The lessons of Stephen Colbert’s Asian joke
It was hard to tell the other night when Stephen Colbert was in character and when he was just being the real Stephen Colbert when he declared ‘I’m not a racist.’
He was reacting to the protests that popped up after his writers tweeted a joke he made on the show without any of the context that was evident in his Comedy Channel show’s episode. That prompted Twitter to take to the ramparts to urge that his show be canceled. Read more →
Some years ago, the Star Tribune sports department decided to stop using team nicknames that people might find offensive. Out were the ‘Indians’ and ‘Redskins,’ for example, and in was ‘the team from Cleveland’ or the ‘team from Washington.’
It lasted for about a season and then the policy quietly disappeared.
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There’s a new argument for more mass transit — an easing of racial tension.
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Achievement gap woes, a picture of hunger, and the man who won’t kiss his sister (5×8 – 2/19/14)
Decisions facing parents of African American students, breaking the stereotype of hunger, Kiev is burning, the man who wouldn’t kiss his sister, and frozen Superiority. Read more →
Scroogenomics 101 (5×8 – 12/24/13)
Does giving presents make financial sense, Black Folk Don’t, why electricity rates are going up so fast, we live here for the pity, and nothing says ‘holidays’ like Nina Totenberg shaking it. Read more →
If it quacks like a racist duck …
Duck Dynasty “patriarch” Phil Robertson’s racial and social views don’t square with A&E. Read more →
Republican legislators in Wisconsin have introduced a bill protecting race-based nicknames in the state’s school districts.
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A federal jury has ruled that the “N word” is offensive no matter who says it. A federal jury in New York found the use of the word in the workplace is never acceptable, even when used between black coworkers and even when it’s intended to denote “friendship or endearment.” To emphasize its point, the Read more →
The day Asa Randolph passed a torch in the civil rights movement
A. Philip Randolph has faded from the memories of the Civil Rights Movement. He shouldn’t. Read more →
What would you do if you owned the MLK speech, whose house will MSP jets fly over, why Millennials hate the telephone, the ‘mind meld’ is real, and why you could be liable for texting someone who is driving. Read more →
5 x 8: We know what you did today
… but if you didn’t do anything wrong, what’s the problem? Also: the 40-year old photo that gives us reason to smile, Aaron’s last wish, what Twitter made a guy do at the All Star game, and just when you think you couldn’t love Carl Kasell any more. Read more →
How do you identify states that discriminate against minority voters?
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of the Voting Rights Act today, it noted that the doomed section of the Act is no longer constitutional partly because the method of determining which states should be subject to it is outdated. Here is the explanation in the opinion of Supreme Court Justice John Roberts: Read more →
The changing demographics
The Census Bureau made news this week, you may recall, when it announced that for the first time, white babies are in the minority in the country, and that by 2043, the white majority will be no more. But there was more to the release than just a racial demographic and when an official did Read more →
5 x 8: The part-time generation
The inability to plan a future, time is up for old white people, want to buy a hot coleus, the angry Lego, andthe boys of Wasioja. Read more →
What happens when people don’t fit our categories?
How do we examine economic success, employment trends, the education achievement gap and other big topics if people increasingly don’t fit into the categories that have been built to look at that data?
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