Race And Ethnicity

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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lynn Nottage talks about her critically acclaimed comedy, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which stars Sanaa Lathan. The play draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” is playing through June 12 at Second Stage Theatre.

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The Central Park Five

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sarah Burns gives an in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes—the brutal assault on a woman who became known as the Central Park jogger, which took place April 1989. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding intertwines the stories of the five black and Latino teenagers who were arrested and confessed to the crime, despite the fact that they quickly recanted and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts existed, with the stories of the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes—the man actually guilty of the attack.

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Civil War: Still a Difficult Race Issue

Thursday, April 14, 2011

It's the 150th anniversary of The Civil War and the effects are still with us. Celeste Headlee reflects on her family's role in the Civil War; the branches of her family tree include both slaves and owners. The Civil War is over, but the fight continues; we still argue over whether to fly the Confederate flag and how to teach the history of the war.


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After the Disaster in Japan, When Comments Go Too Far

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

While Japan is dealing with a rising death toll, massive destruction and a nuclear crisis in the wake of a devastating 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, some prominent media personalities, athletes and celebrities in the United States have found themselves apologizing for making insensitive comments about the tragedy. Jeff Yang, pop culture columnist, discusses the cultural implications of such remarks.

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The Takeaway

Author Explores Mythical Black Homeland in 'Pym'

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Imagine a search for identity on an epic scale, and you’ll have some idea what the novel "Pym" is about. It tells the story of Chris Jaynes — a professor who becomes obsessed with finding a mythical black homeland referenced by Edgar Allen Poe in his only full-length novel, "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket." But "Pym" is more than a novel; it’s a biting satire of how Americans see race, and see themselves, in the 21st century.


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There's No 'Race Gene', Halle Berry

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

"I feel like she's black. I'm black and I'm her mother, and I believe in the one-drop theory."

- Halle Berry in 2010

“I don't think it should matter what the color of one’s skin is. I think it’s really important to me to be part of movies that reflect the modern society. In modern times we are mixing races and having families and loving each other. I’m of a mixed race family so it's very normal for me.”

- Halle Berry in 2008

You could argue that Halle Berry is not the ideal source for insightful academic discussions of race, identity and multiracial identity. But I would respond by reminding you that Halle Berry has lived as a mixed race woman for 44 years. Her father left when she was four and she was raised by her white mother, and Ms. Berry has often talked about the moment when she was forced to decide how to describe herself, as either black or white, and she says that she didn't "feel white."

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The Hustle

Monday, January 17, 2011

Doug Merlino talks about a 1986 experiment to mix white players from an elite Seattle private school and black players from the inner city on a basketball team. The experiment was testing if exposure to privilege would give the black kids better opportunities and the white kids a view of a different side of life. He tells the story of being on that team in The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, and looks at how crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affected the lives of these ten boys.


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Upcoming 'Huckleberry Finn' Edition Replaces 'N-Word'

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A new edition of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" is being published in February, replacing the "n-word," which shows up 219 times in the original edition. Instead the publisher, New South Books, uses the word "slave." New South's editor-in-chief, Randall Williams, told The Takeaway that removing the racial slur isn’t censorship.


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Top of the Hour: Identifying Race, Morning Headlines

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A new study out suggests people with mixed race backgrounds now identify themselves as black more often than white. If you have a mixed race background, which box do you check?

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Sexism and Racism Lurk in Don't Ask, Don't Tell Enforcement

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has never been closer. But while perceptions within the military of gay and lesbian servicemembers may have changed, discriminatory attitudes about gender and race remain.

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Isabel Wilkerson on The Warmth of Other Suns

Monday, November 08, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens, who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, she tells this story through the lives of three individuals, and examines how the migration changed the face of America.

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The Fiery Trial

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Historian Eric Foner discusses how slavery and emancipation transformed Lincoln—and the nation—and gives the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, he gives an account of Lincoln’s political navigations that led to his rise as a leader, and how his pragmatism and principle led him to finally embrace the Civil War's “fundamental and astounding” result: the immediate, uncompensated abolition of slavery.


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From Death Row to Freedom

Friday, October 01, 2010

John Thompson, a wrongfully convicted death row inmate, and lawyer John Hollway discuss the long fight for Thompson’s exoneration. In Killing Time: An 18-Year-Old Odyssey from Death Row to Freedom John Hollway and co-author Ronald M. Gauthier tell the story of the quest for Thompson’s freedom, paint a portrait of life on death row, and reveal the corruption in the Louisiana police and DA’s office.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pulitzer Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens, who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. In The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, she tells this story through the lives of three individuals, and examines how the migration changed the face of America.

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Michelle Norris on The Grace of Silence

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Michelle Norris, cohost of NPR’s All Things Considered, discusses “the hidden conversation” on race that’s unfolding in America. In her new book The Grace of Silence, she unearthed and confronted painful family secrets and came to terms with her own identity and the history of race in her family.

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The Untold Story of Charlie Chan

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yunte Huang discusses Charlie Chan, the fictional detective based on Chang Apana, a detective from Honolulu, and how the character defined America’s distorted perceptions of Asians and Asian Americans. His book Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, weaves the story of the evolution of the character of 'Charlie Chan' with the real-life detective Chang Apana’s rough-and-tumble career.

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"Neshoba: The Price of Freedom"

Friday, August 13, 2010

Filmmaker Micki Dickoff discusses her documentary “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom,” which tells the true story of the Mississippi Burning murders. She’s joined by Ben Chaney , brother of James Chaney: one of three men killed by a mob of Klansmen in Neshoba County in June 1964, at the start of the Freedom Summer of the Civil Rights movement. The film looks at both the past and present race relations in the South, and across the United States. “Neshoba: The Price of Freedom,” opens August 13 at Cinema Village.

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Cricket Lives On at Staten Island's Walker Park

Monday, August 09, 2010

Bring up the borough of Staten Island and several things come to mind: a ferry ride, the Fresh Kills Landfill or maybe the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. But few people think of Staten Island as synonymous with a 22-yard pitch of sand in the borough's Walker Park, home to the oldest running cricket club in the U.S.

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Obama Apologizes to Shirley Sherrod

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Georgia's former U.S.D.A. employee says she is considering a new job at the agriculture department.


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White House Sorry, Breitbart Sympathetic, NAACP Snookered: Have We Learned Anything from Shirley Sherrod?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

In this day and age, we're used to the rapid rise and fall of public officials. This week, the story changed, and instead, we witnessed the rapid fall and then rise of Shirley Sherrod, the USDA official who was pressured to resign after a video of her making racially-tinged remarks was made public by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

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