Stories by Chauncey DeVega

Chauncey DeVega, a pseudonym, is editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes. His essays on race, popular culture and politics have been published in various books and Web sites. He can be reached at subscribe to Chauncey DeVega's feed

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Pandora's Box of Hobby Lobby.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Watch as Fox and other conservative outlets purposely deflect or ignore this story.

Posted on: May 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When an entire social structure has been erected to reinforce the lie that white folks are "normal" and "Others" are "deviant," it can be very difficult to break out of denial.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the age of Obama, the phrase "white supremacy" is used in political discussions like an imprecise shotgun blast.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Terrorism is what "other people" do.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The question is not 'Is Ryan a racist?' but 'What type of racist is he?'

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The media does not acknowledge that black people should for reasons both historic and contemporary be terrified of white violence.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's all about maximizing the self via consumerism.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The old racism of KKK members, skinheads, and overt bigotry is an anachronism.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

No mainstream American film would dare to show the true range of white on black torture and cruelty that took place during slavery in the West because such depictions would not be believed by the general public.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Only liberals and progressives feel compelled to take the high road, never conservatives.

Posted on: Dec 12, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The right's politics of cruelty would have the poor, the brown and even children 'disappeared.'

Posted on: Dec 8, 2013, Source: AlterNet

An African-American professor was disciplined by administrators for making white students "uncomfortable" because she dared to talk about structural inequality in her classroom.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2013, Source: AlterNet

We defeated Jim and Jane Crow, yet we cannot find the will to beat back the power of the National Rifle Association.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Racial profiling is not just wrong; it doesn't help prevent crime.

Posted on: Sep 26, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The GOP's vote to gut food stamps is the latest in its campaign against non-wealthy Americans.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2013, Source: AlterNet

Jonathan Ferrell was in a horrific car accident and ran towards three police officers seeking help. They shot him dead.

Posted on: Aug 1, 2013, Source: Daily Kos

White elites and opinion leaders are wary of poor white people because they expose the defects of capitalism.

Posted on: Mar 18, 2013, Source: AlterNet

The historical Jesus would likely be subject to stop-and-frisk policies by the NYPD.

Posted on: Dec 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

America's obsession with guns has played out its dark game once more.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Dear conservatives: The right-wing media machine betrayed you.

Posted on: Jun 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

In the conservative media's alternate reality, racism only exists when white people are the "victims." This couldn't be further from the truth.

Posted on: May 14, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Mitt Romney is a bully. And he's just right for the GOP.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Just because more African Americans are incarcerated, it does not mean a given individual is more likely to commit a crime.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The killing of Trayvon Martin demands that we black folks engage in some real talk about our special role in American society.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Conservatives have created a story of white victimhood, because it is easier than critically engaging the real problems facing America.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2012, Source: AlterNet

The Republican Party is digging deep into the old bucket of white racism, using the politics of fear, hostility and anxiety to win over white voters.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2012, Source: AlterNet

Republican candidates are overtly signaling that whiteness and American identity are intertwined.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Contemporary conservatism has surrendered to a virulent, dystopian, and pathologically hyper-individualist state of nature.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Facts come second to faith in the GOP's populist brand of conservatism.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In a pitiable field of 2012 GOP presidential nominees, Herman Cain has found a way to stand out from the pack by learning to play the "black best friend" to the GOP.

Posted on: May 13, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Contemporary conservatives aim to disseminate an alternate version of reality through the media echo chamber and the schools.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In an era of racism without racists, the Tea Party GOP Birther brigands provide one more lesson in the permanence of the social evil known as White privilege.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In a recent survey, almost half of Mississippi Republican voters polled said interracial marriage should be illegal. Sad thing is, that's not even very surprising.

Posted on: Mar 17, 2011, Source: AlterNet

In New Hampshire, the stump speech of presidential hopeful Herman Cain revealed him as an apologist for white racism.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2011, Source: AlterNet

AlterNet contributor Chauncey DeVega responds to attacks from Breitbart and other right-wingers for his criticism of conservative presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Posted on: Feb 14, 2010, Source: We Are Respectable Negroes

The impenetrable stupidity of Sarah Palin knows no boundaries. Good thing she's white, or she'd be tarred and feathered as an "affirmative action baby."