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Racial progress: compare the riots of 1967 with the riots today. We’ve come a long way baby.

Read this classic Esquire essay from 1968. Police brutality was way worse back then. They just massacred people in some cases. White supremacist militias were more dangerous and shot more people. Entire neighborhoods burned for days. It was close to

Posted in Discrimination, Violence & Peace

Black lives matter more in countries with fewer guns. Even most police don’t need guns.

As I’ve written before, I’m not a gun-control advocate because there are lots of other factors that can reduce violence that are more politically feasible. For example, Franklin Zimring has numerous suggestions for how to change the rules of engagement

Posted in Discrimination, Violence & Peace

Prejudice is inefficient and often hurts the people with the prejudices — sometimes as much or more than their targets.

Posted in Discrimination, Inequality

Many whites are uneasy about becoming a minority in America. It isn’t happening. They should relax.

The media tends to use the narrowest racial definitions in order to stoke anxiety because that brings readers, but those definitions are arbitrary and more inclusive racial definitions are more accurate because the biggest growth is the rise in interracial

Posted in Discrimination, Labor

Median income of black men compared with white men in America

Via Kevin Drum. Presumably this is using personal income.  There has been progress towards greater equality in the past half century.  The ratio went from 59% up to 73% over this time, but nearly all of the change happened between

Posted in Discrimination

Naming aspirations

If “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” does it matter what names we have? Rafael Cruz thinks so. He is better known by his nickname, Ted Cruz, the 2016 presidential candidate from Texas who prefers a stereotypically Anglo name, Ted,

Posted in Discrimination, Labor

Artificial intelligence will dominate more and more of society. Will it be racist and sexist?

Brian Resnick explains research that our systems of artificial intelligence have learned to perpetuate racism and sexism just like people do. “Many people think machines are not biased,” Princeton computer scientist Aylin Caliskan says. “But machines are trained on human

Posted in Discrimination, Globalization & International, Labor

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