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Which of these is racist: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Doritos commercial or the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith?

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Growing up in ’80s and early 90s, during those heady days of Do The Right Thing and Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird and New Edition, it was easier to discern what was racist and not racist. Four of Los Angelas’ finest beating up on Rodney King? Racist. Not giving an Oscar to Denzel Washington? Ridiculous, but not racist. Twenty years later, with a black dude, err, an African-American in the White House and Flavor Flav and Ice-T on cable television,…

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Which of these is racist: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Doritos commercial or the St. Petersburg Times’ Adam Smith?

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Growing up in ’80s and early 90s, during those heady days of Do The Right Thing and Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird and New Edition, it was easier to discern what was racist and not racist. Four of Los Angelas’ finest beating up on Rodney King? Racist. Not giving an Oscar to Denzel Washington? Ridiculous, but not racist. Twenty years later, with a black dude, err, an African-American in the White House and Flavor Flav and Ice-T on cable television,…

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Introducing the Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter

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With only eight more days until St. Petersburg’s municipal elections, you may want to prepare yourself for the eventual sense of campaign (and blog) withdrawal. What ever will we blog about? Oh, I don’t know, maybe the most exciting Senate campaign in the country? A slew of competitive congressional and legislative races? The new Ford administration? I doubt we’ll run out of topics (even if I am expanding into bigger and better things; more on that later). One topic sure…

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Pinellas GOP posts inflammatory photo of Barack Obama in ‘white face’

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I just found this photo on the Pinellas Republican Party Executive Committee’s Facebook page and have contacted Rep. Darryl Rouson for his reaction: Although the title of the picture is “Evil Clown,” and the image bears some resemblance to The Joker of Batman lore, how can this picture not be construed as a racially-motivated attempt to literally paint Barack Obama in “whiteface”? Or basically, the opposite of this: After the imbroglio over David McKalip’s emailing of a racist depiction of…

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