25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments


The system cannot fail those it was never meant to protect. – W.E.B. Dubois Marissa Alexander will spend more time in prison for not killing anyone than the person who shot an unarmed, young, black man, Michael Brown. The grand jury failed to indict anyone, much less Darren Wilson. When does that ever happen? That […]

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30 October 2013 ~ 7 Comments

But We Are Criminals: Countering the Anti-Racial Justice Frame of Immigration Reform

He can be known as the Abraham Lincoln of undocumented immigrants. But thus far, President Obama’s record on immigration is depressing and dismal. The first black President has deported more brown people than any other President in U.S. history. For someone working on building a racial justice movement, one would imagine that a headline such […]

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24 September 2013 ~ 0 Comments

How (Not) To Bring Down The Immigrant Youth Movement

The following is a guest post from Lindsay Schubiner, my partner. Step 1. Make sure you have no responsibilities in life so that you can devote all your time to your god-given duty to let everyone know that some immigrants have political opinions and tell really funny jokes. Step 2. Set up a virtual law […]

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24 June 2013 ~ 0 Comments

Affirmative Action Survives But Not For Long

My heart skipped a few beats today when the Supreme Court vacated and remanded Fisher v. Texas, to the Fifth Circuit, but affirmative action remains the law. The Justices are so scared of race and racial politics that they said a few words about the compelling interest provided by diversity, and told the Fifth Circuit […]

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22 May 2012 ~ 2 Comments

The Dharun Ravi Verdict

30 days in jail. No deportation. I’m thankful that a tragedy was not confounded by yet another tragedy. The media seems to be hell-bent on portraying this as a lenient decision where the perpetrator has expressed no remorse. It’s nothing short of racism. There’s really nothing else I have to say about it. I’m sensitive to […]

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16 August 2011 ~ 0 Comments


“Hi, do you have credentials to live here?” I looked up at him. Average-size, middle-aged, white male. Probably straight. “Excuse me?” Now women usually say “excuse me” not because we didn’t hear you correctly the first time. We say “excuse me” generally to give you a chance to correct what you just said so we […]

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17 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

A Final Note On #LGBTCIR

I had a busy week and several mentions in LGBT media after the New York drama that I have put squarely behind me. Of course, I anticipated differing reactions to what I had to say in The Advocate (Universal Stagnation and Immigration Reform Conundrum) and Ambiente. But some people are uninterested in recognizing the need […]

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20 April 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Moron of the Week: Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The idea that this guy could be a Pulitzer Prize winner somewhat explains America’s deficit in education. Ha. Kidding. What kind of person gets a little gun clipped to her or his tie? Arpaio is infamous for abusing prisoners, strutting on television, and arresting Latinos on flimsy pretexts. A whopping 2,700 lawsuits have been filed […]

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06 March 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Critical Race Studies Symposium

Where Am I – For several decades, racial discourse in both law and politics has arguably been dominated by the call for colorblindness, that we should aspire to “get  beyond race” and “see people as people not as skin color.”  While liberals and conservatives have differed sharply about whether particular race conscious policies are justified […]

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14 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

race is a proxy for 'illegal' presence

How ridiculous is it that the ICE is deporting US citizens in error?! How do you possibly goof-up like that? Read the article here I m just going to be blunt. I don’t see any white people mistakenly identified as “illegal” and deported to Europe! The victims of these egregious errors by the ICE are […]

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