayor "dominates" her courts and is "mean". WTF???? Are you kidding me? So she's a woman who speaks her mind and doesn't back down. If anyone read the recent New Yorker article on Justice John Roberts knows, he goes on the offensive quite a bit from the bench (and the article scared the hell out of me because he has consistently voted against issues of social justice in terms of racial equality by claiming that an acknowledgement of race is, in itself, racist--AGHHHH!!!!!)]

So let me leave you with this New York Times Op-Ed piece by Frank Rich, "The Obama Hater's Silent Enablers." And I know a lot of people have mocked Rodney King's infamous words uttered in the aftermath of his trial (and during the first hours of mayhem in Los Angeles) but really, can't we all get along? C'mon people--at minimum, can we just NOT shoot one another?

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