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Color Commentary: Watching the Olympics

by Jonathan Adams on August 13 2008, 3:22PM

I honestly have no idea how one plays handball. I watched the game for a good thirty minutes and it appears that they just throw you a ball and tell you to “Play!” Beach volleyball is another event that…

Topics: Sports

How Many More Immigrants Have to Die in Detention?

by Jonathan Adams on August 13 2008, 9:04AM

Hiu Lui Ng,34, a computer engineer with the Empire State Building, and a Queens resident with a wife and two sons died while being detained by the U.S. government. Arrested at his final interview for his green card, Ng…


Chinese Americans on the 2008 Games in Beijing

by Jonathan Adams on August 12 2008, 2:08PM

Originally pubilshed on The Contexts What the Olympics Mean to Chinese Americans by C.N. Much has been written and said about China hosting the Summer Olympics and much controversy has been associated with the games based on China’s record on…

Topics: Sports

Anti-Immigrant Nativists Need Spelling Lessons

by Jonathan Adams on August 12 2008, 1:43PM

The Sanctuary put together a list of foolishly misspelled posters from anti-immigrant protesters, and for some reason I feel a little better. Click here to see the list….

Topics: Immigration

Questioned By a Moderator of His Peers

by Jonathan Adams on August 12 2008, 12:56PM

The presidential debates have been set, as well as each of their moderators. In the most historic presidential election in the country’s history, the moderators chosen to question the candidates are all old, white men: Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw,…

Topics: Media

Police Fatal Shooting Leads to Montreal Riot

by Jonathan Adams on August 11 2008, 3:15PM

Community leaders said many youngsters feel disenfranchised and are frustrated by what they see as heavy-handed police tactics. “What we are seeing are youngsters, a community that is in revolt because they don’t like they way they are being…


Update: NBA Double Standard for Spanish Players’ Racist Conduct?

by Jonathan Adams on August 11 2008, 2:30PM

UPDATE: h/t angry asian man After appearing in a team “slant eye” photo, Spain’s basketball team has responded to the controversy. Two members of the team, Paul Gasol and Jose Calderon actually play for the NBA and they said…

Topics: Sports

Justice for Women in Indian Country

by Jonathan Adams on August 11 2008, 11:40AM

Jordin Isip Native women are disproportionately victims of rape and other acts of violence, and now N. Bruce Duthu, a professor of Native American studies at Dartmouth, says in an NYT op-ed that tribal courts need to be given…


Toxic Waste of the Mouth

by Jonathan Adams on August 11 2008, 8:54AM

Pastor Robert Jones visited an environmental hearing last Wednesday in Sacramento about California’s plan to cut global warming emissions. Jones reminded lawmakers that this legislation greatly impact the lives of the poor communities of color that he serves. Apparently,…


L’Oreal Whitewashed Beyonce?

by Jonathan Adams on August 8 2008, 6:35PM

L’Oreal denies doing it, “It is categorically untrue that L’Oréal Paris altered Ms. Knowles’ features or skin-tone in the campaign for Feria hair color,” the rep said in a statement. “Beyonce Knowles has been a spokesperson for the L’Oréal…

Topics: Media

Color Commentary: Out With the Old Black Politics?

by Jonathan Adams on August 6 2008, 2:56PM

I’m still trying to work my way through this New York Times Magazine article about the generational gap between civil rights era politicians and their political progeny, namely Barack Obama. It’s going to be my reading for the train,…


Italy Deploys Minutemen, Blames Immigrants for Crime

by Jonathan Adams on August 6 2008, 7:33AM

Originally posted on Of América Italy Latest to Use Immigrants as an Excuse for Militarizing Sreets By Roberto Lovato No stranger to deploying totalitarian-lite methods before a severe economic and political crisis, Italia became but the most recent country…

Topics: Immigration

Nominate Your Favorite Black Blogs

by Jonathan Adams on August 5 2008, 2:33PM

It’s time for the 2008 Black Weblog Awards. Click through for the categories. 1. Aaron Hawkins Award This category is for bloggers that have been blogging visibly since January 1, 2003. This award can only be won once. This…


Freedom Train Productions Begins Summer Series

by Jonathan Adams on August 5 2008, 2:10PM

If you’re in Brooklyn, you should check out Fire!, a series of developing works from a few of New York’s hottest Black LGBT playwrights. Racewire contributor, Andre Banks, reviewed a show last summer, and I plan to enjoy this year’s…


Not You, But What You Did, Is Racist?

by Jonathan Adams on August 5 2008, 11:38AM

Jay Smooth does it again. Here’s his video “How to Tell People They Sound Racist.” We all have a friend that doesn’t mean to be racist. Though we did away with a definition of racism that is based on…


CDC Underrepresents Those Hardest Hit by HIV/AIDS

by Jonathan Adams on August 4 2008, 12:06PM

Originally on Kai Wright reports new CDC figures show HIV/AIDS more widespread than previously reported, a fact most black AIDS workers suspected for years. Using their new tool, CDC researchers went back and created new estimates for the annual…

Topics: Health

Germans Are Convinced Blackface Sells

by Jonathan Adams on August 4 2008, 11:43AM

H/T Black Women in Europe Blog Do you remember the UNICEF ads that ran in Germany? For some reason, a German ad agency thought it would be clever to cover white children’s faces with mud to bring attention to a…

Topics: Global Affairs

CHAMP Blogs International AIDS Conference:

by Jonathan Adams on August 4 2008, 9:15AM

Our friends at CHAMP are in Mexico City this week for the XVII International AIDS Conference, and they have recently launched a blog,, to be a home for community bloggers and other journalists to report on gathering. One of…

Topics: Health

Pew Survey Says Latinos Leaning Democrat

by Jonathan Adams on July 25 2008, 9:02AM

Hispanic registered voters support Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain by 66% to 23%, according to a nationwide survey of 2,015 Latinos conducted by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, from June…


LA County Commission Blames High Crime on Black/Latino Gang Violence; Study Shows Racial Bias in IL Traffic Stops

by Jonathan Adams on July 25 2008, 7:58AM

Study Shows Racial Profiling in Illinois Traffic Stops “Civil rights groups called Thursday for ending the state police practice of searching vehicles during routine traffic stops, citing new statistics that show Black and Latino motorists are searched more often even…

Topics: News Items