Young, Gifted, and BlackMay 2015
The author on the genius slave musician who inspired his novel and the fallacy of a post-racial America.
Howard Zinn and Paula J. Giddings: I Plead Guilty (to Insubordination)March 2015
An excerpt from Zinn's 1960 piece on the young women of Spelman College turning into protestors, and historian Paula Giddings vividly looking back on Zinn and the Spelman experience fifty-five years later.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here’s Why.March 2015
You have grown up in a different country than I have.
Black Is the Color of My True Love’s HairMarch 2015
On interracial adoption in “post-racial” America.
Tim Gray: The Monochrome IndustryFebruary 2015
Retha Powers talks to the awards editor and former editor-in-chief of Variety about the Oscars, and Hollywood's diversity problem.
Raillan Brooks: #MyBlackTeacher is About the Black Lives That Matter to YouDecember 2014
When you know us, it’s harder to kill us.
Blackness as the Second PersonNovember 2014
The National Book Award finalist on chronicling everyday racism, the violence inherent in language, and the continuum from Rodney King to Michael Brown.
Divine AcquisitionOctober 2014
American Empires: The scholar of African-American religion on black megachurches and the marketability of the American Dream.
Lyzette Wanzer: TwistedAugust 2014
What if her braids / dreads / curls could talk?
Jess Row: Native SonsAugust 2014
A straight white American man on loving James Baldwin and learning to write about race.
Nikole Hannah-Jones: Segregation NowJuly 2014
A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet the legal mandate to integrate.
Scenes From a Life in NegrolandJune 2014
We knew what was expected of us. Negro privilege had to be circumspect: impeccable but not arrogant; confident yet obliging; dignified, not intrusive.
Ghosts in the Land of PlentyJune 2014
I always seek out the maids. I always want to help the janitors sweep. My wife says I have a Jesus complex. What I have is a class issue.
Talking Clean and Acting DirtyJune 2014
The “father of environmental justice” on the politics of protection and vulnerability.
Hey MamaMarch 2014
A black mother and her son talk about language and love in the South.
Walking With the WindMarch 2014
The Alabama-based lawyer on who we talk about when we talk about the Old South and how his project to locate and mark the sites of slave markets speaks the language of Southern history.
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.