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City's Racism Task Force Unveils Report
Group focuses on five issues to combat institutional racism
DAILY News  April 4, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...On Monday, after five months of review, the city’s relatively new Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities released its anticipated report concerning how to help dismantle the glaring problem in ostensibly progressive Austin...."

TP&W’s Smith: No Racism Here
Parks & Wildlife director dodges 'Chronicle' article's allegations
DAILY News  August 21, 2012, by Michael King
"...Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith has issued an indirect response to charges of institutional racism made by some TP&W staff in Patricia Ruland’s Aug. 10 Chronicle story, “Parks, Wildlife, and Racism.”..."

TP&W Responds to Racism Allegations
Department director was 'deeply disturbed by the explosive ... allegations'
News Story  September 7, 2012, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...The Texas Legislative Black Caucus is investigating allegations of racial discrimination in the Texas Parks & Wildlife Depart­ment, reported by the Chronicle last month ("Parks, Wildlife, and Racism," Aug. 10)..."

TP&W's Smith: No Racism Here
TP&W Executive Director to bring up recent article in town hall meeting
News Story  August 24, 2012, by Michael King
"...Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Executive Director Carter Smith has issued an indirect response to charges of institutional racism made by some TP&W staff in Patricia Ruland's Aug. 10 Chronicle story, "Parks, Wildlife, and Racism." In an Aug..."

Mayor Forms Racism Task Force
With Austin's long history of systemic racism, why did it take this long?
News Story  November 23, 2016, by Mary Tuma
"...When Mayor Steve Adler came to work last week after announcing the formation of a task force to address the city's institutionalized racism, some colleagues took it personally: "Who are you going after? You're not aiming at me, are you?" he said they asked. To pacify those failing to acknowledge the painful reality of implicit racism or who simply remain unaware of it, Adler stressed that his new initiative isn't targeted at individuals, but rather at systems...."

Stand Up Against Racism
Postmarks  October 6, 2005
"...Whatever. About 25 people counterprotested: mostly some anarchists and socialists and a few others‚ like myself. There were understandably few representatives from the Latino community, since they don't need any more abuse than they are getting from this upsurge in racism. Curiously absent (not for lack of prior knowledge) were the liberals and progressives who say they oppose racism and stand for justice for the oppressed..."

Racism Report Released
Group focuses on five issues to combat institutional racism
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Mary Tuma
"...A breakdown of the task force's considerations and subsequent recommendations for each issue can be found online ("City's Racism Task Force Unveils Report," April 4). The 70-page report can be found at cityofaustin.github.io/institutional-racism..."

Parks, Wildlife, and Racism
Wardens recount longstanding, institutional discrimination against African-Americans at TP&W
News Story  August 10, 2012, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Fowler and Rao both graduated from the TP&W training academy in 1991. Their documents and the recollections of the African-American wardens portray a state agency that has been indifferent to institutional racial discrimination for many years, as well as to more direct, personal racism endured by African-American personnel – racism either ignored or condoned by supervisors...."

Mistaken Impression That U.S. Racism Problem Is Fixed
Postmarks  December 1, 2008
"...28 issue of the Chronicle ("Why Do We Always Have to Hate?") [Postmarks]: I must take issue with Mr. Metzler's comment that "since we don't hate African-Americans anymore, we have come out in droves to hate gay and lesbian Americans." Since the elections, many of us seem to be under the mistaken impression that by electing Obama, we have somehow "fixed" racism in the U.S..."

Public Notice: Tool of Racism?
CodeNEXT fears aired; hopes expressed
News Column  February 23, 2017, by Nick Barbaro
"...Then on Wednesday, the Statesman front page Metro section led with the headline, "CodeNEXT derided as tool of racism" by the mayor's own Task Force on Insti­tu­tional Racism. Ouch...."

UT’s Response to Racism Tepid
Daily Texan story prompts response from Fenves
DAILY News  March 30, 2016, by Mac McCann
"...Sauer and Henderson are appealing any potential discipline from the school, according to the Texan. In a statement noting that they have “zero tolerance” for such behavior, the national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization emphasized that “these men acted in isolation from the rest of the chapter, outside of any chapter event, and not on chapter property in their use of racially insensitive language towards non-member students” (though SAE has made national news for racism in the past)..."

