Blog Profile / Exploring Race


URL :http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/race/
Filed Under:Society & Culture / Ethnicity & Race
Posts on Regator:26
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Archived Since:June 16, 2009

Blog Post Archive

U.S. whites edging toward minority status

In Lake County, Ind., the minority population grew from 43 percent in 1990 to 53 percent in 2008 as the number of white children declined, the number of blacks stayed stable and the number of Hispanics increased. There are similar.....

Noose sparks more protests at UC San Diego

By Larry Gordon, Tribune newspapers A UC San Diego student admitted Friday to hanging a rope noose from a campus library bookcase in an act that triggered more protests at a school already roiled by other recent racially charged incidents....

Blacks better off during slavery?

Rep. Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, told video blogger Mike Stark of StarkReports.com on Friday that blacks are “more devastated” today than when they were enslaved because of the high rate of abortion among some blacks. Franks said slavery...

Supreme Court may rule against Chicago in firefighters case

By David G. Savage, Tribune Newspapers WASHINGTON— After skeptical questioning of a Chicago city attorney, the Supreme Court justices sounded Monday as though they will rule that the city must pay millions of dollars in damages to aspiring black firefighters...

Waiting on the world (John Mayer) to change?

Newsweek’s Allison Samuels has written a well-argued piece on the John Mayer controversy. As a reminder, if you need one, he made numerous disparaging comments about blacks during a recent Playboy interview. Here’s a snippet of what he said about...

Trying not to raise racist kids

Having a discussion about race may be difficult among adults, but it’s even more complicated when children are involved. That’s particularly true if your goal is to rear little people who take an intelligent and nuanced approach to race. If...

'Just A Foot Soldier,' a Freedom Rider's story

On May 4, 1961, an integrated group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington D.C. for Louisiana on a Greyhound bus to challenge segregation throughout the Deep South. After the Freedom Riders’ bus was fire bombed in Alabama—with them inside--- and they...

Obama, black leaders meet to discuss unemployment disparities

By Christi Parsons and Janet Hook As he struggles to craft a jobs bill that can win support of Republicans and Democrats, President Obama met today with a group of black leaders who want him to focus on a particular...

Changing the rule regarding two Senators per state?

The U.S. Constitution requires that each state has two Senators. But what would happen if representation were based on a state’s statistics, such as its racial or gender makeup, or income levels. This is an interesting Washington Post story that...

The freedom ride of a lifetime...

On May 4, 1961, an integrated group of "Freedom Riders" left Washington D.C. for Louisiana on a Greyhound bus to challenge segregation throughout the Deep South. After the Freedom Riders’ bus was fire bombed in Alabama—with them inside--- and they...

Clinton, Bush on Rush Limbaugh’s Haiti comments

On CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer asked former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush to respond to conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh’s outlandish comments that President Obama was pledging support to the Haitian people to score points with...

The Washington 'Redskins' versus the Washington 'Reds'

Should the NFL team toss out the term ‘Redskins?’ An LA Times editorial says ‘absolutely,’ and explains why: “Rush Limbaugh, who on his radio show has referred to Native Americans as "Injuns," was rejected as a pro football team owner...

Google purchases ad explaining offensive First Lady photo

In an effort to explain why an offensive image of First Lady Michelle Obama is ranked so highly in its Image search results, Google has purchased online ad. The picture, which appears on Google Image Search, shows the photo of...

Redefining a light-skinned boyfriend with real nice hair...

“I wish I had a light-skinned boyfriend with real nice hair,” is one of the many powerful lines Claireece “Precious” Jones utters in the opening scenes of the movie “Precious,” out in wide release on Friday. Precious is the abused.....

Is blackface more irreverent than insensitive?

Is blackface now more about intentionally being irreverent than insensitive? Two Northwestern University students are on the hot seat for donning blackface for a Halloween party. One student painted his body black; the other dressed as a black female tennis...

Louisiana justice of the peace resigns

Keith Bardwell, the Louisiana justice of the peace who came under fire for refusing to marry an interracial couple, has resigned. (Click here to read the story.) Bardwell had said he was concerned about the future children of Beth Humphrey,...

Blacks vs. African immigrants, culture clash in the Bronx

We find so many different ways and reasons to separate. Here’s an interesting story from the New York Times about the culture clash between blacks and West African immigrants as the new residents move in and set up shop in...

1st white beauty queen at black college appeals to Obama

By Dawn Turner Trice I don’t like beauty contests of any kind. But here’s a troubling story about Nikole Churchill who last week won a beauty contest to become Hampton University’s first white homecoming queen. Hampton is a historically black...

Louisiana justice of the peace refuses to marry interracial couple

Keith Bardwell, justice of the peace for Tangipahoa Parish’s 8th Ward, knows what's in the best interest of a Louisiana couple who came to him seeking a marriage license. He's refusing to issue a marriage license to the interracial couple...

School bus fight, a case of bullying or hate-crime?

This video of a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Il., is breathtakingly awful. In a St. Louis Post Dispatch article, students say that although two black teens beat up a white teen, the fight was not about race...

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