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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
Marcia Alesan Dawkins

Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D. is Visiting Scholar at Brown University. She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication. ...

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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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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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Everyone Looks a Little Bit Asian

Sharron Angle’s recent confusing remarks about race and ethnicity serve a unique purpose. They provide an opportunity to open dialogue in a campaign season that has been more focused on economics than on ethnicity. Could it be that the two are connected?

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Marcia Alesan Dawkins
Marcia Alesan Dawkins

Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D. is Visiting Scholar at Brown University. She is interested in public policy, diversity, education, and communication.  Her forthcoming book, “Things Said in Passing,” looks at racial passing as a model for identity formation and communication in the U.S. from the late nineteenth through early twenty-first centuries. She lectures, writes and consults on these and other issues related to contemporary communication.

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