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Race and Beyond

The President and the Press

Depending on whom you ask, President Obama is either too cozy or too remote with the press.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Parsing Myth from Reality in U.S. Gun Culture

Many of the popular notions that underlie American gun culture are based on a reality that never existed.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Hard-Right Americans Fear the Future

Conservative voters’ refusal to embrace a diverse and multicultural America has led to a temper tantrum that threatens to bring the nation’s economy to a halt.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Marissa Alexander Stands Her Ground

George Zimmerman used Stand Your Ground laws to evade arrest. Marissa Alexander defended herself from her husband, used Stand Your Ground, and was convicted anyway. Why?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Why Economic Disadvantage Becomes Educational Disadvantage

Even with equivalent educational achievement, students from poorer backgrounds have much less of a shot to get into top universities than their privileged peers.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Fix College Sports

Moneyed interests and a lack of respect and historical understanding are ruining college sports—but not irretrievably.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Looking Back at the Leadership of Ben Jealous

Benjamin Jealous’s resignation as president and CEO of the NAACP is being widely lamented, and his tenure in office considered largely successful.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

An American Dreamer’s Sad Awakening

One man’s personal journey through the American immigration process has an unhappy ending—for him and for America.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It’s Time to Go ‘All In’

We must embrace the increasing diversity of our nation and put all of our people’s interests at the forefront of our national agenda.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Remembering the Many Voices at the March on Washington

On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we should remember the many voices that called for peaceful protests against inequality.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Let’s Celebrate Triumph, Not Tragedy

Despite the upsetting not-guilty verdict in the Zimmerman trial, there is no better time for black men and boys in America.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hockey as a Harbinger of Social Change

Racial lines on the ice disappear as outdated notions of who can and can’t play hockey melt away.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Small Gains for Affirmative Action

While the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action was better than expected, it still leaves many questions unanswered.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Witness to Whiteness

A performance artist explores her life to discover and reveal what it feels like to be white in America.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Rude Perhaps, but Heckling Is Nothing New

Those who take offense to the heckling of the Obamas have to understand that this form of political dissent is a longstanding tradition.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013