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Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the by Ishmael Reed

By Ishmael Reed

Offended and hilarious, this choice of satirical essays approximately Barack Obama confronts the racial tensions that experience dogged the president in the course of his crusade and primary year in office. Some of the items contain "Ma and pop Clinton Flog Uppity Black Man," "Crazy Rev. Wright," and "Obama Scolds Black Fathers, will get jump in Polls." formerly unpublished fabric additionally addresses the controversies round Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Tiger Woods.

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60 The Italian Language Press and Racial Identity >> 31 Uplifting the Race in the Pages of the Press The Italian language press provided an institutional framework for the cultural transformation of the Italian immigrant population and the development of a collective Italian identity as American and white in the United States. In conjunction with an exploding Italian population in New York City, Italian language newspapers addressed multiple needs and facilitated immigrant orientation to new surroundings.

Clearly, priests and upper-level church hierarchy were not immune from the prejudice and discrimination that targeted southern Italian immigrants in their new home. Italian attitudes toward priests, church attendance, doctrinal tenets, and the personal manner in which Italians worshipped God 22 << The Italian Language Press and Racial Identity and saints were wildly dissimilar to Irish American Catholic norms and principles. During the first two decades of mass immigration, Italians remained resentful of Irish arrogance and domination, symbolized by the practice of relegating Italian parishioners to church basements for their masses.

Reflecting the community it served, the press varied in its political orientation, ranging from mainstream political identification as Republican or independent to more radical ideologies such as socialist and anarchist. The mainstream, or commercial, press enjoyed larger circulations than the Italian radical press and by virtue of subscriptions and advertising revenue usually experienced a longer life span. Some of this owed to the serious obstacles socialist and anarchist papers faced, such as fierce governmental repression that severely hampered their print operations.

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