Saturday, October 26, 2013

racial profiling: stop and frisk

The Vera Institute has recently published a study on stop and frisk practices in New York City based on survey interviews with about 500 young adults. The full report can be downloaded at 

An excellent companion to any treatment of racial profiling is the short video, Stigma, produced in 2011 by the Yale Law School Visual Law Project. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

hunger amid plenty

This recent KQED documentary details the irony of severe hunger among workers in California agriculture.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

know the chain

Modern slavery is everywhere around us, and we are likely to be supporting it in terms of the goods we purchase!
As discussed in this Free The Slave Blog article slave labor is common in the supply chain of modern production. Now a new website, Know The Chain, spells out the extent of involvement of hundreds of corporations.

Sunday, October 13, 2013


What about those of us who belong to more than one subordinate group? For example, are you perhaps, black, poor, and female? This relates to the concept of "intersectionality." Check-out this great information graphic by Miriam Dobson that appeared several months ago in The Sociological Imagination