What We Mean By ‘Criminal.’

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Monica has written here before about her days as investigator for the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the NYC agency that looks into allegations from civilians about police misconduct.

She dropped by NPR’s Code Switch — my day job — to talk about what it’s been like to watch all these videos of police officers [...]

The Eternal Recurrence Of “Black Pathology” Arguments.

The Brewster-Douglas Housing Projects were built by the city of Detroit between 1935 and 1955 and were intended for the “working poor.” In the 1960s and 1970s, crime in the projects became prevalent and they fell into disrepair. (via Juan N Only, CC 2.0)

There’s very little new in American politics, and that’s especially [...]

Dating, Children, And Black Culture.

The latest entry in Gawker’s series on interracial dating is the most interesting one, as it grapples clearly with one facet of interracial dating: Family. And specifically, starting a new one. [...]

‘I Had Begun to Enjoy The Seduction of Inadequacy.’

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Lupita Nyong’o's speech at ESSENCE’s Black Women In Hollywood Lunch this weekend was incredibly moving. [...]

Side-Eyeing Your Alma Mater, Ctd.

Yes, HBCUs can do a better job of alumni outreach and customer service for their students. But that alone isn’t going to ameliorate the problems of history. [...]

Spike Rages Against Gentrifiers (That He Prolly Helped Lure).

 

A photo from Fort Greene’s Renaissance: Spike Lee, Vernon Reed, Reginald Hudlin, and Lorna Simpson were all part of the creative class that almost certainly helped gentrify Fort Greene.

Last night at Pratt Institute, some poor dude asked Spike Lee if he might see “the other side” — that is, the good side [...]

Gentrified.

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I told him that I resented it. That I wasn’t even from D.C. and it still got on my nerves. That the people who had endured the crack heads and the crack-related shootings and the crack smoking mayor wouldn’t be the ones to enjoy the spiffed up buildings and the patio brunch specials. That the freshmen at Howard would probably be more inclined to get money than get involved on campus, because Froyo aint cheap and neither are those bright red Capital Bike Share bikes. And this, I said, and that, I said, and don’t forget about the other thing, I said — just like I had the night before, standing in the exact same spot, with a different homie, off a different kind of Jack. [...]

Did Justin Bieber Set White People Back?

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The premise is easy to understand. Individual people of color—and especially women—can’t make mistakes without it saying something about their class. [...]