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Race and Beyond

Atticus Finch and Bill Cosby—Fallen Heroes?

The 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.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Examining White Privilege

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Confronting White Privilege

There’s no reason for anyone to recoil from honest conversations about race.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Taking Down a Symbol of Hate

While 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?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Curious Case of Rachel Dolezal

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In Trendsetting California, Grassroots Organizing Brings Progressive Change

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Exploring Our Unconscious Biases

A test that measures implicit biases offers some surprises that inspire both self-reflection and uncertainty.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Progressive Groups Must Reflect the Ideals They Champion

Progressive organizations need diverse leaders and staffs from the communities that they support if they are to accomplish their ambitious goals. A more just management structure can help us get there.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Choosing Our Words Carefully

Two 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.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Looking for a Way Forward After the Unrest in Baltimore

Guest columnist John Halpin discusses how American institutions need to reinvest in Baltimore, as well as in other urban centers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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

As Baltimore recovers from a week of tumult, what can we do as citizens to ensure that the unrest was the last of its kind?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Roots of Baltimore’s Unrest

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In this video column, Sam Fulwood III examines the underlying roots of the discontent in Baltimore, Ferguson, and dozens of other American communities.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

An Ivy League Game of the Dozens

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Starbucks’ Scribblings Can’t Induce Public to ‘Race Together’

While the coffee giant’s widely mocked racial discussion may have been well intentioned, it failed to overcome the usual obstacles to discussing race in America.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015