Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

I Guess We Gotta Talk About Macklemore's 'White Privilege' Song

Friday, January 29, 2016

You won't have any thoughts about the rapper's new song about racial inequality, and his place as a white dude in hip-hop, that you didn't have before, in part because he plays it so safe.


Making The Case Against 'Colorblind Casting'

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

An essay in The Atlantic says TV shows and movies with ethnically diverse casts that ignore race miss out on some rich storytelling opportunities.


In 2015, Race And Tolerance Permeated The National Dialogue

Thursday, December 24, 2015

When NPR's Steve Inskeep sat down with President Obama for his year end interview, the president said he is optimistic about where the country is heading. We explore the topic further.


NPR's Code Switch Team Explores Political Correctness On College Campuses

Friday, December 18, 2015

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about his recent article, "The Long, Necessary History of 'Whiny' Black Protesters At College."


The Long, Necessary History Of 'Whiny' Black Protesters At College

Thursday, December 17, 2015

To many, the explosion of campus protests across the country sounded like griping from coddled, entitled young people. But these student demands are hardly new, even if campus dynamics have changed.


Mizzou Points To Bigger Shifts In How College Athletes See Themselves

Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Missouri football team's role in the protests on their campus rests against an important shift in the way student-athletes think about the relationship between themselves and their schools.


A Graphic Shows How Much The 'Race' Question On The American Census Has Changed

Monday, November 09, 2015

A new interactive graphic from the Census Bureau reveals that no two surveys have ever had the same set of options for choosing one's race.


'Diversity' Is Rightly Criticized As An Empty Buzzword. So How Can We Make It Work?

Thursday, November 05, 2015

If CEOs are hearing the recent critiques of diversity initiatives — and don't want to be That Guy — here are a few prescriptions on how to do better.


Making A Home In The Shadow of Confederate Symbols

Monday, October 19, 2015

Two new essays explore a subject we're fascinated with here at Code Switch — how people navigate public spaces awash in images they deplore in order to make community and belong.


'Empire' Nods To A Very Different Take On Policing Than We Usually See In Prime Time

Friday, October 02, 2015

The soapy Fox drama worked in a pointed critique about the criminal justice system in a recent episode — an anomaly in prime time, where bad actions are invariably the work of a few bad apples.


Remember When You Had To Flip To The Back Page Of 'Jet' To Find Black People On TV?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This year's Emmy broadcast highlighted some big demographic and technological shifts staring everyone in the face — and encapsulated how much the centers of gravity in the TV landscape had shifted.


What We Lose When A Neighborhood School Goes Away

Monday, September 14, 2015

The fight over a closure of a struggling public high school in Chicago raises questions about what's disrupted and upended when a community loses one of its central institutions.


How Black Reporters Report On Black Death

Thursday, August 20, 2015

As calls for newsroom diversity get louder, we might do well to consider that black reporters covering race and policing literally have skin in the game.


On Wyatt Cenac, 'Key & Peele,' And Being The Only One In The Room

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wyatt Cenac's much-publicized confrontation with Jon Stewart says a lot about the pitfalls of being The Only One In The Room. But turns out there's some interesting social science behind it, too.


A Compromise On Displaying The Confederate Flag

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post suggests a compromise on displaying the Confederate battle flag: acknowledging that it can hold private meaning, which means displaying it only in private.


When The 'Heritage' In 'Heritage Not Hate' Is More Skynyrd Than Stonewall Jackson

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

There's no handbook for what to do with cherished personal memories that are all wrapped up in racist icons — like the Confederate flag and the name of Washington's football team.


'It's Like Having A Crazy Family Member': On Southern Black Folks And The Rebel Flag

Friday, June 26, 2015

For lots of black folks in the South, living amid emblems of the Old South involves some complicated mental gymnastics.


Is The Millennial Generation's Racial Tolerance Overstated?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dylann Roof, the white man accused of the deadly church shooting, is 21-- making him a millennial. That generation is often pointed to as a harbinger of U.S. future racial diversity and tolerance.


Dylann Roof And The Stubborn Myth Of The Colorblind Millennial

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Of course, most young people will never commit a hate crime. But the misperception that they're largely free of racial animus stubbornly lives on, and that's dangerous in itself.


Who Gets To Be Black? Honor The Struggle, But Don't Forget The Jokes

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thousands of people used the Twitter hashtag #AskRachel to joke that Rachel Dolezal was successful in her racial subterfuge because she'd been insufficiently vetted by members of the black community.