Gene Demby http://whqr.org en What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago http://whqr.org/post/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-chicago We have a default template for the way we process mass shootings. We scour through every available scrap of the perpetrators' interior lives – Facebook postings, YouTube videos, interviews with former roommates — to try to find out what drove them to kill. The sites of the massacres become a kind of shorthand: Columbine, Sandy Hook, Fort Hood. Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 57968 at http://whqr.org What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention http://whqr.org/post/dress-codes-are-open-interpretation-and-lot-contention <a href="http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story/25951237/bar-louies-dress-code-policy-denounced-as-overtly-racist">A Minneapolis nightspot</a> called Bar Louie landed in the news after some local residents took issue with its new dress code.<p><em>No flat-billed hats. No long white T-shirts. No large chains. No sleeveless under shirts. No athletic apparel. No sports jerseys without collars. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:17:00 +0000 Gene Demby 57868 at http://whqr.org Dress Codes Are Open To Interpretation — And A Lot Of Contention Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home http://whqr.org/post/some-us-sacrifice-more-stay-home-sweet-home If it seems like we talk about housing a lot on Code Switch, it's because we do. But the fact is it's really hard to talk about all the ways race correlates to different outcomes — in health or education, say— without talking about where people live. Take household wealth, for example: The major reason whites have so much more of it is because of how much likelier they are not just to own homes, but to own homes in places where that property might appreciate in value. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:41:00 +0000 Gene Demby 56901 at http://whqr.org Some Of Us Sacrifice More To Stay In Home Sweet Home What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer http://whqr.org/post/what-your-race-millions-americans-shifting-answer <em>This post has been updated. </em><p>We tend to think of a race as a static thing, but it's always been much more slippery. American history has seen lots of immigrant groups that were the targets of suspicion and even racial violence — Jews, the Irish, Germans, Italians — gradually subsumed into the big, amorphous category of whiteness. The trajectory of that shift has been a little different for each of those groups — and, notably, was informed by the fact that they were <em>not</em> black — but that's been the general template of immigrant assimilation. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 13:09:00 +0000 Gene Demby 56197 at http://whqr.org What Is Your Race? For Millions Of Americans, A Shifting Answer In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy http://whqr.org/post/historic-first-native-american-brothers-win-lacrosse-trophy The Tewaaraton Award is college lacrosse's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, given to the best player in the country each year. The award takes its name from the Mohawk word for lacrosse, as a way to honor the sport's Native American origins. The bronze trophy depicts a Mohawk man with a lacrosse stick, surging forward.<p>But no Native player had ever won the award before Thursday night's ceremony at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Fri, 30 May 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Gene Demby 55762 at http://whqr.org In Historic First, Native American Brothers Win Lacrosse Trophy In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History http://whqr.org/post/college-lacrosse-two-brothers-flirt-making-history <em>UPDATE: The Tewaaraton Award was given Thursday night to both Miles and Lyle Thompson. Wed, 28 May 2014 23:15:00 +0000 Gene Demby 55674 at http://whqr.org In College Lacrosse, Two Brothers Flirt With Making History The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset http://whqr.org/post/desire-reckoning-meets-wish-reset The title of Ta-Nehisi Coates' much-discussed cover story at <em>The Atlantic</em>, <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/">"The Case for Reparations,"</a> might be something of a misnomer.<p>Coates' opus is really calling for a collective reckoning with America's history, and he uses a call for reparations as the vehicle. He aims to disabuse readers of the notion that the most destructive policies toward black wealth creation were from some long-ago time. Tue, 27 May 2014 12:11:00 +0000 Gene Demby 55559 at http://whqr.org The Desire For A Reckoning Meets The Wish For A Reset Macklemore Plays Dress-Up And Lands In Hot Water http://whqr.org/post/macklemore-plays-dress-and-lands-hot-water <strong>Post Updated 1:45 a.m. ET Tuesday:</strong><p>Macklemore posted<a href="http://macklemore.com/"> an apology on his website</a> late Monday. He said he picked out items that he could use to disguise himself so he could move freely around an event. "I wasn't attempting to mimic any culture, nor resemble one. A 'Jewish stereotype' never crossed my mind," his post reads.<p>The apology continues: "Out of a negative can come a positive. Mon, 19 May 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Gene Demby 55168 at http://whqr.org Macklemore Plays Dress-Up And Lands In Hot Water How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract http://whqr.org/post/how-donald-sterling-violated-nbas-unspoken-social-contract <em>We play for each other, for our fans, and for our families — not Donald Sterling.</em><p>That was the general message that players for the Los Angeles Clippers reiterated, off-mic, when the Sterling fiasco blew up over the weekend. They were being buffeted by questions about how, exactly, they might respond to allegations that Sterling, the team owner, had been recorded saying that he did not want black people to attend his team's games. <em>Would they boycott? Would they be focused enough to be able to play? Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Gene Demby 54142 at http://whqr.org How Donald Sterling Violated The NBA's Unspoken Social Contract What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway? http://whqr.org/post/what-exactly-qualifies-racist-anyway Meet Cliven Bundy, a 67-year-old Nevada rancher and the latest person in public life recorded making pretty racist comments, only to later insist that<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2014/03/paul_ryan_s_inner_city_males_comment_the_republican_congressman_says_he.html"> they lack racist bones</a>.<p>Over the past few weeks, Bundy has garnered huge amounts of media coverage and plaudits among some conservatives for defying the federal government. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 11:03:00 +0000 Gene Demby 53941 at http://whqr.org What Exactly Qualifies As 'Racist,' Anyway?