Gene Demby

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The Fear Of Black Men In America: How It Feels To Be A Problem

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Over the past several days, Michel Martin has been leading a conversation across various NPR shows about how black men navigate a world that so often sees them as dangerous. When it was announced that that convo was going to move over to Twitter, the #FearAndRace hashtag spurred a ...


This Isn't The First Time Network TV Discovered Black People

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Last week, Nellie Andreeva, the co-editor of the insider-y Hollywood trade Deadline, wondered aloud whether the explosion of diversity this primetime TV season had gone too far. Might it be putting deserving white actors out of work? Clicks sufficiently baited, the Internet went apoplectic. (On Monday, Deadline's other ...


Takeaways From The Federal Report On Deadly Force By Philadelphia Cops

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Even before the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., or the Eric Garner incident in New York City last summer, Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia's police commissioner, called on the federal government to look into how the officers in his department used force, and how their use of force might contribute to the department's ...


From Hot Sauce To Diapers, 'Superconsumers' Of Color Buy More Of, Well, Everything

Thursday, March 19, 2015

What do Fox's runaway hit Empire and booming sales of Goya rice and beans have in common? They're examples of the growing clout a segment of hyper-engaged, hyperconnected consumers of color, according to a new report from Nielsen.

The consumer research company calls them "multicultural superconsumers" — ...


Off The Menu: Realness Is A Matter Of Taste

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Over at Colorlines, Julianne Hing has an essay on Off The Menu: Asian America, a new documentary on the spread of Asian-American cultures through the spread of Asian cuisine. The film's director, Grace Lee, follows chefs and food companies that are remixing their recipes for broader American appetites ...


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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Jackie Robinson is a household name, a book report staple, an American hero. News of his 1947 debut in the major leagues appeared on the front page of the New York Times, above the fold. Fifty years after he first took the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, teams across the ...


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

Thursday, March 05, 2015

You're on the Internet, which means you're never more five seconds away from someone claiming you squashed their First Amendment rights by, say, blocking them on Twitter.

Repeat after me: the First Amendment prohibits citizens' speech from being infringed upon by the government.* But because the universe delights in dark ...


Leonard Nimoy's Advice To A Biracial Girl In 1968

Friday, February 27, 2015

It wasn't supposed to be "Leonard Nimoy + Biracial Kids Day" here at Code Switch, but the news takes you where it takes you.

BuzzFeed's Leonora Epstein uncovered this blog post from the blog My Star Trek Scrapbook, which features a letter from a 1968 issue ...


Leonard Nimoy On Mr. Spock's Jewish Heritage

Friday, February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy, the beloved actor who played Mr. Spock in the Star Trek franchise, died Friday at the age of 83. There's a lot to write about Nimoy's life — our colleague Neda Ulaby has a nice remembrance here — and there will almost certainly be more to ...


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

Friday, February 27, 2015

The number of people who identify as belonging to two or more races keeps climbing with each Census. The number of people identified as both black and white, for example, more than doubled between 2000 and 2010, from about 780,000 to 1.8 million.

A closer look at where this ...


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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A closely watched case before the Supreme Court Wednesday could have big consequences for religious rights in the workplace. It involves Abercrombie & Fitch, the preppy, mall-based retailer, and a young Muslim woman who wore a headscarf to a job interview at the company seven years ago.

The case


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

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

American Samoans are in a very peculiar political limbo: Unlike on any other patch of U.S. soil in the world, children born on the small Pacific Islands are not automatically granted American citizenship. They are U.S. nationals, but not U.S. citizens.

Leneuoti Tuaua, one of the plaintiffs in a case ...


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

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Earlier this week, the board of trustees at Clemson University in South Carolina decided not to change the name of the school's iconic clock tower, Tillman Hall, despite protests by grad students and professors. It's named after Benjamin Tillman, who was a South Carolina governor and a ...


Did South Carolina Sabotage Its Public Historically Black College?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Last week, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for two years.

"We are looking at a bankrupt institution," state House Rep. Jim Merrill told reporters. "No one takes any pleasure in recommending this."

And indeed, the school is in rough shape. It ...


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

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The long-running debate over what's driving the country's staggering (and ongoing) drop in crime just got more complicated. With a major new report, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU has effectively squashed one popular theory: throwing massive amounts of people in prison did not bring down crime.

"At ...


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

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Last week, New York City's police commissioner Bill Bratton went before state lawmakers and asked them to raise the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.

"We need to get around this idea that you can resist arrest," he later told reporters. "It results in potential ...


Lots Of Confusion Over Teacher Firings At Howard University Middle School

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A D.C. charter school founded by and located at Howard University has been embroiled for days in an increasingly public fight over the firing of three teachers, Parents and students claim the teachers were dismissed for teaching Black History Month lessons, they've mobilized in protest, and social media is abuzz. ...


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

Friday, January 30, 2015

By now, you've surely seen Jonathan Chait's sprawling takedown of what he describes as a dangerous resurgence of political correctness in the 21st century. In his telling, a PC culture that flourished on college campuses in the 90's is back, stronger than ever thanks to Twitter and social media, ...

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

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When Chenjerai Kumanyika sat down to record his first public radio piece last summer, he was thrown off by his own voice.

He didn't sound like Sarah Koenig of Serial or Roman Mars of 99 % Invisible. They sounded wonderful, Kumanyika thought. "They also ...

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King's Family Builds Its Own Legacy Of Legal Battles

Sunday, January 18, 2015

At the end of Selma, the new movie about a pivotal campaign in the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo) rises to address a crowd in front of a courthouse.

It's a recreation of the moment in which King gave one of his