Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: The South Doesn’t Have a Monopoly on our Racist HistoryJuly 2015
We should take down the Confederate flag, but racism has always been and continues to be a national issue. A case study of Crandall v. State before the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1834 serves as a prime example.
Rob Spillman: Satire and Macro-AggressionsMarch 2015
Readpolitik: Paul Beatty’s The Sellout skewers the idea of “post-racial” society.
Wayétu Moore: The Evolution of BerniceJanuary 2015
Being an immigrant made me feel different, but it was the color of my skin that marked me as suspect.
Raillan Brooks: #MyBlackTeacher is About the Black Lives That Matter to YouDecember 2014
When you know us, it’s harder to kill us.
Janee Woods: A Different Kind of JusticeDecember 2014
Punitive justice won't bring back Michael Brown--or Eric Garner or Tamir Rice or Trayvon Martin or John Crawford. Why unraveling systemic racism starts with communities, not courts.
The Everyday ExtraordinaryDecember 2014
The poet and curator on expanding autobiography, the importance of elegy, and the centrality of blues to experience.
Andrew Johnson: On ImpunityNovember 2014
I’ve always been given the benefit of the doubt.
Rob Spillman: Yes, It’s about RacismNovember 2014
Readpolitik: On Claudia Rankine’s polemical poetry.
Mitchell S. Jackson: How To Catch a Racist, the Donald Sterling EditionMay 2014
Who decides the worth of black men in America?
Robert Reich: America’s “We” ProblemFebruary 2014
The growing divide that’s eroding our sense of mutual responsibility.
On the Rights and Privileges of Being an AlienJanuary 2014
A writer and mother learns what it means to be foreign and dark-skinned in the United States.
Brothers Writing to Live: A Statement on the Reclamation of All Black LifeJuly 2013
For Trayvon, Marissa, and Jordan.
Ikhide Ikheloa: Notes from my Middle PassageJune 2013
Nothing could prepare me for America.
Robert Reich: The Xenophobe PartyApril 2013
Can we just get a grip? Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is a naturalized American citizen.
Not much ever happened in Blaustein, but, even if it did, I would still remember the words she said, because it was the first time I’d heard them used, and their meaning, the parentheses they opened in my German existence every time someone used them, shocked me and made me feel like an intruder.
Meaghan Winter: Walking While FurtiveMarch 2013
A look inside the courtroom on the opening day of Floyd v. NYC, the class-action lawsuit challenging the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
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.”
Sasha Houston Brown: Nothing Says Native American Like White Stars in HeaddressesDecember 2012
How American Indian identity is reflected in pop culture.
Rachel Riederer: How the Million Hoodies March Quells Our Unreasonable FearsMarch 2012
Hoodiephobia is real, irrational, racial—and that’s why the Million Hoodies March is so important.