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Did Kanye West Create A Monster?

(28) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 2:00 PM

Let's get one thing out of the way here at the top: I don't listen to a lot of music or watch many music videos. I also don't follow Kanye West's career. Basically, though I sometimes listen to it, I really don't know crap about rap.

On the other hand,...

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A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

(31) Comments | Posted January 11, 2011 | 9:57 AM

Well, here's a piece I never imagined myself writing: A defense of a white man's use of the N-word.

I want to start with a little back-story: I don't use the N-word. Not ever. But I used to, not so long ago. I used it in the context of talking...

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"Should Black people stop using the N-Word?" Is there a word that's even worse?

(3) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 3:01 PM

Let's face it: YouTube rocks if you know what you're searching for, but if you're just clicking on random links, it's usually a pretty disappointing experience.

Except when it's not! This particular YouTube video made my day.

It has just 700 views. I wish it had 7 million.

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Going Where Glenn Beck Wouldn't: Defining White Culture

(23) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 7:06 AM

My Facebook and Twitter friend @clyde_online, a community organizer in DC, has been pestering me to define U.S. white culture. Up until now, I've demurred.

Frankly, there are other things I'd rather write about. Besides, though I'm certainly aware of the status and meaning that our civilization has...

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Race is Sexy. Sex is Racy. Now "Get Lost"

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2010 | 7:14 AM

Race is sexy. And sex is racy. Is it any wonder that our society seems fascinated, obsessed even, with their combination? Consider the latest photo shoot by Mikael Jansson titled Let's Get Lost, in the current issue of Interview Magazine.

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Ladies and Gentlemen: The U.S. (in)Justice System

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2010 | 7:47 AM

I've been reading, talking, and thinking a lot about justice lately. And the deeper I get into it, the more evident it is that our justice system isn't meeting our needs. What we want, I think, is a justice system that produces not just rehabilitation, but redemption. Is...

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Are the Fangs Real? Vampires as Racial Metaphor in the Anita Blake and Twilight Novels

(10) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 10:53 AM

They're physically powerful and move with an unusual combination of grace and speed. They're sexually seductive, in a forbidden sort of way, and dangerous -- even the well-mannered, law-abiding ones are, at their core, threatening. They're monsters, ever ready to prey and feed on human fears, if not their lives....

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Is the Blagojevich YouTube Video Racist?

(10) Comments | Posted February 24, 2010 | 10:03 AM

In a previous blog post, I argued that to determine if an expression of humor was racist, it is necessary to carefully examine it's impact. In this post, I want to consider a particularly ambiguous case:

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John Mayer's Longing For Blackness Is a "Very" Wide-Open Window Into U.S. Race Relations

(27) Comments | Posted February 12, 2010 | 10:19 AM

If you haven't yet seen John Mayer's interview with Playboy, well, all jokes about "reading Playboy for the articles" aside, you really should just pause here and check it out, because the interview is really very "very." Trust me, this will make sense...

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Pursuing Racial Justice: A Primer for Young People

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2010 | 6:54 AM

When it comes to activism, students often feel powerless. After all, they argue, they don't have the ability to change rules, much less laws, or even influence how existing rules and laws are interpreted. Being students, which, by definition, means being in the process of learning rather than leading --...

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Obama is Black? I Forgot...

(55) Comments | Posted January 29, 2010 | 11:42 AM


I enjoyed Obama's first State of the Union address, in large part because I like listening to our President. I like seeing our first African American President too. Though I'm not so naive as to think that it's an indication of a post-racial...

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