Gene Demby

Gene Demby appears in the following:

Obama's Racial Legacy: Some Last Words On The First Black President

Friday, January 20, 2017

For Obama, race shaped both support and dissent, exposed the constraints of his office, and made the whiteness at the center of American politics permanently visible.


As A New Administration Moves In, Will Our Policing Debate Get Uglier?

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Scathing federal reports on police abuses, new polls showing cops are divided on matters of race, and a controversial Justice Department nominee all raise the specter of more national rancor.


A Discomfiting Question: Was The Chicago Torture Case Racism?

Monday, January 09, 2017

The man was held captive and beaten by four people who livestreamed the attack. He was white. His tormentors were black. Calling that a hate crime doesn't tell the whole story.


When Swinton And Cho Talk Race, The Point's Lost In Translation

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Two celebrities had an email exchange about race that seemed polite but was loaded with subtext. When the exchange became public, the conversation about who was wrong looked frustratingly familiar.


The Charleston Story: A Knotted Mix Of Race, Grace And Injustice

Friday, December 16, 2016

The story "The Holy City" tells itself, which sometimes emphasizes faith and forgiveness and underplays racism, now includes the conviction of Dylann Roof.


This Thanksgiving, Looking Forward To A Respite From The Hydrant Of Terribleness

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here's hoping that the holiday provides the rare oasis from a year full of rancor and racial strife in our politics.


Is It Racist To Call Someone 'Racist'?

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Casting racism as a moral failure has had the bizarre consequence of confounding the issue for many Americans. Can anything be called racist without controversy?


Who Should Do The Hard Work Of Being The Race Ambassador?

Friday, November 18, 2016

Someone suggested on last week's podcast that people of color should work to win over the hearts and minds of white people. Who, if anyone, might even be willing to do this?


'Join The Fun!': Stories About Race For Your Ears And Eyes This Weekend

Friday, November 11, 2016

Hate made intersectional, a woman who is a Muslim immigrant votes for Donald Trump, and an invitation to join in on the "fun" of racial pessimism.


What's Ahead After The Racial Hangover Of 2016 Election?

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Eight years ago, the future of race relations in America looked, well, hopeful. Today, it's a different picture. Where are we headed from here?


A Roundup of Stories About Race For Your Ears And Eyes This Weekend

Friday, November 04, 2016

The 2016 election and white identity, the history of a controversial policing philosophy, Beyonce at the CMAs and remembering a salacious Detroit paper that both titillated and offended the powerful.


Ride-Hailing Apps: New Economy, Same Invisible Discrimination

Friday, November 04, 2016

A study shows how discrimination in housing and transportation has replicated itself in the new "sharing economy" apps like Uber. And as with the old economy, bias is sometimes hard to see up close.


A Round-up Of Code Switch's Favorite Race Coverage Of The Week

Friday, October 28, 2016

Marco Rubio gets a chilly reception in Orlando. A plan for a new Census category. A forgotten lynching in Los Angeles. And also 'coat-switching,' because that's apparently a thing.


Finding A Way Home Through 'The Door Of No Return'

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Gene Demby thought a visit to Ghana for a wedding would be fun and uncomplicated, but it sent him down a road of introspection about black fatherhood and its connection to America's original sin.


Race And Policing: Treat Black Men And Boys Like Victims, Too

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The nation saw an alarming surge in homicides in 2015 — driven largely by hundreds more homicides of black men, who tend to be treated more as perpetrators of violence than as its most likely victims.


Racial Disparities In Wages Boil Down To Discrimination

Friday, September 23, 2016

A new study found that a major reason for the gap in wages between black and white workers is what's left over after controlling for variables like education and experience.


Imagining A World Without Prisons For Communities Defined By Them

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The activist Marc Lamont Hill argues that America needs to end its prison system. With crime at all-time lows, he might sway people of color who've long called for harsher punishment for lawbreakers.


Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

News of a 1999 rape case against Nate Parker raises some age-old questions about culture: Can art be separated from its creator? What moral obligations, if any, do the consumers of culture bear?


How Monica Puig's Gold Medal Complicates The Argument for Puerto Rico's Statehood

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The tennis player won first Olympic gold medal in Puerto Rico's history — and underlined the political tensions in its nebulous status as neither a sovereign nation or an American state.


On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race

Thursday, August 18, 2016

A new study from Pew found that while people of color regularly see and share content on social media about race, white people rarely do.