Sunday, November 6, 2011

Honoring The First Black Marines

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CT Scans And Minority Children

From OrthoSuperSite: "African-American and Hispanic children are less likely than Caucasian children to receive a cranial CT scan in an emergency department following minor head trauma, accoridng to a study presented at the 2011 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition."

The Political Outlooks Of Black And White Voters

Consider this.

"Moving Beyond Civil Rights"

Check out Stanford law professor Richard Thompson Ford's recent NYT op-ed and his argument that "[i]f civil rights ideals are to be as relevant in the 21st century as they were in the 20th, we must adapt the tactics of the past to the complexities of the present."

"Clarence Thomas: Black Nationalist?"

Juan Williams takes up the question.

Friday, September 30, 2011

"Black Nationalism For White People"

Check out Ta-Nehisi Coates' piece in the Atlantic.

"Anita Hill's Long Memory"

Click here for Andrew Goldman's Q&A with Anita Hill.

More Than Half

More than half (52.2%) of black children in Nebraska live in poverty. The numbers for other groups living in that state: 49.7% of Native American children, 33.8% of Latino children, and 14/5% of white children.

More Pat Buchanan

From the mouth of Pat Buchanan (still a commentator for MSNBC!): "I think what he is saying is they bought a lot of liberal propaganda on the liberal plantation and I think he's right!" (Buchanan was referring to Herman Cain's statement that black voters "have been brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view.")

By the way, Buchanan's forthcoming book gives "special thanks to Marcus Epstein for the invaluable assistance and untold hours he devoted to researching ideas, issues, and anecdotes." It has been reported that Epstein "was previously arrested for attacking a woman with a 'karate chop' and calling her the n-word." I'm just saying . . .

Racial Bias In Lead Study

From the NYT: A class action lawsuit filed against the Kennedy Krieger Institute (affilaited iwth Johns Hopkins University) alleges that over 100 black children were knowingly exposed to lead poisoning in the 1990s as part of a study of the hazards of lead paint.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Barbara Jordan Stamp

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Dahlia Lithwick's "A Killer Issue"

Dahlia Lithwick's Slate article argues that the "same Republicans who are dubious of government's ability to do anything right have an apparently bottomless faith in the capital-justice system. Everything is broken in America, they claim--except the machinery of death."

"The GOP War on Voting"

Check out Ari Berman's article in the Rolling Stone. From the article: "Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots."

David Remnick On The Making And Remaking Of Malcolm X

In The New Yorker.

Driving While Dreadlocked

John McWhorter's New Republic piece addresses the question why the police are so bad at racial profiling.


David R. Dow, The Autobiography of an Execution (Twelve 2011).


Randall Kennedy, The Persistance of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency (Pantheon 2011).

Kennedy recently discussed his work with Tavis Smiley.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Uh Oh

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that, according to the National Enquirer, Joe McGinnis' new book on Sarah Palin "alleges that, in her twenties, Sarah Palin had hush-hush sex with then-University of Michigan star basketball player Glen Rice. Sort of redefines her stance on 'Drill, Baby Drill,' doesn't it?" According to the Enquirer story, "McGinnis claims Sarah had a 'fetish' for black men at the time . . ." (I know, consider the source, etc., but the story is now out there.)

"Is The South Still Prejudiced?"

James Swift considers this question.

1 In 4

That's the number of African-American families suffering from hunger.