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Jami Floyd

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Jami Floyd appears in the following:

Opinion: Mourning Breitbart the Man, Not the Pundit

Thursday, March 01, 2012

While I often shared his jumping off point – that the news media is broken – his fix for that dysfunction was to retaliate with propaganda of his own making – right-wing paranoid conspiracy theories.

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Opinion: CA Shouldn't Wait for SCOTUS To Overturn Prop 8

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The California initiative process is a cop-out. It relieves lawmakers of the responsibility of making the difficult decisions they were sent to Sacramento to make, and it leaves the public holding the bag containing the really tough questions.

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Opinion: Why the GOP Lost Black Voters

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

As we head into what everyone seems to agree will be the defining contest for the GOP, I find myself wondering whether African Americans have a reason to vote Republican.

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In MLK's Footsteps: Education as a Civil Right

Monday, January 16, 2012

Listen to excerpts from Sunday's event hosted by Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd, managing editor of The Global Game, as they discuss Dr. King's battle for equal education for all.

Panelists included:

  • Cami Anderson, superintendent of the Newark public schools
  • Fredrick C. Harris, professor of political science and director of Columbia University's Center on African-American Politics and Society
  • Rachel Moran, dean of the UCLA School of Law
  • Harvard Sitkoff, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire
  • John A. Stokes, an original plaintiff in the Brown v. Board of Education case 
  • Touré, journalist and cultural critic
  • Villy Wang, founder, president and CEO of BAYCAT 
  • With live performances by:         

  • Toshi Reagon
  • Manhattan Country School      
  • Manhattan Theatre Lab 
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    On MLK Weekend, Remembering the Quiet Soldiers

    Friday, January 13, 2012

    We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the team of lawyers who fought in Brown and the cases that followed. One of those attorneys, Robert L. Carter, passed away just last week.

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    Opinion: Two Anniversaries, One Vision of Nonviolence

    Monday, January 09, 2012

    Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords led a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance on Sunday, one year after a shooting spree that claimed six lives and left her gravely wounded.

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    Opinion: Obama, Roosevelt, and the Power of Progressivism

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    “Many people will hear the word Progressivism and immediately think of liberals or Democrats—but they’re not synonymous.” - Glenn Beck

    I’ve always thought of President Obama as more of a Progressive than a Liberal.  I know, I know.  Labels again.  But sometimes they are helpful. On Tuesday, with his speech in Kansas, harking back 100 years to Theodore Roosevelt, Obama confirmed my suspicions.

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    Opinion: Harasser or No, Cain isn't Qualified to be a Candidate

    Tuesday, November 01, 2011

    Twenty years ago, last week, Clarence Thomas took his seat on the U.S. Supreme Court although, as I have suggested on this page before, he was not at that time, qualified to do so.  The hearings on the matter of his qualification had been derailed by allegations of ...

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    Opinion: Justice Thomas' 20 Years on Bench - Still Unqualified After All These Years

    Monday, October 24, 2011

    Political pundits who continue to focus on Thomas’s lack of questioning prowess, activists who file disbarment petitions about Clarence and Virginia Thomas’ financial disclosure forms, and ex-girlfriends who rehash the old sexual harassment complaint that failed to undermine his credibility the first time around, all continue to miss the critical point: The nature and quality of the justice’s jurisprudence.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Herman Cain Dismisses Racism, Making Him Easy to Dismiss

    Tuesday, October 18, 2011

    The legacy of racism is visible everywhere to anyone who wishes to see it. Herman Cain does not. This is why I refuse to support him.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Why Republicans Should Thank Sarah Palin for Leaving the 2012 GOP Field

    Thursday, October 06, 2011

    For her part, the turning point probably came when Palin realized that the people she would have to fear most, if she ever got serious about a run in 2012, were the people in her own party. Party stalwarts like Dick Cheney and Karl Rove were not about to hand the GOP nomination over to a loose cannon like Palin.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: What Rick Perry's Racist Rock Says About his Judgement

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011

    One question everyone has been asking me, since the story surfaced, is whether this story is a death knell for Rick Perry with black voters? Honestly, I don't think Rick Perry was counting the black vote.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Why We Should Take the Sarah Palin Book Seriously

    Monday, September 19, 2011

    Political agenda and unnamed sources aside, the real value in any book about Sarah Palin will be in the study of her character and characteristics as a leader. For too long there has been reluctance, in the press, to talk about her qualities and qualifications, with any real clarity.

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    Opinion: 9/11 Has Left us Afraid to Embrace our Values

    Sunday, September 11, 2011

    I feel to my core that we have not yet fully recovered as a family, as a neighborhood, or as a nation. And now, as a decade later, I do not know that we ever will.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Obama Has Divided His Black Base

    Friday, September 09, 2011

    When I attend private functions with the folks, there is an increasing divide: Those who feel it is okay to criticize the president publicly, and those who feel we must stand by Obama, no matter what.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: As Court Weighs Perjury Retrial, Clemens Defense Needs a Demure Rocket

    Friday, September 02, 2011

    Whatever your opinion on whether prosecutor’s should spend taxpayer resources pursuing doping-related cases, like Clemens’, I think we can all agree that the man who showed up at the hearings did not do himself any favors.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Case Dismissed

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for The Brian Lehrer Show, and It's A Free Country blogger, and Will Saletan, Slate's national correspondent, talk about the Manhattan DA's decision to request all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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    Opinion: The Media Should Stop Shielding Names of Rape Victims

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Whatever the outcome, the DSK accuser's decision to come forward raises an important question for those of us who cover these cases and choose to shield the identity of adults who allege charges of sexual assault: Should we protect their identity?

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Opinion: Casey Anthony Walks, The System Works, But Who is the Biggest Loser?

    Sunday, July 17, 2011

    I, for one, am so disturbed by what has occurred that I propose removal of cameras from courtrooms in all criminal cases, where the camera threatens to undermine the sixth amendment right to a fair trial.

    -Jami Floyd, It's A Free Country blogger.

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    Heading South

    Thursday, July 07, 2011

    Tea Party champion Senator Jim DeMint on what the movement means for politics and the debt ceiling. Plus: new research on autism; the 14th amendment and debt; and how African-Americans are moving to the South.