Gene Demby http://ktep.org en Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race http://ktep.org/post/revisiting-pulitzer-nominees-touch-issues-race This week, Columbia University handed out the Pulitzer Prizes, which are widely considered among the highest honors in journalism. The occasion gives us a good excuse to shout-out some of the finalists and winning entries that touch on issues of race and culture. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 38769 at http://ktep.org Revisiting Pulitzer Nominees That Touch On Issues Of Race Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://ktep.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 35067 at http://ktep.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage Coke Ad Sparks Cries On Social Media To 'Speak English' http://ktep.org/post/coke-ad-sparks-cries-social-media-speak-english Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>At some point during tonight's opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, NBC will run a much-talked about television ad for Coca-Cola.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF AD)<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: (Singing) Oh, beautiful, for spacious skies...<p>UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #2: (Singing in foreign language)<p>GREENE: This will be an extended version of the commercial that ran during the Super Bowl. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:25:00 +0000 Gene Demby 34329 at http://ktep.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? http://ktep.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 31265 at http://ktep.org Is A 'Pathway To Citizenship' The Right Concern? Immigrants Are Sending More Money Back To Less Poor Countries http://ktep.org/post/immigrants-are-sending-more-money-back-less-poor-countries More and more people are sending money from places like the United States to places like the Dominican Republic, according to <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/12/17/changing-patterns-of-global-migration-and-remittances/">a new analysis</a> from the Pew Research Center.<p>Last month, my blog mate Kat Chow wrote about <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/11/13/244986250/a-windfall-for-a-new-jersey-man-and-the-dominican-republic">a New Jersey lottery winner named Pedro Quezada</a> who sent a staggering $57 million of his winnings back to the Dominican Republic, where his Thu, 19 Dec 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31222 at http://ktep.org Immigrants Are Sending More Money Back To Less Poor Countries 'Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday' And Other Black Bons Mots http://ktep.org/post/go-shorty-its-your-birthday-and-other-black-bons-mots A press copy of a 3-pound book recently came over the wholly metaphorical Code Switch transom. It's called <em>Bartlett's Familiar Black Quotations, </em>and it's kind of amazing.<p>On the face of it, the book might seem like an odd, unwieldy exercise. Jokey alternate titles for the book immediately presented themselves: <em>Black People Say the Darnedest Things;</em> <em>#%$! Black Folks Say;</em> <em>Bartlett's Big Book of Black-Ass Quotes</em>. I opened it half expecting to see some gems my aunts or cousins might have offered up. Wed, 20 Nov 2013 18:11:00 +0000 Gene Demby 29405 at http://ktep.org 'Go Shorty, It's Your Birthday' And Other Black Bons Mots When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box http://ktep.org/post/when-hollywood-movies-get-race-themed-same-box <em>The Best Man Holiday</em>, the much-anticipated follow-up to the 1999 romantic comedy <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUwBXEjIVKM">The Best Man</a>,</em> made $30 million and<a href="http://variety.com/2013/film/news/box-office-thor-the-dark-world-still-reigns-supreme-with-38-5-mil-despite-hearty-holiday-1200845858/"> nearly nabbed the No. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:21:00 +0000 Gene Demby 29350 at http://ktep.org When Hollywood Movies Get 'Race-Themed' Into The Same Box Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food http://ktep.org/post/code-switch-roundup-status-symbols-sriracha-and-soul-food <em>Here are some things we've been musing on over the last few days. Share yours on Twitter or shout us out in the comments below.</em><p><strong>"We shine because they hate us/floss 'cuz they degrade us.</strong>" After two young, black customers accused the high-end retailer Barneys of racially profiling them after they made expensive purchases there, those customers themselves came in for criticism. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 28113 at http://ktep.org Code Switch Roundup: Status Symbols, Sriracha And Soul Food When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://ktep.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 27951 at http://ktep.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://ktep.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 27096 at http://ktep.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race http://ktep.org/post/what-parents-tell-their-kids-about-race Like so much of the advice that parents give their children, conversations about race often say a great deal about the values parents hold most dear. And like so much other parental advice, kids are often keen to reject it outright — or remix it for themselves. Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:10:00 +0000 Gene Demby 25830 at http://ktep.org What Parents Tell Their Kids About Race Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle http://ktep.org/post/whos-really-left-out-crossfit-circle Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.<p>And according to an <a href="http://stuffblackpeopledontlike.blogspot.com/2013/02/787-crossfit.html">entry from February</a> on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:<p><blockquote><p>"Crossfit 'boxes' usually charge expensive membership fees and boast a mostly white clientele. A list of Crossfit Games champions and competitors reveals a veritable whitopia. Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Gene Demby 25106 at http://ktep.org Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime http://ktep.