How To Talk About Racism. An Interview With Ian Cromwell of The Crommunist Manifesto

Ian “Crommunist” Cromwell is a scientist, musician, skeptic, and long-time observer of race and race issues. His interests, at least blog-wise, focus on bringing anti-racism into the fold of skeptic thought, and promoting critical thinking about even those topics that make us uncomfortable. More about Crommunist here. E-mail: crommunist at gmail dot com.  The interview below [Read More...]

The Racial Coding In The Latest Muppet Movie

As I’ve gushingly written before, I loved the new muppet movie. But in my initial review I was remiss in not mentioning that there was one glaringly troubling aspect of the film that nagged me when I first saw it and has bothered me more each time I’ve watched the film since. The problem is [Read More...]

Had Trayvon Martin Been White…

Mediaite says it all: The most glaring figure comes from a USA Today/Gallup poll in which people were asked “Would George Zimmerman have been arrested if the person he shot was white, or do you think (Trayvon) Martin’s race did not make a difference?” While 73% of black people said Zimmerman would have been arrested had his victim been [Read More...]

John Derbyshire's Racist "Talk" He Says He Gives His Children

In the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting, there has been some talk about “The Talk” that black parents feel the need to give their kids so that they can survive a racist society. John Derbyshire, a regular contributor to National Review until now, wrote a piece about the talk that he allegedly has given his kids, in [Read More...]

You Glance Out Your Window and See a Shackled Black Slave and a Slavery-Justifying Bible Verse. What Do You Think?

I am surprised that even having read Sikivu Hutchinson’s detailed and eloquent denunciation of the American Atheists’ billboard featuring a vividly depicted bound African American slave beneath a Bible verse endorsing slavery, a fair amount of people still don’t seem to understand quite what was so wrong with it. So, below the offending picture, I’m [Read More...]

Against American Atheists' Slavery Billboard

In a superb new post, Sikivu Hutchinson, at Black Skeptics (on Freethought Blogs), explains in illuminating detail so much of what is wrong with the incredibly irresponsible and offensive ad the American Atheists put up in Pennsylvania using the picture of a bound slave and a Bible verse supporting slavery (Colossians 3:22), which was aimed [Read More...]

George Takei on Being Placed in Japanese Internment Camp

He calls the place the American government made him live as a four year old a concentration camp and explains the racism he endured in his childhood: George Takei : Japanese Internment Camp Survivor from Conn Videos on Vimeo. He has more to say about it today, on the 70th anniversary of Executive Order 9066. [Read More...]

On What's Presidential, What's Creepy, and What's Mitt Romney

I honestly am confused when people say Mitt Romney looks the part of a president–”like he was sent straight from central casting”, as the cliche goes. I never think of presidents as coming off as equal parts sleazy slick soulless greedy corporate raider, creepy door-knocking glazed-eyed proselytizer, and robotically pandering inauthentic politician. I have this [Read More...]

Schrödinger’s Rapist and Schrödinger’s Racist

Under the pen name “Phaedra Starling”, a woman a couple years ago wrote a widely read and debated article about a concept she dubbed “Schrödinger’s Rapist”. In it she addressed well meaning men who take personal offense when their attempts to initiate conversation (or more) with strange women in public are met with cold caution or [Read More...]