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Abby Zimet: America’s Right Wing Is Some Stoked To Erase Our Historical Sins

Biden: “Great nations don’t hide from their history. They acknowledge their past, both the triumphs and the tragedies.”

August 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

Video: Why We Must Confront the Painful Parts of US History | Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Revisiting a significant yet overlooked piece of the past, Hasan Kwame Jeffries emphasizes the need to weave historical context, no matter how painful, into our understanding of modern society — so we can disrupt the continuum of inequality massively affecting marginalized communities.

August 19, 2022 · 2 Comments

George Yancy: If the State of the World Makes You Want to Scream, You’re Not Alone

We must face the weight of such social evils and be prepared to also face the ways in which we are complicit with them, especially when we are often indifferent.

April 16, 2022 · Leave a comment

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

Terry Blackhawk: My Father Goes to Sunday School

What are you doing here?
an elder asked, a deacon perhaps, or prayer leader.

February 21, 2022 · 2 Comments

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

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