- “Sampson’s theory may be the most provocative yet. Could America’s cities be safer today not because fewer unwanted children live in them but because a lot more immigrants do? Could illegal immigration be making the nation a more law-abiding place?”
- “South Africa today is a grand experiment in multicultural democracy, where the leadership is black, money largely white and the line between empowerment and exploitation ever shifting…”
- (reg required) “The Supreme Court is set to hear a case today filed by a predominantly white parents’ group from an affluent Seattle neighborhood. Their children were denied admission to a majority-white school, and instead assigned to mostly minority sch
- “…black Americans and Hispanic Americans are compared with “Asians”, as if somewhere along the road from 1750 to 2006, “Asians” found the fountain of knowledge and drank from it while their fellow peers of color were busy fighting The Man…”
- “Look up the word “redskin” in your personal dictionary and you will see that it is taken by all Indians to be an insult. Then why does the “R” word grace the lips of sports announcers and their fans and why is it printed without fear of reprisal
- “Guy and Madonna’s relationship – which has previously been rocked by the singer’s busy work schedule and her fascination with the Kabbalah – reportedly came under a new strain after Guy felt left out from the highly-publicised adoption battle for…David
- Thanks Jason! “it’s early December, and no one’s asked me yet to come and be black for them in February…If you’re black, February is the optimal time to cash in…”
- “Unfortunately, some people still view these adoptions as noble, humanitarian acts by the parents. They believe that selfless white families are rescuing African-American and Latino children from their dysfunctional, poverty stricken, single parent famil
- “Over on his blog, deep thinker/afro-joke-goes here New Yorker scribe Malcolm Gladwell ponders the recent Michael Richards imbroglio and comes up with a few simple ways to determine the racism level of public outbursts. Gladwell boils it down to three fac
- “a 12-year-old Connecticut boy sitting next to him asked: “Do you still see the KKK on the streets every day?” That prompted the advertising executive to spend his own money on a campaign to dispel Mississippi’s image as a forlorn state of poor, ill
by Jen Chau
Please scroll down to download or listen to our latest episode of Addicted to Race, in which Carmen and I discuss this news.
This is the hardest decision I have made in a while. After more than two years of working with Carmen, co-directing New Demographic, co-editing Mixed Media Watch (now Racialicious), and then creating Addicted to Race and many more fabulous blogs (Race Changers, Anti-Racist Parent), I have decided to transition out of my Co-Director role.
In the past several months, our work has intensified exponentially. With the addition of several new projects this fall, Carmen and I have been contacted by more media outlets for commentary, we have been approached by more organizations interested in our workshops, and we have had the pleasure of engaging with more and more of you, our readers and listeners. However, New Demographic is not the only thing in my life that has picked up the pace — my work with Swirl (the non-profit I founded 7 years ago) and New Leaders for New Schools (my full-time job) has also become more demanding. In an effort to really do a couple of things well instead of spreading myself too thin, I decided that it made sense to focus on my work with Swirl and New Leaders for New Schools, knowing that New Demographic would be carried on by the more-than-capable Carmen!
So, Carmen will continue on as the Director of New Demographic. Given her talents and knowledge, I am confident that New Demographic will only continue to grow by leaps and bounds. I am excited to stay abreast of all of New Demographic’s projects to see how they transform and grow.
I am going to continue to contribute to the work of challenging society’s ideas around race and identity through my role as Founder/Executive Director of Swirl and with my Human Resources Director role at New Leaders for New Schools.
Swirl (www.swirlinc.org) is a social justice organization building and serving a mixed heritage community through support, education and empowerment. We are focusing on the re-launch of our new website, growing and expanding to serve more cities across the country, and building more programs for our growing diverse communities. I am glad to be able to devote more attention to the organization, really building off of our past successes and taking the time to be strategic about shaping the work we do, moving forward.
