• Homemade Chicken Soup? check
  • Baby photo album/scrapbook? check
  • NCIS marathon? check
  • An evening “off” from thinking about work? check

And I’m still awake to watch the Rachel Maddow show. Yay!

The thing I love about Rachel as a political commentator (well, okay, one of the things) is that she considers everything fair game and ensures that her guests demonstrate a complete position on an argument.  Melissa Harris, the poli sci professor from Princeton who was speaking about factors in the passing of Prop 8 in California, made two great points: firstly, 7 out of 10 African American voters in California voted “yes” on Prop 8, completely disproportionate to the turnout for Obama. This is actually a factor among all people of color in California, but particularly the African American communities, and is a disturbing trend on many levels. Secondly, Harris pointed out that gay rights activists in California did not focus on racially diverse communities, instead focusing on white, middle class voters.  How easy would it have been to focus on one of those two statements and leave the opposite alone? To assign blame in a de facto manner?

What I take away from that 4 minute segment of The Rachel Maddow Show is that not only the gay rights scene but EVERY advocacy group needs to better penetrate a truly diverse American society in order to engage all voters.  We are all of us far too likely to stick to the comfortable route of talking to people who already agree with us — unsurprising considering the rampant polarization of American culture over the last eight years. But now, Change is here. Time to get on that.

A politically focused news show from which I walk away with a to-do list every time I tune in. How cool is that.

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