Gene Demby http://publicradioeast.org en Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice http://publicradioeast.org/post/code-switch-roundup-big-stories-race-and-criminal-justice <em>The past few days have brought a whole lot of important (and pretty sobering) news around race and policing. Here are some of the biggest stories that have landed on our radar. </em><p><h3><strong>Three-quarters of all stops by Newark police deemed unconstitutional</strong></h3><p>The tensions between residents and the police in Newark, N.J., are long-running. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:19:00 +0000 Gene Demby 47083 at http://publicradioeast.org Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice Americans Really Like Jews. Muslims And Atheists? Not So Much http://publicradioeast.org/post/americans-really-jews-muslims-and-atheists-not-so-much Late last week, the Pew Research and Public Life Project dropped a fascinating new survey on <a href="http://www.pewforum.org/2014/07/16/how-americans-feel-about-religious-groups/">Americans' feelings toward different religious groups</a>.<p>The pollsters used a "thermometer" that went up to 100 for respondents to plot just how warmly they felt toward different communities. They deemed a rating of more than 50 as positive, while a rating of less than 50 was deemed negative.<p>Perhaps surprisingly, Jews were viewed more warmly than any other group. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Gene Demby 46807 at http://publicradioeast.org Americans Really Like Jews. Muslims And Atheists? Not So Much The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later http://publicradioeast.org/post/george-zimmerman-trial-one-year-later George Zimmerman's trial for killing Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for raucous, heated debates — conversations about racial profiling, gun laws and the criminal justice system. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:46:00 +0000 Gene Demby 46410 at http://publicradioeast.org The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-chicago We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 46214 at http://publicradioeast.org What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention http://publicradioeast.org/post/dress-codes-are-open-interpretation-and-lot-contention <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25951237/bar-louies-dress-code-policy-denounced-as-overtly-racist">A Minneapolis nightspot</a> called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.<p><em>No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Gene Demby 46045 at http://publicradioeast.org Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? http://publicradioeast.org/post/elusive-dave-chappelle-re-emerges-how-long Just before Dave Chappelle took the stage Monday as part of a sold-out series of shows at Radio City Music Hall, a song featuring a loop of LL Cool J's famous opening line from "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted over the sound system.<p><em>Don't call it a comeback!</em><p>You could take it as a suggestion that Chappelle had never really gone anywhere. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 45028 at http://publicradioeast.org The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home http://publicradioeast.org/post/crunched-costs-sacrificing-stay-home-sweet-home If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Gene Demby 44550 at http://publicradioeast.org Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home Cute Middle-Schoolers Make A Hit. Cue The Drama http://publicradioeast.org/post/cute-middle-schoolers-make-hit-cue-drama <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QTf2ZEtLxE</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YLy4j8EZIk</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:40:00 +0000 Gene Demby 44292 at http://publicradioeast.org Cute Middle-Schoolers Make A Hit. Cue The Drama What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-your-race-millions-americans-shifting-answer <em>This post has been updated. </em><p>We tend to think of a race as a static thing, but it's always been much more slippery. American history has seen lots of immigrant groups that were the targets of suspicion and even racial violence — Jews, the Irish, Germans, Italians — gradually subsumed into the big, amorphous category of whiteness. The trajectory of that shift has been a little different for each of those groups — and, notably, was informed by the fact that they were <em>not</em> black — but that's been the general template of immigrant assimilation. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 43469 at http://publicradioeast.org What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation http://publicradioeast.org/post/modest-bus-station-center-world-changing-confrontation <em>EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer, we'll be regularly spotlighting sites on the National Register of Historic Places that have some significance to issues of race and culture. </em><p><strong>The Montgomery Greyhound Station, </strong><strong>Montgomery, Ala.</strong><p>It seems odd to suggest that folks should visit a bus station if they're in the area; most people are trying to get out of a bus station as quickly as possible. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Gene Demby 43122 at http://publicradioeast.org The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy http://publicradioeast.org/post/brothers-who-have-shared-spotlight-now-share-historic-first The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with a lacrosse stick, surging forward.