Paper Complains that Governor Helped His Family Get COVID tests early: Really, NYT??? What’s Next? Cuomo Kidnapped the Lindbergh Baby?

Word to a news organization that is getting dangerously close to tabloid fodder.

Dear NYT,

When CNN host, Chris Cuomo contracted coronavirus at the very beginning of the pandemic, there’s a very good chance he would have died…as many did. Matilda Cuomo, the Governor’s mother, is almost 90, the most vulnerable population to the virus. Come on, New York Times, you’re better than this. You’re nitpicking here. Who among us would not do EVERYTHING in our power to protect our…

Brief Note on Trump and the Mob

You know, sometimes a thing looks just like it is. Imagine an ordinary guy doing the things Trump did — -leading up to, during, and after the insurrection. No need to elaborate. We all saw it with our own eyes. What do you think law enforcement would conclude? Imagine even if it had been Barack Obama. Would there be all this hand wringing over whether to charge the first Black President if we had witnessed him act this way in front of — -literally — -our very eyes? Now that Trump has been…

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass observed that slavery degraded the slaveholder as much as it degraded the slave. Of his kind-hearted mistress who had never before owned a slave, he wrote:

“My mistress was, as I have said, a kind and tender-hearted woman; and in the simplicity of her soul she commenced, when I first went to live with her, to treat me as she supposed one human being ought to treat another. In entering upon the duties of a slaveholder, she did not seem to perceive that I sustained to her the relation of a mere chattel, and that…

The Truth Will.

Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden suggested that “through Civil War, the great depression, world war, 9/11, through struggle, sacrifices, and setbacks, our better angels have prevailed.” He went on to say that, “in each of these moments, ENOUGH OF US — -enough of us — -have come together to carry all of us forward, and we can do that now.“

President Joe Biden called for an end to the “uncivil war” between Republicans and Democrats in the country with hopes to address the crises facing the country

This soaring rhetoric makes us feel good and…

The Backstory

“Well guess what? At least there was some civility. We got things done. We didn’t agree on much of anything. We got things done. We got it finished…But today, you look at the other side and you’re the enemy. Not the opposition, the enemy. We don’t talk to each other anymore.”

“We had to put up with the likes of like Jim Eastland and Hermy Talmadge and all those segregationists and all of that…And the fact of the matter is that we were able to do it because we were able to win — we were able to…

Here we go again.

Like 2016, here come the think pieces on the evils of identity politics aka talking about difference (race, gender, sexuality) and complaints about politicians crafting policies based on identity rather than adopting broad- based economic strategies.

And then there are the White folks making the case for White identity politics (a.k.a. White grievance/White nationalism).

Newsflash: y’all ain’t fooling nobody. We know what you’re trying to do.

The granddaddy, of course, is race. People just don’t want to talk about it. …

Bruce Davidson
USA. New York City. 1963. Malcolm X rally in Harlem

Here come the media pieces purporting to figure out what’s going on with Biden and Black voters.

Here’s one and here’s one.

Almost all hand wring over why, given Biden’s history of missteps (Anita Hill, busing desegregation, the war on drugs, me too, etc.), would Black voters support him in large numbers and why the other candidates so far are having a devil of a time chipping away at that support.

People, it is not that hard.

Black voters want what all constituencies want: attention to their needs and issues — -in other words, what are you going to do…

Selman Design; photographs by Ross D. Franklin/Associated Press and Popperfoto, via Getty Images

On October 11, 2016, Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that “It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

Trump sees himself as being in bondage — -shackled by the GOP and a victim of the Democrats, and the entire corrupt media establishment and celebritydom that don’t love him anymore. …

Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as Associate Supreme Court Justice. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the constitutional oath. (CNN)

The late historian Howard Zinn spent a lifetime writing from the margins — -illuminating the omissions, the mythologies, the hypocrisies, the dark America that remains unmentionable. In 2005, after Chief Justice John G. Roberts was confirmed to bring SCOTUS majority right wing, Zinn took to The Progressive to opine: “Do not despair about the Supreme Court.”

There is enormous hypocrisy surrounding the pious veneration of the Constitution and “the rule of law.” The Constitution, like the Bible, is infinitely flexible and is used to serve the political needs of the moment. When the country was in economic crisis and turmoil…

D. Elisabeth Glassco

A native of of the great state of Mississippi and proud resident of New Jersey. Lecturer and Doctoral candidate in Media, Race, Class, and Politics @Rutgers.

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