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).
Before we can talk sensibly about transcending difference, we must first transform the conditions that give these differences meaning.
The main threat to democracy isn't “Islamofacism” but plain old fascism, with mostly white Europeans terrorizing minorities in the name of racial, cultural or religious superiority.
Have the dreams of the civil rights movement been realized or deferred?
In the struggle over the ownership of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, black history is on sale at bargain prices.
Jena, Louisiana, has become a national symbol of racial injustice, as civil rights activists converge on the town to protest a miscarriage of justice against six black teens.
Cindy Sheehan taught us that the only way to reach those who will go to the polls is by taking to the streets.
Who's on this ship? A lot of nice, intelligent people, a few 9/11 conspiracists, a self-righteous blowhard or two and an undercover reporter for the New York Times.
When guns claim lives where any middle-class child might be, America mourns. But in barrios, projects and trailer parks, it's as if the crime never happened.
The one pledge Gordon Brown can deliver that would make his transition to power meaningful is to withdraw from Iraq immediately.
Why do we hand-pick seemingly pure and innocent victims of injustice--such as the Rutgers basketball players--in order to combat American racism?