Two of the most prominent partisan splits in the United States today, race/ethnicity and religion, are undergoing a generational shift that promises to shake up the traditional alliances that comprise the Democratic and Republican parties. How party leaders choose to respond to this shift could determine the future of American politics for a generation.
A majority of nonwhites support the Democratic Party; a majority of whites support the Republican Party. A majority of those with high levels of religiosity (usually measured by church attendance) support the Republican Party; a majority of those with low levels of religiosity, or no religious affiliation, support the Democratic Party.
These demographic characteristics are not the only ones that describe the differences between the two major political parties. There is the urban/rural gap (urban areas are mostly Democratic and rural areas are mostly Republican), and the gender gap gets much attention these days, for instance. But, the religious participation gap and the race/ethnic gap have been two of the most prominent features of America's two-party system for, at least, the last 10 to 15 years. more >>
Sixty years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision to desegregate America's schools, segregation in America's classrooms remains as problematic as it was when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech, says First Lady Michelle Obama.
Speaking last Friday to 1,200 high school seniors on the eve of the 60th anniversary of the historic decision in Topeka, Kansas, where the case began, Obama said desegregation is now in reverse by some measures.
"So today, by some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech. And as a result, many young people in America are going to school largely with kids who look just like them. And too often, those schools aren't equal, especially ones attended by students of color, which too often lag behind, with crumbling classrooms and less experienced teachers," said Obama in remarks posted on whitehouse.gov. more >>
Robert Copeland, the defiant police commissioner of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, who refused to apologize for calling President Barack Obama a "f**king n***er" because he thinks he meets and exceeds the definition of the racial slur, has resigned.
According to The Washington Post, Wolfeboro officials confirmed on Monday that the 82-year-old who was heard publicly demeaning Obama with the racial epithet had tendered his resignation late Sunday night.
His resignation came as outrage grew nationally over his comments and a number of prominent New Hampshire politicians, including former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who called for him to resign and apologize. more >>
Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney has called on a defiant police commissioner in a small New Hampshire town to "apologize and resign" after he publicly referred to President Barack Obama as a "f**king n***er" and defended his use of the racial slur claiming Obama defines it.
"The vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community," said Romney, who owns a summer home in the small lakeside New Hampshire town of Wolfeboro, according to the Boston Herald. "He should apologize and resign."
Angry residents of Wolfeboro called for the resignation of their 82-year-old Police Commissioner Robert Copeland after it was revealed by concerned resident, Jane O'Toole, who overhead him using the slur to refer to Obama in March. more >>
In 1831, a French aristocrat named Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in America and spent several years travelling and studying life in the communities of the new nation.
He produced a book called Democracy in America which Harvard professor of government Harvey Mansfield calls "at once the best book ever written on democracy and the best book ever written on America."
Tocqueville looked at America with open eyes and saw its strengths and its flaws. He reported with honesty about the human damage caused by slavery. But he also saw the beginnings of a great country in which human potential could be realized through freedom. And he recognized the crucial role that morals and religion play in making this possible. more >>
A white police commissioner of a predominantly white but small New Hampshire town is under fire for refusing to apologize for calling President Barack Obama a "f**king n***er" because he thinks he meets and exceeds the definition of the racial slur.
At a town meeting Thursday, a clip of which was posted on YouTube, angry residents of Wolfeboro called for the resignation of 82-year-old Police Commissioner Robert Copeland, who acknowledged that he used the racial slur to describe Obama, according to the Associated Press.
Jane O'Toole, who has been living in Wolfeboro for the last four months, said she overheard Copeland use the slur at a public restaurant and complained about it in a letter to the town manager in March. more >>