Articles http://www.thenation.com/articles/322 en Obama Is Responsible for the Protests in Ferguson—but Not in the Way You Think http://www.thenation.com/article/181381/obama-responsible-protests-ferguson-not-way-you-think <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Despite his best efforts to be the embodiment of respectability, it turns out Barack Obama is a role model for resistance.</p> Ferguson Racism and Discrimination Column Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:44:18 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 181381 at http://www.thenation.com How the Supreme Court Undermined Women’s Citizenship http://www.thenation.com/article/180502/are-women-adults <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>The court&rsquo;s decision to invalidate the abortion clinic buffer zone limits the privacy women require as participants in a democracy.</p> Supreme Court Column Reproductive Rights Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:31 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 180502 at http://www.thenation.com White Noise, Black Politics http://www.thenation.com/article/179380/white-noise-black-politics <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>What happens when the black experience is relegated to background noise?</p> Anti-Racism Activism Editors Picks Column Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:18:47 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 179380 at http://www.thenation.com What Paul Ryan and Obama Have In Common http://www.thenation.com/article/178918/what-paul-ryan-and-obama-have-common <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Paul Ryan&rsquo;s racist comments have been the mainstream view of the Democratic Party for decades.</p> Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Column Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:17:14 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 178918 at http://www.thenation.com What Difference Will Same-Sex Marriage Make? http://www.thenation.com/article/173550/what-difference-will-same-sex-marriage-make <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Sooner or later, marriage equality will win. What happens to marriage then?</p> Editors Picks Feminism Supreme Court Column Law Society Wed, 27 Mar 2013 20:32:22 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 173550 at http://www.thenation.com From Seneca Falls to Selma to Stonewall http://www.thenation.com/article/172376/seneca-falls-selma-stonewall <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p class="p1">President Obama&rsquo;s symbolic recognition of minorities isn&rsquo;t a substitute for policy, but it does matter.</p> Barack Obama Column The Left Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:30:38 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 172376 at http://www.thenation.com After Newtown, Beware Fear-Driven Policymaking http://www.thenation.com/article/171861/after-newtown-beware-fear-driven-policymaking <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>In crafting laws after the horrifying killings in Connecticut, it&rsquo;s crucial that we recognize our own collective trauma before we rush to act.</p> Column Mental Health Guns and Gun Control Law Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:00:46 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 171861 at http://www.thenation.com What Difference Would Obama's Re-Election Make to Black Americans? http://www.thenation.com/article/170645/what-difference-would-obamas-re-election-make-black-americans <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">The impact of an Obama presidency is better answered by partisanship than race&mdash;but race still matters.</span></p> Barack Obama Column Election 2012 Race and Religion Wed, 17 Oct 2012 20:24:29 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 170645 at http://www.thenation.com Casualties in the Education Reform Wars http://www.thenation.com/article/170037/casualties-education-reform-wars <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>The stakes are high for students unlucky enough to be caught in the crossfire.</p> Education Column Education Reform Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:09:22 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 170037 at http://www.thenation.com Paul Ryan Goddam! http://www.thenation.com/article/169512/paul-ryan-goddam <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>It&rsquo;s time to update Nina Simone's iconic song title&mdash;the GOP veep candidate is just as extreme on women&rsquo;s health and rights as he is on economics.</p> Column Conservatives and the American Right Election 2012 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 19:21:48 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 169512 at http://www.thenation.com The GOP's Played-Out Race Card http://www.thenation.com/article/168036/gops-played-out-race-card <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Republicans are turning to tired, failed strategies in an effort to alienate both black and white voters from President Obama.</p> Racism and Discrimination Column Conservatives and the American Right Election 2012 Wed, 23 May 2012 18:11:13 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 168036 at http://www.thenation.com It Takes a Village Inn http://www.thenation.com/article/167565/it-takes-village-inn <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>A diverse democracy requires us to be able to live near one another, to come together in public space and to engage across differences.</p> US Politics Column Election 2012 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 19:45:09 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 167565 at http://www.thenation.com Trayvon Martin: What It's Like to Be a Problem http://www.thenation.com/article/167085/trayvon-martin-what-its-be-problem <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Despite the end of Jim Crow, it is once again socially, politically and legally acceptable to presume the guilt of nonwhite bodies.