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Sam Fulwood III Archives

In Response to the Unknown and Faceless

Man typing on computerA recent “Race and Beyond” column about Pat Buchanan got the attention of readers from all corners of the Internet, and many of the responses, while negative, are nonetheless eye-opening.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, May 26, 2016

Buchanan’s Fantasy Past Isn’t Prologue to America’s Future

Pat BuchananSyndicated columnist Pat Buchanan is pushing an outdated vision of America—one that fails to take into account the many contributions of people of color, immigrants, and LGBT people.

by Sam Fulwood III | Friday, May 13, 2016

At Long Last, A Wrong Righted for Disenfranchised Virginians

Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaksVirginia should be commended for restoring voting rights to 210,000 felons who have lawfully served their time.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Problem with the National Response to Police Racism

People protest police crimes in Chicago.Police behavior in American cities such as Chicago should no longer come as a surprise.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 21, 2016

Add Cultural Critic to List of Superhero Powers

comicsJust beneath the “BAM,” “POW,” and “SPLAT” action of comic books lies the “OH,” “HMM,” and “AH” of human insight.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 14, 2016

When Home Disappears

Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxTransportation Secretary Anthony Foxx hopes to build a transportation system that works for everyone.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, April 7, 2016

Poisonous Rhetoric, Then and Now

John Ehrlichman speaks to reporters.Two maddening stories shed light on the nature of racism in American politics.

by Sam Fulwood III | Friday, April 1, 2016

The Contemporary Reality of the Ku Klux Klan

A KKK shirt is sold in South Carolina.Although still a legitimate hate group, the KKK no longer has the political power to inspire widespread fear at the national level.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Confronting the Racial Pay Gap

The CEO of Intel speaks at a conference.The persistence of wage discrimination continues to feed America’s disgraceful racial wealth gap.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Demographic Change Isn’t Political Destiny

Woman votes in polling stationElection outcomes will be determined by what presidential hopefuls say and do about public issues—not simply by the race or age of voters.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

Portrait of Justice ScaliaThe reverence of Scalia’s right-wing acolytes illustrates how damaging the late justice’s Supreme Court tenure has been to civil rights and race relations.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reclaiming History in ‘The Birth of a Nation’

Nate Parker SundanceA new movie with an old title recasts black men as heroic and inspirational figures in the American story.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Why #OscarsSoWhite Matters

2016 Oscar nomination ceremonyThe film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saving the Best for Last

President ObamaPresident Obama’s final State of the Union address challenged voters to do the hard work of fulfilling the American promise.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, January 14, 2016

When a ‘Race Problem’ Becomes a Social Challenge

black student protest groupRecent high-profile incidents of racism on U.S. college campuses highlight long-term realities for students of color and help reframe the purpose of higher education in the face of demographic shifts.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, November 25, 2015