Gene Demby http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/another-murder-case-florida-sparks-national-outrage The Michael Dunn case is of a type that we see with harrowing regularity. An unarmed black man is shot and killed by a police officer or a white person. The shooter says he felt threatened.<p>The way we talk about those cases follows a pattern, too. The conversation quickly becomes about politics, about race, and the messy intersection of the two. Stand Your Ground. Stop and Frisk. The War on Drugs. All these things snowball into each other, and while the trials of their shooters are about the particulars of their cases, they are also about all the other gruesome cases that came before them. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Gene Demby 33826 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Another Murder Case In Florida Sparks National Outrage When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/when-will-we-stop-side-eyeing-relatives-who-dont-match Last week, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/10/25/240865629/roma-children-removals-make-us-wonder-what-family-looks-like">folks told us that that they found odd resonances in their lives</a> with the stories of several Roma children in Europe who'd separated from their families. Like those blond, blue-eyed Roma children in darker-skinned, dark-haired families, people said that their own familial bonds had occasionally come under suspicion from strangers, who thought there was a "racial mismatch" between parent and child. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:22:00 +0000 Gene Demby 31016 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org When Will We Stop Side-Eyeing Relatives Who Don't 'Match'? Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remembering-woman-who-gave-motown-its-charm In 2007, decades after Maxine Powell had retired from training a generation of black artists at Motown, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIZCG0auxzY">a reporter from a Cleveland television station asked</a> her whether anyone had been particularly difficult to work with.<p>Powell cut her off before she finished. "I don't have that," she said. "No one is difficult. Each person is a beautiful, unique human being. So if you have a problem and you're acting negative, you have been conditioned."<p>She went on. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 20:43:00 +0000 Gene Demby 30682 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering The Woman Who Gave Motown Its Charm For a Stop-And-Frisk Plaintiff, A 'Heartbreaking' Birthday http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stop-and-frisk-plaintiff-heartbreaking-birthday Not long ago, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/07/15/202049199/What-Did-You-Tell-Your-Kids-After-The-Zimmerman-Acquittal">we wrote about The Talk</a>, the conversation that many young men of color get from their parents about how to manage being seen as suspicious and navigate fraught encounters with police officers. It's why Nicholas Peart's story resonated with us. Peart, who lives in Harlem, was one of the plaintiffs in New York City's big stop-and-frisk case. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Gene Demby 29064 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For a Stop-And-Frisk Plaintiff, A 'Heartbreaking' Birthday