Victim or villain? Racial/ethnic differences in the portrayal of individuals with mental illness killed by police

News reports about individuals killed by police have dominated the news cycle in the past few years. But how are individuals killed by police portrayed in the media? Are there racial/ethnic differences in media portrayals? If there are differences, what are the implications for public perceptions of these killings? In

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Why A Wall Won’t Work

This humorous video made in 2015 provides a sociological explanation for why a wall does not block unauthorized immigration and why tightened border controls beginning with President Reagan paradoxically actually increased the number of undocumented immigrants. It does not address the question of whether immigration is good or bad and

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Asking the Wrong Questions About Protest

A protest field is like a ball game . . . [with] 12 teams, each trying to win with a somewhat different vision of what winning would mean, employing a wide variety of different kinds of tactics, forming temporary coalitions with other teams, trying to out-guess and out-think those opposed to their interests, and having somewhat different ideas of what the legitimate rules of the game are.

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