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AP-Yahoo News poll uncovers white bias against Obama

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In a close contest, polling data interpreted by AP-Yahoo News suggest that Barack Obama could lose because of racial prejudice.

"There are a lot fewer bigots than there were 50 years ago, but that doesn't mean there's only a few bigots," said Stanford political scientist Paul Sniderman who helped analyze the survey.

What is white privilege?

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The following essay recently landed in my e-mail. The author is Tim Wise, and the article first appeared at, but I've heard the same sentiments expressed by friends and associates:

For those who still can't grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because "every family has challenges," even as black and Latino families with similar "challenges" are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a "fuckin' redneck," like Bristol Palin's boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you'll "kick their fuckin' ass," and talk about how you like to "shoot shit" for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

St. Paul - Sarah Palin mocks Obama

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- No great movement designed to change the world can bear to be laughed at or belittled. Mockery is a rust that corrodes all it touches.

--Milan Kundera

Sarah Palin may come from the backwoods of Alaska, but she has the heart of a street fighter.

So Democrats shouldn't get entangled in the Republicans' "experience" ploy.

Palin isn't on the Republican ticket because she has been the governor of Alaska for two years.

St. Paul - The Sarah Palin bombshell

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ST. PAUL -- Sarah Palin's 17-year-old daughter is pregnant.

Those are the last words a 44-year-old woman with an infant wants to hear from a teenage daughter.

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