Let’s Talk about Race and Bayes: How a British Statistician Helps Explain Racial Dialogue in America

Watching The People vs. O.J. Simpson, it’s hard not to be struck by the radically different views held by white and black Americans about the trial. But in twenty years, not that much has changed: when race is part of a national storyline, different people see different things. Why? Continue reading

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ (Flawed) Argument for Reparations

Ta-Nehisi Coates makes a powerful argument for reparations and one that raises important questions. After more than a century and a half, who inherits the obligation to pay for slavery and who inherits the right to receive payment? Who inherits the obligation to make amends, and who inherits the right to forgive?
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Let’s Talk about Cliven Bundy, Donald Sterling, and Racists in America

For weeks, I did the best I could to ignore Cliven Bundy, which wasn’t easy. Conservative media outlets were busy lionizing the Nevada rancher for refusing to comply with the law and instead attempting to get his way through armed … Continue reading