Category Archives: Race and Racism

Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism”

Earlier this year, Patricia Hill Collins spoke at Grand Valley State University (Michigan).  Her talk, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism,” was sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center and LGBT Resource … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse: An Addendum

In recent weeks I have begun a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse

This is the second in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post is available here. Last week I wrote about the way that people attack women … Continue reading

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Identity and Ideas

This is the first in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences. Women and people of color are under-represented in online discourse.  As of August 2013, 87% of Wikipedia … Continue reading

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“For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why. “

TAP story by Monica Potts entitled “What’s Killing Poor White Women?” here.

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Of Husband Hunting and Diamond Mines

There has been a tremendous dust-up in response to Susan Patton’s (a member of the Princeton class of 1977) letter to the Daily Princetonian.  In her letter, Patton exhorts Princeton women to begin the task of husband hunting in their … Continue reading

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Lean In (Toward the Everlasting Glass)

I think about all the moments I just didn’t believe in myself. Every test I was sure I was about to fail, every job I wasn’t sure I could do,” she says. “It was after watching so many women quietly … Continue reading

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In Defense of Law Review Affirmative Action

As you may have seen, the new Scholastica submission service allows law reviews to collect demographic information from authors. A flurry of blog posts has recently cropped up in response; as far as I can tell, they range from negative … Continue reading

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Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, “Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant”

From Palgrave, this new book by Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (Religion, Goucher College): Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant.  Here’s is the publisher’s description: There is a problem in the black church. It is a problem with … Continue reading

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“Bad Feminist” By Roxane Gay

Here. Below in an excerpt: There’s also this: lately, magazines have been telling me there’s something wrong with feminism or women trying to achieve a work/life balance or just women in general. The Atlantic has led the way in these … Continue reading

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One of the original “Chiquita Banana” commercials

So much going on here! Courtesy of an awesome college student.

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What Happens When Members of Historically Disadvantaged Groups Talk About Equality

Derailment Bingo is the the creative brainchild of piranha @ Dreamwidth, here. -Bridget Crawford

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CFP: “Black Women in Politics”

From the FLP mailbox: The editors of The National Political Science Review (NPSR) invite submissions from the scholarly community for review and possible publication for a Special Issue on: BLACK WOMEN IN POLITICS: MOVING FORWARD — NEW QUESTIONS, NEW DIRECTIONS … Continue reading

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Loving is as Loving Does

On June 12, 1967, in the case Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, thereby invalidating such laws across the country and allowing interracial couples across the nation to enter into legally recognized … Continue reading

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Fenton, “An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy”

Zanita Fenton (Miami) has published An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of Incest, 55 Howard L.J. 319 (2012).  Here is the abstract: The history of slavery and its effects within the United States, especially the … Continue reading

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Angela Davis on Abortion Rights in Context

In February, Angela Davis spoke at the University of Kansas to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the protest by the campus group February Sisters that advocated for no-cost daycare, a women’s health and other facilities for women.  (For more on … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and the Judiciary @MSU Law Symposium

The first panel at the MSU Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” is organized around the theme of “Gender, Race and the Judiciary.” Hannah Brenner (MSU) and Renee Knake (MSU) are presenting their work on gender … Continue reading

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Review of “The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law”

Anne Bloom (McGeorge) and Julie Davies (McGeorge) have published their review of Martha Chamallas & Jennifer Wriggins, The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law (NYU Press, 2010).  The review appears at 61 J. Legal Ed. 495 (2012).  Here … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Robson on Judge Cebull’s Disgusting “Joke”

Ruthann Robson blogs here about Judge Richard Cebull (D. Montana) and his email “joke” about President Obama’s mother that accuses her of promiscuity, bestiality, as well as interracial sex. Judge Cebull self-reported his misdeeds for investigation by the Chief Justice of … Continue reading

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Barbara Walters Says Santorum is Correct About “Radical Feminism”

Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View.  In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading

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Franchesca Ramsey on “What Happens When You’re a Black Girl on the Internet”

Franchesca Ramsey is the creator and featured performer in the short video “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” (itself a spoof on the viral”Sh*it Girls Say…” video).  Ms. Ramsey has her own blog (here) and a You Tube channel (here).  In … Continue reading

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“From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Exploring Feminism in Film & Media”

The 14th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival will take place this coming weekend in Brooklyn, New York.  Here’s an overview: Reel Sisters Film Festival will screen more than 25 films directed, produced or written by women of … Continue reading

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“Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”

Black Women’s Blueprint has posted to Facebook (here) and its blog (here) this “Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”: We the undersigned women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address … Continue reading

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Their Eyes Were Watching God as a “Legal” Novel

The discussion on Dee Perry’s Around Noon [on September 19, 2011] was Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.   You can hear all of the show at the link above. The book is  a timeless classic that, in broad brush summary, is … Continue reading

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Redheads Need Not Apply

Cryos in Denmark claims (here) to have “the world’s largest selection of sperm donors.” According to this report in the (UK) Telegraph, Cryos no longer accepts donations from redheaded sperm donors. “There are too many redheads in relation to demand,” … Continue reading

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Dangerous Random Stereotypes of Presumed Difference and Sameness

Can people really not see that it might be racist to assert “free choice” to avoid sitting next to a black person on a public bus who, besides skin color, is much like the other riders, but it might not … Continue reading

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Hollywood, Historical Accuracy and the Civil Rights Era

Writer Martha Southgate reviews the novel-now-movie The Help for EW.com.  Here is an excerpt: Implicit in The Help and a number of other popular works that deal with the civil rights era is the notion that a white character is … Continue reading

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“Arab and Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, and Belonging”

Overview here, below is an except: Arab and Arab American Feminisms, edited by Rabab Abdulhadi, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine Naber, is a book I wish every feminist/womanist would pick up. Though it is mostly academic in nature, the book is … Continue reading

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“Sister Law Professor”

Check out “Sister Law Professor” here at Sister Scholar. Below is an excerpt: During our first class we explored how we had been taught law. We learned about Langdell’s “case-dialogue” method and the school of thought that coincides with it: … Continue reading

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Ralph Richard Banks Asks “Is Marriage for White People?”

Ralph Richard Banks (Stanford) has a book coming out on September 1, 2011.  Here is a review from Kirkus of Is Marriage for White People? How the African American Marriage Decline Affects Everyone: In his debut (Law/Stanford Law School), Banks explores … Continue reading

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Correlation is not Causation

Why, why, why do people continue to ignore this simple rule–including people who presumably know better but who invoke a correlation as a lazy rhetorical device? In The Atlantic this month, neuroscientist David Eagleman writes about biological bases for criminal … Continue reading

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Harriet Beecher Stowe, the Real Woman Behind the Unreal Man (Or: Truth and Death)

This from the Op-ed section of [June 14th]’s New York Times: The novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe, born 200 years ago today, was an unlikely fomenter of wars. Diminutive and dreamy-eyed, she was a harried housewife with six children, who suffered from … Continue reading

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“A Girl Like Me”

Watch the video here. Per the link: Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves. For more information about this film and to take action visit: http://www.mediathatmattersfest.org/6/a_girl_like_me/index.php?fs=action

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Schwarzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, and Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Race?

Former IMF head Dominique Strass-Kahn has been indicted in connection with an alleged sexual assault of a female member of the housekeeping staff at the Sofitel hotel in New York.  See, e.g., here. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted … Continue reading

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Aura Bogado on “Slutwalk”

Here. She raises some issues that need to be thought through. ETA: Links to additional critiques of Slutwalks here.

