Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

In a statement issued today on the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision on Ricci v. DeStefano, Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron said that the "majority's opinion ignores our nation's history, rejects precedent, overturns the judgment of local government officials and makes it more difficult for employers to take voluntary steps to break down barriers to … Continue reading Ideologically-Charged Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano Ignores History, Precedent

Eva Paterson’s BBC Radio Interview on Racism and Obama

BBC Radio's Mark Forrest talks with EJS President Eva Paterson following reports this week that a staffer for a Republican state Senator in Tennessee sent an email with an image showing portraits of our presidents, except President Obama is depicted only with two eyeballs on a solid black background. As reported by numerous outlets, including … Continue reading Eva Paterson’s BBC Radio Interview on Racism and Obama

Race and Popular Culture: “Top Chef and the Black/Non-Black Divide”

I stumbled upon an intriguing June 7 post by Tamara K. Nopper, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. She discusses the racial dynamics of the popular reality TV show Top Chef on the cable network Bravo.  How the entertainment industry deals with race is an element of our communications strategy … Continue reading Race and Popular Culture: “Top Chef and the Black/Non-Black Divide”

Editorial cartoon on Judge Sotomayor has subtext of lynching, stereotypes Latinos

The Oklahoman newspaper printed on Tuesday a racist, sexist and outright offensive "editorial" cartoon. It depicts Judge Sotomayor strung up by a rope, likening itself to lynching images or a piñata, with President Barack Obama wearing a sombrero, holding a stick and asking a crowd of elephants (Republicans) "Now, who wants to be first?" The … Continue reading Editorial cartoon on Judge Sotomayor has subtext of lynching, stereotypes Latinos

Ronald Takaki, pioneering scholar of race relations, dies at 70

We were saddened to hear this morning that Prof. Ron Takaki passed away yesterday.  Below is the official statement from UC Berkeley and I set up a Facebook page so folks could share their thoughts about his legacy. Ronald Takaki, a professor emeritus of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and prolific scholar … Continue reading Ronald Takaki, pioneering scholar of race relations, dies at 70

Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

UPDATE: Article by the San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko. California State Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief (PDF) with the state Supreme Court today opining that article 1, section 31 of the California Constitution (Prop. 209) is unconstitutional as applied in certain circumstances. The letter brief was filed in response to the Supreme … Continue reading Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

UPDATE: Article by the San Francisco Chronicle's Bob Egelko. California State Attorney General Jerry Brown today filed a brief (PDF) with the state Supreme Court today opining that article 1, section 31 of the California Constitution (Prop. 209) is unconstitutional as applied in certain circumstances. The letter brief was filed in response to the Supreme … Continue reading Calif. Attorney General Says Prop. 209 Unconstitutional in Some Cases

New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences

The election of President Obama shows how far America has progressed in overcoming the racial divides that for so long scarred this country. But while overt racism is less and less acceptable in America, unconscious racial bias still plays a large role in our politics and society, as a new project launched this week by … Continue reading New Project to Study and Combat Unconscious Racism, Identify What Triggers Racial Bias and Political Consequences