Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: The Oregon state legislature passed a radical proposal to address racially motivated 911 phone calls. The problem is that it is not nearly radical enough.
Steve Hochstadt: Every survey and social scientific study demonstrates the continuing power of racism to distort and impoverish the lives of black Americans. What is relatively new is the congruence of the partisan and racial splits.
Norman Solomon: Biden shuttles between the billionaire class and the working class—funded by the rich while justifying the rich to everyone else. His aspirations are bound up in notions of himself as comforter-in-chief.
Pam Spritzer: People I claimed to hate, such as a Jewish boss, a lesbian supervisor, and black and Latino co-workers, defied my hostility. They treated me with kindness when I least deserved it, but when I most needed it.
Sandra Bass: Although my family had left long before I was born, the South permeated our home. It hung heavy in the air on Thanksgiving when the stink of chitterlings would linger long, long, long, after they were cooked and eaten.
Jamala Rogers: This year will mark the 400th anniversary of my people’s kidnapping to these shores. How are we assessing our past and applying the hard-learned lessons to our future?
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.
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.
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.
Berry Craig: Republicans, for the umpteenth time, are fishing for union votes with the social issues bait. They’ve been at for almost 40 years.
Dahlia Ferlito: Instead of shunning and extracting humans from our spaces, what would it look like to keep people in?
saw a Facebook video last night with someone calling Colin Kaepernick a cop-hater which suggests to me that we need to review a bit of history beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance, because it establishes the bedrock ideology for our culturally expected behavior, with regard to anthems, icons and symbols. The early European settlers who […]
Larry Aubry: Blacks and other racially defined minorities are no longer subject to legal segregation, but they have not been relieved of the burdens of discrimination, even by laws supposedly intended to do so.