Over at ThinkProgress, Tanya Somanader tells us that when asked by state Sen. Nina Turner, a Democrat, whether he needed help diversifying his all white, mostly male Cabinet, newly elected Gov. John Kasich replied, "I don't need your people." Turner is African American and, out of an abundance of caution, everyone is sure to say that Kasich could have been referring to Turner and her staff, Democrats, or, maybe, her constituents. But, you know, that would be easier to imagine if Kasich weren't so hostile to hiring women and people of color.
There's really little to say but this: Given what happened in 2008, I expect 2012 to bring out, front-and-center, some old-timey racism. If we make it through without another Civil War, racism might actually be over.
-- Monica Potts
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