A Political and Literary Forum
Turning a blind eye to the realities of racial injustice, the highly orchestrated right-wing attacks cast a body of scholarship about race in the law as a great threat to American society.
David Theo Goldberg
Debt still sends many people—especially black people—to jail.
Images of police violence against African Americans have a radical heritage.
The country needs a political rebirth.
Prosecutors are corrupting the intent of lynching laws.
The enduring impact of President Johnson’s Crime Commission.
Cities are now playgrounds for the rich, with the poor forced into suburbs.
Claude S. Fischer
The West likes morality plays with clear heroes and villains, in which we play the role of savior.
Alex de Waal
Bad police were not simply a symptom of racism. They were often its agents.
To be useful, history has to help us think about who we should become as a nation.
Yale’s president can't make something less racist by fiat.
The 1968 Kerner report concluded that white racism was to blame for race riots.
Julian E. Zelizer
Dawn Lundy Martin discusses the impact of history on the poetic body.
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David McDermott Hughes
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