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African Americans

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 12, 2011 - Imagine driving through a low-income, high-crime neighborhood when you spot a group of hard-looking black teens hanging out on a street corner. It's midday, chances are they're high school drop outs. Would you park and approach them? Would you ask why they weren't in school? Would you ask about their hang-ups, challenges or other aspects of their lives?

Commentary: For African-American Tiger Moms

Jun 29, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 29, 2011 - The Tiger Mom approach to child rearing recently received lots of attention. Could one envision the Tiger Mom approach having an impact on the educational achievement of African-American children?

Commentary: Leaders or tokens?

Nov 16, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2010 - A recent Pew Research Center poll found that there is no consensus about a national Latino leader. My critique is not with the research but with the cultural tendency to frame questions about leadership and people of color in such a way. To be fair, the question was part of a larger bilingual national telephone survey that reached 1,375 Hispanic Americans. But to my knowledge, we have yet to explicitly survey White Americans to assess who they consider the most important White American leader in the country today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 29, 2010 - Growing up in Selma, Ala., Pamela Jackson used to sing a song.

"If you're yellow, you mellow. If you're brown, hang around. If you're black, step back. If you're white, you're all right."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 15, 2009 - Ted Savage played the game of baseball and Mike Claiborne broadcasts the game. Together, they made a fantastic double play combination during an entertaining and educational discussion of African-Americans in Major League Baseball – present and past - on Saturday at the Grand Hall of the St. Louis Public Library’s Central Branch.