Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

A Complicated First: A Black Editor Takes The Helm At The Gray Lady

Thursday, May 15, 2014

When The New York Times removed Jill Abramson from the top editor spot at the paper — the first woman in the role — the publisher replaced her with Dean Baquet — the first black person in that job.


Young People Want Equality But Struggle To Discuss Bias

Thursday, May 15, 2014

MTV surveyed 3,000 young people and found that they believe in the importance of equality. But it also found that they grew up not discussing racial issues, making for some complicated responses.


Donald Sterling Says He Isn't A Racist. Is Anyone?

Monday, May 12, 2014

The owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, who is in trouble for comments he made about black people, told CNN that he's not a racist. Who, if anyone, might qualify?


After 6 Decades, 'Jet' Magazine Decides To Go All-Digital

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The digest of black life is ending its print offerings after more than 60 years. The once-influential publication was an oddity: both ubiquitous and easily overlooked.


European Soccer Tackles Racism But Slips On A Banana Peel

Thursday, May 01, 2014

European soccer fans often yell racist taunts and throw bananas at opposing players. That's not new. What is new is how one black player, Dani Alves, reacted.


How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The contrast between the racial makeup of the league's ownership class and its players usually goes unmentioned. But the Donald Sterling fracas has pushed that not-quite-subtext to the fore.


For Donald Sterling, A Spotty Reputation Further Tarnished

Monday, April 28, 2014

The owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers is at the center of a scandal over racist comments attributed to him in a recording. The episode shines a light on his previous racial controversies.


What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway?

Friday, April 25, 2014

A Nevada rancher and conservative cause célèbre said he thought black people would be better off if they were still slaves. He later denied that he's racist.


Two Justices Debate The Doctrine Of Colorblindness

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

In their opinions Monday in a big affirmative action case, two Supreme Court justices sparred over the idea of "colorblindness" — the notion that the consideration of race foments racial division.


The Golden Arch Of The Universe Is Long ...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Travel with us on our journey through vintage McDonald's ads, as we take note of what has and hasn't changed in the art of selling burgers to brown people.


Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The announcement of the winners and finalists for the Pulitzer Prizes gives us an opportunity to herald great journalism that illuminates matters relating to race, ethnicity and culture.


Sometimes Getting Along Comes Down To How You Say 'Gravy'

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A recent study on immigrant job-seekers in the United Kingdom reminds us again of the importance of code-switching: Unwritten cultural codes in conversation can have far-reaching impacts.


Step Behind Closed Doors And Into The LBJ Library's Time Machine

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library runs an online archive with a trove of civil rights memorabilia, including handwritten notes about Thurgood Marshall and a private letter from Jackie Robinson.


How Stereotypes Explain Everything And Nothing At All

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The early days of college hoops were dominated by flashy players who were thought to be naturally suited for the game and who saw the sport as their way out of the ghetto. They're not who you suspect.


Why Aren't Asian-Americans Getting Their 'One Shining Moment'?

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

There were more than 5,000 Division I men's basketball players last year, according to the NCAA. Only 15 were Asian-American. What accounts for the hugeness of that disparity?


In Search For Missing 8-Year-Old, A Grim Turn

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Relisha Rudd went missing last month from a Washington, D.C., homeless shelter. Police are now describing the search for the 8-year-old as a "recovery operation."


Poll Finds Big Racial Gap On Compensating College Athletes

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On one of the oldest, thorniest questions in college sports — should student-athletes be paid? — white people are overwhelmingly opposed to the idea, while a majority of people of color support it.


Redskins' Team Owner Launches Program For Natives, Flotilla Of Side-Eyes

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Daniel Snyder has insisted he won't change his NFL team's name, but he announced a new foundation to benefit Native American communities. For critics of the team's name, the move is a distraction.


The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is everywhere these days. And his current stature is remarkable, in part because he's a black astrophysicist — seemingly as elusive a phenomenon as the Higgs boson.


Black Preschoolers Far More Likely To Be Suspended

Friday, March 21, 2014

A new study shows that black students are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school — and that gap begins before grade school.