- Chicago, Illinois, USA
- September 11
- A (Sometimes) Respectable Negro
- Editor and Founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes
He has been a guest on the BBC, Ring of Fire Radio, Ed Schultz, Joshua Holland's Alternet Radio Hour, the Burt Cohen show, and Our Common Ground.
His essays have been featured by Salon, Alternet, the New York Daily News, and the Daily Kos.
The NY Times, the Daily Beast, the Utne Reader, Washington Monthly, Slate, and the Week (among others) have featured his expert commentary and analysis on race, politics, and popular culture.
MY RECENT POSTS
- A Country of Strangers: Racial
Framing and Superstorm Sandy
November 05, 2012 04:17PM
- What are the Real Burdens
Faced by a Black President?
October 18, 2012 04:53PM
- Forget Boxing, the 2012
Election is More Like Pro
October 12, 2012 01:23PM
- That Was No Rope-a-Dope: Obama
Got His Butt Kicked by Romney
October 04, 2012 12:26PM
- The "Obama Phone" Lady vs.
Angry White Men with Guns
October 02, 2012 10:56AM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “@L. There is so much
hostility and animus out
implicit bias that
October 18, 2012 06:39PM
- “@MS. Thanks, how kind.
October 04, 2012 07:34PM
- “The personal is
political as I keep saying on
Funny, how few
August 14, 2012 05:58PM
- “@all thanks for your
comments and interventions
August 12, 2012 10:04PM
- “Every little effort
helps. We shall see.”
May 11, 2012 03:32PM
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"Jones’s burning of the Koran was daft. But it did not directly cause 'the tragic, deadly violence' in Afghanistan, as one Pentagon spokesman claimed. To suggest that it did, to argue that Jones has “blood on his hands”, as the New York Daily News put it, is to overlook… Read full post »
While stumping on the fundraising circuit in Nashua, New Hampshire last weekend, prospective Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain gave a speech right out of the black conservative playbook.
Sometimes they make it all too easy...
Once more, Herman Cain proves true my observation that Black Conservatives are indeed the garbage pail kids of American politics. Like an expert at Three-card Monte or a proverbial "race pimp," Herman Cain expertly dealt from the bottom of the "race card"… Read full post »
Never would I have imagined that one day I would write the following: The Walking Dead television series on AMC is too positive and bright--that it problematically keeps hope alive in a way that the original source material never suggested possible.
Like most ghetto nerds, I was excite…
I am stupified. Double facepalmed. Struck dumb.
As the old saying goes, you can't polish a turd. Stated differently, satire is perhaps the hardest of genres with which to work. The shear amateurishness of the Baracka Flacka Flames "Head of State" video is revealed by the fact that the…
The We Are Respectable Negroes News Network (WARNNN) has been steadily expanding its network of contacts. We always work hard to bring you, our readers, the stories and information that you care about most. In the three years since our founding, we have had the good fortun…
A bit late on this one, but well worth it...
The Republicans and the Tea Party are the gift that keep on giving. In one party we have quite likely to be mentally ill Christine O'Donnell, secessionist kook Sharon Angle, Republican Senators such as Glenn McConnell who attends galas (with…
A new poll found that just 36 per cent… Read full post »
HBO's Boardwalk Empire is a lush television series. Do not be mistaken: Lushness does not necessarily mean a completeness of superficial physical beauty or the trap of ephemeral and pretty things. Lushness can also be depth. It can be intelligence. Lushness can be breadth and reward. As noted… Read full post »
My parents gave me a pretty good birds and bees talk before I went to college. It was direct and went something like this:…
In a thousand years I never would have imagined that I would write the following:
On September 30, 2010, a family watched their house burn down because they did not pay a seventy-five dollar "membership" fee to the fire department. They pleaded for help as the fire department stood by, w…
Black folks have been obligatory bits of window dressing in the last two episodes of Mad Men. Question: Which is more problematic, African-Americans center frame as giant negroes (last week) or as Playboy Bunnies (this week)?
The theme of Sunday's episode was secrets--secrets revealed; secrets… Read full post »
Mad Men has earned just praise as one of the best shows on television. As has been suggested elsewhere, there are few shows on television that speak as richly and sharply to the Age of Obama. The premise of Mad Men--a show about the creation of the true lie that is… Read full post »
The We Are Respectable Negroes News Network (WARNNN) works hard to bring you, our readers, the stories and information that you care about most. In the three years since our founding, we have had the good fortune to bring you candid interviews with such public figures as…
The saga of Shirley Sherrod has all of the elements of a classic American story: a little person beaten down by the powers that be; a muckraking villain; the vexing elements of race, class, and gender; and a triumphant victory where the bad guys are exposed and our… Read full post »
Boo hoo once more at the absurd claim that white folks are seemingly the newest victims of discrimination and racism in America.
Did you know that white people are oppressed in America? That the NAACP is a "racist" organization? And that white people, in particular white Conservatives,…
Student evaluations of their teachers are now a fixture in higher education. As colleges and universities have gone to a more customer serviced based model, where pleasing students (and their parents whom pay the bills) is now the ultimate goal, student evaluations have only received m…
Are the masses asses?
There is a deep tension in American politics between so-called “elites” and “real Americans.” As a complement, there is a long tradition of anti-intellectualism in American life. The popularity of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and th… Read full post »
In a moment when the absurd met the bizarre, Glenn Beck was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the most esteemed Liberty University—a seeming confirmation of his position as America’s most dilettante and grossly amateurish historian. While serious students of…
Barack Obama is facing a challenge from across the political aisle where both liberals and conservatives are calling for him to show anger about the BP oil spill. The groundwork for this critique began during the 2008 campaign, where to some in the media and among the public, Ob…
One of my favorites.
What now of the gender gap in public education?
Is is not a little commented upon irony that at every level of educational attainment that girls outperform boys. Yet, men somehow grow up to rule the world? It is also little commented upon that there is an…
History is one part truth. History is also one part fable. It is a site of political contestation and struggle. As the state of Arizona (with its rules banning “Ethnic Studies”) and the state of Texas (reimaging its U.S.… Read full post »
Random pedagogical question for you folks out there who are teachers, or have ever been college students...
In my seminars I like to use real examples to demonstrate such abstractions as "privilege" and the idea that race is a "social construct." Specifically, I like to use humor…
Again, huge policy differences. Not huge
This is not to say that policy choices are meaningless. But we should be realistic about them. The influence of politics and policy is usually swamped by the influence of culture, ethnicity, psychology and a dozen other factors.