Gene Demby http://wgcu.org en What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago http://wgcu.org/post/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-chicago We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 12302 at http://wgcu.org What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention http://wgcu.org/post/dress-codes-are-open-interpretation-and-lot-contention <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25951237/bar-louies-dress-code-policy-denounced-as-overtly-racist">A Minneapolis nightspot</a> called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.<p><em>No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Gene Demby 12233 at http://wgcu.org Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home http://wgcu.org/post/some-us-sacrifice-more-stay-home-sweet-home If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Gene Demby 11599 at http://wgcu.org Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy http://wgcu.org/post/historic-first-native-american-brothers-win-lacrosse-trophy The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with a lacrosse stick, surging forward.<p>But no Native player had ever won the award before Thursday night's ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Fri, 30 May 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Gene Demby 10860 at http://wgcu.org In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History http://wgcu.org/post/college-lacrosse-two-brothers-flirt-making-history <em>UPDATE: The Tewaaraton Award was given Thursday night to both Miles and Lyle Thompson. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Gene Demby 10804 at http://wgcu.org In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract http://wgcu.org/post/how-donald-sterling-violated-nbas-unspoken-social-contract <em>We play for each other, for our fans, and for our families — not Donald Sterling.</em><p>That was the general message that players for the Los Angeles Clippers reiterated, off-mic, when the Sterling fiasco blew up over the weekend. They were being buffeted by questions about how, exactly, they might respond to allegations that Sterling, the team owner, had been recorded saying that he did not want black people to attend his team's games. <em>Would they boycott? Would they be focused enough to be able to play? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Gene Demby 9821 at http://wgcu.org How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? http://wgcu.org/post/what-exactly-qualifies-racist-anyway Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/03/paul_ryan_s_inner_city_males_comment_the_republican_congressman_says_he.html"> they lack racist bones</a>.<p>Over the past few weeks, Bundy has garnered huge amounts of media coverage and plaudits among some conservatives for defying the federal government. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 9684 at http://wgcu.org What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://wgcu.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 9360 at http://wgcu.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://wgcu.org/post/pathway-citizenship-right-concern Much of the debate over whether and how to overhaul the country's immigration policy has hinged on whether and how to create a pathway to citizenship. But a majority of Latinos now say that's less important for unauthorized immigrants than giving them relief from the threat of deportation.<p>That finding comes from a Pew report based on <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/12/19/on-immigration-policy-deportation-relief-seen-as-more-important-than-citizenship/">new surveys of Latinos and Asian-Americans</a>, who together make up about two-thirds of all the legal immigrants in the U.S. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Gene Demby 5641 at http://wgcu.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food http://wgcu.org/post/code-switch-roundup-status-symbols-sriracha-and-soul-food <em>Here are some things we've been musing on over the last few days. Share yours on Twitter or shout us out in the comments below.</em><p><strong>"We shine because they hate us/floss 'cuz they degrade us.</strong>" After two young, black customers accused the high-end retailer Barneys of racially profiling them after they made expensive purchases there, those customers themselves came in for criticism. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 4058 at http://wgcu.org Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty http://wgcu.org/post/howards-president-steps-down-amid-tumult-and-uncertainty Is Howard University facing an existential crisis?<p>The Washington, D.C., institution, which is arguably the country's most prominent historically black university, has been buffeted by a tough economy and seeming dissent amongst its leadership. Tuesday, Sidney Ribeau, who'd been the university's president since 2008, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/howard-university-president-ribeau-retires/2013/10/01/8d2f4004-27ac-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html">announced he was stepping down</a> but maintained that Howard was in solid shape. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Gene Demby 3119 at http://wgcu.org Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle http://wgcu.org/post/whos-really-left-out-crossfit-circle Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.<p>And according to an <a href="http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/2013/02/787-crossfit.html">entry from February</a> on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:<p><blockquote><p>"Crossfit 'boxes' usually charge expensive membership fees and boast a mostly white clientele. A list of Crossfit Games champions and competitors reveals a veritable whitopia. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:18:00 +0000 Gene Demby 2529 at http://wgcu.org Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime http://wgcu.org/post/new-york-man-killed-attacker-possible-hate-crime Jeffrey Babbitt <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/nyregion/friends-mourn-man-fatally-assaulted-in-union-square-park.html">was walking through Union Square last Wednesday</a>, near the Manhattan comic book store that he'd been going to for years, when he had a fatal chance encounter with a stranger.<p>The stranger was a man named <del>Lashawn Marten</del>Martin Redrick, who had a history of trouble with the law and had been living in a facility for homeless people with mental illnesses. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Gene Demby 2346 at http://wgcu.org New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos http://wgcu.org/post/college-enrollment-drops-overall-spikes-among-latinos Here's the latest dispatch from our country's changing classrooms: Overall, there were half a million fewer students nationwide enrolled in colleges between 2011 and 2012, but the number of Latinos enrolled in college over the same period <em>jumped </em>by 447,000. The numbers come from <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf">a recent U.S. Census Bureau report</a>.<p>That brisk uptick in Latino college enrollment is part of a trend that began in the mid-2000s: The share of college students who were Latino grew from 11 percent in 2006 to 17 percent last year. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:37:00 +0000 Gene Demby 2176 at http://wgcu.org College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) http://wgcu.org/post/dream-9-pushes-envelope-and-their-allies-buttons The national conversation around immigration has shifted dramatically over the past decade. That's in large part because of activists who have pushed to change the narrative around the undocumented.<p>"If you asked your typical soccer mom what she thought of an unauthorized immigrant, she says, 'Well, I think of Mexicans running across the border on Fox News,' " said Tamar Jacoby, who runs <a href="http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/">ImmigrationWorks USA</a>, a think tank that advocates for changes to immigration law. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Gene Demby 1654 at http://wgcu.org The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling http://wgcu.org/post/read-juiciest-bits-stop-and-frisk-ruling Judge Shira Scheindlin <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/05/27/130527fa_fact_toobin">has earned a reputation</a> as an outspoken defender of civil liberties and a recurring foil for the New York City police. In her ruling in the closely watched stop-and-frisk case, Scheindlin criticized the police, and said the department discriminated against blacks and Latinos. She also said the police force has long ignored complaints about the way the tactic has been carried out. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 20:05:00 +0000 Gene Demby 1447 at http://wgcu.org Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling How Would You Kill The N-Word? http://wgcu.org/post/how-would-you-kill-n-word <em>We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story. </em><strong></strong><p>NOTE TO READERS:<em> This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now</em><p>You can set your watch to it. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:07:00 +0000 Gene Demby 1427 at http://wgcu.org How Would You Kill The N-Word?