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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.


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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.

Republicans are turning to tired, failed strategies in an effort to alienate both black and white voters from President Obama.


My reaction to Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize elicited some decidedly "un-peaceful" responses from my friends and followers on...
It seems Eyal and Richard have thrown down the gauntlet with their criticisms of the emotional, irrational, fact-proof fantasies that seem...
For weeks the media have been covering "racism in health care reform opposition." For the most part I've found this political...
Congress passed the Alien and Sedition Acts in 1798. These four acts of Congress were meant to protect the new nation from French...
In March, I wrote here on The Notion in celebration of the appointment of Van Jones . I am both politically committed to and academically...
I am frustrated with the deepening madness at health care reform town hall meetings. In an effort to contextualize these events I'm...
SOCIALISM is the tag line of a bizarre new campaign against President Obama. The word "Socialism" appears across an image...
Over the past several days a strange characterization of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has emerged. Many are portraying him as a radical...