Browsing All posts tagged under »race«

Race, Ethnicity, and School Discipline

August 1, 2012 by

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I’ll admit: I got sucked in to some sensationalist coverage about changes to school discipline. Alarmist “journalists” described the new policies as imposing racially based quotas on school discipline. I didn’t read carefully – it was just a passing skim on my smartphone – and not everything that shows up in the google news reader […]

Why Everyone is Reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

July 24, 2012 by

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Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, has been a phenomenal success in a way that few academic works ever achieve. It has had a steady presence on the arbiter of successful books – the New York Times bestseller list. Why is it so popular? Because it tells the […]

Darnell Hawkins’ and a Research Agenda for Ethnicity Studies and Crime

June 22, 2012 by

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Darnell Hawkins spoke at the National Institute of Justice Annual Conference held this week. On a panel titled “The Relationships Between Neighborhoods, Race and Crime,” Hawkins discussed his perspective on the study of race and crime as a an academic with a long and respected career. While he described himself self-deprecatingly as “grumpy” about our […]

Who Are Crime Victims?

April 24, 2012 by

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I say “crime victim.” Without thinking, what popped into your mind? If you had a mental image, what was it? Chances are, the person that you immediately thought of is female, white, middle class, maybe a little girl, maybe a soccer mom. Yet the data don’t support that image, which is created by media and […]

Guest Post: “Colorblindness” is Denial

March 25, 2012 by

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guest post by Warren Blumenfeld With the ascendency of Barack Obama during the primaries and his election as the forty-fourth president of the United States in 2008, and to the current time, on numerous occasions the media have asserted that the United States can now be considered as a “post-racial” society, where the notion that […]

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide

March 21, 2012 by

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Trayvon Martin’s death is inextricably bound up in his age, his hoodie, and his race. An older white woman, even in a hoodie, would not have been a likely target for George Zimmerman. But Trayvon, in his youth, his masculinity, and his racial identity as an African-American, fulfilled the stereotype of the unknown criminal offender. […]

The Implications of a Racist Joke Emailed From the Bench

March 10, 2012 by

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In this age of high-tech media, we have seen a slew of stories about politicians using poor judgment, such as sharing semi-nude photos of themselves on Twitter and Facebook or soliciting “companionship” on Craigslist. Regardless of how boneheaded these decisions may be (pardon the pun), they don’t disturb me nearly as much as the latest […]