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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry

Columnist

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.

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News and Features

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?

It’s time to update Nina Simone's iconic song title—the GOP veep candidate is just as extreme on women’s health and rights as he is on economics.

Blogs

That Latinos play a key role in the upcoming election is quite clear. How they'll vote is anything but certain.
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What does it mean to be a young black male in the United States?
Those of us who attempt to talk about racial bias encounter a few common discursive strategies that are meant to discredit our perspectives.
A decade later, is there any possibility of turning the tragedy of 9/11 into a political force for progressive ends?
The dominant theme of the GOP debate was that it’s time to do away with the useless endeavor of thinking and to move swiftly toward...