Having discussed my "discovery" of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, in this post I offer some historical background to the internment, based on my reading of scholarly studies which I note as I go along. To contemporary sensibilities, the evacuation and detention of Americans of Japanese ancestry during World War II seems … Continue reading Historical Background to the Internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII
Discussions of race, more often than not in my experience, generate more heat than light. I learned this early on in my own education when I was doing the research for my book, Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education. Anger, frustration, hurt, misunderstanding, and other emotions were abundant on … Continue reading What We Talk About When We Talk About Racism, Post-Ferguson Reflections on the Need for Basic Distinctions
One of the most significant books I read as an undergraduate was Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations, by sociologists Howard Schuman, Charlotte Steeh, and Lawrence Bobo (1985). (A revised edition was published in 1998 by Harvard University Press.) In fact, my first ever academic conference presentation (at the Western Anthropology/Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference at … Continue reading Poverty and Racial Attitudes
Although part of me thinks it is hopeless to think that either side in the debate over whether more guns leads to more crime or less crime will yield any ground to the other, as an outsider I see some possible common ground in the scholarship. If I had to come to a conclusion based … Continue reading Implications of Initial Foray into the Guns and Crime Research
I blogged earlier about the ever-more famous "What White People Like" blog. The popularity of the blog (and the impending book based on the same idea) has created considerable discussion/debate. Is the site a critique of Whiteness or a veiled celebration of it? Among the more entertaining (to me) and pointed comments is from the … Continue reading What White People DON’T Like
I came across this site recently: Stuff White People Like. It is HILARIOUS. Just as an example, here is an excerpt from #91 San Francisco (close to my heart being from the Bay Area): Much in the way that white people in Brooklyn feel a strong and unfounded connection with The Notorious BIG, white people … Continue reading Stuff White People Like
Imagine how people would lose their minds if the following had happened in the NBA rather than the NHL: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070223/ap_on_sp_ho_ga_su/hkn_nhl_rdp_4 Like KRS-One said, Why is that?