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

Rachel Dolezal Identifies as Black. Is She?

When news emerged that Spokane’s NAACP president, Rachel Dolezal, had lied about being black, I didn’t think she’d have many supporters. I was wrong – and the conversation surrounding racial identity has revealed deep misunderstandings about race. Continue reading

On Ferguson, a Fury of Confusion

In time, this too shall pass. It seems only a few short weeks ago that the political talking heads were lighting their hair on fire over the unstoppable threat of Ebola. Now, the virus that continues to ravish West Africa … 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