The Supreme Court's landmark school-desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education, handed down 60 years ago this week, had little immediate impact on Dallas ISD. Schools remained officially segregated for years and de facto segregated for decades, as district officials slow-walked integratio ... More >>
This story originally appeared on Deadspin. Last week, we got word that the Fritz Pollard Alliance, chaired by ex-NFL player John Wooten, was pushing a rule change in the league that would penalize players for the use of the word "nigger" on the football field. The proposal involves a 15-yard penal ... More >>
Stories about my old hometown, Detroit, are no longer merely depressing. The word, depressing, just doesn't get it. Detroit is beginning to be fascinating. Its plight is almost mesmerizing, in a science-fiction post-apocalyptic kind of way. Terrible awful unbelievable story in The New York Times to ... More >>
In Dallas ISD, a fight over principals, race and a slice of the pie.
The internet is a perfectly efficient outrage generator. People need things to be super-pissed about, so that they can express their social positions to their friends; they burn through that outrage in an orgy of vague, well-intentioned social media protest; they look for something else to be super- ... More >>
Richard Railey is definitely not an idiotic, racist troll. Nope, he's just your average 56-year-old community college student, pursuing an associates degree in IT security while trying to form a White Student Union at Tarrant County College. Burnt Orange Report wrote about Railey's quest this morni ... More >>
A signed essay in Sunday's Dallas Morning News by editorial writer Tod Robberson suggested the historical lock-step loyalty of black southern Dallas voters to the Democratic Party has done them little good. It's safe to say something has done southern Dallas little good. In recent decades the ove ... More >>
At exactly noon on Monday, 16-year-old Bria Bradshaw and her mother Charmaine walked into Tommy Pak's Kwik Stop in South Dallas, then stopped short. There was a horde of men and women in the convenience store, black and Korean, and most were in suits. There were video cameras set up toward the back, ... More >>
Dear Friends Among Dallas Black Activists: Some of you have contacted me to ask me who this Uncle Tom son of a bitch Greg Howard is working for the Observer. One of you --- a guy with a long history of responsible activism -- called me from the picket line at the Shamrock Kwik-Stop on MLK Boulevar ... More >>
Led by a little-known minister, protesters rallied to run a Korean store owner out of business. Then they learned a little more about that minister.
A week ago Monday, two people picketed outside Diamond Shamrock Kwik Stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. "Don't Stop, Don't Shop," and "They're Using the 'N' Word," their signs read. The day after that, there were three. One snapped my picture for crossing the picket line and entering the stor ... More >>
"Here they go again," Reverend Kyev Tatum said. He laughed, but stopped abruptly. He was talking, of course, about the atheists. When we last caught up with the Dallas-Forth Worth Coalition of Reason, our local band of atheists, freethinkers and humanists, they were trying fruitlessly to g ... More >>
You need two things when you do the musical Hairspray: a fat girl to play the lead character, Tracy Turnblad, and a bunch of African-American kids to play the African-American kids. There are about a dozen roles for young black performers in this show, plus one for a big black lady who closes out th ... More >>
Do black politicos get harsher treatment in the courts? Let's talk about it.
Still can't get past the lawyer for the owner of the boycotted Shamrock gas station I wrote about yesterday. Busy. Says he'll call me back later. I called him this morning to say I still need to hear the owner's side. Here's my problem. Yesterday the lawyer wouldn't or could not get the owne ... More >>
Domingo Garcia and his council redistricting pals pull off a neat trick.
Via.Moments ago, Thomas Muhammad -- president of the Dallas chapter of the National Black United Front and organizer of Saturday's rally for Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price -- sent word that a Very Special Guest has been added the list of speakers scheduled to attend Saturday. That wo ... More >>
Photo by Patrick MichelsMiss him yet?Former Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa officially begins his new gig in Cobb County, Georgia, today. Hence, this morning's piece in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "New Cobb superintendent's job 1: Close students' achieveme ... More >>
Last week The Associated Press did a story about the disgust and dismay of black Americans confronting the birther issue. "I find it hard to summarize in mere words the amount of pain and rage this incident has caused," one man was quoted as saying at the top of the story. The story quoted b ... More >>
Clearly, Don Hill will no longer take this prosecution sitting down.We're still waiting on the preachers' letter to U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, but in an interview with Gromer Jeffers Jr. just posted to The Dallas Morning News Web site, Don Hill yet again claims he's being subjected to federal prosec ... More >>
Joyce Foreman On her blog yesterday, former Dallas Area Rapid Transit board member and political activist Joyce Foreman posted an item in which she called Dallas city council member Dwaine Caraway “[Mayor] Leppert's head Negro watcher at Dallas city hall.” There has been some tittering about it ... More >>
Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be honored by Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School on March 28. These were his spiritual sons, men he’d ordained into ministry and sent into a hateful world. And now they’d turned their backs on him. Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, a Southern holy man, the ... More >>
Rufus Shaw Services for Rufus Shaw and Lynn Flint Shaw will be held tomorrow morning, during a funeral mass at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Oak Cliff scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. In addition to their son, Ian Shaw, surviving the couple is Rufus’ son, Rufus Shaw III; his two daughte ... More >>
Lisa Lampanelli shocks the Improv
The listener-supported, commercial-free radio station WPKN-FM, based out of Bridgeport, Connecticut, produces a weekly public-affairs show called Between the Lines; it's lefty of the dial, as it were, and good stuff. This week, the show featured an interview with Mark Potok, director of the Southern ... More >>
The mess at City Hall goes back to ancient times
Plus: Defending Cheryl Smith, Ouch, Straight Outta Fiction
How do white people learn what to think about race? It's best not to think about it.
Feudal grudges and an imprisoned holy man in the Dallas mayoral race
Trenton Doyle Hancock benefits from the art world's peculiarly cynical twist on affirmative action
Is racial profiling less serious when the police chief is black?
Former Dallas Mayor Wallace Savage brought a conscience to unprincipled politics
Former militant M.T. A'Vant has a new object of scorn: the black leadership he once supported
DTC's Raisin is still riveting after all these years
Justice may be blind, but Dallas jurors aren't--particularly when it comes to race
With their sequined dancers, cardboard characters, and savage beauty-shop banter, Shelly Garrett's comedy plays don't get any respect from critics. But black Dallas knows better.
With Hispanics the majority among Dallas schoolchildren and a Latino superintendent in their corner, Jesse Diaz and other activists say
A politically dysfunctional DISD board heads into a May election that's looking so scary, few voters or contributors want to go near it
Why the hecklers heckle, and why Bill Keever's gotta go now
When Sandy Kress was school board president, he and Dan Peavy held private discussions on how to limit the influence of black school board members. Their conversations were captured on the Peavy Tapes, which Kress has fought hard to keep secret. Now, U.S.
The Rev. Sheron Patterson brings the word to black singles
Dallas' political rabble takes after minority students' best friend