Gene Demby

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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.


'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The influential classic arcade game is a reminder of how broadly stereotypical so many of the now-iconic characters were.

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For Player At Center Of NFL Bullying Story, A New Opportunity

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin has been traded to the San Francisco 49ers. Martin's earlier departure from Miami prompted an in-depth investigation of the Dolphins by the NFL.


How The Vice President of New Afrika Became Mayor Of Jackson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Just how did the late Chokwe Lumumba — a revolutionary who still threw up the Black Power salute on occasion — get elected the mayor of a mid-sized American city in the Deep South?


Our Conversation On Race In 'World of Warcraft,' Unabridged

Monday, March 10, 2014

In order to discuss the new 'racials' in World of Warcraft, the popular role-playing game, we picked the brains of three erstwhile WoW geeks. Here's our conversation with them, unabridged.


What World Of Warcraft Can Tell Us About Race In Real Life

Saturday, March 08, 2014

The popular video game adjusted the traits for its mythical races of dwarves, elves and the like to create more parity. Gamers tell us what this means in-game and in the real world.


For Black And Latino Americans, A Glass Mysteriously Half-Full

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

According to a host of public opinion surveys, blacks and Latinos have recently become much more sanguine about the future of the country than whites. And the gap is growing. But we don't know why.


Remembering Buddy Esquire, The King Of Hip-Hop Flyers

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Buddy Esquire, who died last month, produced hundreds of flyers for parties back in hip-hop's primordial days — flyers that are some of the only surviving documents of that early scene.


Instagram Posts, KKK Rallies And Other Racial Sensitivities

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Justice Clarence Thomas contended this week that Americans have become too sensitive to race. But might it be that we too often give different racial incidents equal weight?


George Washington Carver, The Black History Monthiest Of Them All

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Ask folks about George Washington Carver, and they'll probably mutter something about peanuts. But Carver's real legacy is hard to grasp. Race contributed to his fame and hindered his scientific research.


Quarterback Russell Wilson Sets A Milestone, And Everyone Shrugs

Monday, February 03, 2014

Folks are paying attention to Twitter users who were angered by a multicultural Coke ad during the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, Russell Wilson became just the second black quarterback to ever win the Super Bowl.


That Cute Cheerios Ad With The Interracial Family Is Back

Thursday, January 30, 2014

The first TV spot featured an adorable, curly-haired moppet named Gracie who had a black father and a white mother. The ad for Cheerios prompted a storm of protest and counter-protest...