Unfortunately, There Is Nothing Simple About Racism
Postmarks  February 1, 2008
"...Dear Editor, The Feb. 1 “Page Two,” Kings of Mean, was one of the most thoughtful pieces about race, racism, and civil rights that I've read in many years..."

Chock-Full o' Racism
Postmarks  June 7, 2017
"...Dear Editor, Hey! How much are you guys paying to print that shit "News of the Weird" in the Chronicle every issue? I know it seems like a little harmless levity, but have you ever actually looked at it? The damn thing is chock-full o' racism and bullshit libertarian dogma – in the most recent issue, it makes a bunch of snide remarks about Yale grad students trying to organize a union, smugly sniffing at their desire for more benefits "above and beyond the free tuition" they receive. And this isn't the first time this stupid column has done something like this! PLUS, it isn't even funny! How about y'all get someone else, maybe local, to write up something along these same lines, but free of the free-marketeering, libertarian, racist viewpoint the "News of the Weird" wants to push..."

Point Austin: Racism and Heroism
Reflecting on the Charleston massacre
News Column  June 25, 2015, by Michael King


Review Reflects Social Construction of Today's Racism
Postmarks  September 30, 2013
"...[Film Listings, July 31, 2009] and was horrified by her statement that the film was "a kind of dramaturgy that will be overly simplistic for most Western viewers." The implication that Western thought was somehow more complex than some "Eastern" way of thinking struck me as a despicable form of Social Darwinism. This week, her review of Baggage Claim [Film Listings, Sept. 27] again racializes an audience she judges as inferior: "Although there’s a strong likability quotient for everyone onscreen here, which ought to keep the movie minimally afloat among its target audience of black viewers starved for a new Tyler Perry offering, Baggage Claim should be left behind at the carousel." This is what the social construction of racism today looks like – distinguishing between groups and identifying them as lesser-than (in their taste or in their mental capacities). These types of statements should never be published in The Austin Chronicle, and the editors ought to do a better job of having them removed..."

It's Not Racism When the People Are Jerks
Postmarks  November 24, 2009
"...Dear Editor, Five months until the Texas Relays, and we are hearing about racism already. The public urination and fights are real, the gunshots are real, the traffic snarls (due to lines of cars ignoring red lights on the southbound I-35 access road) are real, and the assaults on local club workers are real..."

Racism Alleged at TCEQ
Lawsuit filed by two former Texas Commission on Environmental Quality employees accuses agency of racial discrimination, contends agency denied them promotion because they are black.
News Story  May 18, 2007, by Patricia J. Ruland
"...Adams and Moss are seeking compensatory damages and a permanent injunction against TCEQ. "This is a classic case of racism in the workplace, in which a supervisor's blatant racist behavior is allowed to go unchecked," Howard said..."

Anti-Immigration Letter Offered Phony Statistics Based on Racism Rather Than Sources
Postmarks  June 26, 2006
"...I've had this argument with other immigrant-phobes and they tend to use the same inaccurate numbers. Moreover, the writer seems offended by the belief that racism might be coloring their views..."

Baked Cookies and Racism at UT
Young Conservatives get national headlines, local contempt
DAILY News  October 27, 2016, by Richard Whittaker


The GOP's Racism Problem
Defeated railroad commissioner points out the elephant in the room
DAILY News  March 3, 2010, by Lee Nichols


Stay Vigilant Against Racism
Postmarks  May 5, 2009


McDonald Uses Dr. King to Justify His Intolerance and Racism
Postmarks  January 21, 2008


State Enviro Agency Accused of Racism
Three longtime African-American employees of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality go public with charges that they were denied opportunities for advancement and systematically blocked from salary increases
News Story  February 10, 2006, by Daniel Mottola


Written in Stone
History of racism lives on in UT monuments
News Story  May 28, 2015, by Mac McCann
"...Now, some UT students – the new student government included – are generating attention once more by advocating for the removal of the statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, one of several Confederate monuments that stand tall on the campus. As the student body pushes for the Davis statue's removal, UT is confronting its legacy of racism, immortalized in those monuments...."

In the Name of Innovation
Council considers institutional racism, a suitor for Brackenridge Hospital
News Story  April 6, 2017, by Michael King
"...City Council's agenda today (April 6), at 49 Items, is not unusually daunting and will likely not generate another post-midnight session. But there's plenty of political porter on tap, beginning with the formal presentation of the final report of the Mayor's Task Force on Institutional Racism and System­ic Inequi­ties (Item 29)..."

