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"The Soul of Black Folk": Race, Work, and Talent

In a recent interview on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Neal deGrasse Tyson–astrophysicist, internet icon, heir to Carl Sagan as The Great Public Scientist– made an interesting point when asked to comment on his position as a scientist who happens to be black.   3,679 more words


"They" Invented Race

I attended a very interesting keynote speech tonight at UMKC. Edward James Olmos spoke about Cesar Chavez, civil disobedience, and the plight of the Latino, but the most fascinating thing he said all night was this: “They invented race to make it easier for us to kill each other.” Boy did he hit the nail on the head. 370 more words

Uncle Sam

Books Acquired Recently

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., and Valerie A. Smith, eds. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. 3rd ed. 2 vols. New York: Norton, 2014. 170 more words


Rethinking 'Identities'

This volume sets out to re-imagine the theoretical and epistemological presuppositions of existing scholarship on identities. Despite a well-established body of scholarly texts that examine the concept from a wide range of perspectives, there is a surprising dearth of work on multiple, heterogeneous forms of identity. 278 more words

Film Studies

Big Brother and the Holding Company

Originally published February 2011

Turning repression into resistance 

The cold winds of political repression have begun to blow a little colder. The widening FBI probe of the anti-war and solidarity movements–launched with coordinated raids in Minneapolis and Chicago in September, 2010–attests to the expanding reach of Washington’s repressive apparatus. 4,583 more words


AS Youth - Are Pakistani and Bangladeshi youths being cast as 'folk devils' in a moral panic?

Have a look at http://www.anthropologymatters.com/index.php/anth_matters/article/view/44/82

This essay refers to a large number of the sociologists we have studied.  I would be very interested to find out what you think of it.

Who Decides? Race, Skin Color, Ethnicity - Part II

Chimanandu Ngozi Adiche, Nigerian born writer and activist uses Ifemelu a character in her book Americanah to talk about race. She writes, ” I became black when I came to America.” This character tells about her experience as an African National in America and how her race consciousness was developed. 693 more words

West Africa