Examination of Race and Law Adds Depth to Coverage

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Jean Marie Brown
May 1, 2012

There’s a little depth in the mainstream world courtesy of Salon, which considers race and the legal system and reports  on a program that advocates sterilizing drug addicts.  After that, the postings are rather slim as incendiary comments from politicians, celebrities and athletes take their usual place.

Salon features an interview from The Browser exploring how race and law affect each other  . . .  A program that encourages drug addicts to be sterilized is going global . . . The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, however, round up the usual topics with posts about the death of Skip Pitts, the guitarist who played the theme of “Shaft”  . . . HuffPost also links to the Bleacher Report’s post on athletes who throw tantrums; Amare Stoudemire leads the pack . . . Coolio’s cookbook is part of a roundup of odd cookbooks  . . .  N.Y. State Sen. Ruben Diaz, who is also a Pentecostal minister, makes news for comparing abortion to the Holocaust.

. . . I always thought it was kneeling, but when Paul Pierce does it after a game it’s now “Tebowing?”

. . . Coverage of game 2 for the Lakers centered on Kobe . . . And, why does Mike Tyson deserve forgiveness?  . . . Of note from Slate is the post on color preferences in India . . . And, sports columnist Jason Whitlock will defend college athletics during a debate next week.  

Another point of view . . . 

It’s also a typical day on the ethnic sites, and that means coverage of border patrol issues and black health, and recognition of a Civil Rights icon, mixed with the celebrity and pop culture fodder.

Loop21 reports on premature births among African-American mothers; this is based on research by a HuffPost blogger, but I haven’t seen it on that site’s homepage . . .  Loop21 also has a piece on racism and hockey  . . . Black nerds are looking for black love . . .  The Root reports on  a University of Virginia honor for Civil Rights legend Julian Bond  . . . Carl Thomas answers questions about his career and Brian McKnight’s tweeting . . .  There’s also a post on white songs made popular by black artists . . . The Grio highlights the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ drafting of a paralyzed player . . . Bobby Brown talks about Whitney . . . The FAMU hazing case enters a new stage . . . Mario Wire posts about the importance of the Hispanic vote . . .  And, the border patrol is increasing its use unmanned drones.


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