Donald Sterling and the TMZification of Racial Politics

I don’t even know where to start with this Donald Sterling thing… If you’re reading this you probably already heard the first and/or second recording of what is alleged to be Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling having a racist argument with his girlfriend. His statements, but more so the reaction to them, are extremely illustrative…

The Diamond Economy

I’m a fancy grad student now. That means that I spend all of my free time drawing indifference curves, calculating z-scores, and using words like “problematic,” “hegemony,” and “navigate.” It also means that I don’t have as much time to write blog posts (sorry, world). The good news about being a grad student, however, is…

Power for Trayvon (Part 2)

I wrote about the calls of “Justice for Trayvon” last March when black America was in an uproar because George Zimmerman still hadn’t been arrested and charged with a crime. As tends to happen when people take to the streets and pressure the system from the outside, the powers that be responded. Zimmerman was arrested…

The Media’s Silence on Institutional Racism

Racially charged controversies have dominated mainstream media for the last two weeks. First was the Paula Deen fiasco in which the cooking show host has been exposed as being a good ol’ fashioned racist. I don’t know exactly when that story broke because I don’t really care about it (I’ll explain why later in this…