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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry is a columnist at The Nation and host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” which airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to noon ET. She is also Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University, her alma mater and where she is also director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She has previously service on the faculties of the University of Chicago, Princeton University and Tulane University. 
 
Harris-Perry is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, which argues that persistent harmful stereotypes profoundly shape black women’s politics, contribute to policies that treat them unfairly, and make it difficult for black women to assert their rights in the political arena. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their two daughters.
 
 

 

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Why my disagreement with Cornel West about Obama's presidency generated so much excitement.

As a black man, Obama's confident knowledge of his lineage is precisely the thing that makes his American identity dubious.

More and more Americans are learning what it feels like to be unsafe and unprotected. In other words, they're learning what it's like to be black.

The ultimate aim of the GOP's social agenda is to force women back into the home.

Faced with bitter circumstances, we gain a lot in remembering to have fun.

When considering Obama's presidency in the long view, remember that history provides many more examples of thwarted resistance than it does of sweeping social change.

As American life becomes more and more like reality television, could product placement of a candidate become the surest route to the presidency?

Ginni Thomas's insistence that Anita Hill apologize is an apt metaphor for the long history of blaming black women for social ills.

Predictable Democratic losses in November aren't what we should fear. The real danger is in a political environment unable to build even the most tenuous bridges across partisan divides.

Speech is not the only, or even the most powerful, conduit of racial liberation—or racial oppression.

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