Category Society

“Anchor Babies” and Interest Convergence

You’ve probably heard by now about Jeb Bush’s “anchor babies” remark, and his subsequent doubling down by clarifying that it’s “frankly… more related to Asian people coming into our country…” There are a myriad of angles to approach this. Before proceeding, I want to frame my discussion in terms of critical race theory’s interest convergence […]

Foucault the Police

Note: This post was originally published in a private blog on February 23, 2015, before the killing of Walter Scott. Calls for equipping police with body cameras have been renewed following the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner at the hands of police. Proponents believe that such measures will bring about greater police transparency, […]

Running Commentary: The Jeremy Lin 60 Minutes Interview

The April 7 edition of CBS’ 60 Minutes featured a segment on Jeremy Lin, including interviews with Lin, his parents, and David Stern. Running commentary on the interview follows, so, open up a new browser window, kick back, and read along as you watch the interview. Segment Tease, from Charlie Rose: There aren’t many basketball […]

There is Neither Blue Devil Nor Wolverine: The Fab Five and the Eroding of College Basketball Identities | Dime Mag

In my latest for Dime, I venture beyond statistical analysis and comment on the Fab Five and the impact they had not only on the college basketball climate, but also the lens through which we view college basketball: The Fab Five, cultural phenomenon that it was, de-centered team loyalties on a national level. Even if […]

My February’s Black, My Nikes Too: A Conversation About Nike’s Black History Month Collection

Jacob Greenberg from The Diss and Felix Huang from Broken Yellow Lines get together to discuss Nike’s Black History Month Collection. This conversation took place over several days and is also cross-posted at The Diss. When Kevin Durant stepped onto the Pepsi Center floor on Sunday, January 20, 2013, his feet were adorned in a special […]

#COUNTONKOBE to Be A Balm for My Cynical Soul

Remember the good old days? When everything was in black and white? When America still had family values? When you said, “I’m down with that” it meant you had the flu? And when product placement seemed invasive? Yeah, neither do I. Thing is, product placement has been around since as early as the 19th century. I don’t […]