I was chatting to an Obama volunteer last night who seemed concerned that people were being won over by Sarah Palin. Really? People bought that lipstick-on-a-pitbull act? There seems to be a little panic in the air among Democrats, and that kind of pessimism is not surprising given that their hearts were smashed in 2000 and 2004. Sure, Palin is giving the GOP a lot of momentum, but at the same time, is she attracting any independents or Dems? I hope not.
Here's a few posts from the last week I found interesting:
- I really enjoyed this post from Racialicious, written by a Latina mother: Palin and the Politica and Privilege of White Woman'hood/Mommy'Hood
- I know I already posted about how blindingly white the RNC was. Here's some numbers behind that at SepiaMutiny about how "the delegates were even whiter than they appeared on TV. It seems the camera not only adds ten pounds, it also increases the amount of melanin in the room."
- What's the difference between Palin and a Muslim fundamentalist? Salon ponders the question here. (Hint: it's something that goes on lips.)
And in non-election news:
- Good interview with Margaret Cho at GiggleSugar. I love how Margaret never shies away from talking about race (or anything, for that matter).
- Another study with some startling news about Asian Americans and mental health: Participating in Religion May Make Adolescents From Certain Races More Depressed. In a nutshell, the study found that among adolescents who attended church often, Asian Americans and Latinos reported more symptoms of depression than whites and blacks. Asian Americans had the highest number of depressive symptoms. There's a gender angle on this too. Girls of all races and ethnic groups were more likely to have symptoms of depression then boys.
- Here's an interesting story at the New York Times about an issue that some of us have probably dealt with or thought about -- how to pass on your heritage to your children: In Any Language, a Full Plate. The story follows a couple (a Chinese American woman and Korean American man) and their two children.
- And lastly: I love these USB sticks that look like mooncakes. I think I need to stock up on these for the holidays.