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On Benedict Cumberbatch: Weirdness and Wormholes

Originally published at Breaking Modern:

The actor Benedict Cumberbatch has apologized for using the word “colored” to refer to nonwhite actors. He’s 38 years old, and that term has been out of general usage for much longer than he has been alive. Where did he get this from? There has to be an explanation …

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The 7% Solution

From the New York Times, August 19, 2014: “Encouraging more participation in the democratic process in a community that feels alienated from political power – hence the demonstrations – seems like an obviously good idea; and one that’s particularly compelling because it’s so simple. Voting is an alternative to protesting in the streets.” The establishment, especially Democrats, are starting voter registration drives and using Ferguson as a rallying cry in black communities. According to the statistics, blacks are 7% short of no longer falling prey to trigger-happy white cops.

Another Victory in the Struggle for Racial Equality

The fall of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling seems satisfying to those of us trying to build a more equal world. Meanwhile, the real struggle for equality continues, not least in America’s racism-infected justice system.

Ready for Hillary?

We’ve had a black president who disappointed us. Is America ready for a woman president who disappoints us?

Ladies Next

Hillary Clinton has titles, but few achievements, to her name. Her campaign is built on hype. People are more into what she would symbolize if she won — a first woman president — than what she would do. Sound familiar?

Hating Hatred of Hate

While considering Obama’s request for a Congressional authorization to use military force to attack Syria, Congressional Republicans are forced to choose between their hatred of him as a black man and their desire to blow up Muslims.

The Republican Spiritual Crisis

Right-wing evangelical Christians struggle with the emergence of Morman Mitt Romney as the Republican frontrunner.

The Race Gap Becomes a Chasm

During the economic collapse of 2005-09, the median wealth of Hispanics fell 66%, of blacks 53%, and whites 16%.

Even a Black Guy*

White-majority America points to its flirtations with Colin Powell and Barack Obama as proof that racism is in the past. But neither man is a typical African-American descendent of slaves.