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“Dear White People” The Movie

“Winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent, Dear White People is a sly, provocative satire of race relations in the age of Obama. Writer/director Justin Simien follows a group of African American students as…

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Moral Monday Rally: Kristof Weighs In

Nicholas Kristof (New York Times) quotes Bryan Stevenson:  “We have a system that treats you better if you’re rich and guilty than if you’re poor and innocent.” That’s  what the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow’s Moral Monday Rally…

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Racial Parenting Divide? October 6 Continuing Conversation

When Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson disciplined his 4 year old son with a switch, it revealed the differences in child-rearing practices based on cultural, historic, religious and socio-economic factors. Britney Cooper says in Slate that corporal punishment is considered good parenting…

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Everyday Racial Slights? Microaggressions

A tone-deaf inquiry into an Asian-American’s ethnic origin. Cringe-inducing praise for how articulate a black student is. An unwanted conversation about a Latino’s ability to speak English without an accent. This is not exactly the language of traditional racism, but…

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Charles M. Blow: Not Obama’s Doing, Simple Result of His Being

Racism is a virus that is growing clever at avoiding detection. Race consciousness is real. Racial assumptions and prejudices are real. And racism is real. But these realities can operate without articulation and beneath awareness. For those reasons, some can…

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