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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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Taking ‘Superman’ to School

This depiction of our nation’s teachers is typical of those who promote a particular reform agenda calling for charter schools, anti-unionism and merit pay based on high-stakes test scores. While it’s fine to promote this agenda, it’s also ethical to provide a balanced critique.

Posted on Oct 16, 2010 READ MORE


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Sept. 11 Happened to Us All

Tensions are high in Tennessee, as they have been all over our nation, in anticipation of the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Controversies abound. Mosque-building, book burning and threats of violence are making it increasingly difficult to separate what pastor/author Rick Warren is calling “church and hate.”

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The State of Our Interracial Unions

Though Dr. Laura’s comments are definitely offensive, what’s more offensive is that she really isn’t saying anything new. Throughout our nation’s long history of racial mixing, mainstream culture has regarded interracial relationships as abnormal.

Posted on Aug 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama on the Color Line

Here’s a question we might consider: Does Obama want us to talk about race while he effectively sidesteps the conversation himself?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Ed Zurga

Racism Reconsidered

In Obama’s America, negative connotations of race are but a relic of the past. But does this mean that it’s now fair game to play the race card in ways that might have been considered politically incorrect before Obama’s election? 

Posted on Jul 21, 2010 READ MORE


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What’s Not to Like About Civil Rights?

For Rand Paul, the issue is not about race and it’s not about guns either. It’s about government interference with privacy rights. But what Paul and others may not be remembering is that race, violence and privacy rights go hand in hand.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Matt York

Beyond Reasonable Suspicion

“You’ve been randomly selected for a search.” These are the words I heard as I was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection upon my return from a recent trip to Canada.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


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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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