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Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a nationally acclaimed author and political analyst. He has authored ten books; his articles are published in newspapers and magazines nationally in the United States. Three of his books have been published in other languages. He is also a social and political analyst and he appears on such TV programs as CNN, MSBC, NPR, The O'Reilly Show, American Urban Radio Network, and local Los Angeles television and radio stations as well. He is an associate editor at New America Media and a regular contributor to Black News.com, Alternet.com, BlackAmericaWeb.Com and the Huffington Post. He does a weekly commentary on KJLH Radio in Los Angeles.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 Race Will Continue to Haunt Rand Paul (1 comments)
There's good news and bad news for Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul on the thorny issue of race. First there's the good. He's far and away the only 2016 GOP prospective presidential candidate who has made even a smidgen of an effort to crack the GOP's toughest of tough sales and that's to woo black voters.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 The Tale of two Police Abuse Cases (1 comments)
If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill. First there's the CHP.
Saturday, July 19, 2014 GOP Will Find a Way to Blame President Obama on Ukraine Jet Downing (9 comments)
The monstrous downing of a Malaysian jet liner apparently by Russian backed separatists in the Ukraine did something that few thought could happen. It has gotten GOP leaders momentarily to agree with President Obama when he pointed the finger squarely at Russia for the horrific attack.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 Eric Holder Said the Obvious and that's Racism Drives the Obama Bashing (5 comments)
Attorney General Eric Holder finally said the obvious and that's that racism drives and has always driven the relentless bash of President Obama. In the past, Holder has strongly hinted that "racial animus" as he put it in his frank charge has been the mainstay behind the GOP's non-stop, take no prisoners, assault on any and every initiative, program, and proposed piece of legislation that Obama has put forth.
Sunday, July 13, 2014 Method to Madness in GOP Talk of Obama Impeachment (2 comments)
Sarah Palin's blunt call for the impeachment of President Obama for his alleged bungling of the border crisis in times past would have been laughed off as it deservedly should. Simply consider the source to understand why. But Obama didn't laugh it off. During his recent swing through Texas, without referring to Palin directly, he derisively mocked her impeachment call with the shout to an audience, "sue me, impeach me."
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 The Supreme Court's Savage War on President Obama
In a CSPAN Interview in April, 2013, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was asked pointedly his thoughts about President Obama. The characteristically terse, and guarded Thomas simply said, "I shook hands with him at the inauguration to be polite but I've had no in depth conversation." He did not elaborate. But there was no need.
Sunday, June 29, 2014 President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge he Has Failed Blacks
From the moment that he set foot in the White House in January, 2009 President Obama has had to hear the silly charge that he has miserably failed blacks. He's repeatedly heard it for two reasons. The first is obvious. He's black but more than that he actually practiced civil rights law and worked as a community organizer in poor communities on Chicago's South Side.
Thursday, June 26, 2014 Fifty Years Later the 1964 Civil Rights Act is Still Under Assault
The commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the monumental 1964 Civil Rights Act in July, 1964 was accompanied by a wave of celebratory events back in April at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. President Obama gave the keynote address and three other living presidents, Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton also gave their thoughts on the significance of the Act.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 President Obama Dodges GOP Trap on Iraq (3 comments)
The instant Sunni militants overran two major Iraq cities the predictable happened. Arizona Senator John McCain and the pack of GOP congressional leaders, GOP web bloggers, talk show hosts, and assorted pundits screamed at the top of their lungs that "we told you so."
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 Hillary Should and Will Run (6 comments)
The new twist in the endless smack downs of Hillary Clinton is that they aren't coming from the GOP's inveterate Clinton bashers. They're coming from a coterie of supposedly reliable liberal friends, supporters, and prognosticators. They punched her hard on Benghazi and her stance on gay marriage during a couple of interviews related to her book.
Saturday, June 14, 2014 President Obama is no Bush (3 comments)
If anyone had said five years ago that President Obama's popularity rating would nosedive to the dreadful level of George W. Bush's ratings the last years of his presidency, they'd be fitted for a strait-jacket. Obama's popularity ratings at that point had soared past seventy percent and there was the firm consensus that his numbers would stay comfortably high and that no matter how rocky things got during his tenure they coul
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Why the Las Vegas Shooters Ran Loose (1 comments)
In less than 24 hours after two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander were gunned down by two Neo-Nazi, anti-government spewing white supremacists, Stormfront's website blew up. There were nearly 200,000 threads and more than 2 million posts. This dwarfed the number of posts from all other topics on the site combined during that period.
