Category Archives: Race and Racism

On Kwanzaa

From this post by Laina Dawes at blogher.com: As with many holidays, there is quite a fair bit of criticism about Kwanzaa, partly because it a relatively new holiday. There is a fair bit of controversy surrounding founder [Maulana (Ron)] … Continue reading

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FLP Friend Eric Muller On TV Satuday Discussing “American Inquisition: The Hunt for Japanese Americans Disloyalty in World War II”

More information here and here.

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“International Adoption, It’s a One-Way Dialogue”

That’s the title of this MoJo essay by Elizabeth Larsen. Below is an excerpt: November was National Adoption Awareness Month, and the media:including Mother Jones, which recently published my story Did I Steal My Daughter? The Tribulations of Global Adoption:have … Continue reading

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Virtual Reality Bites

Read: Transcending “Race” in Cyberspace? Yeah, Right!

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New Blog: SCBlackPress.com

Check it out here. Via Not Very Bright.

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Why Subprime Lending is a Race and Gender Issue

In general terms, subprime loans are “non-conforming” loans made at higher-than-market-interest rates to borrowers with credit problems.   Predatory loans are loans that are inappropriate for the buyer, either because the buyer is not qualified financially or the loan is … Continue reading

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On Not Looking Like A Law Professor

Read Kevin Maillard’s post at Blackprof here. Been there. Been there so often I wrote about it too (see page 19), but not nearly as engagingly. –Ann Bartow

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Some People Are ___. ___ People Are Not Tokens.

The UK group Stonewall developed the simple and powerful ad at left  for their “Education for All” campaign that addresses homophobia and  bullying in secondary schools.   (Stonewall makes the poster available for download here.)   Stonewall has undertaken an … Continue reading

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Public Attitudes on Contraceptives in High Schools

This poll shows increased support for the providing of prescription contraceptives in public high schools.   The differences in support based on age, income and race are hardly surprising. -Ralph Michael Stein

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On Consent and Mutuality

Genarlow Wilson was convicted under Georgia state law of “aggravated child molestation”  for receiving oral sex from a 15-year old girl who “willingly” performed it, according to facts undisputed at trial.   News reports including this one from the New … Continue reading

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“More than a year has passed since a black lawyer in private practice stood at the lectern in the elegant courtroom and spoke the traditional opening line, “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the court.””

That’s a sentence from this article, which also notes: … Several factors account for the dearth of minorities at the court: continuing problems in recruiting and retaining blacks and other minorities at the top law firms; the rise of a … Continue reading

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Genarlow Wilson To Be Released

Today the Georgia Supreme Court ordered the release of Genarlow Wilson.   Wilson was sentenced to 11 years in prison (with a mandatory 10-year sentence) for receiving, at a time when he was 17,  oral sex from a 15-year old … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “A ‘Ho New World: Raced and Gendered Insult as Ersatz Carnival and the Corruption of Freedom of Expression Norms”

The abstract: Carnivalization, a concept developed by literary theorist Mikhail Bakhtin and later employed in broad social and cultural contexts, is the tearing down of social norms, the elimination of boundaries and the inversion of established hierarchies. It is the … Continue reading

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Feminism, Race, and Single-Sex Education In Public Schools

During K-12 years (and in college as well) girls generally outperform boys, so it is understandable that some feminists would view pubilc single sex education proposals with suspicion. Certainly the fact that a recent, widely syndicated account of single sex … Continue reading

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“On ‘Would Be’ Lynchings: Hate Crimes, Rape, and the Military Industrial Complex”

Diary of an Anxious Black Woman ties some things together.

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“White Chicks and Gang Signs”

The “White Chicks and Gang Signs” music video can be viewed here. It was posted at Racialicious, where there is a provocative comments thread with some very divergent opinions. It’s hard to understand without any context what is being signaled, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Thomases

Yesterday a jury determined that Isiah Thomas sexually harassed Anucha Browne Sanders and that  Madison  Square  Garden management  fired Ms. Sanders in retaliation for reporting the harassment.   According to this story in the New York Times: Mr. Thomas emerged … Continue reading

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“The First and the Forced”: Indigenous and African American Intersections

This conference took place last fall, but most of the presentations were recorded and can be watched here. Via the Oh No a WoC PhD blog.

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“The Women Behind the Men” Are Still In The Background

That’s the title of Gail Collins’ column in today’s NYT, in which she describes the ways that women active in the civil rights movement were treated like second class citizens by men who were working for equality. Here is an … Continue reading

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‘Bitch’ Is Not Ok

On the Isiah Thomas hostile work environment case,  the blogger at thefieldnegro writes: I have to take issue with Isiah for seeming to imply that it’s cool for ‘us’ to call our women bitches. By saying there is a different … Continue reading

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A Mother, A Media Circus and the West Virginia Hate/Abuse Case

AnxiousBlackWoman has this trenchant commentary on the behavior of the mother of the woman who who was held captive, tortured and sexually abused for over a week in a West Virginia trailer: It wasn’t until yesterday that I tuned into … Continue reading

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Long Since Little Rock

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the 1957 crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, when the state’s national guard, on orders from Governor Orval Faubus, came to aid white “citizens’ counsels” determined to keep nine black school children out of … Continue reading

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“Vote with Your Face: The Canadian Voter Identity Conundrum”

Read Feminist Law Prof Lolita Buckner Inniss’s post by this title at her blog: Comparative Racism and the Law–Canada/U.S.

