Category: Race

What Does It All Mean? — Part 2

The stark difficulty of believing in the promise of America.

/ June 18, 2017

What Does It All Mean?

What's next after the killings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas?

/ July 10, 2016

Jocelyn Cooper of Afropunk in “Fast Company”

.@jocelyn_jc on Afropunk and the innovators that are pushing culture forward

/ May 21, 2015

McWhorter: “A word is a thing on the move.”

.@johnhmcwhorter on the every-changing nature of language

/ May 3, 2015

Why Is It So Hard To Shift Cultural Frames?

A recurring (and persistent) narrative got me thinking about just how hard it still is to change assumptions in 2014.

/ November 16, 2014

Even Numbers Got Feelin’s

Some numbers never leave you. For me, this is one.

/ April 26, 2014

Cheerios Goes Post-Racial And, Sadly, Gets Flamed

No surprise that there are still a lot of racists out there.  They show up as trolls on YouTube, especially when a commercial like this comes out. I say, Eff them. And bravo, Cheerios, for making an interracial couple a commonplace thing in your ad.  After all, more and more...

/ May 31, 2013

Quoted By BET’s T.J. Holmes

The BET anchor graciously quotes from my N-word op-ed

/ July 9, 2012

EDITORIAL: Our N-Word Conundrum

When it comes to the N-word, black people have no one to blame but ourselves.

/ January 3, 2012

Barack Obama on race

What was on display today was the power of Obama.  Let me explain.  He frequently talks about unity and some dismiss it as naive dreaming.  However, what was clear today was that there is a strength in talking openly and honestly about the issues that lie ahead of us.  Race...

/ March 18, 2008

Gladwell on the Black-White I.Q. Gap

Elsewhere on this blog, I've talked about how culture provides a context not only for how marketing communications are understood, but also for how we understand the world.  Malcolm Gladwell comes at this from a slightly different angle as he explores the supposed I.Q. gap between Blacks and White in...

/ December 11, 2007

And African American ad shops wonder why they get no respect

The production is great.  The choir is rousing.  It's made it into the media rotation during "Ugly Betty".  So what's wrong with this spot? It's lazy. Cynical. Perhaps the brief read something like this: "Create awareness among an African-American audience of Mazda's Motor Trend award."  So some lazy CD turned...

/ November 1, 2007