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Hip Hop and the Commodification of Dissent

Posted on 04 April 2014

There was a funny twitter beef a few weeks ago between Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian and comedian Marlon Wayans about emasculation or feminization in hip hop culture. What’s interesting about the debate to me is that what many are calling emasculation or feminization is really just another manifestation of something author Thomas Franks called […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, History

Razing Arizona: Politics as Spectacle

Posted on 01 March 2014

Wednesday night Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB1062, a controversial bill that was supposedly intended to protect the religious freedoms of businesses and individuals who might out of ‘sincere belief’ need to discriminate against gay patrons or gay weddings. The bill had all of the markings of a political stunt. It was big, vague, ill-conceived […] Continue Reading

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History

Robert Williams – Negroes with Guns

Posted on 21 January 2014

The angry white mob that surrounded Robert Williams and his entourage in June of 1961 met a familiar sight with a deeply disturbing variation. The mob, the police and even the federal government in its absence had followed the Jim Crow playbook to the letter, but on this particular day things were not going as […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Recognizing Game (Part Two) – Pay and the NCAA

Posted on 05 January 2014

One of the ways institutions preserve power is through creating rules and regulations that are labyrinthian, archaic and seemingly unchangeable and then repeating them over and over again in a slogan, giving them an air of legitimacy that unfortunately the public buys into. The Bush administration’s claim that ‘If we don’t attack them there, we […] Continue Reading

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Blog Series, Current Events, Mass Shooters

Mass Shootings – An Introduction

Posted on 17 December 2013

This past Sunday marked the anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school which claimed the lives of 26 people, among them 20 children. In the weeks leading up to the anniversary those affected by it began preparing, each in their own way:  news outlets ran stories on the perpetrator and the victims; […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Week In Review: Loss and Translation

Posted on 14 December 2013

Overview This was an interesting, but confusing week. On the international front, Nelson Mandela’s funeral and memorial service was Tuesday, yet the focus seemed to be on a series of ‘gates’ or mini-scandals, rather than his life and legacy. On the domestic front, Marco Rubio signed his family up for Obamacare while Michigan women are […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Common Sense: The Gateway Drug

Posted on 12 December 2013

Uruguay legalized marijuana a few days ago, inspiring drug reform advocates and drawing the ire of the United Nations. Here’s what the UN had to say: “[the decision to legalize] will not protect young people, but rather have the perverse effect of encouraging early experimentation, lowering the age of first use, and thus contributing to… […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, History

Jonestown at Sea: Libertarians and the Pitfalls of Sea-cession

Posted on 01 December 2013

  To their credit libertarians often present fascinating thought experiments for us to ponder. What would you do if you were trapped in the freezing cold and had to break into someone else’s house to save your own life? If you fell off a building and found yourself dangling from a flagpole – a privately […] Continue Reading

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Film/TV, History

Pick Your Favorite…

Posted on 28 November 2013

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Current Events, Diablogs, History

Race and Republicans: Part 2 of a Diablog with Geoff Kabaservice

Posted on 21 November 2013

Dear Shawn, I hope you’re right that Herman Cain will make another presidential run!  Reporters everywhere will rejoice, especially since they will no longer have Michele Bachmann around to entertain them.  But I think we both agree that Republicans will continue to have immense difficulty attracting minority votes whether their presidential nominee is Cain or […] Continue Reading

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Diablogs

Republicans and Race: A diablog with Geoff Kabaservice

Posted on 18 November 2013

In ‘Rule and Ruin‘, Geoff Kabaservice, explores the history of the Republican Party, shining light on what some consider now an endangered species: the Republican ‘moderate’. Geoff is an invaluable resource in our understanding of the inner-workings of party politics and the strange calculus that leads a party to appeal to one group at the […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, History

Evidence of Things Not Seen: George Zimmerman and Wayne Williams

Posted on 12 July 2013

The trial of George Zimmerman began a few weeks ago with the prosecution resting its case last Friday. Like all high profile/high stakes trials, moments and    memes have emerged, but what stands out most for me is the man – George Zimmerman. There he sits: sad eyes, hangdog expression, portly and unassuming. The last person […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

The Marcy Project: Jay Z and Cuba

Posted on 14 April 2013

The reaction from some on the right to Jay Z and Beyonce’s Cuban vacation reminds me of the moments following the death of Stringer Bell on ‘The Wire’. Bunk Moreland interviews the only witness to the murder – an unscrupulous contractor – who describes the shooter as a ‘big black guy with a big gun’. […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

High Five!! Convenience, Cowardice and Marriage Equality

Posted on 28 March 2013

When my son was about one and a half he would occasionally walk over to the bookshelf, toss all of the books from the bottom shelf onto the floor, then put them back (in no particular order of course). Once he had put the books back, he’d scream ‘yay!’, applaud himself, then run over for […] Continue Reading

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Blacks and Conservatives, Current Events

Race and Reaction: A conversation with Corey Robin

Posted on 04 February 2013

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/duelinginterests/2013/02/03/race-and-reaction-a-conversation-with-corey-robin Every week or so an author or pundit posits a new theory to explain the ‘crack up’ on the Right. Some attribute it to opportunism run amok; others to stupidity. Some argue that through a brilliant sleight of hand the Right has convinced many Americans to vote against their own interests by emphasizing social […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, History

Dead Precedent – Ruckus and Reagan

Posted on 24 January 2013

One of my favorite characters on “The Boondocks” is Uncle Ruckus, a hard-working, self-hating, foul-mouthed, delusional black man whose hostility to black people is only matched by his faith in the innate wisdom and goodness of white people. Uncle Ruckus views his blackness as a sort of mark of Cain that he must endure until […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, Film/TV

