Adam Serwer

Adam Serwer is a writing fellow at The American Prospect and a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He also blogs at Jack and Jill Politics and has written for The Village Voice, The Washington Post, The Root, and the Daily News.

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Like Marie Cocco , I could come up with my own list of Media Matters clips and offensive merchandise that I could use to argue definitively that racism is worse than sexism. But I'm not sure what that would prove, other than that I believe the prejudice I've faced is qualitatively worse than the prejudice I know nothing about. I see racism and sexism as intertwined if not interdependent, so I don't understand why for some people the Democratic primary has become a competition over who has it worse. Not to mention the fact that Cocco's approach basically excludes all women of color from the conversation. --A. Serwer


One of the problems with discussions about Affirmative Action it never seems clear which AA we're talking about. Matthew Yglesias and Ta-Nehisi Coates both argue that Barack Obama should come out for a class-based approach while avoiding racial demagoguery. But while they seem to be talking about college admissions, in the public sphere such arguments often metastasize into arguments for abolishing AA in general ( Ward Connerly 's ballot initiatives would eliminate AA across the board), including in hiring and awarding government contracts to businesses owned by minorities and women. In the latter two circumstances, I can't see class playing as active a role as race or gender. The urgency of this issue escapes me, even if Obama weren't to play it as a "Sistah Soulja" moment, the reason that we're even discussing it seems to be that it's an opportunity for Obama to remind everyone that even though he's black, he's not all scary black. The purely symbolic nature of such a gesture is...


The Caucus has more on the Edwards endorsement: Mr. Edwards has carefully played down his aspirations for an administration role. In an interview in January, he said he would not accept a vice-presidential spot or Cabinet position. “No, absolutely not,” he said, shaking his head emphatically when asked. But privately, he told aides that he would consider the role of vice president, and favored the position of attorney general, which would appeal to his experience of decades spent in courtrooms as a trial lawyer in North Carolina; and his desire to follow in the footsteps of Robert F. Kennedy, one of his heroes. Aside from the sense of social justice Edwards would bring to the job, it's nice to think about having someone in the AG's office who can figure out that waterboarding is torture. --A. Serwer


Last night was the second southern election in which Republicans tried to derail a Democrat in a conservative congressional district by tying him to Barack Obama . Nevertheless, Democrat Travis Childers defeated Republican Greg Davis by eight points, despite Davis' attempts to make Mississippi think he was really running against Rev. Jeremiah Wright . E.J. Dionne noted last week that a similar attempt to use race against Democrat running in a conservative southern district failed when Don Cazayoux defeated Woody Jenkins in Louisiana. Oddly enough, Michelle Malkin claimed that "the Dems pulled the race card" in order to "smear Davis as a KKK supporter". She was referring to a DNCC mailing that claimed Davis wanted to honor KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest with a statue in his hometown. Well it turns out the mailing was correct: Erik Kleefield at TPM points to this 2005 article in the New York Times , in which then and current mayor of Southaven Davis is reported as saying "he would...


Despite the blubbering from folks like Pat Buchanan that we are about to "lose the American Southwest" to Latino immigrants, The Washington Post reports that they are assimilating even faster than the folks who came here at the turn of the 20th Century. European immigrants a hundred years ago were not, it turns out, somehow qualitatively "different" than the current influx of new Americans. This probably has something to do with technological advances in communications and media; immigrants, especially children, have access to movies, television, and the internet, rather than just the folks down the block who speak another language. Still, you should forgive Spanish-speaking immigrants and their kids if they want to keep Spanish language channels, since it turns out they broadcast more "serious and civic-minded" news than offerings in English.That isn't hard, considering broadcast outlets are busy pretending they aren't mired a massive violations of public trust by irresponsibly...