I've been thinking lately about what I want to call the "rhetoric of contempt" coming out of the Republican party and the Romney campaign. It is a racialized and classed phenomenon.


Of the many video clips currently circulating on social media sites, one of the most revealing is the one featuring Fox News personalities Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly discussing the recent events surrounding the pepper spraying of non-violent student protesters on the UC Davis campus on November 18. 


The announcement today in the New York Times about the forthcoming article in the journal Science by psychologist Jean-Baptiste Michel and mathematician Erez Lieberman Aiden about the creation of a digital storehouse got me to thinking.


Advance publicity for Game Change, the new book by John Heileman and Mark Halperin about the 2008 presidential race, brought with it a furor about some reportedly "outrageous" racial remarks Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apparently made about then-presidential candidate Barack Obama. 


In the spirit of engagement, I will take up Vilashini Coopan's claim that we have moved beyond biological understandings of race. Have we really?

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