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Film About Loving v. Virginia at Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film festival begins next week.  Included in the film line-up is Loving Story, a documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving.  Here is the film description: Loving v. Virginia was a watershed civil rights case in which the United … Continue reading

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Janell Hobson on Hip-Hop Feminism

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, Janell Hobson (Women’s Studies, SUNY) writes Can’t Stop the Women of Hip-Hop: [N]ow that mainstream hip-hop has become corporate, such women have been mostly silenced (most infamously when Sarah Jones was fined in 2001 by the FCC … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and Power in the Legal Academy (Or, the BAU Haus Rules)

In recent days news circulated regarding an incident at Widener University’s school of law. It seems that a faculty member was called to task for repeatedly offering hypotheticals about killing the dean in the context of teaching his criminal law class. The … Continue reading

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Harassment in the Intersection: Gender, Race, and Class in the Street

When people talk about “street harassment,” they are usually talking about a man harassing a woman he doesn’t know in a public place.  They are usually talking about a man doing things like whistling, cat-calling, or offering crude commentary about … Continue reading

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Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law

It is my pleasure to invite you to Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s upcoming 10th Anniversary Women and the Law Conference, “Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law,” on Friday, February 18, 2011. This one-day conference … Continue reading

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Siobhan Brooks, Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry

In this morning’s panel at the “After Gender” Symposium, Adrienne Davis (Wash. U. St. Louis) mentioned an interesting new book — Siobhan Brooks, Unequal Desires: Race and Erotic Capital in the Stripping Industry (SUNY Press 2010).  Here is the description … Continue reading

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Racialized Blame: What Virginia Thomas and Anita Hill Have to Do With It

Writing in the November 15, 2010 edition of The Nation, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry (Princeton) reacts to the news that Virginia Thomas, wife of United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, called Professor Anita Hill and asked Professor Hill to apologize: … Continue reading

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Halloween Costumes that Rely on Racism and Stereotypes

Ann and others previously have offered trenchant criticism of “sexy” Halloween costumes for young girls and women.  See, e.g., here and here.  Yesterday over at Color Lines, Jorge Rivas offered thoughts on”Seven Racist Costumes to Avoid this Halloween.”  His list of costumes … Continue reading

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Welfare Cheese, the Working Class and the Tenure Class (or, the Cheese Stands Alone)

I attended the Third National People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference a few weeks ago. It was a wonderful event; it was well-organized and intellectually stimulating and offered a broad array of presentations. The National POC is an event that … Continue reading

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Festschrift 2.0: Ms. Magazine Blog Celebrates bell hooks

 The Ms. Magazine blog is in the middle of bell hooks week, “a series of essays celebrating the life and works of the extraordinary bell hooks. hooks has made a significant impact on feminism, race theory, education, class politics, the … Continue reading

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On Racism and Sexism in the Case of Shirley Sherrod

Janell Hobson writes here at the Ms. Magazine blog about the attacks on and defenses of Shirley Sherrod.  Hobson writes that the ”conversations unfolded the way they did because a black woman was at the center.” Hobson aptly critiques both the … Continue reading

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“Renaissance Male” Teleconference June 29, 2010: “Rage, Race and Redemption”

This announcement, courtesy of Jewel Woods, Executive Director of the Renaissance Male Project Inc., “a midwest multi-cultural & multi-issue progressive men’s organization”: JUNE BROWN BAG AUDIO TELECONFERENCE Next Tuesday, June 29th Rage, Race & Redemption: Engaging The Emotional Lives Of … Continue reading

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Inniss on History of U.S. Slave Trade

The New York Times published Lolita Buckner Inniss’s letter to the editor in response to  Henry Louis Gates’s April 23, 2010 op-ed, “Ending the Slavery Blame-Game.”  Professor Inniss writes: To the Editor: As Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. points out, … Continue reading

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Cooper on “When Machismo Meets Post-Racialism: The Gates Controversy”

Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk) has posted to SSRN his working paper, “When Machismo Meets Post-Racialism: The Gates Controversy.”   Here is the abstract: On Thursday, July 16, 2009, white male police officer James Crowley was called to the home of … Continue reading

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