Rich Benjamin

Obama’s Safe, Overrated and Airy Comments on the Trayvon Martin Affair

When people hold their breadth for your imminent words, isn’t it exasperating when you open your mouth, but don’t say much?

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So Much for “Post-Racial” America: Just This Week, We've Had the Zimmerman Trial, Paula Deen's Outrages, and Supreme Court's Voting Rights Assault

At an impromptu confab on the stoop yesterday, one of my favorite neighbors updated me on his daughter, a 27-year-old who graduated from law school with sterling grades. A year later, she is still looking for work. The family is white. I nodded my head in concern.  Like many of her peers, she feels an ominous future, where the bottom is falling out. The economy is in a terrible, indefinite convulsion, and the rules of engagement no longer hold. Things are falling apart.

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A Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man

"I wanted to write exactly what I did and what I saw and who I did it with and how it felt. But I did not include every instance of my smoking crack. It would take an encyclopedia to tell that story," says Bill Clegg on a recent, resplendent June evening.

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Racial Questions Rock the Census

If you have Central or Latin American blood coursing through your veins, imagine the confusion confronting you.

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Texas Suicide Flyer Had Real Populist Grievances

Liberals are dismissing Joseph Stack's rant as a brutal anti-government battle cry -- "Tea Party on steroids." Conservatives are dismissing it as the petulant whine of a "victim" who couldn't hack capitalism.

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White Racial Resentment Bubbles Under the Surface of the Tea Party Movement

Editor's Note: Rich Benjamin's commentary on the underlying "white grievance" currents in the Tea Party movement were buttressed Thursday by the statements of Republican Tom Tancredo, the opening speaker at the Tea Party convention. Tancredo told attendees that President Barack Obama was elected because "we do not have a civics, literacy test before people can vote in this country," an allusion to how Southern states used literacy tests as part of an effort to deny suffrage to African American voters before the civil rights era.

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Pockets of White America Are in the Throes of an Existential Crisis

The headlines snared my attention over the last several days. "White Americans' Majority to End By Mid-century," announces The Associated Press. "Projections Put Whites in Minority in U.S. by 2050," declares The New York Times.

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