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Race and Beyond

Of Bats, Gloves, and an All-In Nation

What America’s pastime can teach us about what it takes to achieve the American Dream of equal opportunity.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When BBQ Meets Diversity

How the simple act of sitting down to a traditional North Carolina meal highlighted the demographic shift that is changing the face and tastes of America.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

In Pursuit of Equitable Change

When it comes to gentrification, doing the right thing requires finding common ground that thoughtfully considers the needs and concerns of new neighbors and long-time residents.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Presidential Effort to Help Black and Latino Youth

President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative is a noble call to action, but structural changes in America are needed to improve opportunities for impoverished black and Latino boys.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Meaning of Race in a 21st Century America

As rapid demographic changes occur, Americans must understand—not fear—the inevitable changes to our society.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

What Will Be the Political Discourse Post-Obama?

Fox News’ self-serving Super Bowl sit-down with the president highlighted the fractious nature of our politics that may well be a fixture well into the future.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Coming Together on Behalf of Unemployed Americans

Income inequality seems set to become the hot-button issue of the new year, as politicians and citizens alike turn their attention to the unemployed.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Remembering Nelson Mandela

The author’s personal encounter with Nelson Mandela showed the man’s quiet dignity and strength.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Working to Stay Poor

Corporations cheat the nation by refusing to pay living wages, condemning their workers to poverty, and requiring taxpayers to fill the gaps.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Is White Supremacy Making a Comeback?

White supremacy is probably not returning, as recent studies suggest white Americans are increasingly more progressive on matters of race, as those who long for a return to the nation’s racist past dwindle in number and political influence.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hoop Dreams Versus Hoop Reality

The truth about basketball isn’t what you’d expect.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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