A few years ago, Brown University commissioned a study of its own historical connection to the Atlantic slave trade. The report found that the Brown family — the wealthy Rhode Island merchants for whom the university was named — were "not major slave traders, but they were not strangers to the business either."
Is the way that you speak to a business associate different than how you catch up with a friend? Do you talk to the opposite sex differently? How do you address people of other races? NPR has launched a new effort examining the overlapping themes of race, ethnicity and culture, how they play out in our lives and communities, and how all of this is shifting.
Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 7:14 am
A college classmate asked me, "Where are you from?"
I gave him the long answer: I was born in Guatemala, but my mother is from Nicaragua, and I have lived in the U.S. my whole life.
"So, you're Guatemalan," he said. No, I'm not.
I may have been born in Guatemala, but I was raised in Florida. Regardless of the fact that I have lived in the U.S. since I was 2 years old, most Americans would find it strange to hear my grandma occasionally call me media gringa -- a half-gringa.
One year ago Monday, Wade Michael Page, a gunman with links to neo-Nazi groups, went to a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and killed six worshippers. Family members, law enforcement and the larger community marked the anniversary over the weekend.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker praised the Sikh community for calling for greater understanding and peace.
As our colleagues at The Two-Way reported, Tawana Brawley, the central figure in one of the most bizarre and racially polarizing cases in New York City's recent history, has begun to pay part of the more than $430,000 judgment against her.
Brawley accused a group of men of having raped her repeatedly. Among those she accused were several police officers and a prosecutor.