Gary Younge, the Alfred Knobler Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the New York correspondent for the Guardian and the author of The Speech: The Story Behind Dr Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream (Haymarket). His previous books include Who Are We—And Should it Matter in the 21st Century? (Nation Books), Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States (New Press), and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the Deep South (Mississippi).
When the government is organizing a movement to back the government in the name of progressive politics, something is seriously awry.
Coming to terms with a black American not as a symbol of protest, but as a symbol of power.
Extinguishing race as a meaningful category demands we get rid of the racism that gives it meaning.
So far in the once-red state of Virginia, things are going Obama's way.
The vile politics of the party of abstinence stepped up to suffocate Bristol Palin in its embrace.
Jesse Jackson's gaffe demonstrates that the days of being able to think out loud are over.
Does Obama's candidacy represent a progressive paradigm shift--or is he just another mainstream Democrat?
If Obama's remarks on poor white voters were gauche, the responses they elicited have been galling.
Wouldn't a real feminist also oppose racism?
If democracy does not prevail in August, the Democrats will not prevail in November.