Like a lot of white people, politicians need to get more comfortable talking about race

Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight with her recent book release and not-yet-really-a-campaign for president. As she warms up her talking points, she’s stumbled over a couple of sensitive issues (see her “word salad” about marriage equality). Kay Steiger at Talking Points Memo wonders why Clinton had such a difficult time addressing racism in a recent CNN town hall. You can see the full clip above. Here’s a transcript of the tail end where she’s asked about race impacting people’s vehement opposition to President Obama:  Continue reading “Like a lot of white people, politicians need to get more comfortable talking about race”


Weekend reading

photo via Slate
photo via Slate

A new report gives advice to female candidates.

Seven major Supreme Court cases on reproductive rights, union organizing and more that will be decided this month.

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On a related note, if you’re looking for movies written by, directed by and/or starring women, IndieWire does a weekly roundup.

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