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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

Video: “Buitenkant” (The Outside)

. Winner of the Jury Award at Shnit Worldwide Film Festival 2016. A homeless woman in Cape Town breaks into an apartment, where her experience turns into a complex reflection … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Maya Lewis: Civil Rights Are Green

A Concise History of Environmental Racism and Justice in the US I never knew the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C to be anything other than disgusting. My family would joke … Continue reading

October 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jessica Corbett: Celebrations as Bernie-Style Candidate Wins Mayoral Victory in Alabama

“This isn’t just a victory for Birmingham, it’s a victory for all of us” says Our Revolution’s Nina Turner, calling on progressives to “support local races all across the country.” … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Video: Dominique Christina reads “Mothers of Murdered Sons”

. Dominique Christina performs her poem “Mothers of Murdered Sons” at the 2016 Split this Rock festival. Dominique Christina is a poet and teacher who lives in Colorado. She is mother … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 2 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

Jose Padua: On the Persistence of Color as a Way of Seeing the World

Less than fifty years ago it would have been illegal for me to marry the woman I’m married to in the state where I now live. I didn’t know this … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: Turning American Communities Into War Zones, Death By Death

When It Comes to People of Color, the Police Make San Francisco “Baghdad by the Bay” In the photo, five of Beyoncé’s leather-clad, black-bereted dancers raise their fists in a … Continue reading

February 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vanessa German: My People Know about the Tears

sometimes i hate you. sometimes i hate you and i feel it rising up in my throat spine lips acid a neon shaft of rage through a red needle an … Continue reading

February 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Paul Christensen: The Paradox of Diversity

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the history of American immigration is all about bringing in scab labor to keep down wages and to force established workers … Continue reading

February 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

Jose Padua: Recollection During a Light Storm in the Valley

On 14th Street near Avenue B I’m walking in New York City during the short middle of a long summer day behind a lovely, young, brown-skinned mother pushing her child … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

George Yancy: Dear White America

In 2015, I conducted a series of 19 interviews with philosophers and public intellectuals on the issue of race. My aim was to engage, in this very public space, with … Continue reading

December 31, 2015 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: Isis – A Cup We Have Filled With Hatred

The claim to be a civilized society, the claim to be rational, advanced, even superior, is utterly bankrupt of any truth if, at those very moments when civility and rationality … Continue reading

December 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Leonard Pitts, Jr.: We don’t want to watch the police, but we have to

The question was first posed by Juvenal, a Latin poet whose life spanned the first and second centuries: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Translation: “Who watches the watchmen?” The old question … Continue reading

October 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

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