mdawkins's blog

Featured on KPFK Truthdig Radio: On the Freedom Riders

...full audio available at KPFK's Truthdig Radio

Dr. Dawkins talks with Truthdig's Kasia Anderson about her experience meeting the Original and Student Freedom Riders during the 2011 Freedom Ride in Nashville, Tennessee.

Educator Spotlight in Campus Explorer's "The Explorer"

...full interview transcript available at The Explorer

Dr. Dawkins answers questions about the joys and sorrows of her career in education and writing. Stay tuned for her upcoming article for The Explorer on using popular culture in the classroom.

Common, Controversy and Coverage

...full text also available at Huffington Post and Brave New World

About a week ago Fox News started a “Common Controversy” about whether the Chicago-based poet and rapper should have been invited to a White House poetry reading by the First Lady.

50 Years of Freedom (Celebrating the Freedom Riders)

...full text also available at Truthdig

From May through November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by simply traveling together on buses and trains as they sojourned through the Deep South.

Trumped-Up Racism

...full text also available at Truthdig


Dispelling Donald Trump’s birther charges that Barack Obama is foreign-born, the president released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday. Politifact, the fact-checking site for politics, says its article about the issue (with a link to the certification of live birth) is the most popular item that it has ever published. The certificate and its release prove two things most people should already know: Obama is an American. And, as PBS host Tavis Smiley put it to MSNBC, the 2012 presidential race is shaping up to be “the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic.”

Featured on Truthdig Radio: "Mixed Race, Mixed Up"

...full audio available at KPFK's Truthdig Radio

Dr. Dawkins mixes it up with Truthdig's Kasia Anderson regarding her upcoming book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, and how the press uses 2010 Census results to remix the nation's multiracial history.

"Passing as Property": Plessy v. Ferguson and the Rise of Identity Theft

Dr. Dawkins gives Claremont University a sneak peek of her new book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity at the 2011 NAES Conference.

Fosberg's "Incognito" No More

...full text also available at HuffPo

The phone rings. I can't believe what I'm hearing. My father tells me about a book, a play and a man with whom he knew I would resonate--Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self Discovery and Michael Sidney Fosberg. As usual, Dad was right. By the time I'd clicked on Fosberg's website I knew I had to learn more. So, I ordered the book and a copy of the performance directly from the author. Then, I set myself to reading and watching.

The Rise of Mad Masculinity

...full text also available at Truthdig


The first quarter of 2011 has ushered in the year of the “mad man.” From Charlie Sheen to Chris Brown to George Lopez to Jared Loughner and David Prosser we’ve seen it all: everything from attempted murder to assault and battery, to polygamy, to verbal and emotional abuse against women. Sadly, this idea of mad masculinity is being turned into a commodity that can be consumed repeatedly across a range of media outlets.

Featured on KPFK's "Truthdig Radio"

...full audio available at KPFK's Truthdig Radio

Dr. Dawkins talks about her latest article on gender, culture and "The Rise of Mad Masculinity" as profitable entertainment and political problem with Truthdig's Kasia Anderson.