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Abby Zimet: Slipping Free of the Shame To Say His Name, Now More Than Ever

If he’d been allowed to live his “one wild and precious life,” Sunday July 25 would have been the 80th birthday of Emmett Till, who at 14 was kidnapped, whipped, … Continue reading

July 29, 2021 · 4 Comments

Chris Winters: Does Every Vote Still Count?

As far as crises of democracy go, this should be a hair-on-fire moment.

July 16, 2021 · 2 Comments

Alfred W. McCoy: America’s Drug Wars

Fifty Years of Reinforcing Racism

July 7, 2021 · 5 Comments

Mel Packer: Angie’s Place

Where back in the corner, there’s always some guy in a Pirates ballcap with skin like an old leather shoe who’s nursing the cheapest beer on tap….

June 19, 2021 · 3 Comments

Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When I Shut the Door

The news arrived by e-mail — a scribble of a long, single sentence, broken up, like little chunks of wood, the way a year is broken up into months and weeks, days, hours.

June 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Video: The Rifleman | Sierra Pettengill

Through meticulously assembled archival imagery, “The Rifleman” reveals the roots of the modern National Rifle Association, U.S. Border Patrol, and the gun lobby’s unyielding influence on national politics. (running time: 18 minutes)

May 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

Derrick Z. Jackson: Systemic Racism Continues to Plague Pandemic Response

The chaotic roll-out of the vaccines has meant that people with access to the internet, reliable transportation and flexible hours have a much easier time getting vaccinated.

April 20, 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 · 3 Comments

Abby Zimet: 75-year-old Chinese woman fights back against hate

She says we must not submit to racism, and we must fight to the death if necessary.

March 30, 2021 · 6 Comments

Jeffrey Sterling: What Happened on January 6th was America the Usual

As the drama has unfolded, the powerful words from James Baldwin linger in my mind when he said “How much time do you want for your progress?”

March 22, 2021 · 3 Comments

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

Jose Padua: To the Ruling Class and All the Fearful Acolytes of Its Pale Supremacy

the sweetly subtle strength of a great
and rarely spoken language

February 25, 2021 · 4 Comments

Rebecca Gordon: The Fire Next Time

If we do succeed in destroying ourselves, it seems increasingly likely that it will be by fire, whether the accelerating heating of the globe over decades, or a nuclear conflagration any time we choose. The good news, the flame of hope, is that we still have time — at least 100 seconds — to prevent it.

February 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

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