Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

'The Knockout Game': An Old Phenomenon With Fresh Branding

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Every so often, there's a new name for the phenomenon of young people targeting others for random assaults. But what is the effect of calling this type of behavior a "game"?


When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The box office performance of movies starring casts of color drives how they are viewed. That means that very different movies — like The Best Man Holiday and 12 Years a Slave — get shoehorned into the same category.


Dolphins' Story Is About Race And Bullying, But Not The Way You Think

Thursday, November 07, 2013

The sports world has been transfixed by the story of a biracial NFL player who abruptly quit his team after he said he was bullied and taunted with racial slurs by a white teammate. But players of all races rallied around the alleged bully, a fact owing to the league's peculiar locker room culture.


Five Minutes With First Black Man To Play For The NBA

Saturday, November 02, 2013

This week marks the 63rd anniversary of the day Earl Lloyd took the court for the Washington Capitols. We got him on the phone for a quick chat.


Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A blogger says that of course poor people want nice things, a town and a Thai food company duke it out, and a writer challenges some popular culinary histories of soul food.


When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'?

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More and more Americans belong to multiracial, adoptive or blended families, but relatives who look different from each other still spur questions from strangers — and sometimes suspicion.


Roma Children Removals Make Us Wonder What Family Looks Like

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Some Roma children in Europe have been removed from their families recently because outsiders suspected the blond, blue-eyed children had been kidnapped. For Americans who grew up in multiracial, adoptive, or blended families, the stories give pause for thought.


Football Player Boycott At Grambling Highlights Budget Woes

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A boycott by student-athletes on the storied but struggling Grambling State football team has had consequences for other schools, including Jackson State, which is now suing over millions in lost revenue from a canceled game between the two teams.


Ask Me Anything: On Bluefield State, America's Whitest Black College

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Code Switch's Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby sat in at for an Ask Me Anything over at Reddit. They answered questions about their recent story on Bluefield State College, a historically black college that is now 90 percent white.


New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The possibly disturbed attacker said he was going to "punch the next white person he saw," witnesses said.


The Internal Debates That We Don't See

Sunday, September 08, 2013

It might seem that members of minority groups never call out other members of the groups they belong to. But that's because we don't often hear each other's conversations.


Who Can Use The N-Word? That's The Wrong Question

Friday, September 06, 2013

Is there a double-standard around who gets to use loaded terms about race? Code Switch's Gene Demby argues that there are no rules. There's only context and consequence.


College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The number of Latinos enrolled in college has hit an all-time high, and it's part of a years-long trend.


Jury Says You Can't Say That Word. Period.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A federal judge in New York has ordered a black supervisor to pay $250,000 for using a slur against a black employee.


Why Did Dave Chappelle Walk Offstage Last Night?

Friday, August 30, 2013

The mercurial comedian's comeback has been hotly anticipated, but a performance Thursday night in Connecticut went off the rails.


About This Miley Cyrus Business ...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A roundup of some of the smartest and most-discussed takes of Miley Cyrus' racy, race-y performance at last Sunday's MTV's Video Music Awards.


Commemorating A March Of Young People, Sans Young People

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday's remembrance of the March on Washington felt like a valediction for an aging generation.


What The March On Washington Called For, And What We Got

Saturday, August 24, 2013

It was called "The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom." So what effects did the historic rally have on employment in the United States?


The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Like protesters in so many social movements, a group of young immigration activists must try to move the conversation without going too far.


Hip-Hop Enters Middle Age

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This week was the 40th anniversary of hip-hop's creation, and many of its most important practitioners are entering middle age, too.