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.
The future of bike lanes in African-American neighborhoods.
Revisiting Brownsville, Texas.
Five fucking years, I thought. This is what my brother’s life is worth in Mississippi. Five years.
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.
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.
Poet Jaswinder Bolina discusses writing about race, the process of being translated, and more.
You wondered out loud what writing “multiculturally” actually meant and what kind of black man would write the word “bro” in an email.
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.
The former Black Panther on coming of age in the party, ongoing police brutality, and her recent memoir turned novel, Virgin Soul.
What kind of person walks over the bones of slaves? / What kind of person is a slave to bones?
Guernica‘s staff brings you their favorite writing on race, in America and beyond.
On being asked to speak for a whole community and region rather than yourself.
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.