Saturday, June 7, 2014 Twenty Years Later the Simpson Case Won't Go Away (1 comments)
There's irony and tragedy that O.J. Simpson is back in the news again. Both came together when Simpson filed a 102 page petition the same month, June, that twenty years earlier the bodies of ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were found butchered in her Bel Aire, California home.
Thursday, June 5, 2014 The GOP Hit on Bergdahl Is Yet Another Hit on President Obama
The facts on President Obama's Taliban prisoner exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have by now been well worked over. But we'll restate them one more time. President Bush freed hundreds of suspected terrorists from Guantanamo prison with no iron clad assurance that some, many, or most wouldn't resume their alleged anti-American actions.
Saturday, May 24, 2014 Mark Cuban Got it Right About Stereotypes (2 comments)
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban took much heat for speaking plainly and boldly about race, more particularly racial stereotypes. He said he'd cross the street if he sees a black kid in a hoodie and a white guy with tattoos and a shaved head coming his way. Forget the tattooed, bald headed white guy.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 How Real is the GOP's War on its Racists?
Former 2012 GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney wasted no time in angrily denouncing and calling for the resignation of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire police commissioner Robert Copeland. Copeland made brief headlines when his N word slur of President Obama went public. New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, GOP senatorial candidate Scott Brown, and a slew of other GOP state officials also called for Copeland's scalp.
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 Method to Rove's Madness with Hillary (1 comments)
One time master GOP strategist Karl Rove knew exactly what he was doing when he dropped the lug that Hillary Clinton may be suffering from brain damage. The predictable quickly happened. Rove came under fierce and withering attack from the Clinton camp, Democratic Party officials, and some in the media for his pseudo medical diagnosis of Clinton.
Sunday, May 11, 2014 It's Official--The Tea Party is now the Republican Party (1 comments)
Georgia House Representative Jack Kingston went through a hoop that virtually defies belief. He voted against a bill that he spent months on helping to write. The bill was a spending bill and the type o bill that the tea party has relentlessly opposed.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 GOP Has Done Everything it Can to Make Sure Obama is the Wrong Color (4 comments)
Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller said what's been said countless times and worse acted on by the GOP countless times. That is that more than a few of their number have reflexively dithered, delayed, and flat out tried to torpedo every policy initiative or piece of legislation that President Obama has backed solely as Rockefeller said, "because he's the wrong color."
Sunday, May 4, 2014 President Obama Should Get the Feds Out of the Death Penalty Business (2 comments)
President Obama said he was deeply troubled by the application of the death penalty in the U.S. and said that he'd ask Attorney General Eric Holder to review the problems with it. The retort from some was that the death penalty is a state matter and there's absolutely nothing the White House can do about it and by inference there's no reason for him to stick the federal government's nose in it. It is a state matter. But it's a
Friday, May 2, 2014 African-American Ownership for the Clippers Can Help Expunge the NBA's Sterling Embarrassment (1 comments)
Seven months before defrocked and disgraced L.A. Clippers' owner Donald Sterling launched his haywire racist rant, Richard Lapchick, director of the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, published his annual diversity report for 2013 on the NBA, NFL and MLB. He was effusive in praising the NBA as being the run-away model for diversity in the hiring of minorities and women. The figures on the League's diversity in hiring
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 Why Sterling Is Still Next to Impossible to Get Rid Of
The instant L.A. Clipper owner Donald T. Sterling's racist rants hit the airwaves the cry went up far and wide that Sterling must go. There was virtually no dissent from the demand that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver make that happen. He did. Silver's lifetime ban of Sterling from the league, a maximum fine levied on him, and a vow to shove him out of Clipper ownership was universally applauded. It seemed to send the message tha
Sunday, April 27, 2014 Donald T. Sterling is no Aberration (1 comments)
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling is no aberration. His beyond reprehensible slur that he doesn't want African-Americans at "my games" that ignited a furor is part and parcel of an increasingly rotten and ugly saga that has become all too familiar in recent days.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 GOP’s Old Ploy: Tag President Obama as the Race Baiter
The GOP has resorted to another of its time tested ploys to hammer President Obama. That's to tag him as a race baiter. The take-off point for this old ploy was Obama's keynote address at the recent National Action Network convention.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 GOP Plays the Race Card with Holder--Again (1 comments)