Point Austin: Race Matters
The Mayor’s Task Force on racism provides a lengthy to-do list
News Column  April 6, 2017, by Michael King
"...The other shoe dropped this week at City Hall, via the report of the Mayor's Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities – or perhaps the other 49 shoes, given the size of the task force, appointed in November as one response to two high-profile Austin Police Department incidents: the 2016 fatal shooting of unarmed teenager David Joseph, and the abusive 2015 traffic arrest (revealed a year later) of Breaion King. At its creation, Mayor Steve Adler emphasized that the primary focus of the task force would not be personal acts or attitudes, but the institutional structures that "create unjust and inequitable outcomes."..."

The Hateful Eight
Tarantino's latest opus screens in 70mm this week at two Austin venues
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Film Review  December 25, 2015, by Marc Savlov
"...Both films can be seen as QT’s none-too-subtle position on the deplorable state of race relations, and the deadly echoes of slavery in the United States. Tarantino’s message has always been crystal clear, if blood-spattered: Racism, any racism, is wrong, then and now..."

Art Should Be Brave...
James Earl Jones on Apartheid, Racism, and Hollywood
Screens Story  January 19, 1996
"...You can't be encumbered by insanity. And it is insanity, racism. You cannot let it stop you..."

White Dog
With typically blunt, disturbing, combative, unconventional storytelling, Fuller tackles the disease of bigotry with this story about a racist dog.
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Film Review  July 10, 1992, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Originally made in 1982, this long-suppressed film is finally seeing its initial theatrical release. With typically blunt, disturbing, combative, unconventional storytelling, Sam Fuller in White Dog tackled the disease of racism..."

Gook
An unlikely friendship develops in 1992 Los Angeles
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Film Review  September 29, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The image is a bit macabre, but haunting and compelling. Writer/director Justin Chon also stars in this authorial work about American racism, which won the Best of Next! Audience Award at Sundance 2017...."

Get Out
A stellar racially charged horror comedy
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Film Review  February 24, 2017, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Not only does this genre exercise deliver the little jolts and inside laughs that keep modern horror fans pleased, Get Out is also one of the smartest, funniest, and most socially astute films to come around in a while. Entrenched and perceived racism are put under the microscope, and then spattered to the four corners of the screen..."

Hell or High Water
Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, and Ben Foster shine in West Texas crime film
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Film Review  August 12, 2016, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...We’ve seen all the tropes before: the bank-robbing brothers (Foster and Pine), the bloated Texas Ranger (Bridges) who’s due to retire in a few weeks, the Mexican-American partner in law enforcement (Birmingham) who bears the brunt of his superior’s casual racism, the Indian casinos, the loyalty to family, and signs everywhere of widespread poverty, underemployment, and the greed of bankers. The screenplay by Taylor Sheridan calls to mind his previous film Sicario, a crime drama embedded in the American Southwest in which the endemic racism is part of a deeper study of the cultural milieu..."

The Human Stain
Despite some terrific moments, Philip Roth's words fail to stick to the screen.
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Film Review  November 14, 2003, by Kimberley Jones
"...The action is set during the Clinton impeachment trial and, in broader strokes, at a time when the grip of political correctness on the nation was nothing short of a stranglehold. It is during this time that a well-respected classics professor – the headstrong, seventysomething, and Jewish Coleman Silk (Hopkins) – resigns in disgrace over charges of racism..."

If Beale Street Could Talk
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins adapts Baldwin's tale of love and racism
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Film Review  December 21, 2018, by Richard Whittaker
"...It doesn't matter that he's a talented young artist, or that Tish (Layne) is pregnant with their child. Institutional racism, an unfair criminal system, and the raw injustice of the world will tear at them...."

The Happytime Murders
Puppet comedy crime caper is less Feebles, more just feeble
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Film Review  August 24, 2018, by Matthew Monagle
"...There are a few half-decent ideas contained in The Happytime Murders, most of which revolve around the fantastical racism levied on Los Angeles’ puppet citizens or the various ways that stuffing can be scattered to make up "gruesome" crime scenes. Taken purely as an exercise in analog special effects and the art of puppetry, this film is also a technological marvel, blending the real with the stuffed and creating a fully realized world from its opening minutes..."

