Colin Berry's Spinout
is a a touching, tragic story about his older brother, Kevin. Kevin competed in--and very nearly won--the All-American Soap Box Derby, but lost to Bobby Lange, the son of ski-boot magnate and engineer Robert Lange Sr.. [more inside]
posted by mattdidthat
on Aug 8, 2010 -
to The Beulah Show
. "After Beulah
was cancelled, the three networks and independent television producers, fearful of being accused of perpetuating racial stereotypes, stopped casting Blacks in their shows almost entirely for the next fifteen years."
posted by unliteral
on Jun 14, 2010 -
In the black.
Maggie Anderson, and her family spent a year trying to patronize only black-owned businesses.
Featured in the local papers
, you can read about the project and their own views on their website
posted by Carillon
on Apr 30, 2010 -
People afflicted with Williams syndroms
are known for their "elfin" appearance, the ease with which they approach and socialize with stranger, and their near-normal language skills. Recent research
on children with the rare neurodevelopmental disorder suggests they share another trait: They do not form racial stereotypes. Via.
posted by Bukvoed
on Apr 13, 2010 -
Beyond the Pale:
In a wide-reaching book review and with nods to James Baldwin's 1984 essay On Being White ... and Other Lies
, Kelefa Sanneh makes a modern argument that white identity is founded on a series of negations: "to be white in America is to be not nonwhite, which is why it was possible, in 1961, for a white woman from Kansas living in Hawaii to give birth to a black baby." [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Apr 6, 2010 -
"I couldn't let these Klansmen get away with murder..." Investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell has started a blog
focusing on cold case murders
of civil rights workers. In this Moth Podcast
, Mitchell discusses some of his investigations, the death threats he received, and the stunning redemption and forgiveness he witnessed. For his work Mitchell
was recently awarded
a MacArthur "Genius
" grant. [more inside]
posted by bguest
on Feb 15, 2010 -
Jo Guldi writes a fascinating entry
about social engineering and geography in the 1970's. "The geographers located answers in American zones of isolation and hopelessness. Bill Bunge organized his fellow professors into the Detroit Geographical Expedition, leading frequent trips to document the slums of Detroit and later Toronto. Their findings were equally provocative. In 1968, the Society published a map entitled “Where Commuters Run Over Black Children on the Pointes-Downtown Track.
” Life and death, they argued, were not merely the commodities available to any hard-working American, but hung upon the thread of a special kind of privilege, the privilege of safe territory." Guldi
is a historian at the Harvard Society of Fellows. [more inside]
posted by cashman
on Feb 12, 2010 -
Why are Europeans white? "White," of course, is a a social designation. The question really is, "Why are northern Europeans depigmented?" [...] Most people know that it has something to do with sunlight, UV, latitude, and vitamin D. [...] But this explanation fails for Europe. Northern Europeans are lighter than everyone to the south (Mediterraneans), to the east (Mongols and east-Asians), to the west (Native Americans across the Atlantic), and to the North (Inuit, Sammi, Chukchi, Aleut). Clearly, there once was a factor at work in Europe other than dim sunlight. [more inside]
posted by symbollocks
on Dec 17, 2009 -
on Ledasha, Legends, and Race
| Part Three
] "Why does it matter? We tell funny stories all the time without believing them. (Does anybody really think that a priest, a rabbi and a chicken walked into a bar?) I believe it matters in the case of urban legend names because they're not merely humor...and they're not random. They exist in a complex social setting, and they serve a subtle and consequential purpose. They are proxies for talking about race."
posted by ocherdraco
on Nov 1, 2009 -
"Imagine a large corporation with a workforce whose African American percentage far lagged its industry peers, sans any apparent concern, and without a credible action plan to remediate it. Would such a corporation be viewed as a progressive firm and employer? The answer is obvious. Yet the same situation in major cities
yields a different answer."
posted by revgeorge
on Oct 26, 2009 -
"We’ve processed the messaging habits of almost a million people and are about to basically prove that, despite what you might’ve heard from the Obama campaign and organic cereal commercials, racism is alive and well." The people who run the dating site OkCupid
continue to analyze the aggregate data of their users, shedding light on preferences and behavior. The most recent OkTrends
post takes a look at their compiled racial data: Your Race Affects Whether People Write You Back
. (previously 1 2
posted by naju
on Oct 7, 2009 -
In an area where racial divisions are very stark, the relationships between the "haves" and the "have nots" are very illuminating. Leasse William is a cook at the Sigma Nu
fraternity house on the campus of the University of Mississippi. She makes ten dollars an hour
. For nine months of pay this equals out at about $15,000/year. This places her well within the over 20%
of the population in Mississippi that lives below the poverty line. This mini documentary by Ben Guest
about Leasse shines a light on the perspectives of the various actors involved in this drama of racial tensions and class disparity.
posted by anansi
on Sep 26, 2009 -