Gene Demby http://wemu.org en Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://wemu.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 44461 at http://wemu.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers http://wemu.org/post/remembering-buddy-esquire-king-hip-hop-flyers Forty years after its birth, hip-hop is everywhere, a global signifier of youthfulness and subversion and opulence and Americanness and blackness and menace, sometimes all at once.<p>But for all the glorification of hip-hop's early days in the South Bronx — the brilliant improvisation, the block parties — there isn't a whole lot of supporting documentation. A lot of what we know is from the fading memories of aging b-girls and b-boys who were present at the creation.<p>Some of the most important surviving documents from that period were the party flyers. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 15:41:01 +0000 Gene Demby 41981 at http://wemu.org Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://wemu.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 41743 at http://wemu.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage The Best Of Code Switch In 2013 http://wemu.org/post/best-code-switch-2013 <em>Everyone else is doing their year-end lists, and we didn't want to be left out. The Code Switch crew compiled our favorite and best-received coverage from the past year: a novel revisiting of a pivotal year a half century ago; attending homecoming at a historically black college that is now nearly all-white; and rounding up some alternately hilarious and excruciating stories our readers told us about race. </em><p><strong>When Our Kids Own America</strong><p>America's seismic demographic shifts is upending life in our suburbs, cities and our popular culture. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:59:33 +0000 Gene Demby 39605 at http://wemu.org The Best Of Code Switch In 2013 Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://wemu.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 39244 at http://wemu.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art http://wemu.org/post/taking-magnifying-glass-brown-faces-medieval-art The Tumblr sounds a bit like a college course: <a href="http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/">People of Color in European Art History</a>.<p>And its goal is pretty ambitious. The blog's author, Malisha Dewalt, says that her goal is to challenge the common perception that pre-Enlightenment Europe was all white, which she argues is a much more recent and deliberate invention.<p>"All too often, these works go unseen in museums, Art History classes, online galleries, and other venues because of retroactive whitewashing of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia, and Asia," she writes. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:42:32 +0000 Gene Demby 39046 at http://wemu.org Taking A Magnifying Glass To The Brown Faces In Medieval Art Dolphins' Story Is About Race And Bullying, But Not The Way You Think http://wemu.org/post/dolphins-story-about-race-and-bullying-not-way-you-think <strong></strong>Over the last few days, the sports media has been transfixed by the story of Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, two burly offensive lineman who play for the Miami Dolphins. Martin, a 24-year-old, second-year pro, abruptly walked away from the team last week after an incident with Incognito, 30, his frequent tormentor and the offensive line's unofficial leader. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:48:38 +0000 Gene Demby 37472 at http://wemu.org Dolphins' Story Is About Race And Bullying, But Not The Way You Think Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food http://wemu.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 37087 at http://wemu.org Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://wemu.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 36981 at http://wemu.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://wemu.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 36357 at http://wemu.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm A Rapid Shift For Jews Away From Religion, But Not Jewishness http://wemu.org/post/rapid-shift-jews-away-religion-not-jewishness A <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/files/2013/10/jewish-american-survey-full-report.pdf">big survey by the Pew Center</a> is out today on Jewish life in America, and it shows a stark shift away from religious belief and toward cultural identification.<p>Nine in 10 American Jews born before World War II identify themselves as Jewish by religion, but nearly a third of Jewish millennials — that is, people born after 1980 — identify as having no religion at all.<p>And just as starkly (and perhaps relatedly), the rate of Jews marrying outside the faith has been steadily on the uptick. Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:46:32 +0000 Gene Demby 35882 at http://wemu.org A Rapid Shift For Jews Away From Religion, But Not Jewishness Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty http://wemu.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 35815 at http://wemu.org Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race http://wemu.org/post/what-parents-tell-their-kids-about-race Like so much of the advice that parents give their children, conversations about race often say a great deal about the values parents hold most dear. And like so much other parental advice, kids are often keen to reject it outright — or remix it for themselves. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 19:04:48 +0000 Gene Demby 35536 at http://wemu.org What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race What Did Your Parents Tell You About Race? http://wemu.org/post/what-did-your-parents-tell-you-about-race Earlier this week, a school in Hartford, Conn., made headlines<a href="http://articles.courant.com/2013-09-19/community/hc-hartford-parent-complaint-0920-20130919_1_parent-files-complaint-hartford-schools-classroom"> after parents complained about its</a>, uh, novel approach at making America's racial history resonate with seventh graders.<p><blockquote><p>Sandra Baker said Thursday that her daughter, who is African American, and fellow classmates at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy were essentially "terrorized" during the nighttime Underground Railroad exercise that was part of a field Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:13:58 +0000 Gene Demby 35428 at http://wemu.org Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle http://wemu.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 35022 at http://wemu.org Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime http://wemu.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 34795 at http://wemu.org New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos http://wemu.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 34553 at http://wemu.org College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos Why Did Dave Chappelle Walk Offstage Last Night? http://wemu.org/post/why-did-dave-chappelle-walk-offstage-last-night <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr7eS2NY5t8</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 20:06:36 +0000 Gene Demby 34482 at http://wemu.org Why Did Dave Chappelle Walk Offstage Last Night? The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) http://wemu.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 33836 at http://wemu.org The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling http://wemu.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 33554 at http://wemu.org Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling How Would You Kill The N-Word? http://wemu.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 12:28:00 +0000 Gene Demby 33535 at http://wemu.org How Would You Kill The N-Word? Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President? http://wemu.org/post/who-will-be-our-first-fake-latina-president Jamie Foxx is Hollywood's latest black president.<p>In <em>White House Down</em>, which opened last Friday, Jamie Foxx plays the president of the United States, who teams up with a Capitol police officer, played by Channing Tatum, and battles terrorists who have taken over the White House. (As the A.V. Club <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/white-house-down,99467/">points out</a>, this is at least the third time that director Roland Emmerich has laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)<p>The list of black presidents in Hollywood is actually pretty long. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31745 at http://wemu.org Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President? The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker' http://wemu.org/post/secret-history-word-cracker <em>As you might have gathered from our blog's title, the Code Switch team is kind of obsessed with the ways we speak to each other. Every Monday in "Word Watch," we'll dig into language that tells us something about the way race is lived in America today. (Interested in contributing? </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sv8Q6NPWWolBKClfASONBDJtErBb4YhMrkXcq23IM80/viewform">Holler at this form</a><em>.) </em><p>Last week, Rachel Jeantel took the stand in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin after an altercation. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:08:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31583 at http://wemu.org The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker' Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro' http://wemu.org/post/jeah-we-mapped-out-four-basic-aspects-being-bro <em>What up, bro? What's good, brah?</em><p>This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)<p>The usage of "bro" as a term of endearment isn't new, obviously. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:44:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31159 at http://wemu.org Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro' The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America http://wemu.org/post/many-different-faces-marijuana-america On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines.<p>Peter Shumlin, the state's governor, made a telling <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/vermont-moves-toward-decriminalizing-small-amounts-marijuana-185348721.html">distinction between weed and "harder" drugs</a> when he announced the move. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:26:00 +0000 Gene Demby 30738 at http://wemu.org The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America