Gene Demby

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Bill Cosby's Huge, Complicated Post-'Cosby Show' Legacy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A roundup of some notable profiles of Bill Cosby's life after Cliff Huxtable.


Why 'Is Corporal Punishment Abuse?' Is Such A Loaded Question

Friday, September 19, 2014

An NFL star's indictment on child abuse charges has reignited a national debate about parents using corporal punishment. But how people feel about this issue is tied to some very personal questions.


Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Why do we use fruits, vegetables, Twinkies and other food items to describe the idea of someone being [Race A] on the inside, [Race B] on the outside?


Sagging Pants And The Long History Of 'Dangerous' Street Fashion

Thursday, September 11, 2014

For adults, "sagging" has long been a marker of slovenliness or something more sinister. But the style might just be the latest iteration of fashion freighted with some old anxieties.


What Does It Mean To Prevent 'The Next Michael Brown'?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The coverage around the shooting of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Missouri has followed a familiar trajectory, and it doesn't let us wrestle with the larger issues that swirl around it.


Which Outlets Aren't Calling The Redskins 'The Redskins'? A Short History

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Washington Post, the Redskins hometown paper, is now the latest big media outlet to stop using the NFL team's name. It's a stance newspapers and writers have been taking going back to the '90s.


The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race

Thursday, August 21, 2014

National media attention for much of the past two weeks has been focused on a small stretch of West Florissant Avenue. A little over a mile away is South Florissant Road, which has been much quieter.


In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

To locals, Ferguson is part of St. Louis, not a separate place. And as residents wonder whether or when their lives will return to normal, the question remains: What will they do after it does?


Buffalo Abandoned Homes Selling For $1

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the "Urban Homestead Program."

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Code Switch Roundup: On Race, Policing And Ferguson

Saturday, August 16, 2014

After the shooting death of an unarmed teen, the town of Ferguson, Mo., has become the focus of national debates about race and the militarization of local police departments.


For People Of Color, Relationships With Police Are Complicated

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tensions in Ferguson, Mo., have become a flashpoint in an ongoing national conversation about race and police tactics. Depending on their race, people may have different relationships with police.


'Are You, Like, African-AMERICAN Or AFRICAN-American?'

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Black people who are more recent immigrants to the United States are often seen very differently than are blacks who are native-born โ€” as reactions to a recent speech from President Obama remind us.


Art From Death: Taxidermy As A Creative Hobby

Saturday, August 09, 2014

From DIY stuffing kits to workshops and homemade skull jewelry, this old craft is getting a revival from the hands of artists, designers and newcomers determined to make stuffing the dead trendy.


In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don't Gentrify

Friday, August 08, 2014

A recent study reviewed places in Chicago that seemed to be undergoing gentrification two decades ago and found that the process had slowed or stopped for those that were at least 40 percent black.


A State Court Says Rap Lyrics Can't Be Used As Evidence In A Criminal Trial

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Code Switch recently wrote about the practice of using violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases. Now a New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled on that very issue.


What We See In The Eric Garner Video, And What We Don't

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Once again, an unarmed black man has died in a confrontation with police. This time the clash was captured on video. You'd think that might make everything clearer. You'd be wrong.


Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A study finds widespread abuses by cops in one big city, a video of a deadly encounter with the NYPD goes viral, and an investigation finds federal agents target minorities in "fake" drug stings.


Americans Really Like Jews. Muslims And Atheists? Not So Much.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A new Pew poll asked how warmly respondents felt toward people of varying religious groups. The answers varied with race, age and political leanings โ€” and not all the feelings were mutual.


Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Researchers who looked at two years of records from the Manhattan district attorney's office found that race was a significant factor in determining how prosecutors resolved cases.


The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The trial in the killing of Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for conversations about race, class and gun laws. Here's what's happened to some of the most-discussed topics from the trial since.