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Selma, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Most Important TV Newsfilm of the 20th Century

The most consequential TV newsfilm of the 20th century records the beating of voting rights marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on March 7, 1965. It led directly to the passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act. With the 50th anniversary commemorations of “Bloody Sunday,” network and cable news channels have replayed that footage over and over. What’s its history? Why was it so powerful that it managed to galvanize a nation?

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Sherlock and the representation of Chineseness

In a text so concerned with updating the Victorian source material to the contemporary period, there is very little else to the representation of Chineseness; it seems that Sherlock Holmes can use SMS messaging and GPS tracking, but Chinese culture is rendered remarkably narrow via such reductive stereotypes.

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Nativist Stylebook Dictates News Writing

New immigration laws in Alabama are forcing schools to report the immigrant status of children and making unenforceable most contracts between citizens and undocumented immigrants and impacting Latina/o populations in the process. In this context, we must move away from the “i” word–illegal–when discussing undocumented workers and citizens.

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The Distribution of Sympathy and the Death Penalty

On September 21, both Troy Davis and Russell Brewer were executed in Texas. Despite differences, the two cases both demonstrate inequalities in the way individuals are able to appear as victims (or perpetrators) within legal procedure and decisions.

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