Source(s) of the Week: Syreeta McFadden and Laila Lamani

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“To deny ethnic and cultural differences – to say not only “I don’t see race” but that race is a choose-your-own adventure – is to erase the identities of those who cannot choose.”

Syreeta McFadden, in her Guardian US column on Rachel Dolezal and transracial identities

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“…The very idea of Muslims’ ordinariness is subject to debate in this country. By denying their Muslim compatriots the right to be boringly normal, what TV-bashing bigots do is restrict and define for the rest of us what it means to be All-American.”

Laila Lalami, in a Wall Street Journal commentary on the TLC show “All-American Muslim”

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Oliver Wang

 

Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the LA Times.

Wang is a frequent contributor to NPR and KPCC in California and runs the audioblog SoulSides.com. He teaches sociology at California State University at Long Beach, with a focus on race/ethnicity and social issues.

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Music Writer and Cultural Critic, Professor of Sociology at California State University at Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: Music, Sports, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Race & Ethnicity, Hip-Hop

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Info:

Email: oliverwang@gmail.com

Phone: (510) 593-3565

Twitter: @soulsidescom
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Dorian Warren: Race & Ethnicity, Labor & Social Movements, and Politics

Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at Columbia University

  • Areas of Expertise: Labor Organizing, Politics, Policy, Race & Ethnic Politics, African-American Politics, Urban Politics and Policy, American Political Development, Community Organizing, Social Movements, Social Science Methodology
  • Location: New York, NY

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