There are some fights progressives have to wage constantly, and one of them is over the ways rape victims are questioned and their accusations are treated when the charges become public. It's a fight both frustrating and rewarding, because there are plenty of opportunities for lessons, yet no one seems to learn them. For that reason Jaclyn Friedman's elegant sparsing over the public attention surrounding rape accusations against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is my favorite TAP piece this year.
At ColorLines, Terry Keleherwrites about his efforts to become more consciously engaged with issues of race after adopting a black child. His white privilege has become visible to him now, he says, when he sees people react differently in the presence of his son.
Can Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue stand up to her Republican general assembly? (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The big gains for Republicans in November's elections didn't stop with the U.S. House of Representatives: The GOP won governor's seats and other state-level races across the country. Nowhere were those gains more meaningful than in the South. In North Carolina and Alabama, Republicans gained control of statehouses for the first time in nearly a century. The only two states of the former confederacy where Democrats retained control of both houses of the legislature are Mississippi and Arkansas. Writing in Politico, Jonathan Martin noted those losses were exacerbated by at least 10 state legislators who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party after "concluding that there is no future in the party that once dominated the so-called Solid South."
Matt Yglesiasrounds up the problems with and the responses to Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's comments on the Citizens Council in his hometown of Yazoo City, Mississippi. Citizens Councils were more moderate white supremacist organizations than the KKK, and used economic and social pressures rather than violence to dominate and suppress blacks.
Darren Samuelsohnwrites that renewable energy sector lobbyists aren't having an easy time courting the Republican lawmakers who will be in power come January. That's especially true for the nascent wind and solar energies which are struggling to keep grants grants and other boosts created in the stimulus