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Flint Water Crisis
April 14, 2016
Note to Bill Clinton: There Is No Inherent Criminality
At the heart of Bill Clinton’s comments about the 1994 crime bill is the belief in a natural and permanent class of criminals.
Mychal Denzel Smith
April 13, 2016
Chinese Americans Want NYPD Officer Peter Liang Held Accountable, Too
The historical racism directed at Chinese people is deeply felt, but the conviction of Peter Liang was never an appropriate example of systemic racism.
Alex T. Tom
Alix Mariko Webb
April 11, 2016
Ken Burns on Jackie Robinson and the Republican Party’s ‘Pact With the Devil’
As PBS prepares to air his two-part documentary on Jackie Robinson, we speak to Ken Burns about what the baseball and civil-rights legend tells us about politics in 2016.
April 7, 2016
Charles Barkley Calls for the NBA to Move the 2017 All-Star Game, and Makes My Head Spin
Charles Barkley is not consistent in who he stands up for. But like it or not, he’s relevant.
March 30, 2016
How Did a Homeless Fast-Food Worker End Up Dead in a Jail Cell?
Jeffery Pendleton was arrested on a Tuesday. By Sunday, he was dead.
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March 25, 2016
There Is No Truly Anti-Racist Presidential Candidate
But once there are real consequences for not having an anti-racist platform, things will be different.
Mychal Denzel Smith
March 15, 2016
Why Are Some Asians Still Supporting the Cop Who Shot Akai Gurley?
It’s hard to explain the depth of filial piety in Asian communities, but it’s impossible to understand support for Peter Liang without it.
March 1, 2016
Prosecutor Anita Alvarez May Pay a Price for Her Handling of Cops Who Kill
The Chicago prosecutor’s handling of police brutality has dogged a tough re-election campaign.
Deborah L. Shelton
February 23, 2016
San Francisco’s Police Problem
The City by the Bay is known for its gentle vibe—except when it comes to the cops.
February 18, 2016
Muhammad Ali and the Black Panther Party
A new documentary about the Panthers should serve to remind us that the greatest, most important athlete of the 20th century was no bystander to their revolution.