Eileen O’Brien: Too often, individual whites who get caught saying something racist end up giving what Michael Eric Dyson calls a “dress up, fess up” press conference that falls woefully short of actual remorse, and Northam’s was no exception to that pattern.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Because of the GOP’s continued aversion to diversity — people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, and Muslims, to name a few — the tribe has become an aging White nostalgic throwback of Jim Crow days.
Tom Hall: Covington School students are taught that the Donald’s overt racism is a proper approach to modern life. But their hats signal support for more than just racism.
Berry Craig: The racist Republican from Iowa was just 12 when the leader of the 20th-century civil rights movement warned that nearly all bigots were also union busters.
Julianne Malveaux: Who rescinds an award after it has been granted for statements that were not recently made, but are a matter of record? Angela Davis has long been an outspoken activist.
John Peeler: In Congress, as the book demonstrates with careful analysis of hundreds of roll-call votes, every reform was shaped to allow the southern power structure to continue its domination of African Americans.
Peter Laarman: Although he quotes Hamilton and Madison on their fear of “tumult and disorder” and their contempt for the “fickleness and passion” of the common people, Baker does not seem to grasp just how anti-democratic these periwigged white men really were.
David A. Love: The education and justice systems view children of color as culpable adults and deny them the presumption of innocence. Black girls as young as five are perceived as more grown up, less in need of protection and less innocent than white girls. Black boys as young as 10 are regarded as older and guilty, with dehumanizing racial stereotypes placing them at risk of police violence if they are accused of a crime.
John Peeler: Ta-Nehisi Coates has become perhaps our age’s preeminent black public intellectual, able to speak not only to African Americans but importantly to whites as well, to get across hard truths that even liberal whites don’t like to confront.
Our country has a rich history of forced removal of children from families. In essence, this is exactly who we are. This is who we have always been.
David A. Love: Today, neo-Nazis are using social networking to secretly organize and train a paramilitary force, and prepare for a ‘race war’ against Blacks and Jews.
Johnny Townsend: I found myself shocked by the racism and sexism I witnessed among some of my gay friends in New Orleans, disturbed that so many people seemed unable to transform their own suffering into understanding the suffering of others.
Sikivu Hutchinson: In an era in which African Americans continue to struggle with religious idolatry against a backdrop of socioeconomic and political disenfranchisement, Jonestown illustrates the steep price black folks paid to pursue what they believed would be a path to liberation.