Gene Demby http://wlrn.org en Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://wlrn.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 30874 at http://wlrn.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://wlrn.org/post/another-murder-case-florida-sparks-national-outrage The Michael Dunn case is of a type that we see with harrowing regularity. An unarmed black man is shot and killed by a police officer or a white person. The shooter says he felt threatened.<p>The way we talk about those cases follows a pattern, too. The conversation quickly becomes about politics, about race, and the messy intersection of the two. Stand Your Ground. Stop and Frisk. The War on Drugs. All these things snowball into each other, and while the trials of their shooters are about the particulars of their cases, they are also about all the other gruesome cases that came before them. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Gene Demby 28107 at http://wlrn.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://wlrn.org/post/pathway-citizenship-right-concern Much of the debate over whether and how to overhaul the country's immigration policy has hinged on whether and how to create a pathway to citizenship. But a majority of Latinos now say that's less important for unauthorized immigrants than giving them relief from the threat of deportation.<p>That finding comes from a Pew report based on <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/12/19/on-immigration-policy-deportation-relief-seen-as-more-important-than-citizenship/">new surveys of Latinos and Asian-Americans</a>, who together make up about two-thirds of all the legal immigrants in the U.S. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Gene Demby 25389 at http://wlrn.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food http://wlrn.org/post/code-switch-roundup-status-symbols-sriracha-and-soul-food <em>Here are some things we've been musing on over the last few days. Share yours on Twitter or shout us out in the comments below.</em><p><strong>"We shine because they hate us/floss 'cuz they degrade us.</strong>" After two young, black customers accused the high-end retailer Barneys of racially profiling them after they made expensive purchases there, those customers themselves came in for criticism. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 22980 at http://wlrn.org Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://wlrn.org/post/when-will-we-stop-side-eyeing-relatives-who-dont-match Last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/25/240865629/roma-children-removals-make-us-wonder-what-family-looks-like">folks told us that that they found odd resonances in their lives</a> with the stories of several Roma children in Europe who'd separated from their families. Like those blond, blue-eyed Roma children in darker-skinned, dark-haired families, people said that their own familial bonds had occasionally come under suspicion from strangers, who thought there was a "racial mismatch" between parent and child. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Gene Demby 22862 at http://wlrn.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://wlrn.org/post/remembering-woman-who-gave-motown-its-charm In 2007, decades after Maxine Powell had retired from training a generation of black artists at Motown, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIZCG0auxzY">a reporter from a Cleveland television station asked</a> her whether anyone had been particularly difficult to work with.<p>Powell cut her off before she finished. "I don't have that," she said. "No one is difficult. Each person is a beautiful, unique human being. So if you have a problem and you're acting negative, you have been conditioned."<p>She went on. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 19:57:00 +0000 Gene Demby 22178 at http://wlrn.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty http://wlrn.org/post/howards-president-steps-down-amid-tumult-and-uncertainty Is Howard University facing an existential crisis?<p>The Washington, D.C., institution, which is arguably the country's most prominent historically black university, has been buffeted by a tough economy and seeming dissent amongst its leadership. Tuesday, Sidney Ribeau, who'd been the university's president since 2008, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/howard-university-president-ribeau-retires/2013/10/01/8d2f4004-27ac-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html">announced he was stepping down</a> but maintained that Howard was in solid shape. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Gene Demby 21555 at http://wlrn.org Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle http://wlrn.org/post/whos-really-left-out-crossfit-circle Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.<p>And according to an <a href="http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/2013/02/787-crossfit.html">entry from February</a> on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:<p><blockquote><p>"Crossfit 'boxes' usually charge expensive membership fees and boast a mostly white clientele. A list of Crossfit Games champions and competitors reveals a veritable whitopia. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:18:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20643 at http://wlrn.org Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime http://wlrn.org/post/new-york-man-killed-attacker-possible-hate-crime Jeffrey Babbitt <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/nyregion/friends-mourn-man-fatally-assaulted-in-union-square-park.html">was walking through Union Square last Wednesday</a>, near the Manhattan comic book store that he'd been going to for years, when he had a fatal chance encounter with a stranger.<p>The stranger was a man named <del>Lashawn Marten</del>Martin Redrick, who had a history of trouble with the law and had been living in a facility for homeless people with mental illnesses. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20381 at http://wlrn.org New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos http://wlrn.org/post/college-enrollment-drops-overall-spikes-among-latinos Here's the latest dispatch from our country's changing classrooms: Overall, there were half a million fewer students nationwide enrolled in colleges between 2011 and 2012, but the number of Latinos enrolled in college over the same period <em>jumped </em>by 447,000. The numbers come from <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf">a recent U.S. Census Bureau report</a>.<p>That brisk uptick in Latino college enrollment is part of a trend that began in the mid-2000s: The share of college students who were Latino grew from 11 percent in 2006 to 17 percent last year. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:37:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20109 at http://wlrn.org College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) http://wlrn.org/post/dream-9-pushes-envelope-and-their-allies-buttons The national conversation around immigration has shifted dramatically over the past decade. That's in large part because of activists who have pushed to change the narrative around the undocumented.<p>"If you asked your typical soccer mom what she thought of an unauthorized immigrant, she says, 'Well, I think of Mexicans running across the border on Fox News,' " said Tamar Jacoby, who runs <a href="http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/">ImmigrationWorks USA</a>, a think tank that advocates for changes to immigration law. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Gene Demby 19309 at http://wlrn.org The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) For a Stop-And-Frisk Plaintiff, A 'Heartbreaking' Birthday http://wlrn.org/post/stop-and-frisk-plaintiff-heartbreaking-birthday Not long ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/15/202049199/What-Did-You-Tell-Your-Kids-After-The-Zimmerman-Acquittal">we wrote about The Talk</a>, the conversation that many young men of color get from their parents about how to manage being seen as suspicious and navigate fraught encounters with police officers. It's why Nicholas Peart's story resonated with us. Peart, who lives in Harlem, was one of the plaintiffs in New York City's big stop-and-frisk case. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Gene Demby 18996 at http://wlrn.org For a Stop-And-Frisk Plaintiff, A 'Heartbreaking' Birthday Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling http://wlrn.org/post/read-juiciest-bits-stop-and-frisk-ruling Judge Shira Scheindlin <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/27/130527fa_fact_toobin">has earned a reputation</a> as an outspoken defender of civil liberties and a recurring foil for the New York City police. In her ruling in the closely watched stop-and-frisk case, Scheindlin criticized the police, and said the department discriminated against blacks and Latinos. She also said the police force has long ignored complaints about the way the tactic has been carried out. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Gene Demby 18981 at http://wlrn.org Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling How Would You Kill The N-Word? http://wlrn.org/post/how-would-you-kill-n-word <em>We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story. </em><strong></strong><p>NOTE TO READERS:<em> This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now</em><p>You can set your watch to it. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:07:00 +0000 Gene Demby 18950 at http://wlrn.org How Would You Kill The N-Word? The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict? http://wlrn.org/post/talk-what-did-you-tell-your-kids-after-zimmerman-verdict <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-ckDJ3xTaE</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:01:29 +0000 Gene Demby 17438 at http://wlrn.org The Talk: What Did You Tell Your Kids After The Zimmerman Verdict?