Attorney General Eric Holder in a recent address to the National Action Network convention flatly charged that a House committee, read: the GOP has once more subjected him to an "unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity." Holder punctuated his protest over the abuse with the rhetorical, "what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?' He appropriately added: What president has ever had
Friday, April 11, 2014 The GOP Would Kill the 1964 Civil Rights Bill Today (1 comments)
In the run-up to the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act signed into law July 2, 1964 GOP leaders are crowing again that they, not the Democrats, deserve all the credit for breaking the months long stall by then powerful Southern Democratic Senators adamantly opposed to passage of the bill. There's some truth to that claim. But there's also another side to the story that tells much about what many in the
Thursday, April 3, 2014 Some Democrats Finally Get it Right about President Obama (2 comments)
Some Democrats that are running for election or reelection in 2014 have gotten it right about President Obama. They have not taken Obama's supposed plunged public approval ratings as political Gospel. They welcome him with open arms to campaign with and for them. Their enthusiasm for Obama was on full display during his recent campaign jaunt to Michigan.
Sunday, March 30, 2014 Disgraced State Senator Helps Set Dangerous Precedent for Affirmative Action (1 comments)
Ranking California Democratic State Senator Leland Yee made the news twice in recent weeks. And both times it was for the wrong thing. The first time was for his FBI bust on charges of gun running and public corruption. The second reason he was in the news potentially has far more damaging consequences.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 Now Rumsfeld Uses Ape Image about President Obama (4 comments)
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been a fierce and relentless critic of President Obama's defense and foreign policy initiatives since Obama set foot in the White House. But Rumsfeld seemingly could have picked just about any other pejorative term or reference to make his never ending point about Obama's alleged failure than the one he used. He told a Fox News interviewer that "a trained ape" could do better on
Friday, March 21, 2014 The GOP's Talk about Minority Outreach Just That, Talk
One year ago Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus assured one and all that the GOP had learned from its 2008 and especially 2012 presidential election debacles and that it would change its losing ways. The formula for the comeback was the something that the GOP has more than once paid much lip service to and that was making the party more inclusive. This meant making a real effort to draw more blacks and Hispa
Monday, March 17, 2014 Mahopac’s Racist Tweets are Much of America’s Tweets (1 comments)
Here is an extensive sampling of the racist tweets that got the mostly white Mahopac High School in Westchester County, New York in hot water and drew recent national attention.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 Ryan’s Naked Bigotry on Black Jobless Crisis Shows GOP’s True Colors (1 comments)
Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan managed to kill two birds with one quip. He demonstrated his appalling arrogance and ignorance about the true cause of the black unemployment crisis. At the same time he made mockery of the GOP's oft repeated claim that it wants to mend its bigoted ways and be a party of true diversity.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Rand Paul’s Baggage is GOP’s Baggage
Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul brought the house down at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference for the second year in a row. There were shouts and cheers from the adoring throng at every word Paul uttered. And he again was the crowd's top vote getter in the presidential straw poll. Presumably, the big boost Paul got from the CPAC crowd will count for a lot in the hunt for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
Saturday, March 8, 2014 Why America Refuses to Face Up to its Slave Past
This news item shocked some. Two unnamed Academy members said they picked 12 Years a Slave as their choice for best picture of the year. It subsequently got the award. The shock, though, was that the unnamed members candidly admitted that they did not see the film. They minced no words why. It was just too painful and disturbing to watch this kind of film.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Democrats Disgrace Themselves on Adegbile Vote (1 comments)
Let's name some names. The Democrats voting not to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.). Here's what they have in common. They disgraced themselves, their party, and most importantly the bedrock Constitutional principle that a defendant
Sunday, March 2, 2014 Nothing New in GOP’s Smear of Obama on Ukraine (6 comments)
GOP leaders took giddy delight in mocking President Obama's ninety minute phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This was Obama's frontal effort to get Putin to stand down from his assault on the Ukraine. They called his talk with Putin weak, soft, and even cowardly.
