Blog Archives

On the many meanings of the word “racism”: A prejudice primer

Monitoring public response to the Zimmerman trial, I’ve been struck by the obvious racial divide between (a) those who think the case was about race, generally people of color, especially Black people, for example Eugene Robinson or Russell Moore (but also many

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Language and race

Is it racist to call “no homo” homophobic?

After I wrote in my last post that “no homo” propagates a homophobic ideology, I encountered a number of people claiming that resistance to “no homo” stemmed from racism masquerading as a concern for gay rights. In particular Hakeem Muhammed writes, “While

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Ideology and social change, Language and race, Linguistic diversity, Prescriptivism and language prejudice

Google searches reveal stereotypes. Do they also challenge them?

If you’ve ever started typing something into Google and been disgusted by the suggested results, you’re not alone. Take a look at this screenshot from a search I just did: The seemingly tautological first result aside (although I think people

Tagged with: , , , , ,
Posted in Technology and language

Internet explanations for crime: Seriously now, racism isn’t dead

What causes violent crime? It’s an important question, and one that is at the heart of criminology. A large number of factors have been suggested as possible causes and found to correlate with criminal activity (check out this book for

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Human migration, Media discourse and media bias, Technology and language

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 448 other followers

Follow linguistic pulse on Twitter