RACIAL JUSTICE In his farewell address, President Obama addressed race and linked racism to perpetuating economic injustice and cultural insularity.
LAW AND ORDER, TRUMPISM AND "US AGAINST THEM" Protests in the streets, mass shootings, police shootings, political gridlock. What in the world is wrong with our country? I hear this all the time. It's hard for a sociologist to answer. We have so many variables running through our brains, all of which we are, by training, locked... Continue Reading →
THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST RACIST LIES IS A STATISTICS COURSE So I wasn't planning on posting today. I was perfectly happy with the traffic my most recent post received. I was planning on vegetating after a long week at work, watch a movie with my wife, eat some pizza. I came home, clicked on Facebook... Continue Reading →
OUR CHILDREN ARE GROWING UP IN A NEW AGE OF SEGREGATION I like to use an educational technique that I call The Serendipitous Curriculum. I've been ribbed about it by administrators in the past, but I believe it is one of the most powerful tools in education. The process is simple. Whenever an unplanned opportunity... Continue Reading →
Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner and the Process of Identity The Rachel Dolezal case is interesting in its consequences with regard to identity. One of the presumed defining features of our times is the seemingly flexible concept of personal identity. There was a time when identity was a fairly stable construct, but in what is referred... Continue Reading →
THE MUNDANE EXPLANATION FOR ABUSIVE POLICE PRACTICES I want to offer a brief response to Redditt Hudson's article posted in Vox today. Hudson, a former St. Louis police officer explains a theory shared with him by a former colleague. "On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will... Continue Reading →