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Shani Davis is just a world-class athlete; fiercely competitive and not media friendly. Black men have the right to claim their victories and their humanity unconstrained by the nation's racial rules.But it's not a "racial rule" that Davis violated when he failed to put behind him his feud / disagreement /misunderstanding with his teammate Chad Hedrick --a dispute in which I side with Davis, for what it's worth. Harris-Lacewell's suggestion that this expectation amounts to a demand that black athletes "grin for the cameras" and appear "meek, deferential...grateful (and) safe" insults the integrity and identity of every athlete, black or white, who has exhibited good sportsmanship and been rewarded with the affection of fans and the media.In total some 30 Tea Party supporters won seats in Congress.Their party is evidently here to stay – but what exactly does that mean for the future of the country?The rule is a sportsmanship rule, a colorblind, gender-neutral rule that says you should be classy in victory and gracious to those whom you have beaten. Any behind-the-scenes conflicts that have marred the build-up to this event are history as far as I'm concerned. Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick are bad sports, period.
Listen how Sean Hannity contorts what President Obama said last Friday, and how he proves what the president said by his own contorted comments. Just published by OR Books, presents a lively and informed expose of this explosive new force in American politics. Read these pages and you will come to understand the coalition of anti-abortion, pro-gun advocates who comprise the tea parties’ shock troops.You will discover what MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Lacewell and editors Rich Kim and Betsy Reed have to say about the racism, homophobia and sexism that fuels the tea party fizz." Harris-Lacewell writes: White athletes regularly behave in similar ways: Bode Miller anyone? How dare you keep a white skater from reaching his goals, just so that you can pursue your own?How dare you not smile broadly for the cameras, in order to reassure the nation that you are a safe black man?
Sarah Palin looks increasingly likely to mount a bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.