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Taksim Square, Istanbul, Turkey

Western media are characterizing the demonstrations as a clash between Islamism and secularism—but it’s government abuse of power that Turks are protesting.

Bobby Seale at a “Free Huey!” rally on July 14, 1968, in West Oakland, CA

A new history of the party is too close to its subject, and misses the human drama.

An adopted child

I’d like to believe my sons’ best life is in my home, and not with their first families. But Christians committed to justice need to remember we are not entitled to other people’s children.

The neoconservative leading the fight over the legacy of Vatican II in the American Church.

Progressive activists can learn important lessons from a successful grassroots campaign against transit racism.

Myanmar police

Buddhism is marked by concern for the welfare of all “sentient” creatures. But when it is harnessed to ethnic intolerance and extreme nationalism, it can turn violent.

Walmart

The charges form the crux of a federal discrimination lawsuit that goes to trial this month.

A DNA analyst processes evidence

Collecting DNA upon arrest can identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent. But it also amounts to an expanding racial dragnet.

Passover Seder plate

As The New York Times worries about the difficulties of preparing vegan food for Seder, what about the difficulties of celebrating a plague that killed all firstborn Egyptian children and animals?

A postcard featuring Pope Francis

There is nothing in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio’s record to suggest that he will reform the Catholic Church.

Blogs

Last night was a shameful display by Dan Snyder to hide behind World War II veterans and excuse the fact that he won’t change his own team’s racist name.

November 26, 2013

There was a portent of the recent racist attack at San Jose State University in the firing of cross-country coach Ron Davis.

November 25, 2013

The question of whether the United States has gotten “better” with regards to racism is a useless one. 

November 22, 2013

A racist attack on a campus is horrific enough. That it took place at San Jose State says something even more damning about the state of the school.

November 22, 2013

It is time to recognize that penalty and punishment are wrong responses—for congressmen and for SNAP recipients.

November 21, 2013

An anti-union organizers calls for another bloody battle in the South. 

November 14, 2013

Many writers put the fault for Richie Incognito's racist bullying on a generation of African-American players. This is just wrong.

November 12, 2013

The Washington Post columnist supposes that people with “conventional” politics gag at biracial marriage. 

November 12, 2013

Join ColorofChange.org in calling for a full investigation into the 19-year-old’s death. 

November 11, 2013

The teenagers death sets off a familiar refrain when thinking about the history of race in the United States. 

November 11, 2013