Gene Demby

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Study Reveals Worse Outcomes For Black And Latino Defendants

Thursday, July 17, 2014

There are a lot of steps that come between an arrest and a conviction, and between conviction and sentencing. And throughout that winding process, a prosecutor's decisions carry enormous weight.

Does the prosecutor accept the case? Does she have the defendant jailed before trial? Is a plea bargain offered to ...


The George Zimmerman Trial, One Year Later

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

George Zimmerman's trial for killing Trayvon Martin became a flashpoint for raucous, heated debates — conversations about racial profiling, gun laws and the criminal justice system. Zimmerman's acquittal was seen by many as an outrage, but any outcome would have been unsatisfying for many people, since criminal trials are ...


Kerry Cites Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks But Says Gaps Remain

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Update at 11:59 p.m. ET

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is returning to Washington today to brief President Obama on talks with Iran about its nuclear program, and about the possible need to extend negotiations past a July 20 deadline.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, who is reporting on the talks ...


What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

Saturday, July 12, 2014

We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a ...


Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Minneapolis nightspot called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.

No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. No excessively baggy clothing.

(Either Bar ...


The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long?

Friday, June 27, 2014

The comedy superstar has been headlining a series of sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall. His routine was a reminder of a singular perspective on race that vanished when he went on hiatus.


A Latino Political Machine Dawns In Harlem. (Well, Not Yet. Soon. Maybe)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

People have been waiting for Latinos to supplant blacks at the top of Upper Manhattan's political structure for some time. They're still waiting.

Back in 2012, Adriano Espaillat, the state senator who represents much of the West Side of Manhattan — including the heavily Dominican neighborhood of Washington Heights — ...


Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home

Saturday, June 21, 2014

If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, ...


Cute Middle-Schoolers Make A Hit. Cue The Drama

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Y.N. RichKids, that crew of school-age rappers from Minneapolis, just dropped another age-appropriate banger called "The Business." Like their previous songs — they were also back last year with a minor hit called "My Bike" — "The Business" is slickly produced and thoroughly unthreatening. (Sample lyric: Don't worry ...


On The Census, Who Checks 'Hispanic,' Who Checks 'White,' And Why

Monday, June 16, 2014

We've been talking a lot lately about how who fills out the Census in what way. It's an ongoing preoccupation of Code Switch, and one shared by Julie Dowling. Dowling, a University of Illinois sociologist, whose book, Mexican Americans and the Question of Race, came out earlier this ...


Song Premiere: Sinead O'Connor, 'Take Me To Church'

Monday, June 16, 2014

Sinead O'Connor's nearly 30-year career forms a portrait of an artist in conflict; a brilliant singer who remains musically, politically and personally uncompromising after forays into folk, pop, standards, reggae and points beyond. By definition, her catalog is erratic, but it's consistently bold and surprising.

On August 12, O'Connor ...


The Fight Over The Redskins Name Moves To Prime Time

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

If you were watching the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs face off Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, you might have caught a surprising political spot during halftime.

The ad was released online just before the Super Bowl in late January, but last night's prime time ...


Defending Bergdahl Deal, Hagel Faces Critics On Both Sides Of Aisle

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testified before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, defending the prisoner swap that freed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.


What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer

Monday, June 09, 2014

This post has been updated.

We tend to think of a race as a static thing, but it's always been much more slippery. American history has seen lots of immigrant groups that were the targets of suspicion and even racial violence — Jews, the Irish, Germans, Italians — gradually ...


The Modest Bus Station At The Center Of A World-Changing Confrontation

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: This summer, we'll be regularly spotlighting sites on the National Register of Historic Places that have some significance to issues of race and culture.

The Montgomery Greyhound Station, Montgomery, Ala.

It seems odd to suggest that folks should visit a bus station if they're in the area; ...


In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with ...


In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given out each year to the sport's best male and female players.

This year, Miles and Lyle Thompson, brothers from the Onondaga Nation who are teammates at the University at Albany, State University of New York, are ...


The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The title of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed cover story at The Atlantic, "The Case for Reparations," might be something of a misnomer.

Coates' opus is really calling for a collective reckoning with America's history, and he uses a call for reparations as the vehicle. He aims to disabuse readers of ...


How To Tell Who Hasn't Read The New 'Atlantic' Cover Story

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Atlantic does this a lot: use the magazine's covers to launch large, provocative conversations that you later hear endlessly dissected on cable news, in the blogosphere, and on Twitter. It is a think piece factory. You might recall Hanna Rosin's declaration that we'd reached "The End of Men," ...

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Macklemore Plays Dress-Up And Lands In Hot Water

Monday, May 19, 2014

Post Updated 1:45 a.m. ET Tuesday:

Macklemore posted an apology on his website late Monday. He said he picked out items that he could use to disguise himself so he could move freely around an event. "I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A 'Jewish stereotype' ...