The conversation about race next time

More on the Zimmerman trial soon, but first…

From Adam Nagourney in today’s New York Times:

The fallout over the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin reverberated across the country on Sunday from church pulpits to street protests, setting off a conversation about race, crime and how the American justice system handled a racially polarizing killing of a young black man walking in a residential neighborhood in Florida.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it has a certain repetitive feel to it:

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7 responses to “The conversation about race next time

  1. There’s a Feiffer cartoon from long ago. The narrator, in a sequence of panels, says something like, “I met this person. We had some drinks. We had this great conversation. . . ” Maybe there was even a description of the conversation. It continues. “Then [some amount of time later]. I met a person in a bar, we had some drinks, and we had this great conversation.” Maybe some interlude here and on to the final panel. “And then I realized: it was the same conversation.”
    If anyone can find this cartoon, or even remembers it, please tell me.

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  2. I would have thought the spike in 1995 after OJ Simpson’s trial would have been bigger. Hmmm… Maybe the NY Times didn’t cover all that crime stuff that LA was so absorbed in?

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  3. Trevor

    Google Ngrams corroborates the idea that the term came into popular existence in the mid-90s.
    (http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=conversation+about+race&year_start=1930&year_end=2008&corpus=15&smoothing=1&share=)

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  4. Angie Hattery

    Reblogged this on Angie Hattery.

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  5. Pingback: Who’s following Zimmerman and Martin, and to where? | Family Inequality

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