The Persistent Geography of Disadvantage by RICHARD FLORIDA

“Inequality stems from place itself and is located in the urban neighborhoods that generations of African-Americans have called home. Despite the civil rights gains of the 1960s, there has been little change in the concentrated disadvantage faced by a large number of black families. Sharkey found that over 70 percent of the African-American residents of America’s poorest and and most segregated neighborhoods are the children and grandchildren of those who lived in similar neighborhoods forty years ago. The persistence of intergenerational poverty and economic disadvantage is thus inextricably linked to location and place.”

Paula Deen’s Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History By KIM SEVERSON, NY Times

“Ole Miss Turns Scary Racial Incident Into Teachable Moment” by KEITH O’BRIEN/NPR

How should a campus respond when there is a racial incident? Ole Miss, given their history, is choosing to confront the incident directly. This brings up many related questions for me, including: 1) how much have things changed?, 2) what is the role of social media in racist incidents and comments; and 3) how can you teach students about privilege, race, conflict, and history in today’s world in a way that increases understanding and builds bridges.