President Obama Bums Me Out & A Postscript About the N-Word

So, yeah. By now, you’ve probably heard all about President Obama’s new My Brother’s Keeper initiative on the tube. It’s aimed, according to a White House blog on the subject published this morning, at “empowering boys and young men of color, a segment of our society which too often faces disproportionate challenges and obstacles to success.” In the blog, the authors drop …

Hispanic/Latino History Month. Maybe Not.

But if you don’t feel the same way, it’s cool, too. I was thinking about Hispanic/Latino History Month on the train ride back Uptown this morning from my boxing gym (Allow me one tangent: So, a couple weeks ago I sparred with a couple of women from our sister gym. One of them surprised me—this is New York City and …

ABC’S The Bachelor, Inspired by the Catholic Church, Plays The Raza Card

Remember when the Catholic Church pulled a sly move by acceding the mafia’s first “Latino” pope to the throne? Jorge Mario Bergoglio, whose rap name as the new Catholic leader became Pope Francis I, was born in Argentina to Italian parents. The man, like many Argentinians, is of European descent but he was technically born in the South American country …

The Week in Review

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel—it started at 8:00AM!—hosted by the ACLU and Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) at the gorgeous Newseum in D.C. The panel, filmed by C-SPAN (it’s not embeddable) was a continuation of the discussion of CJR’s March/April issue package on media coverage of race, class, and social mobility. The coverstory and …