With the collapse of the U.S. financial system, all other news tends to pale in comparison. Still, sticking with the main theme of this blog, here are a few of the interesting news items and blog posts that I stumbled across over the past week.
- How a Race About Race Could Be Less About Race. A fascinating report from the Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media and Public Policy that takes readers through a Malcolm Gladwell-esque survey of the role race may be playing in the current presidential campaign. Inevitably, some voters will cast votes against Barack Obama because he is black, says the subtitle, but research suggests he has options for reducing prejudiced voting in November.
- Congressman Apologizes for His Race-Baiting Comments About Sarah Palin. “Anybody toting guns and stripping moose don’t care too much about what they do with Jews and blacks,” said Alcee Hastings, the Democratic Florida congressman with an apparently impaired sense of decorum. Maybe Chris Rock has the best response.
- A ‘Maverick’ Evangelical Leader’s Take on Identity Politics. This NPR interview with Rich Cizik, vice president of governmental affairs for the National Association of Evangelicals, touches on Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and the consequences of identity politics in this year’s presidential election.
- Post-Racial Politics? Not Quite. Can an African American voter strongly support of John McCain while still esteeming Barack Obama? Yes, but it ain’t easy.
- Obama Effigy Found Hanging from Tree at Christian College. Most of you have probably heard about this unfortunate incident at George Fox University by now. Christianity Today had this report, and Princeton religion professor Yolanda Pierce had these observations over at The Kitchen Table, her excellent blog and ongoing dialogue with Princeton colleague Melissa Harris-Lacewell.