Like Bill Cosby before him, Spike Lee is disturbed to see a black cultural space he once loved headed toward extinction. But …
Spike Lee’s Racism Isn’t Cute: ‘Motherf-cking Hipster’ Is the New ‘Honkey’
What’s really bothering Lee is that he doesn’t like seeing his old neighborhood full of white people, which makes him historical detritus.
There’s Nothing New About the New Racism
A new book by ‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua claims to explain why some groups fail and others succeed. We’ve heard this all before.
The Impossibility of The Good Black Mother
From the pediatrician’s office to the streets I call my own, it is not the myth of the Good Mother, but that of the Bad Black Mother, that renders my motherhood at turns invisible and suspect
Dear How I Met Your Mother: ‘Asian’ Is Not a Costume
White cast members from popular sitcom portray Asians with stereotypical accents, Fu Manchu mustaches and wind-chime soundtrack
Why It’s OK to Ignore Phil Robertson’s Racism
Surely there’s room to focus on the new Civil Rights revolution, for which the first one laid foundations
Twelve Years A Slave Changed My Life
Slavery has always been real to me, but I’ve never really known the extent of the mental and physical abuse heaped upon black people
#NotYourAsianSidekick Is Great. Now Can We Get Some Real Social Change?
It began with a single tweet, posted by 23-year-old freelance writer and organizer Suey Park, that said: “Be warned. Tomorrow morning we will be have a convo about Asian American Feminism with hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick. …
Is ‘Black Pete’ Racist?
They’ve been on my living-room shelf for a year now — wrapped chocolate candy figurines from the Netherlands of Zwarte Piet, or Black Pete. A friend who lived there for a while gave them to me in irony. Black Pete is a …
Renisha McBride and Evolution of Black-Female Stereotype
Why are black women seen as more threatening, more masculine and less in need of help? Because they’re not being seen as women at all
The Richie Incognito Defense: Can You Be An “Honorary Black”?
What we’re seeing (aside from bullying) is the messy process of the races coming closer together, not racism
‘Shop and Frisk’ Stokes Black Middle-Class Rage
Barneys and Macy’s seem to be assuming that all black people in 2013 are poor
A Linguist’s Analysis of the Redskins Defense
For more than 20 years now, an unending procession of Native American groups have objected to the name of the Washington Redskins football team. The fact that we are still treating their complaint as something that warrants …