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Special issue cover

Read all the pieces in The Nation’s special issue on the new wave of racial justice organizing.

We must face the true causes of the chasm between white and black America.

President Barack Obama

Despite his best efforts to be the embodiment of respectability, it turns out Barack Obama is a role model for resistance.

We believe it is because not nearly enough capable people with resources in this region have heeded our pleas that we have reached this crisis point of complete breakdown. We need peace. But first, we need justice.

Ferguson protest

The official response to Michael Brown’s murder has laid bare the cheapness of black life.

There’s at least one line every Marine knows: “Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot.” The St. Louis County Police Department apparently never received that memo.

Memorial for Eric Garner

Eric Garner’s death marks a darkening mood fifty years after Freedom Summer.

Blogs

Black youth are perceived as adults, and their behaviors criminalized at every turn. Can this moment help change that?

November 25, 2014

Unrest kept Michael Brown’s memory alive, and unrest is the key to justice.

November 24, 2014

And still, the will to protest has not died.

November 21, 2014

Advocates pushing to expand My Brother's Keeper say it’s good to see their concerns acknowledged and keep their eyes on next steps.

November 21, 2014

This has been, and will continue to be, about the protection of black life and the end of the police state.

November 19, 2014

Palestinians in East Jerusalem face not just a wall but a welfare system designed to impoverish and ultimately remove them.

November 4, 2014

The way we use the police in this country is inherently discriminatory. 

October 31, 2014

UNC’s recently uncovered unprecedented cheating scandal took place in the department of African and Afro American studies, a fact which has raised an age-old, prejudicial argument on the legitimacy of the field of study.

October 29, 2014

How one reproductive justice organization is working to make sure black voters help defeat Amendment 1.

October 27, 2014

Beijing is experimenting with "soft power" approaches, but brute force remains an omnipresent threat.

October 9, 2014