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 17:47:00 +0000 Gene Demby 24763 at http://ktep.org New York Man Killed By Attacker In Possible Hate Crime College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos http://ktep.org/post/college-enrollment-drops-overall-spikes-among-latinos Here's the latest dispatch from our country's changing classrooms: Overall, there were half a million fewer students nationwide enrolled in colleges between 2011 and 2012, but the number of Latinos enrolled in college over the same period <em>jumped </em>by 447,000. The numbers come from <a href="http://www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-571.pdf">a recent U.S. Census Bureau report</a>.<p>That brisk uptick in Latino college enrollment is part of a trend that began in the mid-2000s: The share of college students who were Latino grew from 11 percent in 2006 to 17 percent last year. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 23:37:00 +0000 Gene Demby 24388 at http://ktep.org College Enrollment Drops Overall, But Spikes Among Latinos The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) http://ktep.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 23382 at http://ktep.org The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons) How Would You Kill The N-Word? http://ktep.org/post/how-would-you-kill-n-word <em>We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story. </em><strong></strong><p>NOTE TO READERS:<em> This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now</em><p>You can set your watch to it. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 12:28:00 +0000 Gene Demby 22919 at http://ktep.org How Would You Kill The N-Word? Crowds React With Disbelief To Zimmerman Verdict http://ktep.org/post/crowds-react-disbelief-zimmerman-verdict The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin came as a surprise to many outside the courthouse in Sanford, Florida, and around the country. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Code Switch blogger Gene Demby. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 12:04:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20951 at http://ktep.org Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President? http://ktep.org/post/who-will-be-our-first-fake-latina-president Jamie Foxx is Hollywood's latest black president.<p>In <em>White House Down</em>, which opened last Friday, Jamie Foxx plays the president of the United States, who teams up with a Capitol police officer, played by Channing Tatum, and battles terrorists who have taken over the White House. (As the A.V. Club <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/white-house-down,99467/">points out</a>, this is at least the third time that director Roland Emmerich has laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)<p>The list of black presidents in Hollywood is actually pretty long. Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20315 at http://ktep.org Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President? The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker' http://ktep.org/post/secret-history-word-cracker <em>As you might have gathered from our blog's title, the Code Switch team is kind of obsessed with the ways we speak to each other. Every Monday in "Word Watch," we'll dig into language that tells us something about the way race is lived in America today. (Interested in contributing? </em><a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1sv8Q6NPWWolBKClfASONBDJtErBb4YhMrkXcq23IM80/viewform">Holler at this form</a><em>.) </em><p>Last week, Rachel Jeantel took the stand in the murder trial of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin after an altercation. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 20058 at http://ktep.org The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker' Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro' http://ktep.org/post/jeah-we-mapped-out-four-basic-aspects-being-bro <em>What up, bro? What's good, brah?</em><p>This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)<p>The usage of "bro" as a term of endearment isn't new, obviously. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:44:00 +0000 Gene Demby 19405 at http://ktep.org Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro' For People Of Color, A Housing Market Partially Hidden From View http://ktep.org/post/people-color-housing-market-partially-hidden-view <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/04/30/179907029/what-do-we-do-about-americas-racial-wealth-gap">We've written before about</a> the wealth gap between whites and people of color — a divide that's only grown wider over the past half decade. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 18:32:00 +0000 Gene Demby 19125 at http://ktep.org For People Of Color, A Housing Market Partially Hidden From View New Ads Still Warn A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste http://ktep.org/post/new-ads-still-warn-mind-terrible-thing-waste <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOlovBGD5LU</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtwl6WplUb8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jhv3u_FSUds</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 23:10:00 +0000 Gene Demby 19031 at http://ktep.org New Ads Still Warn A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste So Single Black Men Want Commitment. Really? http://ktep.org/post/so-single-black-men-want-commitment-really We recently found that single black men were much more likely to say they were looking for a long-term relationship (43 percent) compared to single black women (25 percent).<p>Those numbers come from our <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/04/188301149/new-survey-takes-a-snapshot-of-the-view-from-black-america">big poll of African-Americans</a>' views of their lives and communities (the poll was conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health). Sat, 08 Jun 2013 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 18533 at http://ktep.org So Single Black Men Want Commitment. Really? 'Scandal': Preposterous, Unmissable, Important http://ktep.org/post/scandal-preposterous-unmissable-important OK, let's get this out of the way: <em>Scandal</em> is a ridiculous show.<p>The hit ABC drama about a Washington "fixer" named Olivia Pope just wrapped up its second season with one of its trademark cliffhangers.<p>(Assume spoilers, y'all.)<p><em>Scandal's</em> plot arcs aren't really arcs so much as straight vertical lines or curlicues. Sat, 18 May 2013 15:44:00 +0000 Gene Demby 17112 at http://ktep.org 'Scandal': Preposterous, Unmissable, Important