Gene Demby

Gene Demby is the lead blogger for NPR's Code Switch team.

Before coming to NPR, he served as the managing editor for Huffington Post's BlackVoices following its launch. He later covered politics.

Prior to that role he spent six years in various positions at The New York Times. While working for the Times in 2007, he started a blog about race, culture, politics and media called PostBourgie, which won the 2009 Black Weblog Award for Best News/Politics Site.

Demby is an avid runner, mainly because he wants to stay alive long enough to finally see the Sixers and Eagles win championships in their respective sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @GeeDee215.

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9:29am

Tue August 20, 2013
Code Switch

The Dream 9 Pushes The Envelope (And Their Allies' Buttons)

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 2:11 pm

The immigration activists known as the Dream 9 were arrested after attempting to re-enter the United States.
Samantha Sais AP

The national conversation around immigration has shifted dramatically over the past decade. That's in large part because of activists who have pushed to change the narrative around the undocumented.

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2:11pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Race

Read The Most Important Bits From NYC's Stop-And-Frisk Ruling

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:33 pm

U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled New York City's stop-and-frisk policy unconstitutional, and said the practice, as applied, unfairly targeted blacks and Latinos.
Richard Drew AP

Judge Shira Scheindlin has earned a reputation as an outspoken defender of civil liberties and a recurring foil for the New York City police. In her ruling in the closely watched stop-and-frisk case, Scheindlin criticized the police, and said the department discriminated against blacks and Latinos. She also said the police force has long ignored complaints about the way the tactic has been carried out.

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6:08am

Tue August 13, 2013
Code Switch

How Would You Kill The N-Word?

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 8:10 am

In 2007, the NAACP held a mock burial for the N-word to symbolize its campaign to stamp out the word's usage. But it's proved to be a hardy foe.
Carlos Osorio AP

We've decided to take a weekly look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology or just because it has an interesting story.

NOTE TO READERS: This is a post about one of the harshest racial slurs in American English. In the interest of forthrightness, we're going to use the slur throughout this essay. In other words, you'll see "nigger" used throughout the essay. We understand that the word is upsetting, so we wanted to offer people a chance to opt out now

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6:04am

Sun July 14, 2013
News

Crowds React With Disbelief To Zimmerman Verdict

Originally published on Sun July 14, 2013 10:12 am

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin came as a surprise to many outside the courthouse in Sanford, Florida, and around the country. Host Rachel Martin speaks with NPR's Code Switch blogger Gene Demby.

5:03am

Fri July 5, 2013
Code Switch

Who Will Be Our First Fake Latina President?

Originally published on Fri July 5, 2013 9:59 am

There have been more black Hollywood presidents — see Jamie Foxx, above — than there have been real-life black U.S. senators. WOMP.
Reiner Bajo Columbia Pictures

Jamie Foxx is Hollywood's latest black president.

In White House Down, which opened last Friday, Jamie Foxx plays the president of the United States, who teams up with a Capitol police officer, played by Channing Tatum, and battles terrorists who have taken over the White House. (As the A.V. Club points out, this is at least the third time that director Roland Emmerich has laid waste to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.)

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12:27pm

Mon July 1, 2013
Code Switch

The Secret History Of The Word 'Cracker'

Originally published on Wed July 3, 2013 8:21 am

Fun with homonyms!
iStockphoto.com

As you might have gathered from our blog's title, the Code Switch team is kind of obsessed with the ways we speak to each other. Every Monday in "Word Watch," we'll dig into language that tells us something about the way race is lived in America today. (Interested in contributing? Holler at this form.)

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7:27am

Fri June 21, 2013
Code Switch

Jeah! We Mapped Out The 4 Basic Aspects Of Being A 'Bro'

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 6:45 pm

Alyson Hurt NPR

What up, bro? What's good, brah?

This is the chant of the bro, an equally parodied and celebrated genus of young men. (They've been designated "bros" mostly because, well, they say "bro" a whole lot.)

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8:26am

Wed June 12, 2013
Code Switch

The Many Different Faces Of Marijuana In America

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 11:10 am

How fast are our stances toward marijuana changing? Washington, which legalized marijuana last fall, has had to acquire new drug-sniffing dogs who aren't trained to go after pot.
Elaine Thompson AP

On Tuesday, Vermont moved to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for quantities up to an ounce, replacing potential prison time for arrests with fines.

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5:03am

Sat June 8, 2013
Code Switch

So Single Black Men Want Commitment. Really?

Originally published on Sat June 8, 2013 5:56 am

Fun Friday tip: Gather your friends for a rousing game of searching iStockPhoto for images of "African-Americans" + "dating" (swap in your own ethnicity for maximum fun).
iStockPhoto

We recently found that single black men were much more likely to say they were looking for a long-term relationship (43 percent) compared to single black women (25 percent).

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1:56pm

Tue May 14, 2013
Code Switch

After A Mass Shooting, New Orleanians Rally Around A Local Tradition

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:01 am

Kenneth Terry with the Treme Brass Band plays the trumpet Monday during a community response to a shooting during a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans.
Sean Gardner Getty Images

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