As the media have been talking, today, about the “race card” being officially “played” in the presidential campaign, we’ve heard a lot of back-and-forth bickering: Obama said this, McCain said that. Obama Spokesperson X said this, McCain Spokesperson Y said that. Reporter A said this, Reporter B said that. Et cetera. There have been a lot of accusations (or, as Liz put it yesterday, a lot of schoolyard-esque did not!s and did so!s), with very few conclusions. And, at this point, we’re hurting for some non-MSM perspective on the whole thing.

Below, then, are some selections from African-American group blogs discussing the “race card” story. Some of the bigger sites, it’s worth noting—The Root, Colorlines’s Racewire, Richard Prince’s Journal-isms—have thus far kept mum on the issue.


Faye Anderson, Anderson@Large: “Race and the Presidential Race v.6.0”

The deck is stacked against voters who hoped the general election campaign would not degenerate into a race about race.

The latest racial dust-up was triggered by comments Barack Obama made during a campaign stop in Missouri….

Sadly, the promised “respectful campaign” is now stuck on race….

The race card is on the table and up both candidates’ sleeve. So, it’s time to crank up Etta James’ “Stacked Deck.” As Etta reminds us, “If you’re going to play cards, baby, you know you got to deal sometime.”


Jack and Jill Politics: “McCain Loses His Mind to PlayaHate”

A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Especially on playahatin’. McCain released this ad comparing Obama to Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Um, is it just me or is this a weird attempt to do a more subtle “Harold, Call Me” blond girl thing to Obama? I don’t think it’s working since even Paris Hilton is dissing McCain over it.

And Obama — playing the race card? Um, guess that’s going to be the McCain response to everything. Iraq War, healthcare, education, foreclosures, foreign relations — just Obama playing the race card again! Is this a sign of desperation from the GOP or part of an ongoing strategy? What do you think?


Black Spin: “The McCain Card - Blame Race In The Presidential Race”

The race for the White House has degenerated into a race about race. The latest racial flare-up was triggered by comments Barack Obama made during a campaign stop in Missouri….

Sure, McCain is using Obama’s celebrity status against him and mocking his alleged “fame without portfolio.” But by linking Obama with young white women, albeit celebutards, the ad subliminally evokes racial stereotypes of black men lusting after white women.

McCain is scheduled to give a keynote address today at the National Urban League’s annual conference. It will be interesting to see whether he tells a ballroom full of black folks that he’s “proud of that commercial” comparing Obama to two skanks.


The Vanel Journal: “Kerry Destroys Kyl and Confronts the ‘Race Card’”

Perhaps Senator Kerry is still smarting from his 2004 loss and feels that it is his duty to make sure that another Democrat does not get swiftboated. Had he shown the same fervor back then, who knows?…Ah those reveries.

The MSM isn’t helping, instead of taking McCain to task for the audacity to accuse Obama of playing the race card, they are promoting this narrative. The internal polling must be terrible for them to go negative this early. The Olympics games will start next week and the conventional wisdom is that the news cycle will be dominated by the games during the month of August. The McCain camp figured that they could not allow Obama to coast through the month without taking some shots at him to bring up his negatives, unfortunately it appears to be working, new Gallup polls show the race tightening. The Obama camp needs an aggressive response to these scurrilous attacks and Kerry appears to be leading this charge. Yes, the swiftboating of Obama has begun and I noticed it over a month ago when I wrote this letter to Washington Times editor, Tara Wall. That was the trial ballon and Dems should have had the same reaction when Gen. Wes Clark challenged McCain’s leadership cred. Remember the over the top hyperventilating?

Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.