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.
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.
When we reduce the devastating hurricane to fiction—even really good fiction—we risk making it little more than a trope.
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.