Note to Young Skinheads

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When will bigots come up with slurs our children can relate to? From the Raleigh-Durham News and Observer:

Gov. Beverly Perdue asked for—and received—the resignation of NC Alcoholic Beverage Commission Chairman Doug Fox on Tuesday, just hours after newspapers provided Perdue’s office with a copy of a racist photo illustration sent from Fox’s e-mail address after last November’s election.

The e-mail included an altered photo of the White House that turned the South Lawn into an enormous watermelon patch. The phrase, “There goes the neighborhood …” was printed above the photo.

The e-mail was sent from Fox’s law firm address Nov. 14—10 days after Barack Obama was elected president. The message, which had been forwarded multiple times by others before reaching Fox, contained no text other than the subject line, “how true.”

This is an outrage! How are young non-black racists supposed to figure out such dated racial slurs? We all know that kids today don’t know much history, like the name of that cold country to our north and the hot one to our south. Now you expect them to be familiar with minstrel shows?

Young skinheads: Demand that your elders have the common decency, and KKK Kommunity spirit, to update your racist imagery to reflect the times. What’s next? An email replete with references to ‘coons,’ ‘pickaninnies,’ and ‘jungle bunnies’?

C’mon neanderthals. You can do better than this.

[H/T: My man, John Schwade.)

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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