I am also very excited to be a part of an educational reform movement through New Leaders for New Schools (www.nlns.org). For the past six years, this organization has mainly served as a training ground for exceptional teachers to become principals. They go into schools that are struggling, where children aren’t at the reading and math levels they need to be, and help to turn those schools around. New Leaders operates with the belief that all (every single) child can achieve at high levels. There is a built-in drive to reach equality in education in order to level the playing field for children — no matter what background (class, race, etc). This is an important mission, and one that I am committed to. A just education must be provided if we are going to chip away at the racial disparities that exist. I have been at New Leaders for about one and a half years now, working on the HR Team and I have just recently been promoted to Director. I am glad to be helping to provide strong systems and processes to an organization that is going to change education as we know it.
I may no longer be an official part of New Demographic (other than being one of its proud founders :)), but I will very much be a part of the work we are all doing to challenge the status quo and break the harmful stereotypes that fuel many of our interactions with one another.
The last couple of years have been fulfilling and exciting for me. Seeing the change that is possible through connecting people of different backgrounds and experiences, seeing how eyes are opened by the offering of new information, realizing how many like-minded people are out there willing to challenge the ways we think about race…it has made me very hopeful. I am looking forward to seeing not only how New Demographic grows, but how more and more people will become a part of our growing community of people dedicated to challenging racism, moving us forward, and connecting people of different ethnicities rather than separating us. I may not talk with you regularly (through Racialicious, ATR, ARP, etc.), but I will be right alongside you, working to educate and to break down the racist ideals that still plague us today.
Thanks for the learning and the laughter. I’ll see you all out there, making a difference,
(btw, I encourage all who are interested in continuing to stay in touch with me or those who are interested in getting involved in community organizing around race and identity, to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Check out this video (hat tip to Keith Boykin) that debunks oft-cited statistics about black men. Stats like 1 out of 2 black men doesn’t graduate from college. Or that there are more college-age black men in jail than in school. And visit out this page, where they compile links to all the sources they used for their research.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
The mayor and police chief of Tempe, Arizona are apologizing after a video surfaced of a local cop making two black men rap for him, in exchange for not giving them a ticket for littering.
You can view the video here. Thanks to Kimberly for the tip!
He first asks for a name and ID from the driver and then asks the two men if they know how much the fine is for littering.
The officer then tells the men that they can avoid getting a littering ticket “if the two of you just do a little rap about — what do you want to do a rap about? Littering? About the dangers of littering.”
The two men agree, and each performs a short rap, laughing afterward. One says, “The dangers of littering, you will get a ticket. If you ain’t wit’ it, you better be experienced.”
The second man raps, “Yo, I just got pulled over ’cause I threw my trash out the window when they rolled over. They got behind me and pulled me over.”
Later, Schoville talks football with the men, one of whom agrees with his prediction that the Oakland Raiders will make it to the Super Bowl this year.
Schoville then says, “You know why you say I’m right? Because I got a gun and badge. I’m always right. That’s the way it works, right?” The three laugh and the two men get in their car.
- Hat tip to Rachel’s Tavern! “When radio host Jerry Klein suggested that all Muslims in the United States should be identified with a crescent-shape tattoo or a distinctive arm band, the phone lines jammed instantly.”
- Thanks Kimberly! “He is nominated as most inspiring person of the year for his work in promoting racial harmony and fighting anti-Semitism. Simmons is behind FFEU’s National Ethnic Tolerance Campaign and appears in national public service announcements…
- Thanks Jae Ran! “Like an idiot, he continues to talk to his friends about me, as if I miraculously cannot hear him. He says things like, “I have a lot of Korean friends and a few Hmong friends too. I can tell when someone is a Korean…”
- Thanks Rob! “Dennis Prager, the far-right Jewish talk-show host, attacked Ellison because the young Muslim wants to take his oath of office on a Quran and not on the Christian Bible…”
- Thanks Rob! “Michael Irvin postulated that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who is white, owes his athletic ability to the miscegenation of a distant relative with one of her slave hands…”[Romo’s] great, great, great, great Grandma pulled one of th
- “Michael Richards aside, many comics, musicians and artists make use of the ‘N’ word in their work. How do they decide when it’s appropriate? Hip-hop icon KRS-ONE and comedy legend Paul Mooney discuss the topic with Farai Chideya.”
