1. Affirmative action programs like UT’s admissions policy don’t tilt the playing field in favor of minority candidates; they return the already-tilted field to level ground. As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Fisher and I are unfortunate but inevitable casualties in the morally justifiable struggle for equal opportunity. I’m okay with that, because my denial by UT was the first time that things didn’t roll my way, and it was about damn time.

    UT student Peter Stroud defends affirmative action in this thoughtful essay, even though he says the policy might have actually resulted in his rejection fromthe University of Texas the first time he applied.

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  3. affirmative action

    University of Texas

    Supreme Court

    racism

    quotas

    race

    diversity

    college admissions

  1. tballardbrown:

    Some of the opposition to President Obama is not so much about race directly, but about the way the country is changing from a place where all immigrants, even those who came in chains, are welcome as long as they adopted the mores of white Protestants, to one where other ethnic identities are equally valid.

    The core political debate about the redistribution of wealth is sharpened by redistribution to people who “are not like us”.

    Whatever happens in November, the debate about the meaning of President Obama to America’s race relations will not go away.

    If President Obama wins, it will be due in part to reactivating the 2008 alliance - and black voters made up a big part of that coalition. He may feel freer in a second term to talk about delicate issues and reflect on whether he has been a bridge or created a wider chasm.

    If, on the other hand, he loses, many African Americans will take it personally, will be worried and hurt, and see the result as another reverse in their long struggle.

    via BBC News - Race and Obama - the taboo topic

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  3. race

    election 2012

  1. On newsstands across Spain, Michelle Obama can be seen gracing the August 2012 cover of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a lifestyle supplement to the newspaperExpansión.  She is seated on a chair draped in the American flag, partially nude in slave attire, complete with one of Aunt Jemima’s chicer headscarves.  Perhaps because it seems so obviously offensive, the mind attempts to rationalize; “Did this get lost in translation, or is this as racist as I think?”
via Michelle Obama Undressed: Lost in Translation or Just Racist? | Clutch Magazine

    On newsstands across Spain, Michelle Obama can be seen gracing the August 2012 cover of Magazine Fuera de Serie, a lifestyle supplement to the newspaperExpansión.  She is seated on a chair draped in the American flag, partially nude in slave attire, complete with one of Aunt Jemima’s chicer headscarves.  Perhaps because it seems so obviously offensive, the mind attempts to rationalize; “Did this get lost in translation, or is this as racist as I think?”

    via Michelle Obama Undressed: Lost in Translation or Just Racist? | Clutch Magazine

  2. Posted by: tballardbrown
  3. race

    racism

    Michelle Obama

  1. The idea that race or ethnicity might help determine how well people sleep is relatively new among sleep researchers. But in the few short years that epidemiologists, demographers and psychologists have been studying the link, they have repeatedly come to the same conclusion: In the United States, at least, sleep is not colorblind. Non-Hispanic whites get more and better-quality sleep than people of other races, studies repeatedly show. Blacks are the most likely to get shorter, more restless sleep. What researchers don’t yet know is why.

    — How Well You Sleep May Hinge on Race - NYTimes.com (via tballardbrown)

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  3. sleep

    race

  1. 
"Alana has been raised to express herself in the urban patois of reality TV’s black women. Nearly every utterance includes a head swivel, a sassy snap or an “oh-no-she-din’t.” It’s a funny and deeply disturbing tangle of cultural cues, as this chubby little white girl essentially performs a 21st-century version of minstrelsy. By finding Alana hilarious and egging her on, her family and her viewers are participating in a complicated, multilayered, possibly benign display of latent racism that could keep linguistics professors and social scientists busy for decades."

‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ the li’l Miss Sunshine we all deserve — Hank Steuver, The Washington Post
I watched Honey Boo Boo last night. And cringed a bit. The Toddler’s and Tiara’s spinoff manages to lampoon several cultures at once. But I’m not sure I hate it just yet. 

    "Alana has been raised to express herself in the urban patois of reality TV’s black women. Nearly every utterance includes a head swivel, a sassy snap or an “oh-no-she-din’t.” It’s a funny and deeply disturbing tangle of cultural cues, as this chubby little white girl essentially performs a 21st-century version of minstrelsy. By finding Alana hilarious and egging her on, her family and her viewers are participating in a complicated, multilayered, possibly benign display of latent racism that could keep linguistics professors and social scientists busy for decades."

    ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ the li’l Miss Sunshine we all deserve — Hank Steuver, The Washington Post

    I watched Honey Boo Boo last night. And cringed a bit. The Toddler’s and Tiara’s spinoff manages to lampoon several cultures at once. But I’m not sure I hate it just yet. 

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  3. TLC

    Here comes Honey Boo Boo

    Honey Boo Boo

    Hank Steuver

    race

  1. Look. I get it. The Chocolate City has changed. It isn’t what it used to be, and I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that D.C. was once so marred by murder that it was nicknamed Dodge City or that there is now a hipster bar on U St. that holds the same name. Point is, there is a certain cultural vulturalism, an African American historical “swagger-jacking,” going on on U Street. It’s an inappropriate tradition of sorts that has rent increasing, black folks moving further out — sometimes by choice, sometimes not — while a faux black ethos remains.

    — 

    The Brixton: It’s new, happening and another example of African-American historical ‘swagger-jacking’

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  3. race

    DC

    Washington DC

    U street

    gentrification

  1. Today at the UNITY Convention in Las Vegas, NPR announced that we will receive a $1.5 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to expand our coverage of race, ethnicity and culture.

    These resources will allow NPR to form a new team of six journalists to identify and report news and perspectives, and present new voices and conversations, that capture the issues that define an increasingly diverse America.

    — “NPR Deepens Coverage of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture" — Emerson Brown, "this is NPR

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  3. CPB

    NPR

    culture

    ethnicity

    jobs

    journalism

    journalism jobs

    race

    pubmedia

  1. A few minutes before my reading, store employee Marshall popped in my CD. Not 30 seconds into my go-go playlist, a white woman went to the cashier to complain. The song in question wasn’t even a go-go song. It was Parliament’s 1970s funk classic “Chocolate City”—a song that took on a moniker that was being used by Washingtonians celebrating the city’s first elected mayor, a black man named Walter Washington: ‘What’s happening, C.C. They still call in the White House, but that’s a temporary condition…’ The blonde woman marched straight to the cashier, who referred her to the owner of Politics & Prose. She said the music was “racist” and demanded they stop playing it. I am so very sad to report that the store actually complied.

    — Go-Go Live: Banned in Chevy Chase | Natalie Hopkinson (via tballardbrown)

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  3. go-go

    chuck brown

    music

    race

  1. This guy literally arms himself to the teeth by mail order without anyone pointing a finger and saying, ‘What’s going on?’ " asked Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni, a little incredulous. "If my name is Ibrahim or Mohammed and I order a gun or that much ammunition on the Internet, I think within a few hours of the delivery, the FBI and CIA is at my house.

    — Murphy: Colorado Muslims wonder if theater shooter might have been noticed - The Denver Post

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  3. race

    terrorism

  1. 
“David Johnson tells Jay-Z everything.
He emails the superstar about his family, his career, and his ambitions. He sends messages about his kids written as if to an uncle. He sends what could be read as either op-eds or diary entries, depending on the context; sent from and to a personal email address, they assume a confessional tone. He sends lyrics, poems and songs, written from both his perspective and Jay’s. He sends photos and videos, tossed-off notes and page-long manifestos.”
“Tracking The Biggest Star In The World" — John Herrman, Buzzfeed

The most fascinating thing I’ve read all week. Has some interesting bits on race and celebrity sprinkled throughout. View in High-Res

    David Johnson tells Jay-Z everything.

    He emails the superstar about his family, his career, and his ambitions. He sends messages about his kids written as if to an uncle. He sends what could be read as either op-eds or diary entries, depending on the context; sent from and to a personal email address, they assume a confessional tone. He sends lyrics, poems and songs, written from both his perspective and Jay’s. He sends photos and videos, tossed-off notes and page-long manifestos.”

    Tracking The Biggest Star In The World" — John Herrman, Buzzfeed

    The most fascinating thing I’ve read all week. Has some interesting bits on race and celebrity sprinkled throughout.

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  3. Jay-Z

    stalking

    race

    culture

    beyonce