</p> Racism and Discrimination Trayvon Martin Column Race and Religion Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:28:03 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 167085 at http://www.thenation.com The Santa Claus Test http://www.thenation.com/article/165304/santa-claus-test <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Today, neither the press nor government has the authority to validate little Virginia&#39;s belief in miracles.</p> Column Media Society Wed, 21 Dec 2011 22:12:17 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 165304 at http://www.thenation.com Herman Cain: What Hi-Tech Lynching? http://www.thenation.com/article/164653/herman-cain-what-hi-tech-lynching <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>More than two weeks after the GOP candidate was accused of sexual harassment, Republican men still support him.</p> Racism and Discrimination Gender Issues Column Conservatives and the American Right Presidential Campaigns and Elections Wed, 16 Nov 2011 19:02:54 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 164653 at http://www.thenation.com Can Occupy Wall Street Succeed as a Leaderless Movement? http://www.thenation.com/article/164074/can-occupy-wall-street-succeed-leaderless-movement <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>What the legacies of Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Derrick Bell and Steve Jobs could teach the protesters.</p> Column Activism Occupy Wall Street Wed, 19 Oct 2011 19:40:34 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 164074 at http://www.thenation.com Black President, Double Standard: Why White Liberals Are Abandoning Obama http://www.thenation.com/article/163544/black-president-double-standard-why-white-liberals-are-abandoning-obama <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Electoral racism may be dead, but is there a more subtle form of racism at work in the white flight from Obama?</p> Barack Obama Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Column Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:38:51 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 163544 at http://www.thenation.com Is Newt Gingrich Right About Black Voters? http://www.thenation.com/article/161727/newt-gingrich-right-about-black-voters <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Could black Americans follow Catholics and white Southerners in drifting away from the Democrats?</p> Column Conservatives and the American Right Race and Religion Tue, 28 Jun 2011 23:53:29 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 161727 at http://www.thenation.com Breaking News: Not All Black Intellectuals Think Alike http://www.thenation.com/article/160957/breaking-news-not-all-black-intellectuals-think-alike <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Why my disagreement with Cornel West about Obama's presidency generated so much excitement.</p> Barack Obama Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Yahoo News Column Media Analysis Wed, 25 May 2011 22:30:43 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 160957 at http://www.thenation.com For Birthers, Obama's Not Black Enough http://www.thenation.com/article/160233/birthers-obamas-not-black-enough <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>As a black man, Obama's confident knowledge of his lineage is precisely the thing that makes his American identity dubious.</p> Barack Obama Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Column Conservatives and the American Right Wed, 27 Apr 2011 20:08:22 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 160233 at http://www.thenation.com Are We All Black Americans Now? http://www.thenation.com/article/159597/are-we-all-black-americans-now <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>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.</p> Class Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Yahoo News Column Inequality Society Wed, 30 Mar 2011 23:27:43 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 159597 at http://www.thenation.com The War on Women's Futures http://www.thenation.com/article/158981/war-womens-futures <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>The ultimate aim of the GOP's social agenda is to force women back into the home.</p> Editors Picks Racism and Discrimination Yahoo News Column Reproductive Rights Conservatives and the American Right Thu, 03 Mar 2011 15:51:16 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 158981 at http://www.thenation.com Politics and the Pleasure Principle http://www.thenation.com/article/158088/politics-and-pleasure-principle <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>Faced with bitter circumstances, we gain a lot in remembering to have fun.</p> Column Activism Politics Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:08:05 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 158088 at http://www.thenation.com Obama in the Age of Accommodation http://www.thenation.com/article/157285/obama-age-accommodation <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>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.</p> Barack Obama Editors Picks Yahoo News Column Race and Religion Society Wed, 22 Dec 2010 17:34:28 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 157285 at http://www.thenation.com The Misunderestimation of Sarah Palin http://www.thenation.com/article/156650/misunderestimation-sarah-palin <a href="/authors/melissa-harris-perry">Melissa Harris-Perry</a><br /><p>As American life becomes more and more like reality television, could product placement of a candidate become the surest route to the presidency?</p> Column Media Analysis Conservatives and the American Right Tea Party Tue, 23 Nov 2010 23:48:54 +0000 Melissa Harris-Perry 156650 at http://www.thenation.com