Tag Archives: Race

A Simple Formula

Gawker’s latest in a 374-part series about the “racist” HBO show Girls includes a reference to searching for a “Black Costanza,” meaning someone on television to whom black viewers may relate—but who also happens to look like them. I think I’ve tracked … Continue reading

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Robot History Month is Back!

The plight of the noble robot is one that is both under-reported and under-appreciated.  The month-long April celebration of Robot History Month attempts to remedy those injustices.  Last year’s edition produced several fine pieces of content that honored the sacrifices … Continue reading

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An Abridged History of Pro Wrestling’s Ethnic Identity Crisis

Highlighting ethnicity or nationality to help get certain professional wrestlers “over” is a technique as old as the business itself.  The WWWF (later the WWF, now the WWE) used the origins of Bruno Sammartino (Italian), Spiros Arion (Greek), and Pedro … Continue reading

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Special Announcement: Robot History Month

The beginning of April brings with it many things.  Spring weather.  April Fool’s Day.  The opening weekend of Major League Baseball’s new season.  The impending resolution of March Madness, ironically enough. We here at the Axis of Ego would like … Continue reading

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NBA Scouts: “White College Basketball Star’s Whiteness Looks Pretty White From Here!”

I happened to peruse a New York Times article about Jimmer Fredette’s prospects as a professional basketball player this week.  I don’t normally read much sports coverage from the NYT, so twice in one week is noteworthy. In this case, the … Continue reading

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Demographic Maps Are Educational, Pretty

This isn’t particularly timely.  It could fairly be called “old news.”  But my discovery of Eric Fischer’s demographic maps predates the birth of this site.  So, I’m running it now. Here’s what you need to know:  Each map is a … Continue reading

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