Truth, Tarantino, and “Django” Explained

Posted on 22 January 2013

“Django Unchained” leaves me in the odd position of contributing to a problem while I propose a solution to it. Django’s not a serious film about slavery or race or anything really and does not warrant the attention or the controversy that it has created. It’s both a blood-soaked, action-packed romp and a rescue revenge […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

When Keepin’ it Real Goes Wrong – Authenticity and the GOP

Posted on 24 November 2012

In the weeks and months following President Obama’s reelection, Republicans will struggle to rebrand and redefine themselves for the electorate.  A few have already come forward with prescriptions for the future. Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana argues that the GOP must stop being the ‘stupid party’ and craft a message for all Americans. John Boehner […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

The Wilderness – President Obama and the Conservative Movement

Posted on 12 November 2012

As the post-election euphoria wears off, many of President Obama’s supporters – myself among them – ponder his future and that of the conservative movement. Conservatives seem to be moving through the various stages of grief – denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance – though not necessarily in that order, leading many of my more […] Continue Reading

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Blacks and Conservatives

Blacks and Conservatives – Intro

Posted on 11 November 2012

Several months back a statistic emerged that was revealing yet misunderstood. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney would receive 0% of the black vote in spite of the fact that many blacks agree with conservatives on some social issues. The point of this series is to examine the roots of this supposed contradiction and shed some light […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Voters and Lepers

Posted on 27 September 2012

The Voter ID debate demands that one acknowledge the obvious, but then advance the absurd. Of course voter fraud occurs. Lyndon Johnson stole his first election back in 1948. Kennedy pulled some funny business in 1960 in Chicago. Dead people vote. Felons vote. People vote more than once on occasion. Sure. It happens, but to […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Eastwooding: Some thoughts on defying the lunatic fringe…

Posted on 08 September 2012

Working in NYC means riding public transportation and occasionally having a crazy person strike up a conversation about mind control serum in the water, Jewish cabals, or gay conspiracies involving probes of one kind or another. I can never be sure if the individual is serious or joking or more importantly armed or unarmed, so […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Timbuktu, Texas

Posted on 19 August 2012

Friedrich Nietzsche, when discussing the character of his countrymen, observed that to be German was to endlessly question ‘what is German‘. Many attribute this sense of civic alienation to a combination of rapid industrialization, urban migration, and population explosion. The Germans were a people ‘becoming’ and ‘developing’, in the words of Nietzsche, like many or […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Waffle Fries and Separation of Church and State

Posted on 02 August 2012

A couple of weeks ago Chick Fil A’s President, Dan Cathy, went on the record with his support of ‘traditional marriage’, noting his frustration with the ‘prideful and arrogant attitude’ of those who ‘want to change what marriage is all about’, basically affirming his opposition to gay marriage and more significantly his support of organizations […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

The Origins of the Religious Right

Posted on 01 August 2012

It is widely believed that the Religious Right traces its political origins to Roe v. Wade, suggesting that outrage over abortion led the often apolitical evangelical movement to become stalwart supporters of conservative causes and Republican candidates. In the attached video Dr. Randal Balmer of Emory University challenges this theory, tracing the evangelical movement’s shift […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Dollar, Sense, and the NAACP

Posted on 29 June 2012

Last week the NAACP launched an investigation into the arrest of Creflo Dollar, an Atlanta mega church pastor accused of assaulting and battering his fifteen year old daughter. In a press statement, Fayette County NAACP President Jon Jones, said that the goal of their investigation is to ensure that Pastor Dollar is allowed to be […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

House N*ggas in Paris

Posted on 11 June 2012

Last week, as rappers Jay Z and Kanye West were about to go onstage and perform their hit single ‘N*ggas in Paris’,  actress Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted “N*ggas in Paris for real” and caused a bit of controversy. There’s some debate about whether or not she was announcing the song or saluting her ‘niggas’ or whatever.  […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

George Zimmerman: Imbecility and Evil in Sanford, Fl.

Posted on 23 March 2012

By the time you read this new facts will have emerged, but this is what we know so far. Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old young man, leaves his father’s fiancee’s house, buys a pack of Skittles and an Arizona ice tea then heads home. En route, George Zimmerman – a neighborhood watch cop– notices […] Continue Reading

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Current Events

Drug Free Utopia

Posted on 13 March 2012

The goal of a ‘Drug Free Society’ resembles that of a “Workers’ Paradise” or a “Rational Market” in its presumption that human beings are both predictable and perfectible, as long as the state behaves in one way or another and the consequence of inaction will be – not the status quo – but chaos. To […] Continue Reading

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Current Events, Uncategorized

Fish and Fury: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Post-Music Music

Posted on 24 February 2014

In writing the movie “Dr. Strangelove”, Stanley Kubrick and his co-writers faced a problem. They had set out to write a serious movie about the dangers of nuclear proliferation, but every time they talked about the characters and their interactions they began to laugh – hysterically. There was nothing inherently funny about mushroom clouds, war […] Continue Reading

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Blog Series, Current Events, Mass Shooters

Mass Shootings – From the Specific to the General

Posted on 12 January 2014

For most Americans gun violence is a problem for the ‘other’: the poor, ‘minorities’, the mentally ill. When gun violence veers into the mainstream it’s usually in the guise of a political assassination, a tabloid style crime of passion, a celebrity suicide, or a mass shooting. According to the FBI, mass murder involves an individual […] Continue Reading

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