Viewing Florida’s Racial Geographies

If you haven’t heard of racial dot map projects, you’re missing out. A few years ago, Brandon Martin-Higgins at the MIT Media Lab, along with a friend who created social media dot maps (Eric Fischer), came up with the idea to show a selection of major American cities with a colored dot showing symbolizing every single person (based on US census blocks). The dot was colored based on the self-reported racial statistics by the 2010 census. The map illustrated how racially segregated America’s major cities remain, despite decades of “progress” in the many areas that created those invisible boundaries to … Continue reading Viewing Florida’s Racial Geographies

Isle de Jean Charles Speaks at Public Hearing on Relocation

The IdJC once claimed a territory of more than 22,000 acres. Years of oil and gas development, hurricanes, and climate change have reduced the island to a mere 325 acres today. The tribe lived mostly in isolation from the early 1700’s through the 1940s-1950s when the oil boom devastated their area. If anyone in the United States could be said the have the smallest contribution to climate change, it’s the people who lived on that island. Continue reading Isle de Jean Charles Speaks at Public Hearing on Relocation

After double homicide, LSU looks to improve campus safety

When two students were shot and killed execution style inside a graduate student apartment complex at Louisiana State University, the campus police and community realized they had a serious security problem. “There was this reaction of shock that this could happen on campus,” said Captain Cory Lalonde, Public Information Officer for the LSU Police Department. Continue reading After double homicide, LSU looks to improve campus safety