1. Exotic means there, not here. Them, not us. You, but definitely not me. Exotic is a word defined by the speaker’s perspective, which assumes dominance and normalcy over the person being called exotic.

    I’m not a parrot. So don’t call me exotic.

    It’s a micro-aggression. It’s a backhanded compliment. And it’s simply inaccurate.


  2. Do I have the best credentials? Probably not. ‘Cause, you know, whatever.

  3. Whether you are executed or not, whether you are wrongly imprisoned or not — it doesn’t just depend on the evidence against you. It depends on your race and the race of the victim, on the political predilections of your prosecutor and your judge, on the honor of police detectives, on the accuracy of the eyewitnesses testifying against you, on the skill and competency of your defense attorney, and on the mercy of the governor who makes a judgment on clemency.

  4. With two million American kids suspended or expelled from junior and high schools each year, the Obama administration decided to figure out what the heck is going in America’s classrooms. The results of the investigation weren’t pretty: Discriminatory policies that push students of color, and those with disabilities, out of the U.S. education system.

  5. Jews, Indians, the Chinese, Iranians, Lebanese-Americans, Nigerians, Mormons, and Cuban exiles.

    The 8 ethnic groups Tiger Mom Amy Chua consider “exceptional”.  People aren’t exactly happy about Chua’s claims.

    Tiger Mom’s latest book hits a little too close to home



  7. Nearly 4 in 10
    — Percentage of white Americans that only have white friends, per a new poll from Reuters

  8. Enacting tougher gun laws is hard enough. Changing attitudes on race is even harder


  9. On this day in 1857: In a decision that helped lead to the Civil War, the Supreme Court, in its famous “Dred Scott Decision,” ruled that neither slaves — nor their descendants — could ever become U.S. citizens. The decision is also acknowledged for the influential role it played in altering the national political landscape: It launched Abraham Lincoln’s national political career and ultimately allowed for his election.

    Here’s what else happened on this day in history


    • A pug competes in a race during the third international pug dog meeting in Berlin on July 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

    • Pigs race at the Los Angeles County Fair, the largest in the country, in Pomona, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

    Just because: 11 exhilarating images of animals in mid-race


  10. "I have to say, I never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that, unlike myself, my kids would someday have the opportunity to re-enact America’s slave trade the way my great-grandfather did! How exciting for them! Never mind those silly dolls showing racial equality and putting ‘black Americans’ (hah! is that the word we want to really use here?) in a positive light — no! With this, my kids can experience first-hand what it might have been like to own their very own slave!"

    The Django Unchained action figures are receiving a lot of backlash


  11. Chinese model Fei Fei Sun (top left) made history this week as the first Asian model to appear alone on the cover of Vogue ItaliaFrench Vogue reportedly featured a solo Du Juan in 2011, though no British or American Vogue has broken this curious race barrier. 

    10 belatedly groundbreaking Vogue covers

    (Source: theweek.com)


  12. Meet Disney’s first Latina princess: Sofia. The new princess is already at the center of a heated debate, with critics damning Disney for drawing so little attention to Sofia’s Latina roots. Only when the show’s producers were directly confronted about Sofia’s heritage during a recent press tour did they confirm that she’s Latina. Other tension points: Sofia’s light skin and the fact that she’s voiced by a white actress (Modern Family's Ariel Winter). The producers simply say the new princess' ethnicity is being presented as a “matter-of-fact situation rather than an overt thing.”

    Watch the trailer for Sofia’s movie