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Sarah Palin must have felt right at home last night during her speech to the G.O.P. convention: there were almost no black people. African Americans make up only 3.7 percent of the population of Alaska. And that’s about three times higher than the percentage of African Americans at the G.O.P. convention.
“As the country rapidly diversifies, Republicans are presenting a convention that is almost entirely white,” the Washington Post reported today.
Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago. Each night, the overwhelmingly white audience watches a series of white politicians step to the lectern–a visual reminder that no black Republican has served as a governor, U.S. senator, or U.S. representative in the past six years.
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Estimated chance, worldwide, that a father is unknowingly raising another man’s child:
A Spanish design student created a speech-recognition pillow into which the restive confide their worries, which are then printed out in the morning.
The mayor of Sacramento filed for a restraining order against the City of Sacramento.
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”