Poll: Obama Has Big Lead in Three Crucial Swing States

According to the latest Qunnipiac/CBS/NY Times poll, President Obama is leading Mitt Romney in three crucial swing states by large margins.

Obama leads in Ohio 53 to 43 percent, in Florida 53 to 44 percent, and in Pennsylvania 54 to 42 percent.

From the Huffington Post:

“The poll showed a substantial gender gap among voters. Obama leads by 25 points in Ohio among women, while Romney has an eight-point edge among men. Obama has a 21-point lead among women in Pennsylvania and is even among men.

Rhythm, Blue, Social Disorder

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3cFVlKO8gA&feature=fvst

The conscious humyn evaluates and integrates various influences of  style regardless of race, gender or and social divisions. If “male” has a significance, you could receive the conscious male and his personality as influenced by Sade or Nina Simone. He, or better the humyn, could express a masculinity/femininity that is too distinct for either/or. Manifesting the Sade in him, he’s not afraid to express his experience of the sweetest taboo. Nothing’s loss of his power to create in the world, though he may tell you that he wants to feel an intense love like no other.

Ann Coulter is Not Here For Your Civil Rights

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter caused a stir when she asserted that civil rights are a Black thing. No exaggeration. She apparently believes that gays, women, immigrants and any other oppressed group doesn’t deserve America’s most gracious gift of civil rights because they weren’t victims of slavery.

I was discussing her comments with a friend who said simply, and with a weary shrug, “She is really only saying what a lot of Black people are thinking.” Flies in the face of reason that Ann Coulter’s statements could be in line with what a segment of Black America believes.

Ann Coulter: Civil Rights Are ONLY For Black People

During an interview with ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos, conservative firebrand Anne Coulter declared that only black people are owed civil rights in the United States.

Arguing that other groups were not victims of systems like slavery and Jim Crow, Coulter claims other groups have simply hijacked the civil rights movement for their own agendas.

From the Huffington Post:

“She added, ‘We don’t owe the homeless. We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another.’ She said that ‘much of the left…dropped the blacks after five minutes’ to argue for ‘civil rights’ for other groups of people.

Candid Camera: The Truth About Political Campaigns

Mitt Romney had a tough week. He spent most of last week responding to the Mother Jones video of him talking to a crowd at a $50,000 a plate dinner about how nearly half of Americans are dependent on the government, among other things. A couple of days later, Romney was charged with dying his face brown, ahead of an appearance on Univision, in an effort to connect with Latino voters. This all seems incredibly absurd to me. Every last bit of it looks like the latest crappy movie from an SNL alum. Yet it is apparently real. So real that folks have spent a lot of time in the interim discussing whether or not the release of the Romney video has essentially toasted his bid for president. It seems that this most damning of revelations about the Republican nominee for president will be the iceberg that sinks this ship. Obama will be re-coronated and we can all stop threatening to move to Canada. This video is the latest smoking gun, the evidence that Democrats needed. It’s the proof that will either compel folks on the fence to trend BHO, convert conservatives or just proof that they are racist, stupid–or both.

Black Women Leading The Fight Against Voter ID Laws

In the face of voter ID laws that could potentially disenfranchise thousands of minority voters this November, black women in particular are at the forefront of voting rights advocacy across the country.

And the energy and enthusiasm was palpable at a political strategy session in Washington DC this week.

Black women have historically been a significant demographic for the Democratic Party.

STUDY: American Schools Still Segregated Along Racial and Economic Lines

60 years after Brown v. Board desegregated public schools, a new report reveals the obvious:

American schools are still largely segregated along racial and economic lines.

African American and Latino students are likely to attend schools with very few white students, and are more likely to attend schools where a majority of students come from low-income families.

Did Mitt Romney Darken His Complexion for Appearance on Univision?

After appearing on Univision this past week, Mitt Romney’s slightly bizarre appearance immediately got the internet talking.

His seemingly darker complexion got many wondering; did Romney purposefully darken his complexion in order to appeal to a Latino audience?

From the Huffington Post:

“While his orangey-brown appearance on Univision could have been the result of bad lighting or a makeup mishap, left-wing blog the Democratic Underground concluded that Romney “dyed his face brown for his Univision interview.”

E.E. Likhaya Lam: What Happens When You Build a Home and Safe Space for Black Youth

E.E. Likhaya Lam means equal education is our home in Xhosa. This is now the title of a the CD I was able to record with 15 high school youth about how they came to join a movement, and sing to tell about it. Every time I hear the voices of these 15 young people I am inspired and encouraged for what it symbolically means for them to use to sing about their struggle for equality in the education system. But more important than the movement itself, is the process of bringing youth together for a common good. If equal education never actually achieves the title of its own name, what they have built would have been worth the time, money, sweat and effort. E.E. Likhaya Lam is more than a titled of a CD, it is testament to what it means to build of safe space for youth to learn, grow, and act collectively for a universal purpose.