White / Black Ethnographers and the Question of ‘Access’

February 2, 2020

Some of the best in urban (and rural) ethnography—here and abroad—has white ethnographers peering into the lives of Black and other non-white people. Oscar Lewis (“The Culture of Poverty”);  Margaret Mead (Trobriand Islanders); Elliot Liebow (Tally’s Corner); Harold Foote Gosnell…

Disproportionately Black

November 8, 2019

Earl Smith, PhD – Sociology –  George Mason University   Angela J. Hattery, PhD – Women & Gender Studies – George Mason University    Black youth are currently confined in the criminal punishment system Blacks get longer criminal sentences than whites Blacks…


July 25, 2019

Earl Smith and Angela J. Hattery  Introduction Race matters (Feagin 2013; West 2000). Race also matters in Sportsworld. Race impacts virtually every aspect of our lives, from the opportunities we have to attend higher education, our access to health care, the…

The ugly underbelly of college sports and the muck and shady dealings that go into recruiting Student Athletes.

March 10, 2019

College athletics–especially football and basketball–has a lot of explaining to do. What, with the FBI and the charges brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York probing the wrongdoings, we have already seen the firing of…

The Catholic Church

February 18, 2019

Inside of this Catholic Church you have a Cardinal (Theodore McCarrick de-frocked from the priesthood) for raping young boys; you have priests raping nuns, then setting up sex slave rings and having them have abortions when they get pregnant; you…

Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion grievances with NFL

February 16, 2019

Deal?  $60-80 million. We remain suspicious. The NFL is a business and by settling with Reed and Kaepernick they, the league, can walk away free from having to disclose “collusion” by blocking the quarterback from earning a living. No athlete,…

Double Standard

February 12, 2019 “We know that voters will not support a woman that they do not like, even if they believe that she is qualified,” Ms. Hunter said. “But they will vote for a man that they do not like if they…

Racism in Solitary

February 1, 2019

Terry Kupers put it thus (2016:76): Solitary confinement units are the sites of some of the worst racism in prisons. Kupers, Terry. 2017.  Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It. University of California Press.

Exonerations = INJUSTICE

October 13, 2018

African Americans are over-represented among exonerations.    African American men (and some women) get arrested, convicted, incarcerated then spend, 15, 24, 30 and for Ricky Jackson he spent 39 years, three months and nine days in prison for crimes they…

October 12, 2018

The 49ers dropped @Kaepernick7 from their team photos. Why? @loumoore12  

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