Art is a ProblemDecember 2013
Joshua Decter grapples with art’s inherent contradictions; the Los Angeles race riots; and a contemporary artist’s social allegories in response to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Art is a Problem.
Jay Walljasper: Are Bike Lanes a White Thing?October 2013
The future of bike lanes in African-American neighborhoods.
The Effects of the Rio Grande Valley on a Scholarship BoySeptember 2013
Revisiting Brownsville, Texas.
No Mercy in MotionSeptember 2013
Five fucking years, I thought. This is what my brother’s life is worth in Mississippi. Five years.
Untold StoriesJuly 2013
New York Times bestseller Julia Scheeres discusses racial utopias, the mass “suicide” in Jonestown in 1978, and coming of age in an abusive Christian reform school.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Affirmative Action RefocusedJune 2013
Following the Fisher v. University of Texas ruling, some call for class-based affirmative action. However, critics warn that may be the end of black and Latino representation in American colleges.
Jaswinder Bolina: Avoiding the ObviousJune 2013
Poet Jaswinder Bolina discusses writing about race, the process of being translated, and more.
You Are The Second PersonJune 2013
You wondered out loud what writing “multiculturally” actually meant and what kind of black man would write the word “bro” in an email.
A Clear PresenceJune 2013
When I heard that Rodney King had died, two details in particular stuck out to me. One was that he died in a swimming pool. The other was that, earlier that day, somebody had heard him scream.
A Long Time to ChangeJune 2013
The former Black Panther on coming of age in the party, ongoing police brutality, and her recent memoir turned novel, Virgin Soul.
The Forgetting TreeJune 2013
What kind of person walks over the bones of slaves? / What kind of person is a slave to bones?
Editors’ Picks: Reading About RaceJune 2013
Guernica‘s staff brings you their favorite writing on race, in America and beyond.
Zahir Janmohamed: Writer of ColorJune 2013
On being asked to speak for a whole community and region rather than yourself.
A Question of FaithMay 2013
The debut novelist on the Great Migration and nation-building, conflations of race and class, and her “belief in belief.”
Colson Whitehead: Each Book An AntidoteApril 2013
Colson Whitehead on labels in literature, wearing genre drag, and getting lost in New York.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Another Race Case for a Hostile Supreme CourtMarch 2013
The court might well have opted to undo the fabric of race-conscious laws and policies thread by thread.
Lauren A. White: How To Be The Black Person Reading How To Be BlackMarch 2013
Reading Baratunde Thurston’s satirical memoir on public transportation turns into a social experiment.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: A Colorblind ConstitutionMarch 2013
What Abigail Fisher’s affirmative action case is really about.
Re-imagining DissentMarch 2013
The Nation columnist and law professor on dissent, privatization, and the future of racial equity.
Lucy McKeon: Django and JeffersonFebruary 2013
Two figures challenge simple ways of thinking about slavery and agency.
Nick Shapiro: Dreamscapes of DispossessionFebruary 2013
What does the Southern Wild say about the tame north and the new New Orleans?
Barbara J. Miner: The Meaning of ChoiceFebruary 2013
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.”
From Whence I CameOctober 2012
A White American goes to Cameroon in search of his past.
Intimate SpaceOctober 2012
Kelly K. Jones’s work explores the boundary between documentary and conceptual ways of image making.
South L.A., Twenty Years LaterApril 2012
What the riots wrought.
Gray AreaApril 2012
A transracial adoption teaches our writer that issues of race in the U.S. are anything but black and white.