Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

Off The Menu: Realness Is A Matter Of Taste

Saturday, March 14, 2015

A new documentary about the spread of Asian-American cuisine got us wondering about how we remix pieces of culture — and how we police them for authenticity.


Earl Lloyd Was Basketball's Jackie Robinson. Why Isn't He Famous?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Earl Lloyd, the NBA's first black player, wasn't celebrated like Jackie Robinson, but today, Lloyd's league occupies a far bigger place in the black — and global — imagination.


Does The Redskins' 'Free Speech' Claim Hold Water?

Thursday, March 05, 2015

The much-maligned N.F.L. team is suing the federal government for taking its trademark away. Thing is, they're probably right.


Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

Friday, February 27, 2015

When a young girl with a black mother and white father wrote to a teen magazine in 1968 about not fitting in, the Star Trek actor responded at length about how Spock navigated two cultures.


Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage

Friday, February 27, 2015

The actor, who died on Friday at the age of 83, brought a lot of his Jewish roots to the role of Mr. Spock, including a certain iconic hand salutation.


In The South, Way More People Are Identifying As Both Black And White

Friday, February 27, 2015

Data from the 2010 Census show that the number is rising fastest in Southern states, and among toddlers.


Supreme Court Looks At Abercrombie & Fitch's Hijab Discrimination Case

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A lawsuit involving a Muslim job seeker and the preppy mall retailer could have big implications for religious discrimination laws.


How Birthright Citizenship For American Samoans Could Threaten 'The Samoan Way'

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Supreme Court case on automatic citizenship for Samoans could pit the preservation of an indigenous culture against a broader call for rights.


A White Supremacist's Legacy Looms Over Schools In South Carolina

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Benjamin Tillman was a senator from South Carolina in the 1890s and one of Clemson University's founders. He also happened to be a raging, notorious white supremacist.


Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lawmakers are threatening to shut down troubled South Carolina State University. Alumni have filed a lawsuit over illegal discrimination to try to save it.


Study: Locking Lots Of People Up Did Not Cause The Great Crime Drop

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A new study says that there's little evidence that record levels of mass incarceration have contributed much to a decades-long decline in crime rates.


NYPD's Top Cop Wants To Make It A Felony to Resist Arrest

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A recent report found that blacks are already more likely to face that charge than whites, raising questions of abuse.


Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Parents and students say the teachers were fired for teaching black history. The NAACP says otherwise.


What Research Says About The Consequences of P.C. Culture

Friday, January 30, 2015

Jonathan Chait's essay on a pervasive dangerous online culture of political correctness nearly broke the Internet. So does the science back him up?

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Join Us Tonight to Talk About The "Whiteness of Public Radio Voice"

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In a widely circulated piece, Chenjerai Kumanyika, who is black, wonders if he has to sound "white" to make it on public radio. We're taking the conversation to Twitter tonight. Join us:#PubRadioVoice

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children have feuded bitterly over his legacy for years. They're often criticized, but some believe their desire to tightly control their father's estate is fair.


A Search For The Story In A Long-Buried, Jim Crow Era Photo

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New York Times is trying to find out more about a 1956 photo taken by Gordon Parks in Atlanta. The paper is turning to its readership for clues about the women captured.


A Familiar Debate On Comedy In Which Contexts Collide

Thursday, January 08, 2015

After the Charlie Hebdo massacre, we're seeing an old debate about the rules of humor that seem to be in opposition. One side says nothing is sacred. The other maintains a right to offense.


2014 Stories At The Intersection Of Race And Sports

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.


'Serial' Isn't About Ferguson (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson)

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Part 2 of a roundtable on the Podcast Everyone's Talking About, Code Switch's Gene Demby says that a lot of Serial's themes echo news stories that focus attention on how our justice system works.