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Nina Davuluri

The racist reaction to a South Asian Miss America is a disgrace, but so is the Miss America pageant.

Jon Burge

The City of Chicago has paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements with victims of brutality under Police Commander Jon Burge. But justice is far from done—and some victims are still in prison.

George Zimmerman

Instead of focusing on the psychology of Trayvon Martin’s killer, we should be examining the meaning of his actions.

The Citadel

Up an unpaved Idaho road, self-styled “patriots” gather to plan and train in close-quarters battle.

Leszek Kołakowski, Cold War, Marxism, Poland, John Paul II, Christianithy, athei

How the great Polish philosopher went from being an anticlerical scourge to an apostle of John Paul II.

Christopher Lane

The tragic murder of Australian student Christopher Lane is being exploited by the right to stoke fears of a race war.


Fifty years after the March on Washington, Dr. King’s most famous speech, like his own political legacy, is widely misunderstood.

Carlos Riley Jr. protest

Activists in Durham, North Carolina, have come together in support of Carlos Riley Jr. and against the racial policing they believe has put him behind bars.

In Egypt, as well as in the West, outrage over rampant sexual assault has too often been about political agendas rather than concern for the actual victims.


Progressives can dismantle a centuries-old tool of oppression: pitting working-class whites against people of color. But we're missing the chance.

March 28, 2010

GOP, Tea Partisans should honor Reagan, who said: "There is no room for racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of ethnic and racial hatred in this country."

March 25, 2010

Tea party actions are an act of sedition not just racism.

March 22, 2010

"I haven't heard anything like this in 40, 45 years," says Congressman John Lewis. "Since the march to Selma, really."

March 20, 2010

"Congress, and its Catholics, should say yes to health care reform," argues key Catholic paper, as representatives of 59,000 nuns back reform.

March 18, 2010

 Bloody Sunday has both political and religious overtones.

March 7, 2010

 It might be time for progressives to lead our national bible study.

February 24, 2010

In search of a trifling 1.5 percent bite to take out of California's $20 billion budget gap, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed a cruel and short-sighted cut in public assistance.

February 22, 2010

Today's Tiger Woods press conference was an exercise in painful self-abasement that will achieve the opposite of its intended effect. I haven't seen anything this painfully scripted since the Phantom Menace.

February 19, 2010

Justice may finally be imaginable for Edna Glover and her family. The charred remains of her son Henry were discovered in the burnt hulk of a car on a levee overlooking the Mississippi River a week after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. But she'd never gotten any answers. 

February 13, 2010