FDL Movie Night: Getting Back to Abnormal

By: Monday June 30, 2014 4:59 pm

Tonight’s documentary, Getting Back to Abnormal, dives into to the messy issues of race and politics in post-Katrina New Orleans. Our guests tonight–Producers/Directors Peter Odabashian, Paul Stekler and Andrew Kolker–tackle the subject by focusing on the pivotal 2010 city council race for District B. Incumbent Stacy Head, the first white Councilperson from District B in 31 years, was elected in 2006 and has faced charges of racism. Her opponent, Corey Watson is an African-American preacher and the son of a powerful pastor who has no problem telling his congregants that there is no separation between church and state because God owns them both.

 

Anti-Gay Video Links Marriage Equality to Slavery, Segregation

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 7:20 pm

In 2012, it was discovered that the National Organization for Marriage was planning to divide the LGBT and African-American communities on the subject of marriage equality.

Like the McCarthy Era, Except for Everything

By: Sunday April 13, 2014 12:45 pm

I thought I was done writing about Jonathan Chait’s efforts to stupid up America’s conversation on race last week, but clearly I underestimated the man. Over the weekend his publication went live with a long piece on the subject, and on his blog he continued to type words at critics.

Podcast: Michael Dunn Trial, Colorblind Prosecutions & a System That Permits Racist Violence

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:07 am

With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist.

Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, that one needs to look at the history of “respectability politics” in the United States and how society creates this image of good black people and bad black people.

Michael Sam, Race, Sexual Orientation, and Commodities

By: Tuesday February 11, 2014 2:28 pm

The news that top NFL prospect Michael Sam, defensive lineman of the Missouri Tigers, came out of the closet and expressed his desire to be the first openly gay NFL player has elicited many responses.

Miami Dolphins: Team Controversy Brings Bullying and Intolerance in the NFL to Light

By: Friday November 22, 2013 6:00 pm

You might have caught wind of the recent Miami Dolphins’ controversy.  While it’s easy to dismiss the dispute as a war between the two players most directly involved -Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito- in truth the story and the resulting back and forth provide a telling look into the bullying, bravado and intolerance permitted and encouraged by NFL culture.

SNL “Addresses” Diversity Controversy – Black Girls Still Rock

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 5:53 pm

As a black girl, the act of maintaining the belief that you rock given the influx of media depictions that suggest otherwise, and the implication of all the places that couldn’t manage to find one black girl who was good enough to make the cut- or couldn’t be bothered to mention any of the black girls who had done similar work– is a perpetual bummer.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Evan J. Mandery, A Wild Justice: The Death and Resurrection of Capital Punishment in America

By: Sunday November 3, 2013 2:58 pm

This book provides unparalleled insights into the workings of the Supreme Court and the often wildly unpredictable and clandestine underpinnings of rules of law that eventually emerge in far tidier terms in the justices’ written opinions. It is rich with revelations, intrigue, and scholarly perspective about the law and politics of capital punishment. A Wild Justice pays many handsome dividends in the reading.

Race, Revolution, & Zombies Come to Life in New Doc: “Birth of the Living Dead”

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 7:15 pm

All of the things that kept us safe were being questioned in 1968 in Night of the Living Dead and the movies that came after. I thought that this statement worked as a big idea ending and lent itself to the mission of trying to de-ghettoize horror. Horror can have a positive effect on our society and should be looked at as a legitimate art form that is crucially subversive, making us question things in ways that are healthy and very powerful.

Six Supreme Court Cases to Watch This Term

By: Wednesday September 18, 2013 5:45 am

The United States Supreme Court term begins in October, and while the entire docket has not yet been set, already it’s shaping up to be a historic term, with decisions on abortion protests, legislative prayer, and affirmative action, just to name a few. Here are the key cases to keep an eye on as the term starts up.

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