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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

The Inequality Racism Begets Affects Us All

heroin addictWhite Americans are becoming conscious that racism’s insidious effects are not limited to people of color.

by Sam Fulwood III | Thursday, November 12, 2015

America’s Latest Drug Epidemic is a Horse of a Different Color

A jug of used needlesWith heroin ravaging the heartland, U.S. policymakers are rethinking the draconian responses of the past and embracing a more tolerant and compassionate approach.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Myth of Police Reluctance

Protestors hands up Los AngelesDespite claims to the contrary, there is no evidence to suggest that the “Hands Up” movement has caused the police to stand down.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Long, Reenergized Fight to Improve Policing in Baltimore

Baltimore police and protestersAs recent events place Baltimore’s history of racial tension and institutional discrimination at the center of public attention, a new report outlines a path for police reform.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Putin Should Not Throw Stones

Putin U.N. addressRussian President Vladimir Putin’s recent comments about the unrest in Ferguson highlight why the United States must work to address its own shortcomings as it promotes democracy abroad.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What Good Is an Apology 32 Years Delayed?

Vanessa WilliamsMore than three decades after stripping the first black Miss America of her crown, the pageant says it’s sorry.

by Sam Fulwood III | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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