Category: Race

Missouri

It’s Protest Season: Missouri

The history of racially charged incidents at the University of Missouri dates back generations. When the university denied admission to black law school applicant Lloyd Gaines, the issue led to an influential 1938 Supreme Court decision that helped pave the way for the civil rights movement. Three decades later, during...

Yale

It’s Protest Season: Yale

A warning not to wear culturally insensitive Halloween costumes sparked protests at Yale, which went viral over the weekend. A lecturer asked in an e-mail, “Is there no room anymore for a child to be a little bit obnoxious . . . a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes,...

privilege

A Working Understanding of Privilege

Police in Texas arrested 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed of Irving for building a clock. Ahmed has a keen interest in robotics and engineering, and put the device together on Sunday. He took it to school the next day, was pulled out of class, interviewed by police officers, and taken in handcuffs...

white

When White People Weren’t White

  America would be a grand land if only every Irishman would kill a Negro, and then be hanged for it. I find this sentiment generally approved. – William Freeman (1881) The largest mass lynching in U.S. history took place in New Orleans in 1891 — and it wasn’t African-Americans...

police encounter

How To Survive Police Encounters

  University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing was indicted today on a murder charge for fatally shooting Samuel DuBose during a traffic stop July 19. Video from the officer’s body camera shows a routine traffic stop turning suddenly violent when DuBose leans toward the passenger seat and Tensing fires...

Jon Stewart

How Jon Stewart and Wyatt Cenac Expose Race On The Left

  Wyatt Cenac, a former writer and correspondent on “The Daily Show,” revealed Jon Stewart told him “Fuck off, I’m done with you” when Cenac confronted him about the way he was imitating Herman Cain’s voice on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. The incident occurred in 2011, as Stewart...

Old Incognegro On The New State of American Blackness

Recent times have been interesting for American Blackness. Police misconduct, twisted tales of racial passing, heinous domestic terrorism, and the subsequent conversation on the symbolism of racial oppression have been thrust to the forefront of the public at large. Many Americans are becoming newly aware about the modern struggles of...

white means right

Haiti, DR And What Happens When White Means Right

  The deadline has passed for 250,000 migrant Haitian workers to be deported from the Dominican Republic (DR) as sanctioned by the government. Over 2,000 military soldiers have been ordered to patrol the border, and a 45-day grace period has been discussed to allow for those ordered to leave to...

The Most Urgent Questions about American Violence

I found a sort of morbid comfort in the fact that Jon Stewart had the same problem that I did yesterday after the news broke about the attack in Charleston. No jokes. No mirth, no whimsy, no quips. No happiness. Just a head full of questions, and a heart that will...

mental health

You Need To Separate Racism From Mental Health

  Dylann Roof, the alleged gunman authorities say is responsible for killing nine people at a predominantly black church in Charleston, South Carolina, had been “planning something like that for six months,” according to his roommate Dalton Tyler.   “He was big into segregation and other stuff,” Tyler said. “He...