Gene Demby appears in the following:
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
The outrage from the release of a video led to the arrest of 2 white men involved in the shooting of a black jogger in Georgia. But what are the broader consequences of the drumbeat of videos like it?
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
The historian Marcia Chatelain's new book, Franchise, outlines a forgotten history of McDonald's as a site of social protest and a mechanism black entrepreneurs hoped might spur black liberation.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
Your stories about race and friendship brought up a lot of questions. Our friends at NPR's Code Switch podcast have some answers.
Friday, November 08, 2019
Since our show debuted in 1979, some notions of race and identity have changed dramatically, while in other ways the same painful battles continue.
Friday, August 30, 2019
The first British ship carrying enslaved Africans landed in Virginia in 1619. The Tucker family believes they can trace their ancestry back to that ship — and are fighting to preserve their legacy.
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Just as it did at the end of the 19th century — an era of racist lynchings and massacres — the idea that a less-white populace poses a danger to the United States continues to enjoy wide purchase.
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
White nationalism is not limited to the United States' radical, violent fringe groups. There's a long history in mainstream politics of stoking anxiety about America becoming less white.
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
We talked to Angela Saini, author of the new book Superior: The Return of Race Science, about how race isn't real (but you know ... still is) and how race science crept its way into the 21st century.
Sunday, June 09, 2019
Black women have long been used as symbols in debates over welfare, but a movement of poor black women who fought to radically redefine aid to the poor as a guaranteed right has been mostly forgotten.
Friday, February 22, 2019
An effort to believe victims of hate crimes rose as a counter to a long history of disbelief. Actor Jussie Smollett appears to have taken advantage of the "impulse to believe" for personal benefit.
Friday, February 08, 2019
Blackface has been a constant in American culture going all the way back to the country's founding. It's one of those inconvenient facts of U.S. history: a white supremacist cultural building block.
Monday, February 04, 2019
Gov. Northam has made a call for racial dialogue after his yearbook photo controversy, but these conversations are hard to have productively.
Monday, February 04, 2019
Over the weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called for more conversations about race. But the calls for productive dialogue around race rarely lead to them.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
In the fallout of Rep. Steve King's remarks to The New York Times, journalists have been struggling over whether or not to use the word "racist" to characterize his quote.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Reports that a white shooter killed a 7-year-old black girl led to a national outcry, but in the days since, deputies have charged two black men. Gene Demby spoke about what this incident reveals.
Friday, November 09, 2018
President Trump's attack on the press intensified this week, including angry comments directed at a number of black female reporters.
Friday, November 02, 2018
Black men don't get seen as adults. Black boys don't get treated like kids. Meanwhile, a certain class of men can float in and out of either category as the need arises.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
NBC's Megyn Kelly opened a pandora's box this week when she said she didn't understand why blackface on Halloween is a problem. The issue and the debate around intent seems to resurface every year.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
NPR's Code Switch podcast looks at race and identity in America. In this episode, NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby talk about transracial adoption.
Thursday, June 21, 2018
President Trump called on NFL players to suggest names of incarcerated people who they feel have been treated unfairly. A new op-ed from four NFL players calls for the president to issue a blanket pardon for people serving sentences for non-violent drug offenses.