Sticky Wicket Questions: American Culture & Immigration News Today

Questions submitted by readers that reflect the concerns, confusion, discomfort, and misperceptions we all have about people whose race, ethnicity, cultural and religious traditions are different from our own. Responses to submitted questions will come from sociologists, psychologists, educators, anthropologists, authors, researchers, and even other readers. This department will not typically represent an opportunity for freelancers.
February 19th, 2014
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Richie Incognito extends an apology on his Twitter page to teammate Jonathan Martin, team owner Stephen Ross and NFL investigator Ted Wells.
Based on the history and reputation of Richie Incognito being a bully in the locker room not only while with the Miami Dolphins but also while on previous teams, is his sudden apology for the use of racist slurs and sexual taunts sincere, smart or both? Miami Dolphins lineman Richie Incognito offered apologies to teammate Jonathan Martin, team owner Stephen Ross and investigator Ted Wells...
February 14th, 2014
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The famous photo of Malcolm X, juxtaposed with a racial slur, is part of the artwork for a new song Hip Hop artist, Nicki Minaj, is about to release.
Many believe Nicki Minaj misuses a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song. Minaj posted the photo Wednesday on her website and Instagram page, and received criticism for how she used the Malcolm X image. It's for her new song "Lookin (Expletive) (Expletive)." The title uses the N-word. After she was roundly criticized on social...
October 16th, 2013
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The protest song is widely considered to have reached its zenith during the social unrest and upheavals in the 1960s and 1970s.
Dear Sticky Wicket, Question:  Are black musicians as socially conscious in their songs today as they were 50 years ago? And, does society still need these types of songs? -- Songs of My Father, in Seattle Dear Songs of My Father, Protest and other socially conscious type songs have been around for at least since the 1300s according to some social scholars. The first such song was perhaps "The...
August 30th, 2013
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Dr. Wilmer Leon
Dear Sticky Wicket, Do Snowden Leaks Open Old Wounds for African-American Community? -- Just Wondering, Wasilla, Alaska Dear Just Wondering: The Edward Snowden affair has unique issues that concern some in the African American community, according to Dr. Wilmer Leon, a political scientist, syndicated columnist and radio show host. Snowden is the contractor who revealed that the National Security...
May 24th, 2013
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"I'm not a racist, but..." illustration
Are you racist? Do you use a racial slur or tell a racist joke and then declare, when called out, that you are not racist? It's almost a cliché. First, someone talking about blacks make references to fried chicken, watermelon, monkeys, or dogs - all stereotypes used to denigrate African Americans. Someone might even use the indefensible N-word. Then, along with the inevitable apology, comes the...

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