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Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: Police Are Still Killing Unarmed Black People

So far this year, 390 people have been killed by police, according to a Washington Post database of police shootings. Since the newspaper began tracking that information in 2015, about 1,000 people have been killed each year by police.

June 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: Walking While Black

Like everyone else in America, you undoubtedly know about the recent afternoon shutdown of 8,000 Starbucks stores for anti-bias training after the well-publicized handcuffing and arrest of two black men … Continue reading

June 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Lawson: For Jefferson Beauregard Sessions and my cousins Billie and Dave

When I was a boy in a Virginia suburb, The maids came on the bus each day, And cleaned and ironed and made us lunch. Outside, the colored vendor (“colored” … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 4 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: Becoming Stable Geniuses

Seeking New (and Very Old) Habits for a New Year A little over a year ago I wrote about the bloody nightmares rupturing my sleep and the night terrors gripping my little … Continue reading

January 30, 2018 · Leave a comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Billboard Not Outside Ebbing, Missouri

A few years ago, my wife and I were driving in Franklin County, Missouri. I saw something off the road, and excitedly said to her, “Honey, look — look at … Continue reading

January 29, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mike Schneider: Faith, Poetry, and James Baldwin

Prague Writer’s Festival, 2017 1. America on the Hot Seat A large pleasure it was this November (10th through 16th) to visit Prague (with my friend Jan) as tourists, Americans … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 6 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: How many Fergusons is it going to take?

I am from St. Louis. To be specific, I am from an inner ring suburb, University City. As I write, my community is embroiled in its fourth night of demonstrations … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · 5 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Libero Della Piana: When Protests Are Powerful, The Powerful Punish Protest

We are likely to see more State laws aimed at curbing protest. But we are going to see a lot more protest too. It’s our only option. When people feel … Continue reading

May 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: A Pebble on a Gravestone

In a rising tide of racism and anti-semitism around the world, vandals toppled and damaged more than 170 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in the St. Louis … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · 4 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Notes on the beginning of a revolution

I had a nightmare last night. Smoke in my house. I’m confused, afraid. I finally find a glow in my basement. I never did see the flames. I call 9-1-1. … Continue reading

January 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Rebecca Gordon: Home, Sweet Kleptocracy

Kabul in America A top government official with energy industry holdings huddles in secret with oil company executives to work out the details of a potentially lucrative “national energy policy.” … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

George Yancy and Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation

George Yancy: Recently, on Aug. 10, you were arrested along with others outside the courthouse in St. Louis because of the collective resistance against continued racial injustice and police brutality. … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · 2 Comments

Vanessa German: Go in Ferocious

Go in ferocious. make the eye contact. make the eye contact and tell every sister you see that you Love her. say.i love you. find every embrace and meet it … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

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