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George Yancy, Brian Burkhart: US Founders Demonized Indigenous People While Coopting Their Political Practices

In 1907, Peter Bryce did a study of Indian residential schools in Canada and discovered a 69 percent mortality rate among the students. Would you send your child to a “school” with a 69 percent mortality rate?

August 23, 2021 · 6 Comments

Robin D.G. Kelley and George Yancy: The Tulsa Race Massacre Went Way Beyond “Black Wall Street”

The 1921 Tulsa race massacre wrought widespread destruction. In addition to acknowledging the horror of that particular event, we must confront the systemic, genocidal, state-sanctioned, racist violence that is pervasive in the United States.

June 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Cornel West | The Whiteness of Harvard and Wall Street Is “Jim Crow, New Style”

We are bluesmen and women and we are never, ever surprised by evil, we are never ever paralyzed by despair.

March 12, 2021 · 5 Comments

George Yancy: White Journalists Are Still Using the N-Word. This Is an Intolerable Assault on Black Freedom.

Two white journalists have stirred debate over their use of the n-word. Historian Elizabeth Pryor offers her analysis. When I read about the two Black Capitol Police officers who were … Continue reading

March 5, 2021 · 9 Comments

George Yancy: Capitol Mob Reveals Ongoing Refusal to Accept Black Votes as Legitimate

Frederick Douglass embraced the promise of the Declaration, even while he condemned the United States as a land of hypocrisy, because people talk about freedom, but in fact they deprive millions of their freedom.

January 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: To Be Black in the US Is to Have a Knee Against Your Neck Each Day

What drives the current rift between white and Black America, and how as individuals can we effectively contribute to the fight against the worldmaking of whiteness?

July 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Noam Chomsky: Trump Has Adopted a “Viva Death!” Approach to the Presidency

In this interview, Chomsky provides insight on how we can best grapple with the current moment – and prepare for the sobering future.

June 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

George Yancy: Ahmaud Arbery and the Ghosts of Lynchings Past

As a black man living in Georgia, I am all too aware of the state’s history of lynching.

May 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Dear God, Are You There?

We are in a deep spiritual crisis that can’t be relieved by politics, or philosophy.

August 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: #IAmSexist

Men, listen up. In light of a year of disturbing revelations from the #MeToo movement and from last month’s profoundly troubling Brett Kavanaugh hearings and his eventual confirmation to the … Continue reading

November 12, 2018 · 1 Comment

George Yancy: Should I Give Up on White People?

You deserve to be punished with several fists to your face! You’re nothing but a troublemaker! I’ve had enough of your Racist talk! You’d better watch what you say and … Continue reading

April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Drucilla Cornell & George Yancy: James Bond is a Wimp

I conducted this interview with the influential feminist philosopher and ethicist Drucilla Cornell over the past month, as the #MeToo movement has gained force, and debates about feminist responses to … Continue reading

February 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

David Kyuman Kim and George Yancy: An Open Letter of Love to Kim Jong-un

一封充满爱意的信,致金正恩 Dear Chairman Kim Jong-un, We are certain that you will find this letter of love surprising. We offer it to you in the final days of President Trump’s trip … Continue reading

November 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Michael Simms: What is Destroying the Earth?

A sense of entitlement among Westerners is driving many of the environmental problems that are destroying our world. Lately, I’ve been thinking about my friend Carla*, a longtime environmental activist. … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 3 Comments

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