Wed March 25, 2015
Arts & Culture

Real talk about race: W. Kamau Bell and the Elmwood Café

Comedian W. Kamau Bell performing his stand up act
flickr user Florida International University

In the auditorium of Willard Middle School, about 300 people have gathered, many of them sitting on those rickety school bucket chairs, the ones that make most adults hunch over awkwardly. Sitting on stage in front of a tattered green velvet curtain is an eight member panel; a combination of husbands and wives, comedians and scholars, teachers and students.

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Wed March 18, 2015

Daily news roundup for Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Black students at UC Berkeley meet to discuss demands sent to chancellor
Carlos Avila Gonzalez The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

UC Berkeley black students demand fixes to 'hostile’ climate // SF GATE

"Black students at UC Berkeley often feel isolated and even oppressed, says a campus group that wants the nation’s premier public university to step up recruitment of African American students and improve support for them.

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Sat March 14, 2015
Arts & Culture

Philosophy Talk asks: Should hurtful words be forbidden?

Some words, like n****r, ch*nk, and c*nt, are so forbidden that we won't even spell them out here. Decent people simply don't use these words to refer to others; they are intrinsically disrespectful. But aren't words just strings of sounds or letters? Words have life because they express ideas. But in a free society, how can we prohibit the expression of ideas? How can we forbid words? Where does the strange power of curses, epithets, and scatological terms come from?

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Wed March 4, 2015
FSFSF March 4, 2015

FSFSF: Kevin Avery's "black white guy" voice

Kevin Avery

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Thu February 26, 2015

Bay Area schools put race on the syllabus


Beginning next fall, all San Francisco public schools will offer a class called Ethnic Studies. It’s a look at American history and culture from the perspective of people who aren't white. It’s also a chance to break down race in the classroom, and deal with tough concepts like unconscious racism and structural inequality.

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