Short Cuts.

It’s a Friday in June. My homeboy told me about this one shop in the basement of an apartment building in Alexandria VA that’s supposed to be pretty good. It’s assumed that the only reason a woman, a black woman at that, cuts her hair is because of sickness or sorrow. I [...]

Armchair Sociology: Maybe You Shouldn’t Donate to Japan.

Felix Salmon gives the case for not donating money to Japan:

In the specific case of Japan, there’s all the more reason not to donate money. Japan is a wealthy country which is responding to the disaster, among other things, by printing hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of new money. Money is not the bottleneck [...]

This Will Hurt Me More Than It Hurts You.

Over at Ta-Nehisi’s there’s a really great series of posts where he is exploring the evolution of his relationship with his son Samori, and by extension, exploring his feelings about his relationship with his own father and parenting in general.

Unsurprisingly the issue of spanking and physical punishment came up. TNC discussed the reasons why [...]

Armchair Sociology: Broken Windows Theory of Discrimination.

(x-posted from U.S. of J)

To sort of second Neil’s observation about the power of anti-bullying/anti-prejudice norms to “have a broad and beneficial societal impact,” I’m pretty convinced that you can apply the “broken windows” theory of crime to overt prejudice and the treatment of minority groups.  That is, and as I’m sure you [...]

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 [...]