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Race, Class, & Immigration

The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.

#CancelColbert and the Politics of Being Dismissed

By Kenzo Shibata

Last Thursday, I came across this tweet from the official account of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report.

It was not something that normally would have entered my radar since I don’t follow the show. Frankly, I lost interest after its first season. We get it. He’s a fake pundit. His shtick is that he acts slightly more ridiculous than right-wing Fox News talking heads, which makes for passable segment fodder, but I don’t have the patience for 22 minutes of ironic racism, sexism, and classism. This is on the network that put Daniel Tosh’s punch-down-and-laugh-at-rape brand of humor as a nightly delight and made famous comic, Anthony Jeselnik, whose show The Jeselnik Offensive exists solely to give a national platform to racist, sexist, and classist jokes. With a line-up like this, sometimes it’s hard to tell where the winks-and-nods exist.

Initially, I wasn’t all that offended by the fact that Colbert told a racist joke. I was offended by the fact the tweet was a racist, UNFUNNY, CHEAP joke.This was the kind of joke that 5-year-olds would tell to bully me when I was in grammar school. Upon watching the full sketch, I failed to see any kind of high satire from it. The construction of the joke was indeed satirical, but sometimes it’s hard to tell when someone is laughing at you or with you when the punch line is basically the same punch line of an actual racist’s joke..Regardless of how someone whose never been slurred ethnically may feel, the difference between ironic racism and racism is a liberal arts degree. (more…)

In Memory of Chokwe Lumumba: Social Justice Warrior

By Jim Van Sweden, Director, College Communications, Kalamazoo College Reposted from Kalamazoo College News and Events Chokwe Lumumba ’69, mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, died on February 25, 2014. He was 66. He came to K from Detroit, Michigan, as Edwin … Continue reading

Standing Our Ground

By Regina Stevens-Truss, Contributing Editor, Science and Social Justice When did we lose our humanity and accept circumstances in which we are allowed to say, “I have a right to be here and to prove that I’m going to shoot … Continue reading

Devils, Saints, and Denmark Vesey

Repost from the Huffington Post On February 15, the city of Charleston, South Carolina unveiled a long-overdue monument to one of its most controversial historical figures. In scenic Hampton Park on the upper part of the peninsula, crowds gathered under … Continue reading

Pratibha Parmar Brings Alice Walker’s Art to Life

Repost from Women in the World. Samina Ali interviews Pratibha Parmar, who most recently directed Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth, celebrating the first African-American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Parmar speaks about retelling Walker’s words. Read more at … Continue reading

A Titanic Defeat

Repost from Lawyer, Guns, and Money The United Auto Workers lost its attempt to unionize the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga after Tennessee politicians interfered to defeat the vote when VW acquiesced to unionization. Read more at Lawyer, Guns, and Money.

Researchers Examine Gap Between Rich And Poor

Repost from NPR, Morning Edition, January 28, 2014 This NPR interview highlights what many Americans already know: social mobility in the United States is difficult to attain. The interview reveals that other countries offer their residents more opportunities for social … Continue reading