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Annette Joseph-Gabriel: Hate heaped on black heroines of the French Resistance would look familiar to AOC and Rashida Tlaib

Black French women played important and often overlooked roles in the French Resistance. They served as spies, nurses and clandestine couriers.

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

James Q Whitman: Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

The US had race-based immigration law, admired by racists all over the world; and the Nazis, like their Right-wing European successors today (and so many US voters) were obsessed with the dangers posed by immigration.

April 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Desirée H Melton: Why report injustice when being justly treated is unimaginable?

As decades-old sexual assault allegations increase, so does the question: why didn’t women report it sooner? Shame, fear of reprisals and the unfortunately common belief that they are responsible for … Continue reading

December 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Tony Norman: They All Call to Ask, ‘What Do Black People Want?’

There’s a genre of letters and phone calls that every black person with a media platform gets on a regular basis. They all begin with the correspondent declaring his or … Continue reading

July 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Tasha Williams: The Surprisingly Long History of Racial Oppression in Coffee Shops

Centuries before two Black men were arrested at a Philadelphia Starbucks, capitalists met at coffee shops to profit from the transatlantic slave trade.  An illustration of Edward Lloyd’s coffee house, … Continue reading

June 9, 2018 · Leave a 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

Betsy Hartmann: Climate Change and Privileged Despair

People can and do cooperate in times of environmental disaster and stress—why isn’t that part of the dominant narrative? Doomsday panic is as American as apple pie, though the precise … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Clara Wilkins: The dangerous belief that white people are under attack

In August, the Justice Department decided to investigate instances of bias against whites in university admissions. Since then, campuses have been flyered with “It’s okay to be white,” and in … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · 4 Comments

Zenobia Jeffries: Charlottesville Was Not a “Protest Turned Violent,” It Was a Planned Race Riot

Isn’t it time for the media to be honest and call white supremacists the domestic terrorists that they are? In July of last year, after The New York Post ran … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

Oliver Willis: White House adviser loses his mind, attacks Statue of Liberty

The Trump White House again demonstrated how out of touch their views are of America, as senior adviser Stephen Miller launched into a defense of harsh immigration policies by attacking … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jose Padua: The Shape of Change to Come

When my five year old son painting with water colors on the scratched-up table in the kitchen of our hundred year old house suddenly takes his brush over to the … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Topher Sanders: “Only White People,” Said the Little Girl

Few things are more awesome than listening to kids playing on the playground. There’s magic in that mix of laughter and exhausted breaths — giggle, pant, giggle. Just the other … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 6 Comments

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