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How I know that Ari Melber is white

The growing racial tension in this country is not faux. It is palpable and very real. Never mind my personal experiences and those of my friends, simply having the compound adjective "post-racial" often used in the popular lexicon at the same time as debates continue about racial profiling is sufficient as evidence of racial tension. I won't even get into the racist under(and over-)tones throughout the "conversation" about immigration in Arizona.

You do make some great points about the media, Ari, and what gets picked up and escalated (and what doesn't) and why. Perhaps think a bit harder about your title next time, though. While I get what could have been a nice turn of phrase drawing history into juxtaposition with the present, it's insensitive at the least and downright offensive at the most.

Elissa Perry

San Francisco, CA

Aug 3 2010 - 5:34pm

Not quite

I would not exactly call the New Black Panther Party "barely extant." Not when the Southern Poverty Law Center writes a piece exposing it in its Intelligence Report. That doesn't mean to say that it is the "boogeyman" of Sean Inanity's imagination, but it is certainly not "barely extant."

John Molina

Chula Vista, CA

Aug 2 2010 - 6:26pm

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