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The end of racism?

Recently, many people have been discussing the possibility of the “beginning of the end of racism.” Often this conversation is lumped with a discussion about the origins of racism. The most common explanation I hear is of innocent children being indoctrinated by closed minded adults to think certain minorities are inferior for one reason or another.

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“Yes we did!” …what exactly?

I’ve noticed that many of President Elect Obama’s supporters are going around saying, “Yes we did!” To that I have a simple response: No, no you didn’t!

Now, I’m not saying that you didn’t get Barack Obama elected. I’m not saying you didn’t overcome odds and break through racial barriers. I’m not saying you didn’t put the McCain-Palin campaign exactly where it belonged: In the loser’s circle. No, I’m certainly not saying that something great hasn’t been accomplished.

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Man vs. stats: How well did I predict the election?

I did glance at a few polls, but more importantly I read editorials in dozens of local newspapers of the battleground states, and put that all together with my own intuitions on voter behavior, election history, and sense of risk (I’ll admit, some of my calls were quite simply gambles – I’ll explain in depth down more).In the end, the four states that cannot be called right now + the one I really called wrong (North Dakota) were the exactsame five states I predicted would be tossups. I knew these were the risky bets: North Dakota especially, lol. That was more of a pot shot hoping-for-a-miracle-to-make-me-look-smart-bet.

So, in other words: I called it!

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My final 2008 election predictions (Nevada decides)

It is one week from that fateful morning where we will all know who the next President will be (baring a repeat of the 2000 election). Here are my final predictions about the Presidential Election.

I still reserve the right to adjust my predictions as new information comes available, but that will probably only find its way into the “tossup” and “surprises” sections. This total electoral count for each candidate is my final prediction.

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“you’re _____ and I’m _____”

I recently read a note written by a friend of mine who was thanking someone for understanding him – even though his friend was white and he was Asian. On the surface this sounded pretty harmless as I’m sure it was intended to be. But it made me think of something a little more sinister – something implied by that statement that runs much deeper and, while based in some truth, turns out to be more of a self-fulfilling prophesy than anything else.

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