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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
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Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and...

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AP / Jim Cole

Trumped-Up Racism

The certificate and its release prove two things most people should already know: Obama is an American. And, as Tavis Smiley put it, 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.”

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The Rise of Mad Masculinity

The first quarter of 2011 has ushered in the year of the “mad man.” Sadly, this idea is being turned into a commodity that can be consumed repeatedly across a range of media outlets.

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AP / Jason DeCrow

Mixed Race Beauty Gets a Mainstream Makeover

We need to remember that beauty and race are both social constructions—concepts societies create that may not actually exist in nature. As a result, beauty and race are associated with and impacted by class, immigration, gender, sexuality and marketing.

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The Coming MiscegeNation?

Does today’s focus on multiracialism mean that we’re finally seeing the end of racism? Or does it mean that racism has simply gone underground?

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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste—Except in Ohio

Kelly Williams-Bolar, an aspiring teacher and mother of two, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for sending her children to school outside her district. But in this time of economic crisis, it is hard to believe that a single mother such as Williams-Bolar is a criminal.

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10 Reasons Why the Slurs Should Stay in ‘Huck Finn’

If you find this book offensive, don’t buy it or read it. There are plenty of books that none of us have an interest in reading for one reason or another. We don’t rewrite them. We simply choose not to read them.

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Racism as a National Default Mechanism

In a speech regarding the Pigford lawsuit, Rep. Steve King implied that Obama supported the farmers because he is “very, very urban” and not because the USDA admitted its historical practice of discriminating against African-American farmers.

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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
Marcia Alesan Dawkins

Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles, California.She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication.She lectures, writes and consults on these and other issues related to contemporary communication through Truthdig and her books.

Dawkin’s books include “Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity”(2012), the Best Book Award finalist “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady (Hip Hop in America)” (2013) and her latest book “Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age” (2015). In addition to her writing, she has been consulted by Google, NPR, WABC-TV Boston, TIME Magazine, HuffPo Live, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, Voice of America, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America.

Dawkins has received funding and recognition from organizations such as the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, the Irvine Foundation, the California State University, Google Project Glass and USC Program Board.  In addition, she has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Brown University, Vanderbilt University Law School, New York University, Villanova University and the USC Graduate School Office of the Provost and was recognized with the Outstanding Professor Award in 2014. Most recently, she has been awarded with the SC Panhellenic Greek Professor Appreciation Award (2015) and Nominated for the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order ( 2015)

Dawkins recieved a doctorate in communication from USC Annenberg, master’s degrees in humanities from USC and NYU and bachelor’s degrees in communication arts and honors from Villanova.

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