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At the rally for Trayvon Martin in Boston last night, one speaker earned a raucous applause for
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses her new novel, Americanah—a love story that delves into the complexities of race with humor and empathy.
Kiese Laymon's Novel Explores the Messy Complexity of Race in America
As we approach the 4th of July with all its patriotic celebrations, it is worth adding to the list of American accomplishments the creation of hyphenated ethnics: the Italian-, Irish-, Jewish-, Mexican-, Chinese-, etc.- American.
Claude S. Fischer
Dignity—personal dignity, the dignity of the individual—is the greatest victim of the Supreme
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court dealt a hard blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965—a
The Constitution assigns the job of carrying out its vision to all the branches of government, not just to the judiciary.
Pamela S. Karlan
Today’s debates over immigrant policy evoke similar sorts of historical assertions: that unlike immigrants today, immigrants of the past were legal, learned English, and took no handouts. But that's false.
Critics of Rita Dove’s Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry have called it “populist,” “breezy,” and “folksy.” What's so bad about that?
In Amanda Knox's new book, teen chick lit gives way to an insightful memoir from behind the prison walls.
Most Americans think a person’s race is fairly obvious and unchanging; we know it the minute we
The life of the black poet.
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