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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry


Melissa Harris-Perry is professor of political science at Tulane University, where she is founding director of the Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is author of Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. She is also a contributor to MSNBC.


News and Features

Despite conservative attempts to whitewash what they learn in school, young Americans are a diverse and tolerant bunch—and they know it.

Those who most strongly believe that the world is fair are most likely to reconcile their distress about unearned suffering by blaming the victims.

The first black president has created a definitional crisis for whiteness.

African-American children face threats to their survival, and African-American women are confronted with challenges to their capacity to parent healthy children. But shaming misinformation campaigns do nothing to address these problems.

But don't ignore the structural inequities that make the child's salvation necessary in the first place.

The Democratic Party found its voice in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It owes the people of New Orleans a real recovery.

America has a long way to go before we get to the "more perfect union" Obama promises. But the work has begun in earnest.

His convention speech should draw from the wisdom of black women activists who were the prophets of American democracy.


The GOP admits that it believes voter ID laws will win Romney the election. 
Some Democrats are not attending their national convention. Where’s the unity?
President Obama’s first use of executive privilege has sparked outrage, of course.
If private sector experience is what qualifies Mitt Romney for the presidency, then why not elect Jay-Z?
Why don’t Democrats and Republicans pay more attention to Asian-American constituents?
The House version of the Violence Against Women Act would reduce legal protections for women, especially minorities and immigrants.
Is traditional marriage really as “traditional” as opponents of gay marriage like to say it is?
Where was Florida's Stand Your Ground law for this victim of domestic violence?