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.
January 8th, 2015
Written by The Associated Press in Race Relations, "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
The KKK, a secretive society formed in the post-Civil War South, is known as a white supremacist group who terrorized blacks.
What value did a bidder find in the Ku Klux Klan robe that was purchased at an auction? Curiosity? History? Tucked between children's Victorian-era button-down shoes and a World War I collar bag, one item stood out on an auctioneer's website touting an end-of-the-year sale: a Ku Klux Klan robe dating to the 1920s. The white robe, discovered in an attic by a New Hampshire woman in her 80s, bore...
December 9th, 2014
Written by Janice S. Ellis Ph.D. in Race Relations, "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 0 Comments
This KKK statue as an art form was displayed on the campus of the University of Iowa by a visiting professor and incited a strong reaction from black students.
Could any good come from the KKK art display that has caused such a stir at the University of Iowa? Apparently, a 7-foot-tall rendition of a robed Klansman prominently displayed on the university’s campus by a visiting professor was unwelcomed by many black students who made their objections know to university officials. The display was removed, without a strong reaction from university...
February 19th, 2014
Written by Steve Reed - Associated Press in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 2 Comments
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
Written by Mesfin Fekadu - AP Music Writer in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 4 Comments
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
Written by Alonzo Weston in "Sticky Wicket" Questions with 3 Comments
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...


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