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Returning Home to an Odd Mixture of Progress and Retreat

Charlotte busingOnce the pride of the nation for successful desegregation efforts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has slipped back into separate and unequal status.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Legacy of Katrina

play_alt icon Video It has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and disproportionately affected its poor and black residents. Senior Fellow Sam Fulwood asks what have we learned since those dark days in Louisiana a decade ago.

by Sam Fulwood III, Kulsum Ebrahim, Andrew Satter | Friday, August 28, 2015

The Enduring Legacy of Julian Bond

Julian BondThe fight for racial justice and equality will not end with the death of leading civil rights activist and visionary Julian Bond.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?

Atticus FinchThe world that real and imaginary celebrities occupy is a messy and complex place. Heroes have no place to hide their shortcomings in the age of social media and diminished personal secrets.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Examining White Privilege

black lives matterA conversation with scholar Peggy McIntosh helps shed light on how public awareness of the benefits of being born white has evolved over the years.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Confronting White Privilege

Brother sister flag protestThere’s no reason for anyone to recoil from honest conversations about race.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Taking Down a Symbol of Hate

Confederate battle flagWhile removing the Confederate flag from outside the South Carolina State Capitol building is an appropriate and necessary response to recent events, is it enough to change Americans’ hearts?

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal

Rachel Dolezal protestThe social media frenzy around Rachel Dolezal exposes the fault lines of solidarity in the movement for racial justice.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In Trendsetting California, Grassroots Organizing Brings Progressive Change

minimum wage raiseCommunity organizers in California have secured important victories against austerity. Could this trend foretell a national movement?

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, June 11, 2015

Exploring Our Unconscious Biases

Travelers walk down the halls at an airport.A test that measures implicit biases offers some surprises that inspire both self-reflection and uncertainty.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Choosing Our Words Carefully

Waco shooting news conferenceTwo recent events—the shootout in Waco, Texas, and the protests in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray—highlight how the media’s language choices differ based on race.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Baltimore Underscores a Need to Rethink How We Address Poverty in the United States

A protester leads marchers in a chantAs Baltimore recovers from a week of tumult, what can we do as citizens to ensure that the unrest was the last of its kind?

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest

AP/David Goldman play_alt icon Video In this video column, Sam Fulwood III examines the underlying roots of the discontent in Baltimore, Ferguson, and dozens of other American communities.

by Andrew Satter and Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Ivy League Game of the Dozens

DysonLet black intellectuals debate their differences and settle their scores in wars of words.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Old School Love Recognizes the University of North Carolina’s Painful Past

Old Well UNCEven when it’s difficult to embrace, devotion to my alma mater demands learning and sharing its true history.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, April 1, 2015