A Political and Literary Forum
A transcript of our panel discussion on the Black Lives Matter movement.
Elizabeth Hinton, Robin D. G. Kelley, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Brandon M. Terry, Cornel West
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.
How we went from “racist” to “racially tinged.”
Lawrence B. Glickman
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
Canonization has prevented a reckoning with the substance of King’s intellectual, ethical, and political commitments.
Brandon M. Terry
By “dangling the carrot” to improve worker productivity, businesses are taking a page from slavery’s playbook.
Caitlin C. Rosenthal
In the era of digital neighborhoods, social networks embolden a new kind of racial surveillance.
Clarence Harlan Orsi
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Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Amy Kapczynski, David Singh Grewal
Samuel Clowes Huneke
Alexis Pauline Gumbs
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