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The Republicans’ Smart Move on the White Supremacy Issue

Ordinarily, I don't go public with such an early draft of a piece as this. I expect that a more polished version will be...

Video: “Trump is the savior of Western Civilization” Blogger Attacks African-American...

For some background on the craziness that went down at the Charlottesville City Council meeting Monday night (video below), see Who’s a racist? Wes...

My Labor Day Weekend Reading: “Democracy for Realists” and “The End...

Fun guy that I am (heh), I spent a chunk of Labor Day weekend reading two books -- Democracy for Realists and The End of...

How to Think about “Black Lives Matter”

This piece will be running in newspapers in my conservative congressional District (VA-06). It was ready to run some weeks ago, but I...

EW Jackson Continues to Tweet Out Racist Lies, This Time on...

Check out the latest racist lie, tweeted out this morning by self-hating extremist and racist, EW Jackson. My first reaction was, WTF, that can not...

Del. David Toscano’s Update from the Va. General Assembly: Another Shocking...

by Virginia House Democratic Leader David Toscano Americans continue to wake up to increasingly disturbing incidents of gun violence and death. Videos capture two horrific...

Race & Density Explain Virginia’s Politics, Not Woodard’s “Nations”

In the Washington Monthly, author Colin Woodard is trotting out an explanation of the Virginia election based on cultural heritage.
I'm not talking about "NoVa" versus the Old Dominion, but something much older that suburban Washington: the massive schism between the state's Tidewater and Greater Appalachian sections, one that has created tensions since the days of the House of Burgesses and, certainly, the secession of West Virginia.
Is there a deeper East vs. West divide within the Old Dominion, beyond the idea of an urban crescent vs. rural Virginia fight?

Let's find out.

Felix’s Racial Vulnerability

There's a connection between the Virginia Beach Republican Party (VBRP) Chair (former) and George Allen. It is Kenny Golden. The three of them present as models of objectivity. And all three of them are at best ignorant and at worst, well, racially intolerant. Maybe both. Golden failed twice. Will Allen?

You see, Kenny received that now famous E-mail back in the day; you know, a few months ago when Dave Bartholomew was learning about this new internet thing and accidently forwarded a racially charged joke to the six people he deliberately added to the "To..." list.

The e-mail was dated March 15 and sent from the address that Bartholomew uses as party chairman. Bartholomew forwarded it without reading the contents when "he was first getting familiar with the Internet," -- Gary Byler, the 2nd Congressional District GOP chairman as quoted in the Virginian Pilot
So, did Golden respond to the E-mail he received from his successor as the Virginia Beach Republican Party Chair with a cautionary note? Or did he forward the E-mail to his college chum, George Felix Allen who also found it unobjectionable? That's the problem once you've unveiled your intolerance. There's always that nagging doubt.

Video: NAACP Demands “Come Home to Jesus” Meeting with Jim Webb


The Executive Director of the Virginia State Conference, King Salim Khalfani, explains why he is angry at the Tea Party movement and at Jim Webb for his op-ed on affirmative action. Among other things, Khalfani says that Webb "lied" on a number of fronts, including the title, the "myth of white privilege." Something tells me, this debate isn't going to end anytime soon.

P.S. For more, see Decision Virginia. Excellent reporting by Ryan Nobles on this one!

Virginia NAACP: Jim Webb and Rand Paul “are kith and kin”

I'm pretty much speechless over this tirade letter, from the Executive Director of the Virginia NAACP, about Jim Webb and his Wall Street Journal op-ed on affirmative action. Read the NAACP's Executive Director's letter for yourself.
...Your opponent then and coming George Allen would not have had the gall to write about the "myth of white privilege" even though I am sure he feels that way. In African culture, it is said, when people show & tell you who they are. Believe them!" Your written word has spoken volumes for your belief system.

It appears that you and U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul are kith and kin. Do you really believe that affirmative action has hurt white, Anglo-Saxon Protestants or are you pandering to the divisive, conservative, Tea Bagger types whose votes you will need in 2012? The true beneficiaries of affirmative action programs are white, Anglo-Saxon women...overwhelmingly. If a white, republican, ultra-right winger, or Rush, Beck or O'Reilly had written or spoken it, the world would have known about it...

You have given cover & solace to those "who want to take their country back (from whom?), who want to reload not regroup, who think it is ok to spit on and use racial epithets against African members of the House of Representatives...

Rand Paul? George Allen? "Rush, Beck or O'Reilly?" Ee gads.

h/t: NLS