Category Archives: Race, racism and related issues

A quick note on Michael Brown’s death and “plausibility”

Dorian Johnson was walking with Michael Brown when they were stopped by Officer Darren Wilson. According to Johnson’s eyewitness account: …a police car pulled up alongside Brown and him, and the officer—who has been identified as Darren Wilson—allegedly told Johnson … Continue reading

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Study Shows Enormous Sentencing Discrepancy Against Men

A study1 by Sonja Starr, a University of Michigan law professor, shows that men receive average sentences 63% longer than women who commit similar crimes. (Notably, Starr’s sample was of the federal justice system. 59% of the crimes in the … Continue reading

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Being Cautious of Men Versus Being Cautious of Blacks

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Quote: Blackness’ first and most important task

Naval officer Theodore R. Johnson: This is what it feels like to be black in America. It sounds like the symphony of locking car doors as I traipse through a grocery store parking lot, armed with kale chips and turkey … Continue reading

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Because White People Represent All Humanity While Non-White People Are Weird And Distracting

An interview with Ari Handel, the co-screenwriter of the movie “Noah,” asked him about the movie’s all-white casting. Handel’s answer really captured a lot that is wrong with how Hollywood thinks about race: Q: While there’s a lot of diversity … Continue reading

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“What Would You Do” Segment Featuring Black Actress Pretending To Be Bigoted Against White Customer

I’ve enjoyed some “What Would You Do” segments, but my enjoyment has been limited by how hamhanded and over-the-top they are (and this example is no exception). But at their best, they entertain by showing people in everyday locations acting … Continue reading

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Richard Sherman’s Play And The Vast Overreaction

(Cartoon by Darrin Bell.) I found the Richard Sherman bruhaha surprisingly interesting, so even though it’s a bit past the due date, I thought I’d post some links. For those of you who don’t know, Richard Sherman is a football … Continue reading

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Which States Enact Voter ID Laws? The Most Racist Ones

PolicyMic nicely sums up recent research on what factors made it likely that a state enacted Voter ID laws in 2011: According to new research by University of Massachusetts Boston sociologist Keith Bentele and political scientist Erin O’Brien, the states … Continue reading

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More on Felony Disenfranchisement, America’s Most Racist Policy

Columbia Law Professor Vivian Berger, quoted at TalkLeft, writes: These laws have a disproportionate impact on minorities — 1.4 million black men cannot vote. That is a rate of 13 percent — seven times the national average. A majority of … Continue reading

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Four Reasons Racist Voter ID Laws Matter

In the last year, I’ve seen several people posting suggesting that voter ID laws shouldn’t worry Democrats much (the most prominent were these two posts by Nate Cohn). But despite a disproportionate impact on Democratic-leaning groups, the electoral consequences of … Continue reading

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