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Mark Sawyer

Entries by Mark Sawyer

Beyonce and Jay Z Are Race Traitors for Going to Cuba !?!?

(209) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 11:57 AM

While I expected right-wing television and bloggers to go bananas over Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba, nothing prepared me for the idea that somehow by traveling to Cuba, Beyonce and Jay Z had betrayed their race. That's right. Cuba is a "racist" nation and traveling there is to co-sign...

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The Crisis of the African-American Intellectual: What's to Be Learned From the Cornel West v. Melissa Harris-Perry Debate

(37) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 9:06 PM

In 1967, Harold Cruse wrote the fabled book, The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual. In the book, Cruse mapped the unsettled space between intellectuals and an increasingly fragmented set of social movements. I argue here we are at such a place, as we have on one hand a pragmatic Obama...

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Obama's Rockwell Choice and Response Tell the Story

(177) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 5:41 PM

As a scholar of public opinion, I love to read the comments following articles. Scholars of racial attitudes have found it harder to get individuals to reveal racist beliefs to strangers over the phone. We call it the principle policy gap. Whites tend to support the principle of racial equality,...

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Governor Rick Perry: America Love It or Leave It?

(34) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 7:34 PM

How ironic is the recent call for the secession of Texas from the United States by Republican Governor Rick Perry, who recently announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States? And why should we think about this attitude in relation to recent debates about revisiting the birthright clause...

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Broadening Our Conversations

(37) Comments | Posted August 19, 2011 | 2:18 PM

We have decided to create this blog as a means of broadening our conversations about black politics globally defined and its relationship to contemporary issues of racism, immigration, citizenship and nationalism.

As academics who have studied these and related issues, we consider the present moment in the United States...

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