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Muslims In Minnesota Weigh Whether To Expel Or Engage At-Risk Youth

Friday, October 03, 2014

There's a common argument around Muslim extremism that calls for moderate Muslims to denounce and condemn radical adherents of Islam. Many folks push back on that idea by pointing out that Islam isn't a monolith, that there are well north of a billion Muslims in the world, and that it's ...

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Marriage Rates Are Falling, And For Some Faster Than Others

Friday, September 26, 2014

The biggest takeaways from a new study on marriage by the Pew Research Center are these: Fewer Americans who are older than 25 are married than ever before, and by the time they're middle-aged, a record 25 percent will have never tied the knot.

That might not be too ...

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The Pre-Huxtable Golden Age Of The Black Family Sitcom

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A lot has been made of the suite of shows featuring families of color set to hit the airwaves this fall — ABC's Black-ish, the CW's Jane the Virgin, ABC's Cristela and the network's midseason replacement, Fresh Off the Boat.

This season happens to dovetail with the 30th anniversary of ...

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept. 20 marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere of The Cosby Show, the wildly successful sitcom starring Bill Cosby. Depending on whom you ask, that show can be credited with recasting the popular image of black family life, saving the flailing NBC network, or resurrecting the sitcom format itself. ...

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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Over the past week, Adrian Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings' all-world running back and one of the NFL's biggest stars, has become the face of corporal punishment in America. Peterson turned himself in to police over the weekend on charges of child abuse after he allegedly hit his son with a ...

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Overthinking It: Using Food As A Racial Metaphor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In February, a state-run media outlet in China mocked Gary Locke, who was signing off as U.S. ambassador to that country. "Gary Locke is a U.S.-born, third-generation Chinese-American, and his being a banana — 'yellow skin and white heart' — became an advantage for Obama's foreign policy,' " the editorial ...

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mary Sue Rich finally had enough.

The council member from Ocala, Fla., was tired of seeing the young people in her town wearing their pants low and sagging, and successfully pushed to prohibit the style on city-owned property. It became law in July. Violators face a $500 fine or ...

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

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Since the recent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., there have been a host of changes to the way the local police do business that are meant to prevent another incident like the shooting death of Michael Brown. Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Dan Isom, an African-American, as the state's new ...

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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Football season is upon us once more, which means another year of swirling debate around just what to do about the Washington Redskins' name.

Now, the Redskins' hometown paper, The Washington Post, has waded into the fray: Its editorial board announced Friday that the nickname would no longer appear ...

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The Sleepy Road Near Our National Conversation On Race

Thursday, August 21, 2014

On television, it's hard to get a sense of just how small the stretch of West Florissant Avenue — the thoroughfare in Ferguson, Mo., that's drawn international attention after the killing of Michael Brown — really is.

On either side of West Florissant, there are nail salons and barber shops, ...

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In Ferguson, Mo., A City Meets The Spotlight

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Etefia Umana says that Ferguson, Mo., is in some ways a media fiction.

We're sitting in the offices of Better Family Life, an organization that provides social services to people in the area. Umana chairs its board and lives in Ferguson.

It's not that the municipality of Ferguson doesn't exist ...

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Buffalo Abandoned Homes Selling For $1

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Like many cities, Buffalo, New York, is facing a glut of abandoned homes and lots. There are roughly 16,000 vacant lots and 4,500 vacant homes throughout the city.

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1. They’re calling it the Urban Homestead Program. The program ...

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Code Switch Roundup: On Race, Policing And Ferguson

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Over the past week, much of the nation's attention has been trained on the town of Ferguson, Mo., following an incident there in which a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. Like similar stories, the Michael Brown shooting has become a flashpoint for conversations about race ...

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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.

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

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Over at NewsOne, Donovan X. Ramsey contrasted two approaches President Obama has taken with black audiences: 1) the finger-wagging, pull-up-your-pants approach that he often takes with African-Americans, like the graduates at all-male Morehouse College ("We've got no time for excuses ... nobody is going to give you anything you ...

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Art From Death: Taxidermy As A Creative Hobby

Saturday, August 09, 2014

First it was knitting; then came excessive facial grooming, vegan baking and urban beekeeping. You thought hipster hobbies couldn't get weirder? Brace yourself.

Now think: taxidermy. From DIY stuffing kits to workshops and homemade skull jewelry, this old craft is getting a revival from the hands of artists, designers and ...

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

Friday, August 08, 2014

So here's one way folks tend to think about gentrification in big cities: Poorer (therefore: browner) neighborhood becomes more attractive to folks of more means (therefore: whiter) who are in search of lower housing costs. As more and more better-off folks move in, new amenities and fresh investment follow. And ...

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

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Just a few days ago, Code Switch wrote about the use violent hip-hop lyrics as evidence in criminal cases, a practice that some critics say violates defendants' First Amendment rights and plays up jurors' misunderstandings of the use of hyperbole in hip-hop.

On Monday, the Supreme Court of ...

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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The rough grooves of the Eric Garner story probably feel familiar to lots of folks by now: an unarmed black man dies after an encounter with the police, agitating old tensions between residents and the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

The Garner case is already rippling out into ...

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Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The past few days have brought a whole lot of important (and pretty sobering) news around race and policing. Here are some of the biggest stories that have landed on our radar.

Three-quarters of all stops by Newark police deemed unconstitutional

The tensions between residents and the police in ...

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