Friday, February 28, 2014 President Obama’s Brother Crisis
President Obama made it perfectly clear why he got more than a little emotional when he announced his My Brother's Keeper initiative. He was one of those brothers who but for his initiative, luck, and a good support system could have easily slid into the spiral of poverty, drugs, violence, and possibly jail or an early grave.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 Black Players get the flag with NFL’s N Word Ban
If it doesn't buckle the NFL will toss the flag on the N word. And make no mistake, despite the NFL's effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag for the N word by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.
Sunday, February 23, 2014 The GOP’s Sham Denunciation of Ted Nugent
GOP Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Texas governor Rick Perry, and the Washington Times in quick succession indignantly denounced racist loudmouth, rocker Ted Nugent for calling President Obama a communist raised, educated, and nurtured sub-human mongrel. Now Paul, Cruz, Perry, and especially the Washington Times, know full well Nugent's near psychotic penchant for taking the most outrageous, off the wall racist shots at Obama.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Many Blacks Misfire on Jordan Davis (1 comments)
In 2009, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised an interviewer when he said that once on a drive from New York to Washington during his college student days he was ordered out of his car by a police officer who demanded that he open his car trunk in a search for weapons. Holder said that the search left him angry and humiliated.
Sunday, February 16, 2014 Clarence Thomas Should be The Last to Whine about Race (8 comments)
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is back at it again. The "it' is talking, or rather as is his want, complaining about race. In his latest tirade Thomas left no doubt who he had in mind as being too racially thin skinned when he finger-pointed "liberal elites" and then reeled off the by now familiar litany of racial slights, incidents, and attacks on him over the years all by liberals, of course.
Friday, February 14, 2014 Tough Sledding to End the Nation’s Disgraceful felon Voting Bans
Attorney General Eric Holder was diplomatic when he said that the time to end the full or partial bans in all but two states on ex-felons voting has long passed. The bans are little short of medieval and disgraceful at best and at worst.
Sunday, February 9, 2014 Another Black Republican spins the Laughable Fantasy That Blacks Will Embrace the GOP
South Carolina GOP Senator Tim Scott is the latest to spin the laughable fantasy that blacks are ripe for the GOP pickings. Scott didn't stop at the absurd assertion that there are a lot of blacks who supposedly are pining to embrace the GOP because of its tout of business and individual initiative. He baldly declared that this supposed pent up demand to back the GOP scares the heck out of Democrats.
Friday, February 7, 2014 Democrats Make Big Mistake in Ducking President Obama
The race is literally on, race that is as in election campaign race, by a growing pack of Democrats to duck President Obama. In fact it's gotten almost embarrassing more so to the feint hearted Democrats than Obama.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 GOP Again Spins the Bogus Line of Obama the Dictator
The day before President Obama's fifth State of the Union Address Valerie Jarrett Assistant to the President bluntly told this writer in an exclusive interview that Obama would not hesitate to use the power of his pen to get action on vital initiatives that he feels should be passed.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 Another Ritual Attack on President Obama’s State of the Union Address
The attack on President Obama's State of the Union Address has become a virtual political ritual. The attacks come before he even utters a word of it before Congress and the nation. His Sixth State address is almost no different. Almost, because this time the usual attack suspects are not the GOP alone. It's also a few Democrats.
