Last week, Jamelle, Ta-Nehisi Coates and Channing Kennedy of ColorLines got into a provocative exchange (across several blogs) about the evolving ways Americans think about themselves in relation to racial categories. (The initial post by Jamelle was sparked by a New York Times article that cited a growing number of young Americans eschewing starkly delineated racial classifications to self-identify as “mixed race.”) We had Channing on to flesh this out some more, and he posed a few big questions we’ve been turning over since.
But because we wanted to go to a really treacherous place, we had Tracy (aka the hilarious BrokeyMcPoverty) on to discuss the politics of natural hair — specifically, a video making the rounds in which a woman decides to end her brief excursion into the land of the perm-less. (Choice line: “F*** rap, y’all can have it back!”)
Suffice it to say: we’re going to really need your help this week, commenters.
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“Death of the Tiger: Sri Lanka’s Brutal Victory Over the Tamil Tigers,” The New Yorker
“We Have No Bananas: Scientists Fight a Devastating Banana Blight,”The New Yorker
“Tools Never Die,” NPR
“Finding Emilie,” RadioLab
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