Sweet Country
The modern Western goes to Northern Australia.
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Film Review  April 13, 2018, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Questions of morality are ever-present in this lyrical Australian Western in which racism, colonialism, and the merits of Western civilization’s influence on indigenous cultures are embedded as fixedly as the dust in the horses’ hooves and loosely sprinkled with every step. The ethical canvas, however, doesn’t get in the way of Sweet Country’s central engaging chase story..."

Lemon
Like Cannibal Holocaust and Woody Allen’s Interiors, Lemon falls under the category of great first-date litmus-test films. If you’re both on the same cinematic wavelength, you’ll either love or loathe...
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Film Review  September 15, 2017, by Marc Savlov
"...Also on hand is Jacobs' Tracy, another actor, who’s shown rehearsing Chekhov’s The Seagull to death with Alex, as Isaac rails against her performance. Isaac’s outré depress-a-thon looks to brighten when he falls for Cleo (Long), which also give Lemon some of its more sublime moments as it delves into the realm of clueless, white guy racism..."

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
Doc chronicles a shameful chapter in San Antonio history
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Film Review  September 16, 2016, by Josh Kupecki
"...That their fight continues to this day – they are seeking exoneration of the crimes, which would lay the groundwork for a civil suit, which the Texas legal system probably doesn’t want to happen as they would most likely lose millions of dollars – is a travesty. And that is what this film documents: racism, homophobia, misogyny, and exploitation of the working class..."

"Ann Johnson: Converse: Real Talk"
The artist has created a valuable space in which gallery-goers can sit and discuss racism in America
Arts Review  June 2, 2016, by H.C. Arnold
"...In our increasingly digital age of together-but-aloneness, her show is a timely challenge to the norm of social networking. She also wants us to talk about the post-racial lie we tell ourselves, as we wave ambivalence in the face of the obvious racism our country is still in the grips of..."

Point Austin: Firestarter
If you want to protest institutional racism, pick an actual target
News Column  March 26, 2015, by Michael King
"...I've been trying to decide which fleeting cultural phenomenon is more ridiculous: last week's knuckleheaded attempt by a drunk-attorney (aka "DWIbadass") to protest racism by posting racist stickers on several Eastside neighborhood businesses, or the subsequent online campaign by his sycophants to defend his actions as somehow "stirring the conversation" on Eastside gentrification, or (even more absurdly) as an "art piece" calling attention to official and public hypocrisy over Austin's rising land prices and their effects on working-class and poor people, especially minorities. Before Lawyer Looney YouTube tagged (or so he claims) those Eastside businesses, the folly goes, nobody in town was even aware that housing prices and property taxes are rising, and certainly nobody was talking about it...."

Frat Party Fallout
UT students are disappointed by admin's failure to nip racist parties in the bud
News Story  February 19, 2015, by Mac McCann
"...Now." Latino Community Affairs issued a letter of concern, supported by dozens of organizations, which made a similar point. Students also organized a United Against Racism March in protest..."

Black or White
Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer play guardians who fight over the custody of their granddaughter.
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Film Review  January 30, 2015, by William Goss
"...Then there’s Black or White, which futilely snuck into awards contention late last year. The reunion of writer/director Mike Binder and star/producer Kevin Costner for the first time since 2005’s The Upside of Anger may have once held promise, but following a year of pronounced racial turmoil in the public sphere and a handful of films already willing to meet the zeitgeist halfway, their liberal guilt trip about how racism makes white people uncomfortable too feels like lip service to issues deserving of less melodramatic treatment...."

Thunder Soul
Thunder Soul tells the story of the Kashmere Stage Band, and before the film is through this high school band you’ve never heard of will have earned a top spot on your personal hit parade.
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Film Review  September 30, 2011, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...In its heyday (1968-1979), this Houston high school band won several national contests, conquering racism with the strength of its music and travels as far away as Japan to perform it. The band was led by Conrad O..."

Next Day Air
A misdelivered package of concealed cocaine kicks off events in this comic film starring Donald Faison, Mike Epps, and Mos Def.

