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.
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...
April 3rd, 2013
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Dear Sticky Wicket, How do you think the new Pope will deal with the issues of gay marriage, abortion, and other controversial concerns of the people? ~Religion vs. Personal Freedom, Canada Dear Religion, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was renowned for his humility, compassion for the poor, and willingness to reach out to others well before he became Pope of the Catholic Church in March. He chose the...
January 22nd, 2013
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Dear Sticky Wicket, Why do you think the reaction to the shooting at Sandy Hook has been so widespread and persistently discussed in the news when gun violence against children occur in major urban areas on a daily basis? Do you think if the shooting had occurred at a poor urban school that the outrage would have been the same or as long lasting? ~Irritated in Chicago Dear Irritated, Last...
December 29th, 2012
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Dear Sticky Wicket, My white friends laugh at the suggestion that I am profiled, and followed by store detectives, when I shop, just because I am dark skinned. Is it just my imagination or am I targeted more often than my white friends? ~Black in Baltimore Dear Black in Baltimore, It is not your imagination. Historically, store detectives or “loss prevention specialists,” as they are now known,...


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