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Race and Beyond

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

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan is pushing an outdated vision of America—one that fails to take into account the many contributions of people of color, immigrants, and LGBT people.

Friday, May 13, 2016

At Long Last, A Wrong Righted for Disenfranchised Virginians

Virginia should be commended for restoring voting rights to 210,000 felons who have lawfully served their time.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Problem with the National Response to Police Racism

Police behavior in American cities such as Chicago should no longer come as a surprise.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Add Cultural Critic to List of Superhero Powers

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016

When Home Disappears

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Poisonous Rhetoric, Then and Now

Two maddening stories shed light on the nature of racism in American politics.

Friday, April 1, 2016

When Public Figures Normalize Hate

When public figures use their platforms for hate speech, they become responsible for normalizing feelings of bigotry that can lead to hate crimes against innocent individuals.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Contemporary Reality of the Ku Klux Klan

Although still a legitimate hate group, the KKK no longer has the political power to inspire widespread fear at the national level.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Confronting the Racial Pay Gap

The persistence of wage discrimination continues to feed America’s disgraceful racial wealth gap.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Demographic Change Isn’t Political Destiny

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016

The Racially Insensitive Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

The 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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Reclaiming History in ‘The Birth of a Nation’

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Protecting America from Racism in the Water

The Flint water crisis highlights the continuing disparities that people of color face in finding access to fair housing and healthy communities.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Why #OscarsSoWhite Matters

The film industry exercises a huge amount of influence on perceptions of success in America—or the lack thereof.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

On Hope, Change, and Having Kids

While some of the optimism surrounding President Barack Obama’s election remains, he is leaving office in a less hopeful climate than when he entered.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016