Describing Skin Color in American Sign Language

Talking about Race in any situation — even in a university setting where teachers and students should feel safe to be blunt and congenial — can pack a certain, uncomfortable, stigma when bringing up the matter.

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The Minstrel Meanderings of Mitt Romney

In 1993, I was quite confused when I read that actor Ted Danson had put on blackface at a Friar’s Club meeting with his then girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg. How rude, I thought, to call back an old tradition that hearkens back to the early nineteenth century and insults a large group of people while being marginally amusing to very few. I thought that surely by the year 2012 we would be far past any kind of minstrel show. Well here we are and not only are we treated to a minstrel show, but one being put on by the Republican candidate for President of the United States, Mitt Romney.

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