Is It Time for Biologists to Stop Thinking About Race?

by NATHAN COLLINS from Pacific Standard For hundreds of years, we’ve relied on the concept of race to categorize people and, more often than we’d like, discriminate against people. The idea is now so entrenched in our lives that we can’t avoid dealing with its political and policy implications. But in biology and genetics, researchers argue…

How Voters React to Mixed-Race Families

By Jesse Singal from NY Mag We know race plays a major role in American politics, but over time that role has gotten trickier and trickier to fully understand. Until fairly recently, it was simple: Politicians could run openly on white-supremacist platforms and engage in openly racist messaging, and voters would reward them for it. Those…

Most Americans Get ‘Free Stuff’ From The Government

By FARAI CHIDEYA from FiveThirtyEight Who doesn’t love free stuff? We’re a country that turns every national holiday into a sale. You’re more likely to see a riot over discount video game consoles on Black Friday than over political debates. But in politics, “free stuff” has come to mean something very different. In 2012, Mitt…

Debunking the Tiger Mom Thesis

by TOM JACOBS from Pacific Standard What’s the formula for a successful life? That depends, of course, on your definition of “success.” But if you mean achieving wealth, power, and/or prominence in your field—the conventional American measures—”Tiger Mom”Amy Chua and her husband, fellow Yale Law School professor Jed Rubenfeld, have a formula for you to follow.…