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How we went from “racist” to “racially tinged.”
Lawrence B. Glickman
‘Amazing Grace,’ the long-lost film of Franklin’s gospel album, offers a lesson in the deep connections between gospel and soul music.
A reading list.
Rosie Gillies, Boston Review
Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin. This is a dangerous proposition.
In the 1970s, a bloc of Third World states forced the United Nations to take seriously the unequal distribution of global wealth. Could their example inspire a new generation?
Two attractions in Alabama—the new national lynching memorial and the First Confederate White House—show a nation struggling to contend with its legacy of racial violence.
Kanye represents what happens when the liberties of artistic genius are confused for political insight.
Our understanding of Malcolm X is inextricably linked to his autobiography, but newly discovered materials force us to reexamine his legacy.
The violent theft of land and capital is at the core of the U.S. experiment: the U.S. military got its start in the wars against Native Americans.
The Fourteenth Amendment was shaped by freed blacks’ insistence that everyone born in the United States deserved full citizenship.
Robert L. Tsai
Scott Walker and Paul Ryan broke from Wisconsin’s long progressive history. But as liberals search for what went wrong, they must not ignore the state’s legacy of systemic racism and inequity.
S. Ani Mukherji
History reminds us that firm and sometimes violent opposition to racists is a time-honored American tradition.
Boots Riley's new film roasts racial capitalism and issues an unapologetic call for revolution.
Robin D. G. Kelley
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Kevin P. Donovan, Emma Park
Jonathan Beecher Field
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