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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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News and Features

Despite his best efforts to be the embodiment of respectability, it turns out Barack Obama is a role model for resistance.

The court’s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.

What happens when the black experience is relegated to background noise?

Paul Ryan’s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.

Sooner or later, marriage equality will win. What happens to marriage then?

President Obama’s symbolic recognition of minorities isn’t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.

In crafting laws after the horrifying killings in Connecticut, it’s crucial that we recognize our own collective trauma before we rush to act.

The impact of an Obama presidency is better answered by partisanship than race—but race still matters.

The stakes are high for students unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.

Has Hurricane Isaac taught Bobby Jindal that in the face of natural disaster, small government is no help?

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