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SCOTUS

The Supreme Court affirmed the rights of gay people just as it rode roughshod over the rights of African-Americans.

Protest against Stop-and-Frisk

There’s something wrong when the number of young black men stopped by police in New York City exceeds the number of young black men actually living in the city.

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.

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

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.

Clarence Earl Gideon

In its historic decision, the Supreme Court ruled that poor people have a right to a lawyer. But today, our system of indigent defense is shameful.

Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama

Section 5 is as necessary today as it was in 1965, when Alabama state troopers beat freedom marchers in Selma.

Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is continuing the city’s tradition of refusing to apologize for the torture of scores of black men under police commander Jon Burge.

Blogs

The right to vote is under the greatest threat since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

March 5, 2015

In what was billed as a “bold” speech on race, James Comey offered platitudes and excuses.

February 12, 2015

When the left abdicated its outreach to marginalized communities, the Islamists moved in.

February 6, 2015

The formation of the NYPD’s new Strategic Response Unit raises disturbing questions about police brutality.

February 6, 2015

Harsh discipline is said to put black boys at risk, but black girls are suspended six times more than white girls. A new report asks why.

February 5, 2015

What do I have to do, so that when my sons recall the sixty-third annual MLK Day celebration, it is about remembering past trials of injustice, rather than endlessly reliving them?

February 2, 2015

What is it about horrific events that brings out horrific media coverage?

January 13, 2015

Yes, her schtick as a North Korean general was a gross bit of yellowface minstrelsy, but let’s remember her longer career.

January 12, 2015

It will really hurt their feelings.

January 6, 2015