Cops have killed 385 people so far in 2015, but look deeper at the numbers

Cop Shootings White vs. Black

385 people through five months is basically two people per day getting killed by a police officer somewhere in America, which is twice the rate of the past decade. That’s not good. Before you think it’s all “white cop vs. black, unarmed offender”… Continue Reading

There’s a black America and a white America. They are NOT the same.

Black America vs. White America

From here, which is in turn from here, comes this chart: Pretty hard to look at that and argue whites and blacks have the same experience in this country; 2,207 per 100,000 African-Americans in America are in jail. That’s 2.2… Continue Reading

The Rust Belt sure Googles the word “n*gger” a lot

Where people Google "nigger"

Via here, and ultimately here: West of the Mississippi is a bastion of non-hate, eh? Well, somewhat I guess. (That’s why it’s a good place to go find a spouse.) The Rust Belt, well … SMDH. It might be a… Continue Reading

Jay-Z offers one of the best summaries of The War on Drugs

Jay Z War on Drugs

I went to Montreal for New Year’s Eve 2008 to 2009. First word of caution: don’t go to Montreal for New Year’s Eve. It’s a beautiful city and it has a tremendous food/beer culture, but … on December 31 of a given… Continue Reading


Exploring white attitudes on African-Americans in prisons

The whole topic of racial attitudes around incarnation is very fraught — and also very complicated, as entire bodies of research are penned on it across people’s careers. I can’t begin to scratch the surface. I do know this, as… Continue Reading

There are more minorities than whites in U.S. public schools

Here’s a new report from NCES; it has a lot of data points on U.S. public school demographics between here and 2022, and this, summarized in Quartz, might be the most interesting: this fall, Hispanics + Asians + African-Americans + Native… Continue Reading


Is Craig Watkins’ Conviction Integrity unit in Dallas going to fundamentally change how the justice system works? Damn, let’s hope.

So far, it’s helped exonerate 33 wrongfully-convicted inmates, and the idea of a ‘Conviction Integrity Unit’ has spread to 11 other major U.S. cities, including New York, Detroit, and Cleveland. Here’s the money quote: “In 10 years we’ll look back… Continue Reading

Mark Cuban is a racist? Nope. Mark Cuban was trying to have a conversation. That’s actually a good thing.

There’s the clip. The story that spun off of this alternates between “Mark Cuban is a racist” and “Mark Cuban stirred the racial climate.” In reality, this whole Mark Cuban thing represents two bad elements of society — but not what you’re… Continue Reading