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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

Video: James Baldwin debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Here is the full 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

February 18, 2020 · Leave a comment

Video: Segregated by Design

Black ghettos are no accident – how state-sponsored racism shaped US cities.

September 6, 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

John Samuel Tieman: The Journey of Jon Daniels

 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. During this time of increasingly virulent racism, it is well that we pause and remember … Continue reading

March 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

Abby Zimet: On Zinn and An Aroused Citizenry

A member of Code Pink protests as US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh arrives on the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Yolanda Parker: I grew up in the segregated South. For me, Supreme Court rulings are personal.

I fear a return to a time when our rights were considered secondary, if at all. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has a history of interpreting the law in a way … Continue reading

September 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

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 · 2 Comments

Kareem Tayyar: James Baldwin

I try to imagine you on a night when the moon is full. When the woman you are with did not have to leave the house before you. When the … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · Leave a 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

Jose Padua: Bold as Love

It was my end of the summer visit back home— to DC, from New York, from the train full of bad snacks and half-cold beer, and when I got to … Continue reading

February 14, 2015 · 1 Comment

Naomi Shihab Nye: On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine

I grew up in Ferguson, Mo.  No one ever heard of it, unless you lived elsewhere in St. Louis County. Then my family moved to Palestine – my father’s first … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

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