- “How does the hit reality show Flavor of Love play on black America’s long war on racial stereotypes? Commentator Mark Anthony Neal is an associate professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University…”
- “what happens when the guilty officers are Black, White and Latino? Did the White guy make the others pull the trigger? Can Black people be accused of racial profiling against their own race? Do Latinos profile Blacks the same way Whites do?…”
- Thanks Kyla! “The judge mocks his hair, which the deputy helpfully explains is styled in twists rather than cornrows, and repeatedly and without apology calls him “Sammy.” In Southern parlance, that’s the insult of calling someone out of their name…”
- Thanks Kyla! “On Wynton Marsalis’ upcoming CD, he criticizes political leadership in America, cultural corruption, and sex and violence in rap — and that’s just on one song. “I don’t speak from outside, I’m not finger-pointing,” the 45-year-old jazz gre
by Jen Chau and Carmen Van Kerckhove
Every Friday afternoon we sum up the week’s best posts from New Demographic’s various projects. Here we go!
a community of people working towards an anti-racist future, one week at a time
- Assignment 8 – Understanding the history of lynching: Richards betrayed his intimate knowledge of lynching culture by mentioning a fork in his remarks. References to eating (”coon cooking,” “barbecue,” “main fare”) were extremely common in correspondence and reports on lynchings. Also, celebratory barbecues and picnics were often held during or after the lynchings.
ADDICTED TO RACE
a podcast about America’s obsession with race
- Episode 49: Carmen chats with movie producer Teddy Zee about the current state of representations of Asian-Americans in film and television. Zee is president of Ironpond, an entertainment company that bridges Hollywood and Asia. Previously, he was a top-level studio executive at Columbia and Paramount. He produced Hitch, Saving Face, The Pursuit of Happyness, and recently completed West 32nd.
a blog for parents who are committed to raising children with an anti-racist outlook
- Ask ARP : How to instill pride in race and heritage for adopted son? Our son is coming from China and I have not been content with the way some of my peers have incorporated their child’s culture into their everyday lives. I am looking for ways to give my son a positive self image about who he is as a whole but I don’t know how.
- Ask ARP: How to handle racially or culturally insensitive teachers? I am wondering though, how best to prepare myself and my children for discussing immigration as well as other topics taught in schools that may be presented in a racist or insensitive manner.
- Gratuitous Cute Kid Pic: Anti-Racist Parents Pat and Mindy write: “Our beautiful daughter Camryn Xiu Bing. She joined our family 3 years ago today. A wonderful day for us, a very hard day for her.
- Ask ARP: How to handle racist family members? My family background is Cuban and his is Jamaican. To make a long story short, my family does not accept our relationship simply because he is black.
a blog about the intersection of race and pop culture
- Racism as a face cream? I saw this ad campaign mentioned on Adrants, produced by the ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi. I guess the concept is that racism is like a face cream: the more you “apply” it, the uglier you become.
- How awesome was Heroes last night? I know I can’t be the only Heroes fan on this blog, right?
- Paul Mooney vows to stop using the n-word: comedian Paul Mooney has vowed to stop using the n-word as a result of the Michael Richards incident. He joked about Richards, “He’s my Dr. Phil. He’s cured me.” The question is, would abolishing the word really do any good?
- Gwen Stefani: everyone else is racist, not me! Yeah, gee I wonder why people would view Japanese women as submissive, pliable creatures when Gwen Stefani is parading these four women around as dancing, giggling human props who are contractually obligated to only speak Japanese even though they’re all American.
- Whiteness in a bottle: Alabaster perfume from Banana Republic: Alabaster is just one of three new fragrances they’re offering this season, but is it a coincidence that it’s the only one that gets the full-page treatment? Hmmm…
- Banned racist Merrie Melodies cartoon: 1943’s ‘Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs: For me, Coal Black stands as one of the clearest expressions of the relationship between white supremacy, patriarchy, and militarism. Needless to say, the short is rife with almost every racist meme ever projected onto African Americans.
by Carmen Van Kerckhove
I’m excited to announce that I’ll be a panelist at South by Southwest (SXSW) in March! I’ll be on a panel called “Bridging the Cultural Divide,” which will focus on the question: Do social networking sites help with understanding people from various cultures, or do they inadvertently exclude the experiences and observations of some?
If you’re planning to attend, drop me a line! And if you have any thoughts on the topic you’d like me to share with the audience, let me know!