Gene Demby http://nhpr.org en Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice http://nhpr.org/post/code-switch-roundup-big-stories-race-and-criminal-justice <em>The past few days have brought a whole lot of important (and pretty sobering) news around race and policing. Here are some of the biggest stories that have landed on our radar. </em><p><h3><strong>Three-quarters of all stops by Newark police deemed unconstitutional</strong></h3><p>The tensions between residents and the police in Newark, N.J., are long-running. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:59:00 +0000 Gene Demby 52482 at http://nhpr.org Code Switch Roundup: Big Stories On Race And Criminal Justice Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention http://nhpr.org/post/dress-codes-are-open-interpretation-and-lot-contention <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25951237/bar-louies-dress-code-policy-denounced-as-overtly-racist">A Minneapolis nightspot</a> called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.<p><em>No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Gene Demby 51681 at http://nhpr.org Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? http://nhpr.org/post/elusive-dave-chappelle-re-emerges-how-long Just before Dave Chappelle took the stage Monday as part of a sold-out series of shows at Radio City Music Hall, a song featuring a loop of LL Cool J's famous opening line from "Mama Said Knock You Out" blasted over the sound system.<p><em>Don't call it a comeback!</em><p>You could take it as a suggestion that Chappelle had never really gone anywhere. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 50963 at http://nhpr.org The Elusive Dave Chappelle Re-Emerges, But For How Long? Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home http://nhpr.org/post/some-us-sacrifice-more-stay-home-sweet-home 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, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Gene Demby 50626 at http://nhpr.org Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer http://nhpr.org/post/what-your-race-millions-americans-shifting-answer <em>This post has been updated. </em><p>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 subsumed into the big, amorphous category of whiteness. The trajectory of that shift has been a little different for each of those groups — and, notably, was informed by the fact that they were <em>not</em> black — but that's been the general template of immigrant assimilation. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 49894 at http://nhpr.org What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? http://nhpr.org/post/what-exactly-qualifies-racist-anyway Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/03/paul_ryan_s_inner_city_males_comment_the_republican_congressman_says_he.html"> they lack racist bones</a>.<p>Over the past few weeks, Bundy has garnered huge amounts of media coverage and plaudits among some conservatives for defying the federal government. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 47388 at http://nhpr.org What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://nhpr.org/post/another-murder-case-florida-sparks-national-outrage The Michael Dunn case is of a type that we see with harrowing regularity. An unarmed black man is shot and killed by a police officer or a white person. The shooter says he felt threatened.<p>The way we talk about those cases follows a pattern, too. The conversation quickly becomes about politics, about race, and the messy intersection of the two. Stand Your Ground. Stop and Frisk. The War on Drugs. All these things snowball into each other, and while the trials of their shooters are about the particulars of their cases, they are also about all the other gruesome cases that came before them. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Gene Demby 43782 at http://nhpr.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics http://nhpr.org/post/who-gets-be-superhero-race-and-identity-comics The <em>X-Men</em> comic franchise has proven remarkably sturdy in the half-century since its launch. They've spawned dozens of animated series and four major Hollywood films with a fifth due out this summer. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Gene Demby 41656 at http://nhpr.org Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://nhpr.org/post/pathway-citizenship-right-concern Much of the debate over whether and how to overhaul the country's immigration policy has hinged on whether and how to create a pathway to citizenship. But a majority of Latinos now say that's less important for unauthorized immigrants than giving them relief from the threat of deportation.<p>That finding comes from a Pew report based on <a href="http://www.pewhispanic.org/2013/12/19/on-immigration-policy-deportation-relief-seen-as-more-important-than-citizenship/">new surveys of Latinos and Asian-Americans</a>, who together make up about two-thirds of all the legal immigrants in the U.S. Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:50:00 +0000 Gene Demby 40471 at http://nhpr.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? What The New Ms. Marvel Means For Muslims In Comics http://nhpr.org/post/what-new-ms-marvel-means-muslims-comics Marvel Comics recently said that it is reimagining Ms. Marvel, one of its superheroines, as an American teenager named Kamala Khan. But the news has gotten so much attention because Khan is Muslim.<p>Some quick background: The old Ms. Marvel was a blond military pilot who could fly, shrug off bullets, and shoot energy blasts from her hands. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 20:34:00 +0000 Gene Demby 38400 at http://nhpr.org What The New Ms. Marvel Means For Muslims In Comics When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://nhpr.org/post/when-will-we-stop-side-eyeing-relatives-who-dont-match Last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/25/240865629/roma-children-removals-make-us-wonder-what-family-looks-like">folks told us that that they found odd resonances in their lives</a> with the stories of several Roma children in Europe who'd separated from their families. Like those blond, blue-eyed Roma children in darker-skinned, dark-haired families, people said that their own familial bonds had occasionally come under suspicion from strangers, who thought there was a "racial mismatch" between parent and child. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Gene Demby 37594 at http://nhpr.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://nhpr.org/post/remembering-woman-who-gave-motown-its-charm In 2007, decades after Maxine Powell had retired from training a generation of black artists at Motown, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIZCG0auxzY">a reporter from a Cleveland television station asked</a> her whether anyone had been particularly difficult to work with.<p>Powell cut her off before she finished. "I don't have that," she said. "No one is difficult. Each person is a beautiful, unique human being. So if you have a problem and you're acting negative, you have been conditioned."<p>She went on. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Gene Demby 36818 at http://nhpr.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty http://nhpr.org/post/howards-president-steps-down-amid-tumult-and-uncertainty Is Howard University facing an existential crisis?<p>The Washington, D.C., institution, which is arguably the country's most prominent historically black university, has been buffeted by a tough economy and seeming dissent amongst its leadership. Tuesday, Sidney Ribeau, who'd been the university's president since 2008, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/howard-university-president-ribeau-retires/2013/10/01/8d2f4004-27ac-11e3-b75d-5b7f66349852_story.html">announced he was stepping down</a> but maintained that Howard was in solid shape. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 22:20:00 +0000 Gene Demby 36089 at http://nhpr.org Howard's President Steps Down Amid Tumult And Uncertainty New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime http://nhpr.org/post/new-york-man-killed-attacker-possible-hate-crime Jeffrey Babbitt <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/10/nyregion/friends-mourn-man-fatally-assaulted-in-union-square-park.html">was walking through Union Square last Wednesday</a>, near the Manhattan comic book store that he'd been going to for years, when he had a fatal chance encounter with a stranger.<p>The stranger was a man named <del>Lashawn Marten</del>Martin Redrick, who had a history of trouble with the law and had been living in a facility for homeless people with mental illnesses. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:36:00 +0000 Gene Demby 34693 at http://nhpr.org New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) http://nhpr.org/post/dream-9-pushes-envelope-and-their-allies-buttons The national conversation around immigration has shifted dramatically over the past decade. That's in large part because of activists who have pushed to change the narrative around the undocumented.<p>"If you asked your typical soccer mom what she thought of an unauthorized immigrant, she says, 'Well, I think of Mexicans running across the border on Fox News,' " said Tamar Jacoby, who runs <a href="http://www.immigrationworksusa.org/">ImmigrationWorks USA</a>, a think tank that advocates for changes to immigration law. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Gene Demby 33487 at http://nhpr.org The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons)