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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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



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

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


  8. 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


  9. "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


  10. 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)


  11. 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


  12. Mia Love, the Republican mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, gave a much-anticipated speech at the GOP convention Tuesday, but MSNBC didn’t broadcast it — nor did it air several other addresses by minority speakers. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

    No one could have predicted that racial controversies would become a dominant storyline at the GOP convention, particularly since economic issues are expected to determine the election. Here, a look at four of the GOP convention’s flare-ups over race:

    1. Two attendees heckle a black CNN camerawoman 
      In a remarkably ugly incident on Tuesday, two attendees were thrown out of the convention for "throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying, ‘This is how we feed animals,’" says David Taintor at Talking Points Memo. Convention officials distanced themselves from the two individuals, saying their behavior was “deplorable.” However, that hasn’t stopped some from seeing the incident as reflective of a virulent streak of racism that runs through part of the conservative base. Others gave the rest of the attendees the benefit of the doubt: The Democratic Party “continually talks about what terrible racist savages Republicans are, yet 99.9 percent of the convention managed to avoid assaulting a lady just because she was black,” says Jesse Taylor at Wonkette.
    2. MSNBC edits out minority speakers 
      Conservative media outlets are accusing left-leaning MSNBC of cutting minority speakers from its live convention coverage. “If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage,” you might believe liberal assertions that the GOP is “the party of old white people, devoid of diversity, and probably racist,” says Jeff Poor at The Daily Caller. MSNBC viewers were not able to see speeches by Ted Cruz, Artur Davis, or Mia Love, all of whom had been placed front and center to help show the diversity of the GOP’s elected officials. 

    4 racial controversies at the GOP convention