Film Review  May 15, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...Less an original film than a collection of narrative short ends culled from the likes of True Romance, Snatch, and half a dozen other, better cinematic tales of druggy, ill-gotten gains, Next Day Air is consistently unremarkable from its dullsville title on down. There are flashes of neo-blaxploitation/Nuyorican, pistolero action amid all the convoluted plot details, but this Philadelphia-set culture clash is a veritable melting pot of borderline, pan-American racism: Everyone here who's not white is either doing, selling, or shooting, and there's nobody white in this film..."

The Express
The story of Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner, is full of heart-pumping stadium heroics and quiet acts of dignity.
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Film Review  October 10, 2008, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...These were years that saw the team go from a garden-variety great-white-hope manufacturer to the home of African-American superstar Jim Brown (who would go on to become arguably the best football player of all time, one of the great social agitators in sports history, and an actor of incomparable gruffness) and the coming-out ground of Ernie Davis, the first African-American Heisman Trophy winner, who made a habit of breaking down racial barriers and defensive backfields before his untimely death from leukemia at the age of 23. Davis’ story is the subject of Fleder’s new film, The Express, and it’s a doozy, full of the kind of last-minute, heart-pumping stadium heroics and quiet acts of dignity we demand from our football films, mixed with heartbreaking historical incidents of violent racism that give viewers the chance to recoil in horror and indignation while resting uneasily in the hope that all that’s behind us now..."

Pride
Based on the true story of Jim Ellis, who created a nationally respected swimming program from an abandoned community center, Pride is a by-the-book sports film.
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Film Review  March 23, 2007, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Together they cajole and massage and threaten their young swimmers into looking beyond the temptations of the streets and finding self-actualization in the holy sports trinity of pride, determination, and resilience and reward them with plaques and musical montages for their troubles. All that stands in their way is an indifferent city government, the siren song of street life, and the crushing weight of institutional racism (every white person in Pride is a seething, spitting, fire-breathing burlesque of bigotry)..."

God Grew Tired of Us: The Story of Lost Boys of Sudan
This multiaward-winner from Sundance 2006 follows three “lost boys” of the Sudan, chronicling three years of their journey in the United States, while revealing as much about American life as African life.
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Film Review  February 2, 2007, by Marrit Ingman
"...After wandering sub-Saharan Africa on the brink of starvation and 10 more years spent in a United Nations camp in Kakuma, Kenya, they’ve come to the United States for a home, for opportunity, for hope – all freedoms indeed. They’ll also find sprinkle doughnuts, packaged food, second and third jobs, isolation, homesickness, survivor’s guilt, racism, depression, and the tyranny of the alarm clock..."

Bobby
Bobby looks at the lives of some everyday people who are about to get caught up in the avalanche of history when they become witnesses to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
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Film Review  November 24, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Together they create a universe of small and fleeting human moments – a world where minor struggles and interpersonal strife run parallel to the decade’s madness raging right outside the gates, soon to breach the walls. Estevez has a surprisingly sure hand both as a writer and director, and he manages to broach the most pressing issues of the day – drugs, Vietnam, racism, poverty – with a subtle touch..."

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Tommy Lee Jones has made a modern Western in the culturally askew tradition of Peckinpah, Huston, and Boetticher. Don't let the near-impossible-to-remember title keep you away from this singular and slightly surreal scorcher.
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Film Review  February 24, 2006, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The first half of the film is spent in the Texas border town as Pete tries to ferret out the truth about the death of Melquiades, a narrative that the sheriff (Yoakam) is completely uninterested in pursuing. Racism and complacency taint most of the characters, though Mike, the new transplant, reveals an aggressive bent toward the border-crossers and his dim wife, Lou Ann (January Jones)..."

The Honeymooners
Instead of reworking the original TV show’s subject matter regarding class and marriage, this is plodding mimicry featuring a predominantly African-American cast.
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Film Review  June 10, 2005, by Marrit Ingman
"...Schultz’s direction is plodding, with the artistic flair of spackle, and he seems to have instructed his cast to mimic their small-screen forebears down to the last gesture; more’s the pity, because a more radical reworking of the show’s subject matter (the myth of class mobility and the strain upon marriages whose partners sling the hash and fix the sewers of America’s largest and most contentious city) would be worth seeing, particularly with the film’s predominantly African-American cast. Instead, the film engages the issue of racism only once, in its only good joke: fashionably high-strung, glad-handing white partygoers are unable to distinguish two Asian musicians from Ralph (Cedric the Entertainer) and his doofy neighbor Ed (Epps)..."

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