The debut novelist on the Great Migration and nation-building, conflations of race and class, and her “belief in belief.”
Colson Whitehead on labels in literature, wearing genre drag, and getting lost in New York.
The court might well have opted to undo the fabric of race-conscious laws and policies thread by thread.
Reading Baratunde Thurston’s satirical memoir on public transportation turns into a social experiment.
What Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case is really about.
The Nation columnist and law professor on dissent, privatization, and the future of racial equity.
Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.
What does the Southern Wild say about the tame north and the new New Orleans?
What Milwaukee, home of the nation’s oldest school voucher system, can teach us about desegregation, measuring school success, and decoding the rhetoric of “school choice.”
A White American goes to Cameroon in search of his past.
Kelly K. Jones’s work explores the boundary between documentary and conceptual ways of image making.
What the riots wrought.
A transracial adoption teaches our writer that issues of race in the U.S. are anything but black and white.