A Fox News Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve, and the Fox News dire warnings about the so-called ‘War on Christmas’ are at full fever crescendo, with Roger Ailes’ stable of presenters frothier than Rick Santorum at a bible-belt pep rally. Or in San Francisco, ministering with Marcus Bachmann (aka: “Swiss Miss.”)

Meanwhile, several time zones to the east, pilots of the Royal Norwegian Air Force are leaving their ready rooms in Bodø, above the Arctic Circle, to escort ole St.… [Read more]

Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? Me, Kinda.

I’m teaching a Black Politics course this summer, and I’m using Toure’s “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now“ as the primary textbook. Initially, I planned to take the traditional route – lecturing from works by the usual suspects: Manning Marable, Michael Dawson, Cornel West. But I decided in the end that I wanted to discuss race in a contemporary way, and Toure’s work allows me that freedom.… [Read more]

SCOTUS: A Vote of No Confidence

I found the following poll this morning:

“I am going to read you a list of institutions in American society. Please tell me how much confidence you, yourself, have in each one: a great deal, quite a lot, some, or very little? What about the U.S. Supreme Court?”[Read more]

What Will Be Our Healthcare Legacy?

I was born in a country in which the government provides health care for its citizens. The nationalised system in the United Kingdom is not perfect; many people complain about it but, for the most part, people seem comfortable with the idea that their taxes go towards ensuring that nobody will lose a lifetime of savings due to illness.… [Read more]