<p>But no Native player had ever won the award before Thursday night's ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Fri, 30 May 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Gene Demby 42721 at http://publicradioeast.org In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset http://publicradioeast.org/post/desire-reckoning-meets-wish-reset The title of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed cover story at <em>The Atlantic</em>, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/">"The Case for Reparations,"</a> might be something of a misnomer.<p>Coates' opus is really calling for a collective reckoning with America's history, and he uses a call for reparations as the vehicle. He aims to disabuse readers of the notion that the most destructive policies toward black wealth creation were from some long-ago time. Tue, 27 May 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Gene Demby 42413 at http://publicradioeast.org The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset How To Tell Who Hasn't Read The New 'Atlantic' Cover Story http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-tell-if-someones-actually-read-ta-nehisi-coates-essay <em>The Atlantic</em> does this a lot: use the magazine's covers to launch large, provocative conversations that you later hear endlessly dissected on cable news, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter. It is a think piece factory. Thu, 22 May 2014 17:07:00 +0000 Gene Demby 42046 at http://publicradioeast.org How To Tell Who Hasn't Read The New 'Atlantic' Cover Story How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-donald-sterling-violated-nbas-unspoken-social-contract <em>We play for each other, for our fans, and for our families — not Donald Sterling.</em><p>That was the general message that players for the Los Angeles Clippers reiterated, off-mic, when the Sterling fiasco blew up over the weekend. They were being buffeted by questions about how, exactly, they might respond to allegations that Sterling, the team owner, had been recorded saying that he did not want black people to attend his team's games. <em>Would they boycott? Would they be focused enough to be able to play? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:11:00 +0000 Gene Demby 40150 at http://publicradioeast.org How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-exactly-qualifies-racist-anyway Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/03/paul_ryan_s_inner_city_males_comment_the_republican_congressman_says_he.html"> they lack racist bones</a>.<p>Over the past few weeks, Bundy has garnered huge amounts of media coverage and plaudits among some conservatives for defying the federal government. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 39804 at http://publicradioeast.org What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? Two Justices Debate The Doctrine Of Colorblindness http://publicradioeast.org/post/two-justices-debate-doctrine-colorblindness The Supreme Court ruled Monday that <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/04/affirmative_action_at_the_supreme_court_michigan_can_ban_it_but_does_that.html">Michigan voters' 2006 decision to ban affirmative action</a> in the state's higher education system <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/04/22/305850221/supreme-court-affirms-ban-on-race-conscious-college-admissions">passed constitutional muster</a>.<p>But much of the attention on the decision has zeroed in on a specific exchange between Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Chief Justice John Rober Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:15:00 +0000 Gene Demby 39649 at http://publicradioeast.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://publicradioeast.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 39044 at http://publicradioeast.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine http://publicradioeast.org/post/step-behind-closed-doors-and-lbj-librarys-time-machine This week, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">is holding a major conference on civil rights</a>. It's a big deal. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Johnson's signing of the Civil Rights Act. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:22:00 +0000 Gene Demby 38572 at http://publicradioeast.org Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-stereotypes-explain-everything-and-nothing-all A few days ago,<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/02/297287958/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment"> I wrote a post in which I was mulling just why so few Asian-Americans played</a> Division I basketball in the 2012-2013 season. The numbers were striking. Of the 5,380 men's players in the top tier of college basketball, only 15 were Asian-American. Asian-American ballers weren't just underrepresented. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:02:00 +0000 Gene Demby 38374 at http://publicradioeast.org How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All Why Aren't Asian-Americans Getting Their 'One Shining Moment'? http://publicradioeast.org/post/why-arent-asian-americans-getting-their-one-shining-moment While we were looking at some NCAA stats on student athletes for <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/03/27/295267672/poll-finds-big-racial-gap-on-compensating-college-athletes">a story last week</a>, we came across a couple of numbers that made our eyes bulge: of the 5,380 men's basketball players in Division I basketball last season, <a href="http://web1.ncaa.org/rgdSearch/exec/saSearch">only 15 were Asian-American</a>. <em>Fifteen</em>.<p>That's 0.2 percent of all men's players. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 37885 at http://publicradioeast.org Why Aren't Asian-Americans Getting Their 'One Shining Moment'?