May 12, 2014
"Living with racism in America means tolerating a level of violence inflicted on the black body that we would not upon the white body. This deviation is not a random fact, but the price of living in a society with a lengthy history of considering black people as a lesser strain of humanity. When you live in such a society, the prospect of incarcerating, disenfranchising, and ultimately executing white humans at the same rate as black humans makes makes very little sense. Disproportion is the point."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the inhumanity of the death penalty.

May 1, 2014
"The problem with Cliven Bundy isn’t that he is a racist but that he is an oafish racist. He invokes the crudest stereotypes, like cotton picking. This makes white people feel bad. The elegant racist knows how to injure non-white people while never summoning the specter of white guilt. Elegant racism requires plausible deniability, as when Reagan just happened to stumble into the Neshoba County fair and mention state’s rights. Oafish racism leaves no escape hatch, as when Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond’s singularly segregationist candidacy."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on the different kinds of racism in American society.

April 29, 2014
Donald Sterling Banned For Life

On Saturday, the NBA launched an investigation into racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, outré owner of the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. This afternoon, league commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling had therein admitted to making the comments, in which he told his girlfriend that he is bothered that her Instagrams include black people, namely Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
Accordingly, Silver said Sterling is now banned for life from any affiliation with the NBA. He cannot attend any league activity, including practices and games. Sterling will also be fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed by the organization.
Sterling is worth around $1.9 billion, and remains, at least for now, the owner of the team.
"I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team," Silver said, "and do everything in my power to see that it happens." If three quarters of the owners of NBA teams vote accordingly, Sterling will have to sell.
"I was hoping that [the recording] was fraudulent," Silver said today. The Clippers’ president had said in a statement on Saturday, "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings."
Read more. [Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP]

Donald Sterling Banned For Life

On Saturday, the NBA launched an investigation into racist remarks attributed to Donald Sterling, outré owner of the Los Angeles Clippers since 1981. This afternoon, league commissioner Adam Silver announced that Sterling had therein admitted to making the comments, in which he told his girlfriend that he is bothered that her Instagrams include black people, namely Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

Accordingly, Silver said Sterling is now banned for life from any affiliation with the NBA. He cannot attend any league activity, including practices and games. Sterling will also be fined $2.5 million, the maximum amount allowed by the organization.

Sterling is worth around $1.9 billion, and remains, at least for now, the owner of the team.

"I will urge the board of governors to force a sale of the team," Silver said, "and do everything in my power to see that it happens." If three quarters of the owners of NBA teams vote accordingly, Sterling will have to sell.

"I was hoping that [the recording] was fraudulent," Silver said today. The Clippers’ president had said in a statement on Saturday, "Mr. Sterling is emphatic that what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect his views, beliefs or feelings."

Read more. [Image: Mark J. Terrill/AP]

April 29, 2014
The 5 U.S. Counties Where Racial Diversity Is Highest—and Lowest

April 24, 2014
"When people like Cliven Bundy assert the primacy of the past it is important that we do not recount it selectively. American enslavement is the destruction of the black body for profit. That is the past that Cliven Bundy believes “the Negro” to have been better off in. He is, regrettably, not alone."

Ta-Nehisi Coates, on Cliven Bundy, slavery, and racism in America.

April 23, 2014
Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Does anybody else think it could be a problem to put the question of minority rights to a majority vote in state initiatives?
Six justices of the Court don’t—and three of them actually think we’d all be better off if we got courts out of this whole race business and let majority vote settle the whole thing.
The three-justice plurality—Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Samuel Alito—made this strange suggestion Tuesday in their opinion on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. Schuette should have been an easy case, and I very much fear it will soon make very bad law. 
Read more. [Image: Molly Riley/Reuters]

Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Does anybody else think it could be a problem to put the question of minority rights to a majority vote in state initiatives?

Six justices of the Court don’t—and three of them actually think we’d all be better off if we got courts out of this whole race business and let majority vote settle the whole thing.

The three-justice plurality—Justice Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, and Justice Samuel Alito—made this strange suggestion Tuesday in their opinion on Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary. Schuette should have been an easy case, and I very much fear it will soon make very bad law.

Read more. [Image: Molly Riley/Reuters]

April 22, 2014
Cliven Bundy and the Tyranny All Around Us

How would the Nevada standoff be different if the rancher were black? American history has already answered that question.
Read more. [Image: Jim Urquhart/Reuters]

Cliven Bundy and the Tyranny All Around Us

How would the Nevada standoff be different if the rancher were black? American history has already answered that question.

Read more. [Image: Jim Urquhart/Reuters]

April 17, 2014
Resegregation in the American South

April 16, 2014
Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

Minority participants aren’t just debating resolutions—they’re challenging the terms of the debate itself.
Read more. [Image: Donna McWilliam/AP Photo]

Does Traditional College Debate Reinforce White Privilege?

Minority participants aren’t just debating resolutions—they’re challenging the terms of the debate itself.

Read more. [Image: Donna McWilliam/AP Photo]

April 14, 2014
I Was Racially Profiled In My Own Driveway

A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he’s trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialogue. 
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

I Was Racially Profiled In My Own Driveway

A retired Major League Baseball player explains how he’s trying to turn an upsetting encounter with the police into an opportunity for dialogue. 

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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