My coauthor Aaron Belzer and I have a piece on the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage Blog today about race discrimination in the sharing economy. It builds on recent media attention, particularly the sobering stories shared on Twitter under the #AirBnbWhileBlack hashtag, and incorporates some of the analysis from our forthcoming article “The New Public Accommodations.”
The Aurora theater shooting trial is big news in Colorado right now. Everything about this trial is unusual, from the 9000-person jury pool to the fact that one of the 24 jurors and alternates is a survivor of the Columbine school shooting who was childhood friends with the shooters and had gone to prom with one of the victims. I spoke with CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, and CCTV about some of the issues in the case.
I’m excited to share a new project I’ve been working on. It’s The RightsCast: a video podcast about civil rights. Every week I talk to a different professor about his or her recent civil-rights-related research. The conversations are edited to about half an hour and the video is posted on my YouTube channel. I’ll release a new episode every Wednesday at 2 PM ET, beginning this Wednesday, January 28, 2015.
The first episode features Scott Dodson (UC Hastings Law) talking about his new book, “The Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” The book will be available on February 1 and is available for preorder now. It’s a fantastic book with contributions from Nina Totenberg (NPR), Dahlia Lithwick (Slate), Judge Robert Katzmann (Chief Judge, Second Circuit), Tom Goldstein (SCOTUSblog), and a number of prominent legal academics. Continue reading
I talked to Denver Post reporters Kirk Mitchell and Jordan Steffen for this story on the Supreme Court’s grant in the Sixth Circuit marriage equality case. The story has a Colorado angle and also predicts what’s next for LBGT rights.
One comment about this otherwise very good story. I definitely didn’t use the phrase “gay marriage.” I would have said “same-sex marriage” or “marriage equality.” And I never talk about “gay rights” (depending on context, I probably would have said LGBT rights) or “gays” (I might have said “gay and lesbian people,” or “LGBT people,” or people who are LGBT”). As others have explained, it sounds a little archaic to talk about “gay marriage” and “gay rights.”
Last week I was part of a great discussion of the grand jury refusal to indict the officers responsible for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner on Colorado Politics from the Source. My co-panelists are former Colorado Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll, police use-of-force expert Dan Montgomery, and host Eli Stokols. Click here to view the half-hour long program, which aired on Denver’s Fox affiliate.