Columns by Dori J. Maynard

Rushed words

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

If all I knew about African Americans was what I learned from the media, I might sound like Rush Limbaugh too.

Last week, Limbaugh demonstrated that he does not have his finger on the pulse of the black community by announcing that the triple threat of high black unemployment, the fact that Tiger Woods' bad behavior was played out with a host of white women and President Obama's inability to specifically address the high rate of black unemployment has wrecked havoc with our emotional health.


Covering rape across the fault lines: a discussion

Monday, November 2, 2009

The account of a Richmond, CA teenager reportedly beaten, robbed and gang raped outside of her high school during the homecoming party has spread across the local and national news.

Reporting about a sensitive issue like rape is often tricky. This story, which touches on all the fault lines of race, class, gender, generation and geography, is no exception. After the jump we've linked to several of the stories, including pieces that discuss the victim's alcohol intake in varying details.


How Different Media View Racial Controversies

Friday, July 24, 2009

No matter the medium, the subjects were the same. Jesse Jackson made some rather unwise remarks about Barack Obama and the New Yorker published a satirical depiction of the Obamas that many thought missed the mark.


Bloggers Demonstrate the Difference Diversity Makes

Friday, July 24, 2009

Two days after the election both UNITY and the National Association of Black Journalists sent out open letters urging the media to redouble their efforts to diversify staffs in the aftermath of the historic election of Barack Obama.


Ta-Nehisi Coates, from Politics to Poetry

Friday, July 24, 2009
Go to Ta-Nehisi Coates' blog and you don't know if you're going to find a post on politics, poetry, the NFL or the world of videogames. A journalist who has worked at Time Magazine and the Village Voice, Coates started his own blog after being laid off from Time Magazine. Then, back in August, the author of the recently released "The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood," was added to the magazine's roster of bloggers at the

When is a Riot a Riot?

Friday, July 24, 2009
By now almost everyone knows that a group of demonstrators protesting against the killing of a young father by a transit officer splintered off and began a wave of destruction in downtown Oakland. Mainstream media outlets called it everything from a riot to a violent protest. Some bloggers referred to it as a civil unrest, rebellion or both a riot and civil unrest.

As Newspapers Implode, Diverse Voices Move Online

Friday, July 24, 2009
In a few weeks the American Society of Newspaper Editors will release its annual census. The census, created to capture an accurate picture of the industry's diversity, will also tell us how many jobs were lost in this year of layoffs, buy-outs and shuttered newspapers. As newspaper companies struggle with advertisers and audiences continuing to migrate to the web, the horrifying and at times mind-numbing rate at which the industry appeared to be imploding has take the question of diversity virtually off the table.

It's fabulous turning 51 on Facebook

Friday, July 24, 2009

This year for my birthday I got three calls. Two people sent cards. And I don't think I ever received so much attention in my life.

I have to say, it was fabulous turning 51 years old on Facebook.


Committed Fathers of Color: Everywhere and Nowhere

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


SOME YEARS my father's birthday fell on Father's Day. In many ways, that was appropriate. For all of his professional success, I think what gave my father the most profound sense of joy was being a dad.


Glimpsing the Worlds of Neighbors Online

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Over at, Kim McLarin points out the ridiculousness behind the rumor that floating "out there" exists a tape of Michelle Obama using the term "whitey."