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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

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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

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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

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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

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The Michael Brown case is sad. It’s also less a racial issue, and more about the role of police.

I was in Las Vegas all this week at a conference (I haven’t actually written a new blog entry here in about six days, and was going through some kind of longing for it). If you’ve ever spent any significant… Continue Reading

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Is Milwaukee the most racially and politically divided city in the United States?

Back at the end of 2010, Milwaukee topped a Brookings Institution study on the most racially-segregated metro areas in America. Now, take a look at this map of the 2012 Presidential results from Milwaukee and surrounding counties: That data originally comes… Continue Reading

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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

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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