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Derrick Z. Jackson: Roe v. Wade Draft Bodes Ill for Air, Wetlands and EPA

If Alito’s draft remains the foundation of the court’s final ruling, then he is also likely prepared to let white-run industry off the hook for fouling the land, air, rivers, and lakes, poisoning communities, which today are disproportionately of color.

May 23, 2022 · 3 Comments

Michael Simms: Brotherly Love

we’re afraid to look deprivation
in the eye, resent admitting our own dumb luck

April 2, 2022 · 36 Comments

James Baldwin: A Talk to Teachers

The obligation of anyone who thinks of himself as responsible is to examine society and try to change it and to fight it—at no matter what risk. This is the only hope society has. This is the only way societies change.

March 20, 2022 · 1 Comment

Lynn Levin: ‘Masquerade’ by Carolyne Wright

In her new poetry collection, Carolyne Wright recounts a love affair between two poets—he African-American, she white—from its rapturous beginning to its shattering end. Wright gifts us with that rarity in verse: a page turner.

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Carolyne Wright: Two Poems from ‘Masquerade’

These coastal nights in candle-flickering dark
I ride you easy, bare-backed and bare-breasted,
your sex straight up inside me like a second
spine.

March 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

Chard deNiord: “We Will Not Give Up on Each Other”: A Conversation with Major Jackson

We are living in an age of absurdity, but I am casting for wider seas.

April 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

Karima Sorel: What Would a White Woman Do?

While white women are protected and treated as the “weaker sex,” Black women have been cultivating a culture of matriarchal strength and endurance.

April 9, 2021 · 4 Comments

Derrick Z. Jackson: 2020 unmasked the truth about ‘all lives matter’

This is the year when we really learned that not even white lives matter to most white people.

December 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Rising Appalachia | Resilient

These times are poignant
The winds have shifted
It’s all we can do
To stay uplifted

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

Neta Crawford, et al.: Biden wins – what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court

Three scholars discuss what a Biden presidency may have in store in three key areas: race, the Supreme Court and foreign policy.

November 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Jennifer Ho: With Kamala Harris, Americans yet again have trouble understanding what multiracial means

While the debates about Harris’ racial identities may seem new given the recent media attention focused on her, they are similar to the commentary other high-profile mixed-race people have received.

September 8, 2020 · 1 Comment

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield: What the White Debate Stage Says About Racial Equity

Sanders and Warren are the only remaining candidates who’ve introduced policies aimed at addressing racial inequity, but many folks of color are skeptical of their commitment to those policies.

January 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Sheila Carter-Jones: Running into a high school classmate years after

I was the only, back then Negro, girl
in a class of four hundred waves splashing,
tossing me about in the crash

October 9, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

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