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Tom Burlington and the N-Word Game

...full-text also available on The Root

Here we go again. From "Kramer" to Dr. Laura, the debate over the six-letter word is never-ending. Now a former local Fox TV anchor is taking the matter to court. Will we ever find consensus?

10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’

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It’s not surprising that the latest edition of Mark Twain’s paired classics, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn,” will remove all traces of nigger and Injun from its pages when our leaders confuse books with bars, Charles Dickens’ words with Leo Tolstoy’s, and omit slavery from Confederate History Month. Our leaders obviously aren’t reading. So why should we care about an old book like Twain’s? Here are 10 reasons.

Quoted in Wrightswords: "The Other Dumas" Seen Through American Eyes

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Dr. Dawkins shares her thoughts on mixed race casting and passing in The Other Dumas with Will Wright of Wrightswords.Com. "Prof. Dawkins said... that Mr. West isn’t completely off, but it ignores the complex history… We need to be more sensitive to how” these subtle and very sensitive questions are handled.

Racism: Our National Default Mechanism

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The latest racial gaffe regarding our president came late last month from Rep. Steve King of Iowa. By way of a little background, King’s comment concerned Pigford v. Glickman, a massive class action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture alleging racial discrimination in its allocation of farm loans and assistance to black farmers between 1981 and 1996. The USDA settled out of court in 1999, admitting to widespread racial discrimination against black farmers in its loan programs. About 15,000 farmers were paid a total of more than $900 million in the settlement, but tens of thousands of farmers filed claims after the deadline, and many charged that the government’s outreach had been insufficient and that they had incompetent legal counsel, causing them to miss their opportunity. In February 2010, President Barack Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack promised an additional $1.15 billion to cover the remaining claims, which was appropriated by Congress in December 2010.

Sept. 11 Happened to Us All

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FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Tensions are high in Tennessee, as they have been all over our nation, in anticipation of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversies abound. Mosque-building, book burning and threats of violence are making it increasingly difficult to separate what pastor/author Rick Warren is calling “church and hate.”

Mixed Chicks Chat: Episode # 153

Mixed Chicks Chat is the award-winning, LIVE, weekly podcast about the Mixed experience: interracial relationships, transracial adoption and Biracial / Hapa / Mixed identity. In Episode #153, Dr. Dawkins chatted with the Chicks about her experiences with multiracial identity and her research on racial passing as a viable form of communication. Enjoy!!

Stay tuned for her next interview with The Chicks on July 27, 2011.

Small Screen / Big Picture

Dr. Dawkins talks about the importance of "having a little faith" in race, religion and Fox's Prison Break.

Bridging The Corporate Communication Gap

Dr. Dawkins shares her expertise in organizational communication and millennial identity with Barbara Varma of Image Magazine in December 2009 for an article entitled, "Understanding the Corporate Communication Gap."

Everyone Looks a Little Bit Asian

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Like many other Hispanics, I am a member of Generation E.A. (ethnically ambiguous). Over the years I’ve been mistaken for just about every racial or ethnic combination—from Eurasian to Afro-Irish to Arab-Native American. This guessing game is something members of Generation E.A. are used to in discussions with acquaintances, classmates, co-workers and curious passersby.

Book Review: Digitizing Race

Lisa Nakamura’s Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, explores the culture wars of Web 2.0 as they are now emerging—from AIM icons, to pregnancy and ethnic quiz sites, to iPod ads and Trek Kelley’s “iPod Ghraib” remixes, to Jennifer Lopez’s music videos, to Six Feet Under, the Matrix Trilogy, Gattaca, and Minority Report.