About That Slavery Thing…

Sorta meh on this:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has apologized to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws.

The resolution marks the first time Congress has ever formally apologized for America’s past history of enslaving and discriminating against blacks.

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The Housing Crisis, For Dummies.

A few months back, This American Life — for our money, the best show on radio — did a bang-up job of breaking down the collapse of the housing market in a way that even economic idiots like ourselves could understand. They explain how the house of cards all came crashing down: talking [...]

Armchair Sociology: What's With Black People and Menthol Cigarettes?

When I was but a wee lad, my moms would send me to the corner store to cop some cigarettes for her. That I was 10 or 11 didn’t seem to matter to the cats behind the counter at the store; I would ask for her cigarettes — always Benson & Hedges Menthol [...]

Jay Smooth: How to Tell People They Sound Racist.

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Black in America.

We’ve spent the last few weeks avoiding CNN’s incessant importuning to watch ‘Black in America’, and as it neared its premiere yesterday, the din from our social circles only grew louder. E-mail forwards. Facebook status updates. Text message reminders. A vegetarian restaurant nearby actually hosted a screening of it.* It was [...]

Vanity Fair Rides for the New Yorker.

VF:

We had our own presidential campaign cover in the works, which explored a different facet of the Politics of Fear, but we shelved it when The New Yorker’s became the “It Girl” of the blogosphere. Now, however, in a selfless act of solidarity with our downstairs neighbors here at the Condé Nast [...]

Sorry for the Slow Updates.

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A lot of stuff going on in our respective offline lives, so we’ve been attending to those things.

We soon post, fam.

It's Just Jokes! (An Open Thread)

What’s the old quip? “Writing about humor is like dancing about architecture.”

Well, we finna do it anyway.

By now, we’ve all seen/opined on/dissected The New Yorker cover and the fallout from it, so I’ve no interest in rehashing any of that. But one of the frequent criticisms of that cover among those [...]