Saturday, January 25, 2014 President Obama Casts Ugly Glare on Race Tainted Drug War (1 comments)
President Obama again cast an ugly glare on the race tainted drug laws in a recent interview and in reports from the White House. He specifically finger pointed marijuana. Virtually all medical professionals have repeatedly said that marijuana use is no more damaging than alcohol, and so did Obama. If anything, judging from the thousands of family break ups, the mountainous carnage from alcohol related accidents and physical d
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 Richard Sherman’s Rant Again Blew the Hinge off the Door of Racial Stereotypes (3 comments)
The instant his verbal explosion of an interview hit, the predictable quickly happened with Seattle Seahawks all pro cornerback Richard Sherman. In fact two predictable things happened with him in the aftermath of the interview. The stereotypes flew fast and furious. Sherman was of course a "thug," "dirtbag," scum," and "disgrace." But make no mistake those were the genteel ones.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 King Holiday is Still a Black Holiday for Far Too Many Americans (1 comments)
It took years of public protest and finally legislative action before Virginia in 2000 finally separated the state holiday commemorating Confederate generals and icons Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson from the Martin Luther King national holiday.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 The New Hillary Hit—Pit Her Against President Obama (4 comments)
GOP strategists have made absolutely no secret that they are loading up for bear against Hillary Clinton, if but more likely when, she announces that she's in for White House in 2016. They've already shelled out millions to assail her on websites, blogs, and in less than discreet digs at her from the Republican National Committee. They've rehashed all the old stuff about
Sunday, January 12, 2014 Christie’s Troubles are a Big Gift to the Right
The speculation is rife that the greatest beneficiary of the bridgegate scandal that's embroiled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is Hillary Clinton. In a 2016 presidential election showdown between Clinton and Christie, some straw polls show the governor narrowly edging Clinton out for the White House.
Thursday, January 9, 2014 Rodman May be The Right Messenger on North Korea (4 comments)
Former NBA star and self-appointed international goodwill ambassador Dennis Rodman has taken much heat, all deserved, and that includes heat from himself, for his admittedly drunken rant in a CNN interview. Rodman's abysmal ignorance about the plight of captive American Kenneth Bae was on full and embarrassing display in the interview. He beat a hasty retreat from it in the face of withering criticism from Bae's family and any
Sunday, January 5, 2014 GOP’s Biggest Foe in 2014 is Still the GOP (1 comments)
GOP strategists are absolutely ecstatic over the thought that they can snatch back the Senate and make even bigger gains in the House in the 2014 mid-term elections. The glee is fed by the glitches and snafus in the Obamacare roll-out, the seeming freefall in the popularity ratings of President Obama, and polls that show more Americans actually favor the GOP on the budget and the economy than Democrats.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 GOP Peddles Hard the Myth of Minimum Wage is a Job Killer (19 comments)
The GOP has ruthlessly sold the outlandish myth to millions that a hike in the minimum wage is a huge job killer. It has been so effective in its hard sell that President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly been stymied and frustrated in every effort they've made to boost the minimum wage nationally.
Sunday, December 29, 2013 Duck Dynasty Proved Again Bucks Always Trumps Bigotry (2 comments)
A&E Television Network's decision to bring back Duck Dynasty was never in doubt. In fact, the surprise was that A&E officials even went through the charade of momentarily canning the show's patriarch Phil Robertson. Duck Dynasty quite simply is a business first and foremost. The lifeblood of A&E and indeed any other TV network is business.
Thursday, December 26, 2013 Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry (2 comments)
A&E certainly knows how to work both sides of the street with Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson. When Robertson popped off with his by now well-known slurs against gays and blacks A&E feigned righteous indignation and pulled the show. But, did it? A&E deluged legions of its viewers with endless hours of the show on Christmas. This was no accident.
Sunday, December 22, 2013 Overplaying President Obama's Supposed Second Term Hex (3 comments)
President Obama's slumping approval numbers seem to confirm the belief that second term presidents run into trouble, sometimes big trouble, in trying to hold it together during their second term. In Obama's case, the NSA spy debacle, the lingering anger over Benghazi, the AP leaks, and the big contentious issue, the worry over the Affordable Health Care Act website glitches and possible rising insurance costs has raised deep c
Sunday, December 15, 2013 Racial Demographic Voter Armageddon Dooms GOP (1 comments)
The drumbeat refrain from Tea Party leaders and more than a few wishful thinking GOP strategists, governors and congressional leaders is that the roll-out woes of the Affordable Care Act is the party's passport to electoral victory in 2014 and 2016. Polls do show that a majority of Americans worry about the web site glitches, and either losing their current coverage or having to pay higher costs for coverage.
Sunday, December 8, 2013 GOP Turns Predictable Deaf Ear to Plea to Close Income Inequality Gap
President Obama gave it the good old college try when he virtually implored Congress to take a hard, long look at the surging income inequality gap in America. This was a step to put a partial brake on the widening gap by increasing the minimum wage, and limit slashes on spending programs that aid the poor and lower income workers.