race http://wrkf.org en Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth http://wrkf.org/post/ralph-ellison-no-longer-invisible-man-100-years-after-his-birth A <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ralph_Ellison_Monument_2013.jpg">monument</a> outside 730 Riverside Drive in Harlem, N.Y. — writer Ralph Ellison's longtime home — commemorates his life and his work.<em> </em>The marker, and many biographical sources, list his birth date as being 1914. Fri, 30 May 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Tom Vitale 27368 at http://wrkf.org Ralph Ellison: No Longer The 'Invisible Man' 100 Years After His Birth The Journey From 'Colored' To 'Minorities' To 'People Of Color' http://wrkf.org/post/journey-colored-minorities-people-color Language is and always will be an essential element in the struggle for understanding among peoples. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 01:32:35 +0000 editor 24499 at http://wrkf.org The Journey From 'Colored' To 'Minorities' To 'People Of Color' At 102, Reflections On Race And The End Of Life http://wrkf.org/post/102-reflections-race-and-end-life <em>Rosa Finnegan celebrated her 102nd birthday on Wednesday. She was born in 1912 — the year the Titanic sank. She stopped working at 101 and now lives in a nursing home in Massachusetts. Time has gone by fast, she says.</em><p><em>Below are excerpts from Rosa's interview, reported and produced by </em><a href="http://aridanielshapiro.wordpress.com/">Ari Daniel</a><em> and Caitrin Lynch. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:14:00 +0000 editor 22504 at http://wrkf.org At 102, Reflections On Race And The End Of Life Study: Stereotypes Drive Perceptions Of Race http://wrkf.org/post/study-stereotypes-drive-perceptions-race Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Governments, schools and companies all keep track of your race. The stats they collect are used to track the proportion of blacks and whites who graduate from school, for example. They tell us how many people identify themselves as Native American or Asian. They help us to measure health disparities between races. But there's a problem with all of those statistics and with the deeper way that we think about race. NPR's social science correspondent Shankar Vedantam is here to explain. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 09:55:00 +0000 editor 22416 at http://wrkf.org Growing Up 'White,' Transracial Adoptee Learned To Be Black http://wrkf.org/post/growing-white-transracial-adoptee-learned-be-black <em>A couple of weeks ago, </em>Weekend Edition Sunday<em><em> host Rachel Martin </em>spoke to <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/01/12/261835462/trans-racial-family-gets-double-takes-everywhere-we-go" target="_blank">Rachel Garlinghouse</a>, a white adoptive mother of three African-American children. Our conversation on transracial adoption drew a lot of responses, so we decided to follow up with another perspective. </em><p>Chad Goller-Sojourner is African-American. In 1972, when he was 13 months old, he was adopted by white parents in Tacoma, Wash. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 17:09:21 +0000 NPR Staff 21752 at http://wrkf.org Growing Up 'White,' Transracial Adoptee Learned To Be Black Conversation About 'SNL' And Diversity 'Just Getting Started' http://wrkf.org/post/conversation-about-snl-and-diversity-just-getting-started It may seem, now that <em>Saturday Night Live</em> has hired a black female <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/06/showbiz/nbc-snl-sasheer-zamata">cast member</a> and two black female <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/saturday-night-live-adds-two-669180">writers</a>, that the conversation about diversity on TV's most influential comedy show is over.<p>But it's just getting started.<p>That's because the surprise move by <em>SNL</em> executive producer Lorne Michaels to actually address criticisms about the lack of diversity on NBC's storied late-night franchise brings with it Sat, 11 Jan 2014 18:13:20 +0000 Eric Deggans 21164 at http://wrkf.org Conversation About 'SNL' And Diversity 'Just Getting Started' Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics http://wrkf.org/post/who-gets-be-superhero-race-and-identity-comics The <em>X-Men</em> comic franchise has proven remarkably sturdy in the half-century since its launch. They've spawned dozens of animated series and four major Hollywood films with a fifth due out this summer. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:56:09 +0000 Gene Demby 21160 at http://wrkf.org Who Gets To Be A Superhero? Race And Identity In Comics The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past http://wrkf.org/post/church-bathroom-stood-monument-segregated-past The old bathroom building behind Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in rural Vacherie, La., was little more than a shack. Hurricane Rita almost knocked it down in 2005. It finally got bulldozed in October.<p>Some members of the parish say that was long overdue.<p>When the bathroom building went up in 1959, one set of doors was painted white; the others were a different color. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:54:32 +0000 Amy Jeffries 21159 at http://wrkf.org The Church Bathroom That Stood As A Monument To A Segregated Past Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do http://wrkf.org/post/why-chaucer-said-ax-instead-ask-and-why-some-still-do <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0aB-f_pHfs</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHZwOqLrF2M</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Shereen Marisol Meraji 19596 at http://wrkf.org Why Chaucer Said 'Ax' Instead Of 'Ask,' And Why Some Still Do Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays? http://wrkf.org/post/legalese-aside-how-do-we-talk-about-race-nowadays This was a week in which the country was reminded of our continuing struggle with race — and how we're still not quite sure how to talk about it.<p>The conversation started with the actions of the Supreme Court: A key provision of the Voting Rights Act <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/25/195599353/supreme-court-up-to-congress-to-fix-voting-rights-act">was dismantled</a>, and the University of Texas was <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/06/24/195272169/justices-send-affirmative-action-case-back-to-lower-court">told to re-evaluate</a> its affirmative action policy.<p>But it soon moved to event Sat, 29 Jun 2013 23:07:00 +0000 editor 12682 at http://wrkf.org Legalese Aside, How Do We Talk About Race Nowadays?