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George Yancy: Let’s Honor Kevin Johnson by Dismantling the Systems That Failed Him

Last week, on November 29, the State of Missouri killed Kevin Johnson.

December 5, 2022 · 3 Comments

Video: The Act of Coming Out

In a documentary by Alexandra Stergiou, an audition reveals the range of emotions that accompany the acceptance of one’s sexuality.

December 4, 2022 · Leave a comment

Baron Wormser: The Nightmare of Power

Over and over, I read and hear about power. The United States is a power, a great power, a super-power locked in ineluctable contests with other powers that pundits comment … Continue reading

December 4, 2022 · 5 Comments

Video: Junkyard

In this award-winning film written and directed by Hisko Hulsing, a man is robbed and stabbed on a metro train. As he lays dying, a friendship from his youth flashes before his eyes.

December 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Clarence Lusane: The Decline of Democracy

White Christian Nationalism now forms the basis of the Republican Party and is now targeting every facet of public life.

December 2, 2022 · 3 Comments

Nancy Krygowski: “Here’s a Partial List of Mass Shootings in the United States So Far This Year”

Here’s the full list of the people the murdered have kissed.
Here’s a pair of slippers made of birds’ beaks, ear plugs made of screams.

November 30, 2022 · 19 Comments

Jacob Goodwin: America Should Not Be Governed by Fear—And Neither Should Its Teachers

Robust civic life requires a renewed focus on civics and history in our public schools and a reversal of a decades-long trend limiting instructional time.

November 30, 2022 · 1 Comment

Tony Gloeggler: Working Class Heroes

My father opened the trunk, 
tossed me my glove with a worn 
hardball tucked in its pocket, eased 
into a catcher’s crouch as I paced 
60 feet away.

November 29, 2022 · 8 Comments

Tom Engelhardt: When Will Climate Change Become the Crucial Issue in American Elections?

We’re now on a tipping-point planet.

November 28, 2022 · Leave a comment

Fred Everett Maus: Listening to Bach, Three Days after a Shooting

It’s quiet in the room where I am writing. 
Bright afternoon sun flows in, oblique, 
glorious light in these days of mourning, 
perfection pouring down on a shattered world.

November 25, 2022 · 4 Comments

Valerie Blue Bird Jernigan: Ending food insecurity in Native communities means restoring land rights, handing back control

For Indigenous people in the U.S., food is considered a sacred gift. Healthy and bountiful produce is received when we care for the land.

November 24, 2022 · 1 Comment

Philippe Labro: The Rule of Engagement

The Rule of Engagement, along with the coat and tie dress code, was one of the university’s two unbreakable traditions. It involved saying “Hi!” to everyone you encountered, or – if that person were first to greet you – responding in kind. I was taken aback at first, not so much by the idea of saying hello to a stranger crossing campus, but by the mindset that required me to say it, and say it, and say it again, all day long, no matter my mood and no matter who it was coming up alongside me.

November 23, 2022 · 2 Comments

Gerard Robledo: Off Brand Man

No woman
can resist a man who cooks for them,
my brother said. It’s your only hope to find love

November 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: A Sharp Turn to the Right

At the Federalist Society’s 40th anniversary gala, 2,000 aging, fearful, sectarian dinosaurs in tuxes and ball gowns applauded their sordid work holding back the tides of change and time.

November 22, 2022 · 2 Comments

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