Julianne Hing

Julianne Hing
Julianne Hing Reporter / Blogger
Oakland, CA

Julianne Hing is a reporter and blogger for covering immigration, education, criminal justice, and occasionally fashion and pop culture. In 2009 Julianne was the recipient of USC Annenberg's Institute for Justice and Journalism fellowship, which funded a reporting project on the impacts of criminal deportation on immigrant families. She has covered police brutality issues from Oakland to New Orleans and in the summer of 2010 reported for Colorlines from the courtroom where Oscar Grant's killer, BART cop Johannes Mehserle, faced trial. Julianne became politically active in high school, and started organizing students in college around access and affordability issues. She earned her B.A. in social ecology at the University of California, Irvine, where she edited Jaded magazine, named 2007 Publication of the Year by Campus Progress. Julianne’s writing has appeared on AlterNet, Truthout, Hyphen Magazine's blog, The American Prospect's blog TAPPED and Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog at The Atlantic, Racialicious, The Root and New America Media.

Julianne tweets at @juliannehing.

“Waving While Latino”: NY Town Brings Anti-Immigrant Policy to New Level

by Julianne Hing on January 8 2010, 12:14PM

Every time I think anti-immigrant weasels have run out of ways to discriminate against immigrants, a gem of a news item comes along to slap me in the face. Like this one, out of Oyster Bay in New York’s Nassau…

Topics: Immigration

Schwarzenegger Calls For…What Was that? More Education Spending!

by Julianne Hing on January 6 2010, 6:11PM

Okay, so California’s action hero governor also called for an overhaul of the tax and pension systems and demanded more privately run prisons in his state of the state address today. These moves toward privatization will surely not be good…

Topics: Politics, Schools & Youth

Tiger Woods Covers Vanity Fair Wearing Nothing But A Skullcap

by Julianne Hing on January 4 2010, 2:29PM

So folks, what do you say? The photographer, Annie Leibovitz, should be well known to RaceWire readers as a shameless provocateur, with questionable race politics. We know Leibovitz’s track record. We know the cultural context of this moment in…


The Best of ColorLines 2009 For Your Holiday Reading Pleasure

by Julianne Hing on December 24 2009, 12:56PM

While I should be gearing up for the massive family and food extravaganza that is about to descend on my folks’ house tomorrow, I’m more in the mood to curl up on the couch with some good, meaty reading…


This Holiday Season, Immigrants Watch Out for Racial Profiling On Greyhound Buses

by Julianne Hing on December 22 2009, 2:23PM

Last Thursday, a coalition of groups led by the Immigrant Raids Rapid Response Network, formally threatened to organize a boycott Greyhound buses because Border Patrol agents have taken up residence at many bus stations to check travelers’ immigration status….


HP Face-Tracker Software Can’t See Black People

by Julianne Hing on December 21 2009, 5:08PM

Desi and his good sport of a coworker, “white Wanda,” demonstrate exactly how HP’s latest facial-tracking technology on their MediaSmart computer is absolutely no good for a dark-skinned person of color. HP responds: We are working with our partners…


It’s The Holidays At RaceWire!

by Julianne Hing on December 21 2009, 1:48PM

Good morning folks. RaceWire HQ (also known as the Applied Research Center office) is closed for the next two weeks but Jorge Rivas and I, your trusty RaceWire editors, will still be here to help usher you into the new…


Pres. Obama Accepts Nobel Peace Prize, But It’s Up to Us to End This War

by Julianne Hing on December 10 2009, 6:16PM

From President Obama’s speech to accept the Nobel Peace Prize today: There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified. I make this…


Justice Sotomayor Uses The Word “Undocumented” In Supreme Court Case Decision

by Julianne Hing on December 9 2009, 6:08PM

Mohawk v. Carpenter According to the Houston Chronicle, Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s use of the word “undocumented immigrant” in her opinion for the case Mohawk Industries, Inc. vs. Carpenter marks the first time the phrase has been used in a Supreme…

Topics: Immigration

One In Six Undercover Cops Harassed by Other Cops

by Julianne Hing on December 4 2009, 2:15PM

One in six undercover NYPD police officers reported having gotten into scuffles with other police officers who mistakenly thought they were suspects, according to a new study released this week by the NYPD’s police commissioner, Ray Kelly. The hope,…


There’s No Positive Way to Spin 30,000 New Troops And $30 Billion for War

by Julianne Hing on December 2 2009, 9:34AM

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy I watched the President’s speech last night and I am going to save you a little time by paraphrasing his 33-minute speech as follows: The war is not…


Darius Rucker Wins at The Country Music Awards, So What?

by Julianne Hing on November 25 2009, 7:50PM

One of my favorite comedians, Kamau Bell, has a line in his routine where he says, “Country music is the blues minus slavery.” Zing! But Juba Kalamka, our resident music critic at ColorLines, took the opportunity to explore what…


The South Asian Celebrity Parade at The White House State Dinner

by Julianne Hing on November 25 2009, 5:00PM

You ever had the experience where a white guy invites you over for dinner? And you show up and he’s cooked you a Chinese buffet to show you just how much he respects your cultural identity? He thinks it’s a…


Chia Obama: Racist Snub Or Just…Bad Taste?

by Julianne Hing on November 12 2009, 2:04PM

Here at the Applied Research Center we often talk about the importance of discerning between intention and impact when it’s time to assess the racial inequity in our midst. We have policies that on their face don’t even mention race…


Sonia Sotomayor On the Cover of Latina Magazine

by Julianne Hing on November 11 2009, 12:23PM

First, we celebrate. Justice Sotomayor allowed Latina magazine to photograph her inside the Supreme Court building for this cover shoot. And later we ask the questions that are on our minds: why did they wash out her skin like…

Topics: Media

The Green Equity Toolkit: Learn How You Can Fight for Equity in the Green Economy [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on November 10 2009, 5:29PM

Today our parent organization, the Applied Research Center, released “Green Equity Toolkit: Standards and Strategies for Advancing Race, Gender and Economic Equity in the Green Economy.” Get the tools, tips and racial equity handles you need to analyze and…


Maine Voters Repeal Gay Marriage Law

by Julianne Hing on November 4 2009, 10:06AM

Dems and Republicans will surely be spending the rest of the week parsing the political significance of the congressional wins and losses around the country last night. But the worst news came from Maine. From the NY Times: In a…



by Julianne Hing on November 2 2009, 12:00PM

News to make you doubt your sanity or at least start a petition.



by Julianne Hing on November 2 2009, 12:00PM

The good (and sometimes great) things people of color made happen.


ColorLines Reviews Precious, Even If You’re Not Going to See It

by Julianne Hing on October 30 2009, 10:54AM

Check out Juell Stewart’s review of the movie Precious on ColorLines. She provides a little political context for 1980s Harlem, where actress Gabourey Sibide’s character Precious was growing up. Stewart writes: But director Lee Daniels makes the critical mistake of…