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Christopher Petrella

Christopher Petrella is a lecturer in American Cultural Studies at Bates College and received his doctorate in African American Studies from U.C. Berkeley. His research and teaching interests include the intellectual history of race, criminalization, and protest. Visit for more. Follow him on Twitter @CFPetrella.


The holiday was legislated as part of a strategy to defang King of his most radical qualities while coopting him into the ideology of colorblindness.

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The DOJ says it will stop using private prisons. The truth is more complicated.

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White supremacy and the birth of the modern Democratic Party.

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America has a long history of racial registries, quotas, and camps.

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