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Several thousand people marched in silence down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue on June 17 to demand an end to the New York Police department's controversial stop-and-frisk policy.

In the public imagination, September 11, 2001 marked the arrival of Islam in this country, bound to narratives of destruction and terror.

Church

Forty-six percent of Americans believe that God created human beings within the last 10,000 years or so. Worry.

A man prays in Norway

Europeans are not threatened by a Muslim minority. It's the other way round.

Fear and Loathing of Islam

In the US today, the very ordinariness of Muslim-American life has become grounds for suspicion.

From Arab bandits to TV terrorists, the history of Islamophobia in US popular culture is long and ugly.

Deploying Informants, the FBI Stings Muslims

Behind nearly every “foiled terror plot” lurks a government informant sent to entrap hapless young Muslim men.

Mosque in Dearborn, Michigan

Assailed by the right as a fiction, anti-Muslim bias is all too real for those who live with it.

The True Story of Sharia in American Courts

Sharia is as unthreatening to the US legal system as the ideas in the Old Testament. Yet bigoted hysteria is fueling legislation that actually undermines our courts.

The Long Roots of the NYPD Spying Program

Before the War on Terror and Ray Kelly's spies, the War on Crime helped transform the NYPD into a small army.

Blogs

A conversation with Jacqueline Patterson, executive director of the NAACP’s Climate Justice Initiative.

April 22, 2014

Appearing on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, Nation sports editor Dave Zirin comes to Hank Aaron‘s defense.

April 18, 2014

The wealth gap didn’t spring up from policy gone awry—it is the policy.

April 17, 2014

There’s no objective explanation for why black women make less than white women.

April 15, 2014

The Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to challenge their sentences if they believed race played a significant role.

April 14, 2014

The architects and gatekeepers of American racism have always worn neckties. They have always been a part of the American political system.

April 11, 2014

Mychal Denzel Smith appears on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry show to discuss why food insecurity, mass incarceration and the destruction of the social safety net are rooted in racism.

April 7, 2014

States are cutting back voting days, repealing same-day registration and creating strict voter identification requirements.

April 3, 2014

Our impatience and rage is what has produced progress. That we are still impatient and angry reflects not black people’s failing but how far America still has to go.

April 1, 2014

Ta-Nehisi Coates's detractors are too quick to declare him overly pessimistic about how white supremacy still shapes our society.

April 1, 2014