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.
Despite the end of Jim Crow, it is once again socially, politically and legally acceptable to presume the guilt of nonwhite bodies.
The populism of the right is coalescing around the race-bating extremism of Newt Gingrich—and Citizens United is greasing the wheels.
Today, neither the press nor government has the authority to validate little Virginia's belief in miracles.
More than two weeks after the GOP candidate was accused of sexual harassment, Republican men still support him.
What the legacies of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs could teach the protesters.
Electoral racism may be dead, but is there a more subtle form of racism at work in the white flight from Obama?
Could black Americans follow Catholics and white Southerners in drifting away from the Democrats?
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.