Dick Price: In looking at the statement Martin Luther King Jr., made famous: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” you consider the profound step backwards fellow Americans made in electing a race-baiter and scapegoater, and you think, well, that arc must be very long indeed. But Maybe Richard and Mildred Loving can teach us a thing or two.
JP Sotille: Like a bristling political antenna, Trump picked up the growing unease in rural and suburban America and masterfully transmitted broad emotional, identity-based appeals rooted in the nation’s shifting demography.
David A. Love: Does a news host who claims Jesus and Santa are white have anything to say that we need to hear?
Returning to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man decades after parsing it as a college American literature class assignment just weeks from Donald J. Trump’s inauguration is a bittersweet experience indeed.
Mark Naison: To use eroticized and racialized animal imagery in wishing for his death, and doing even worse for the First Lady, crosses a line that no public official should be able to cross and still retain their job.
Scot Nakagawa: Poor black people continue be miner’s canaries and prophets of destruction, their experiences of oppression and exclusion still the tip of the spear of threats to democracy, the security of our citizenship, the stability and security of our economy.
Lawrence Wittner: Although racial, religious, and foreign minorities served as targets for political abuse throughout American history, African Americans were particularly useful along these lines.
John Peeler: The deeper truth that she calls to our attention is this: that many or most whites, North as well as South, are not comfortable with black advancement and will support measures that will contain that advancement.
Erin Aubry Kaplan: Black Lives Matter is related to the deportation question—Republicans will deploy the same troops to quell our protests. That’s scary. We’ll all be targets.
Manisha Sinha: The party of Lincoln that appealed to “the better angels of our nature” is now the party of Trump, which appeals to its worst devils.
Melina Abdullah: Why #BlackLivesMatter is dreaming of a building for a #BlackXMas in the wake of Donald Trump and why you should too.
he text that my spouse got when the election returns first started rolling in was an early harbinger of the brutal rout to come. His friend “Ted”, a white former union leader who’d been downsized a decade ago in his small town in northeastern Pennsylvania, proclaimed that he was voting Trump. “Build the f—ing wall,” […]
Berry Craig: Trump pandered to prejudice more overtly than any White House hopeful since George Stand-in-the-Schoolhouse-Door Wallace, Alabama’s segregationist governor.