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September 29, 2011

How Brown America Has Become

I have to admit, the aesthetics of this pic from Tuesday’s Obama photo-op got me. And though I know it’s just one photo of kids at one high school in Colorado (with probably a fairly large Latino population), it strikes me how brown America has become and how a dwindling portion of our electorate refuses to accept this.

– Karen Hull

(photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images caption: Supporters reach out to shake hands with US President Barack Obama as he arrives to speak on his proposed American Jobs Act September 27, 2011 at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, Colorado.)

  • Anonymous

    Looking for a connection, not a handout. 

  • bks

    “How brown America has become”?    Karen Hull is seeing something in this picture that is not there.  Also, after a long hot summer, aren’t most forearms brown?   By the way, what is it with women and their nails?

        –bks

  • Gasho

    I think this shot is wonderful.  The people have been given a single face (which can be easier to relate to than a crowd) and many diverse hands reaching out in excitement.

    Campaign Obama.  He’s back.  I am so incredibly hopeful despite the recent history of O caving in on everything that he’ll come out really swinging for the fence after he gets re-elected.  He won’t have another election to worry about and maybe he can fire up his progressive agenda AND take some time to finally “look back” and clean up some long overdue criminal activity from the ’00’s.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Weldon-Berger/1075193081 Weldon Berger

      You may want to start working on a back-up plan. Even assuming some epiphany on his part and the capacity to enact it, his temperament is still more Rod Carew than Babe Ruth; if he hits a home run, it’ll turn out to have been an accident.

      But you’re right, the shot is well-composed and compelling.

  • Glenn

    This is a pretty amazing image.

  • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

    I don’t see many non white people in that photo at all. Of 10 pairs of arms I see only three, not counting Obama, who might be non-white. I guess it’s true that many white people tend to perceive more than 15 percent of people not being white as “a lot” — it’s not, it’s a minority!

    Wow.

  • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

    I don’t see many non white people in that photo at all. Of 10 pairs of arms I see only three, not counting Obama, who might be non-white. I guess it’s true that many white people tend to perceive more than 15 percent of people not being white as “a lot” — it’s not, it’s a minority!

    Wow.

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      Talk about “america becoming brown” when it’s closer to 60% or 70%.

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      Talk about “america becoming brown” when it’s closer to 60% or 70%.

    • http://www.futurebird.com Susan Donovan

      Talk about “america becoming brown” when it’s closer to 60% or 70%.

  • http://twitter.com/Screaming_Head The Screaming Head

    Damn straight. Does anybody remember that Time cover that said that we’re basically all going to be brown in 2050 or something? Sorry I don’t have my facts completely straight, but it definitely exists, and that’s where we’re headed.

    OMG, hijakcing the thread to facepalm Rick Perry.

    http://tiny.cc/8c0eo – politics and hot girl

  • bks

    Okay, you win.  Out here in California that grouping of arms would not look particularly ethnic.  However it is a good picture.  More interesting than the Chin pix of Wall Street (to my eye).

        –bks
     

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