Category Archives: Race, racism and related issues

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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Daddy posts cute parenting photo. Racist comments ensue. WTF?

This is a cute photo. It’s a photo of Doyin, the blogger at Daddy Doin’ Work. If it had come up on my facebook feed, I would have said “oh, cute!” and that would be that. But when Doyin posted … Continue reading

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Seven Points Regarding The Phil Robertson Kerfuffle

If you’re not already familiar with the Phil Robertson controversy, well, let me try to sum it up in one sentence: Phil Robertson, a long-bearded dude from a hugely successful A&E reality show makes racist and homophobic comments during a … Continue reading

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Public Safety, Racial Awareness, and a Community College Class in Workplace Writing

“Can we talk about this email that the college sent out to all the students?” one of the men in my technical writing class asked me, staring at the laptop open on his desk. “I’m pretty sure you’d have given … Continue reading

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How Insisting That Racism Is A Toxic Subject Benefits White People

From David Schraub: Drum identifies a paradox: We have to talk about racism, but talking about racism renders conversation impossible. Racism is a “such a uniquely toxic accusation that it makes any real conversation hopeless.” But here’s the thing: there’s … Continue reading

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North Carolina Republicans To Challenge Voter Registrations Of Students At Black University

This is how Republicans are trying to win elections. The Watauga County Board of Elections voted Monday to eliminate an early voting site and election-day polling precinct on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Pasquotank County Board of Elections … Continue reading

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Ask A Slave: The Webseries

“Ask A Slave is a comedy web series written by and starring Azie Mira Dungey, based on the actress’ time working as a living history character at the popular historic site, George Washington’s Mount Vernon.” There are three episodes up … Continue reading

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