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“On Shame”

This post at Oh No a WoC PhD will really make you think.

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Kevin Noble Maillard and Janis L. McDonald, “The Anatomy of Grey: A Theory of Interracial Convergence”

Here is the abstract: This article offers a theory of racial identity divorced from biological considerations. Law fails to recognize the complexity of racial performance and identity, thus categorically simplifying a perceived polarity of black and white. Ground-breaking scholarship addressing … Continue reading

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“Mujeres Making Movies”

From Colorlines: … Chica Luna’s signature program has become the F-Word, a multimedia justice project in New York City for 16-25-year-olds across the racial, sexual, economic, and linguistic spectrum. For five months, the young women learn about screenwriting, directing, producing, … Continue reading

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Hair, Race, Politics, Law

Good grief! Via Feministing.

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How People of Privilege View the Future

The newest issue of BusinessWeek reports the results of a survey of U.S. executives’ attitudes about the future.   Two factoids caught my eye: 83% of men and 77% of women agree that it will be “easier for women to … Continue reading

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“Diversity and Community”

Public radio’s “On Point” aired a show today called “Diversity and Community” that featured Robert Putnam, Pat Buchanan and the always awesomely brilliant and articulate Lani Guinier,   on diversity and community in America. You can listen to it here.

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Unprosecuted Abuse of Native American Women

This article in the LA Times  raises the question of what law governs the crime of sexual abuse of a Native American women by non-Native men.   there is a huge problem that is being regularly ignored in our country. … Continue reading

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Update in Genarlow Wilson Case

Yesterday the Georgia Supreme Court heard an appeal in the case of Genarlow Wilson, previously blogged here, here and here. From the NYTimes: Originally, the Supreme Court declined to expedite the case and was set to hear the appeals in … Continue reading

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Hot Exploitation Mess

Whataboutourdaughters, a blog by “[a]n African American woman who thinks that now is the time to take some organized action to combat the destructive portrayals of African American women in popular culture,” addresses this critique to BET President Reginald Hudlin, … Continue reading

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Update on Genarlow Wilson Case

From the AP: Georgia’s top court said Monday it will move up by three months a hearing for a man serving a 10-year sentence on a child molestation charge for having consensual oral sex with a fellow teenager. The state … Continue reading

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More on”Super Size Me and the Conundrum of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class for the Contemporary Law-Genre Documentary Filmmaker”

An anonymous  commentor responded to the post about Professor Regina Austin’s article,”Super Size Me and the Conundrum of of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, and Class for the Contemporary Law-Genre Documentary Filmmaker:” Being black or any other race does not make it an … Continue reading

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The Twelve Most Segregated Cities In The U.S.

Rachel at Rachel’s Tavern proposes this list based on her analysis of US Census data: Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland St. Louis Newark Cincinnati Buffalo-Niagara Falls New York Chicago Philadelphia (tie) New Orleans and Kansas City Only one Southern city, and none … Continue reading

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The Human Cost of Rape and Hate Crime

This story from the AP: More than a year after a horrific bias attack nearly killed him, David Ritcheson masked his pain with a smile, concealing his anguish from the people closest to him, an attorney for his family said … Continue reading

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ABA Proposal Threatens Diversity In Legal Education

The ABA has put out a story on the “ABA Newsroom” section of its web site titled “ABA Legal Education Section Publishes Proposed Interpretation of Bar Passage Standard for Approval of Law Schools.” In the 5th paragraph, Council of Legal … Continue reading

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Update on Genarlow Wilson Case

From abcnews.com: Genarlow Wilson, whose 10-year prison sentence for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old when he was 17 was voided by a judge earlier this month, is not eligible to be released on bail while the state appeals … Continue reading

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Who Needs Anti-Discrimination Laws?

That seems to be the message that opponents are taking away from Maine’s experience with the addition of sexual orientation to its anti-discrimination law 18 months ago. A story in the Portland Press-Herald reports that, since December 28, 2005, the … Continue reading

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Is This Advocacy for Women or Punishment of Black Male Sexuality? Genarlow Wilson’s Case

  Writing for the editorial board of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, staff writer Maureen Downey expresses outrage here at the appeal taken by the Georgia AG in the case of Genarlow Wilson (pictured above left): A decade or two ago, … Continue reading

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“Fair” Is Not the Only “Lovely”

Anxious Black Woman posted on her blog  this link to a video  advertisement in India for “Fair and Lovely” skin bleaching cream.   ABW writes: Reading through some of the YouTube comments on the Indian video, I don’t know which … Continue reading

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