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.

It’s Official: Women of Color Feel Impact of Racial Wealth Gap The Worst

by Julianne Hing on March 9 2010, 1:23PM

Click to enlarge. It always helps to have research to confirm what you already know about racial inequity in America. But occasionally, even when the news is not new, the findings turn out to be appallingly dire, shocking even…

Topics: Economy

Californians Take to The Streets, Protest Budget Cuts, Tuition Hikes

by Julianne Hing on March 4 2010, 12:37PM

Actions are taking place everywhere today, on college campuses, school playgrounds and public squares all across the state and country. Here are some photos from actions this morning and protests happening right now in California as students, parents and educators…


How Exactly Does A Lasso Turn Into A Noose? And Other Thoughts On UC Campus Racism

by Julianne Hing on March 2 2010, 12:38PM

The student who left a noose hanging in the UCSD campus library came forward last week and has since been suspended. Yesterday, she apologized in a statement published by The Guardian, UCSD’s student newspaper. In her words: I found a…


Friday Twitter Break: Obama’s Healthcare Summit Smackdown

by Julianne Hing on February 26 2010, 3:05PM

There’s plenty of fresh news burning up Twitter right now: New York Governor David Paterson’s announcement that he won’t seek re-election—though people hardly seem surprised, and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers’ announcement that she’s stepping down, a legitimate surprise….

Topics: News Items

Noose Found in UCSD Library, And The Compton Cookout Fallout Continues

by Julianne Hing on February 26 2010, 11:15AM

The news we’re hearing out of UCSD has become increasingly disturbing. Last night around midnight students alerted administrators when a noose was found hanging in UCSD’s Geisel Library. The video above was taken this morning at a protest organized…


Varick Is Closing, But That’s Not The Answer to Our Broken Detention System

by Julianne Hing on February 25 2010, 11:20AM

The Varick Federal Detention Facility is days away from closure, and this should be good news. But immigration advocates and activists gathered today in New York City to demand that ICE evaluate policies that mandate that immigrants must be held…

Topics: Immigration

How Do We Talk About Police Brutality When The Cops Aren’t White?

by Julianne Hing on February 23 2010, 12:40PM

Yesterday, the verdict in the trial involving three New York police officers accused of abusing a young man of color was announced. Without even knowing the particulars of the case—say, for instance, that one of the police officers in question…

Topics: Criminal Justice

Blacks and Latinos Were Targeted with Subprime Mortgages, Keep Getting Shut Out of Recovery

by Julianne Hing on February 19 2010, 3:52PM

Today, President Obama announced a new plan to help five states fight through the ongoing impacts of the foreclosure crisis. I’m going to hold off on judging this new initiative, but the help has never been more urgent. Obama’s announcement…

Topics: Economy

Friday Twitter Break: Trying (And Failing) To Not Talk About Tiger Woods

by Julianne Hing on February 19 2010, 11:36AM

It’s Friday, time to catch up with our friends on Twitter and check in with the chatter around the web. Everyone’s trying—but apparently not hard enough!—to not give Tiger Woods and his public apology this morning any more airtime than…


College “Ghetto-Themed” Parties: The Awful, Racist Idea That Just Won’t Die

by Julianne Hing on February 18 2010, 3:15PM

You stay in this world long enough and you’ll reach the point where news can be shocking, but it fails to surprise you anymore. And so it is with the latest from the University of California, San Diego, and…


Greensboro: Closer to the Truth Screening Tonight in Oakland

by Julianne Hing on February 18 2010, 11:48AM

Tonight in Oakland, our friends at Youth Together are screening Greensboro: Closer to the Truth at 6pm at the First Congregational Church of Oakland (at 2501 Harrison Street). It’s part of a larger project to initiate conversations in six…


Fireworks Over Queer Groups’ Participation in Lunar New Year Parade

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 4:08PM

Tomorrow, February 13, 2010, a contingent of Vietnamese American LGBTQ groups will participate in the Westminster’s Tet Parade and Lunar New Year festival for the very first time. (Westminster, in Southern California’s Orange County, is home to the largest Vietnamese…

Topics: Media

Friday Twitter Break: There’s Plenty More Than John Mayer To Dish About

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 11:14AM

It’s Friday! And our friends on Twitter have plenty on their minds. John Mayer’s racist comments about Black women (and a whole lot more) got him into trouble all over the blogosphere earlier this week. And even if it resulted…


Shame On Oprah: Scolding Black Church Ladies About Diabetes [VIDEO]

by Julianne Hing on February 12 2010, 9:19AM

Last week Oprah and her phalanx of health advisers—Dr. Mehmet Oz, who they never let appear in anything but his surgical scrubs; Bob Greene, Oprah’s long-time trainer, and a new guy, Dr. Ian Smith, a Black physician—did a “Diabetes…

Topics: Health

The Best of The Worst Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

by Julianne Hing on February 10 2010, 11:35AM

We’re half way through the second week of Black History Month. Here at RaceWire, we are a little ambivalent about national celebrations like Black History Month, and many of those other lofty occasions like Cesar Chavez Day and Asian Pacific…


Friday Twitter Break: Haiti, Super Bowl, The Economy, Etc Edition

by Julianne Hing on February 5 2010, 9:53AM

We’ve got an eclectic round-up this week of the best of Twitter. People are sounding off on the new unemployment numbers that report a dip in joblessness; giving plenty of love to the New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, who…


Remembering Our History, Fifty Years After the Greensboro Sit-ins

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 10:40AM

We’re coming to the end of the first week of 2010’s Black History Month, and there are a bunch of big milestones to celebrate and remember. On February 1, fifty years ago, four Black college students named Ezell Blair, Jr.,…

Topics: History

Russian Figures Skaters Attempt to Skate to Olympics Gold With “Aboriginal” Routine

by Julianne Hing on February 4 2010, 9:27AM

Congratulations are in order for Russian figure skaters and favored Winter Olympics gold medalists Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin, who managed to make me let out an audible gasp when I saw this photo of them this morning. It takes…

Topics: Sports

The LA Times Tries to Personalize Content But Just Alienates People of Color

by Julianne Hing on February 3 2010, 3:00PM

I’m not sure how long this has been around, but we heard from our friends at MULE Design that the LA Times has introduced a new system intended to deliver content personalized to you, based on your interests and values….

Topics: Media

Even Colin Powell Supports Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

by Julianne Hing on February 3 2010, 9:59AM

Wouldn’t it have been so nice if Gen. Powell had this much guts and conviction when he was actually in office. But better late than never I suppose. The NY Times reports that Powell issued a statement today: In the…

Topics: Gender & Sexuality