Jamelle Bouie

Jamelle Bouie is a staff writer at The American Prospect.

Recent Articles

In the Future, Everyone will be Rick Sanchez.

I thought Paul Campos had a fine response to Rick Sanchez 's self-pitying rant about himself, CNN and the Jews: Look Rick, in America in 2010 you and me are basically white guys — just like Jon Stewart . Now I’m not doubting that somebody somewhere has said or done something nasty to you because of your last name (which is the only thing that would ever signal to anybody that you might have had trouble joining the New York Athletic Club in 1965), but you’re white. Comparing your life experiences to those of black people in the deep South is preposterous. It’s unfortunate that a CNN pooh bah once said something tactless to you, but if that’s your best example of what sort of things you’ve had to overcome as a “minority” in America, then I suggest you might ask yourself why your last name is still Sanchez while Jon Stuart Leibowitz’s is now Stewart. I don't actually care much about Rick Sanchez, but I do care about demographics! And I think Campos hits on a really important point about...

Republicans: Still Not Very Diverse.

Leslie Sanchez , author of Los Republicanos: Why Hispanics and Republicans Need Each Other , sees this year as a sign that the GOP is becoming more diverse: Overall, 14 African-Americans across the country are running as GOP nominees for Congress. As the Frederick Douglass Foundation has pointed out, if just three of them win, it would mark the first time since Reconstruction that more than two African-Americans from the Republican Party have served in Congress. And, as the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics has reported, six Republican women are running for U.S. Senate seats, and 128 Republican women filed and ran in primaries for the House, with 47 winning and moving on to the general election. Granted, Sanchez admits that the GOP is "largely a white-male bastion," but she has hope that this will herald a new trend in women and minorities running under the Republican standard. I hate to be a downer, but the truth is that this isn't a particularly novel year the GOP in...

Kids Eat a Lot of Empty Calories, and Most of Them Come from Junk Food.

Color me unsurprised : Researchers from the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and found that nearly 40 percent of calories consumed by children ages 2 to 18 were empty calories, the unhealthiest kind of calories. Half of these calories came from just six foods: Soda Sugary fruit drinks Grain desserts, such as cake, cookies and donuts Dairy desserts such as ice cream Pizza Whole milk, which is far fattier than skim. This is basically what happens when you live in a world where low-nutrient, calorie-dense foods are widely available, and heavily advertised to children and adults. To say nothing of the fact that most adults have little in the way of adequate nutritional education, and our dysfunctional food culture treats healthy food -- fruits, vegetables, etc. -- as something intrinsically opposed to pleasure or having fun. And to top it off, this country's high rates of child poverty means that a huge...

Linda McMahon Isn't Too Hot on the Minimum Wage.

In August, when Linda McMahon won the Republican primary for Senate in Connecticut, she trailed Attorney General Richard Blumenthal by ten points. By early September, that shrank to a six points, and now -- with the election thirty days away -- McMahon has narrowed the gap to three points. Blumenthal is still the favorite, but McMahon's willingness to spend cash -- and campaign -- could change that. What would the Senate look like with McMahon in its chambers? Well, to begin, it would be even more unfriendly to the interests of working class Americans. For instance, here is McMahon on the minimum wage : Most notably, McMahon said she believed Congress should consider lowering the federal minimum wage in times of economic distress for small businesses, such as the current recession. “The minimum wage now in our country, I think we’ve set that and a lot of people have benefited from it in our country, but I think we ought to review how much it ought to be, and whether or not we ought to...

Taxpayer Receipts: Like Nutritional Labels?

To riff off of Tim 's post a little, I think it's fine for taxpayers to receive a receipt of sorts, to see where there taxpayers are going. But pace Third Way , I don't think this would have a meaningful impact on the public's understanding of the federal budget; to borrow an analogy Ezra Klein made on Twitter, this would be similar to nutritional information on packaged food; concerned customers will take the time to analyze and see what's what, but the average person ignore the information, and move along. Moreover, if the idea is also to build support for deficit reduction, I doubt you'll see anything of the sort with a taxpayer receipt. In fact, you might see the opposite; Americans might see that they only spend $192.79 on military personnel, and demand more. They might see that they only spend $3.14 on the Drug Enforcement Agency, and ask why the government isn't doing more to keep drugs off the streets. You get the idea. Far from making Americans more aware of where their money...

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