Video of The Week #8: President Obama, Melissa Harris Perry, Citizens United, Racism & The GOP (Updated)

1. “Today, President Obama will participate in the first completely virtual interview from the White House to talk about his State of the Union Address. During the live interview, which will be held through a Google+ Hangout, the President will answer questions submitted by people from across the country. In fact, more than 227,000 people have participated already, submitting over 133,000 questions and casting more than 1.6 million votes on the questions they would like to hear President Obama address. In the Hangout, the President will be joined by a selection of citizens who will engage in the conversation live.

Don’t miss your chance to Hangout with the President. Watch live at 5:30 EST on Monday, January 30, 2012. Your interview with President Obama will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, YouTube.com/WhiteHouse and on the White House Google+ page.”

2. I found this video compiled by Think Progress in an article entitled, “The GOP’s Racial Politics“. The video does a great job of underscoring how much Race still matters in America. In particular, how racism is used as a tactic to appeal to bigots to drum up Republican support. Some have opined that this is just a “bad” election year but as I’ve said before it’s implications are much deeper than that. The fact that such behavior is a historic tool of the GOP makes me wonder why any person of color, or conscience, would ever align themselves with the Republican party.

You may also find this interesting, a letter from Catholic leaders taking the GOP candidates to task for their racialized messages.

3. This video, Democracy For Billionaires,  is an excerpt from 1/28, Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. It’s about Newt Gingrich, Sheldon Adelson and Citizens United. It’s excellent and a must watch. If you would like more information on Sheldon, click here. Take a stand…

4. And finally, the fantastic Melissa Harris Perry in a Q&A session on her book Sister Citizen.

BONUS: The fight for democracy, equality and integrity continues. MHP’s new show starts this weekend  on 2/18/12 and I’m expecting big things 🙂 Enjoy!

“In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, housed at the university’s Newcomb College Institute. A celebrated author, Harris-Perry recently published her second book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), which examines the effects of persistent harmful stereotypes on black women’s politics. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.

In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, as well as the youngest woman ever to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.”  – Excerpt from http://www.MSNBC.com

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3 thoughts on “Video of The Week #8: President Obama, Melissa Harris Perry, Citizens United, Racism & The GOP (Updated)”

  1. Watching that Think Progress video made me shake my head in shame that there are still folks thinking the way they do! But, I am none too surprised! But really?…WTF! Nonetheless, I’ll end on a high note, that is Melissa Harris-Perry. She is dynamite! I am so proud of her! Thanks for the formal introduction to her. I will finish watching the video of her at another time, but will purchase her book in the meantime. (I am SO not an auditory learner. I would have been the one in the front of the room, nodding off. Sorry! LOL! I’m right with her on “The Help” though! That was one hot mess! ) 🙂

  2. Thanks for the visit to my blog. Here is the abstract from my thesis on minorities and ethnicity in Swedish school books.

    http://uu.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:421819

    Unfortunately the paper itself is in Swedish.

    Great video but I think I have to watch it twice to fully encompass the complexity of the label African -American women and the US society has to deal with. There seem to be a long walk ahead with many pitfalls or distorted realities

    1. Thanks for stopping by :). I read the abstract and it sounds fascinating. I’m so sorry that I can’t read the actual paper but appreciate you sharing it.

      You might also enjoy Tim Wise’s perspectives, if you haven’t heard of him. He’s an anti-racist author and educator. Check him out at http://www.timwise.org/ and he also has some videos on Youtube. The Pathology of White Privilege http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2mjvFNOwmc&feature=related.

      And yes, sadly, the walk is long…

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