A rally in opposition to the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan marred what should have been a day of remembrance and reflection with disturbing outbursts of racism and misogyny.
Speech is not the only, or even the most powerful, conduit of racial liberation—or racial oppression.
Five years ago next week, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the body of Henry Glover was found burned in a charred sedan overlooking the Mississippi River in New Orleans. The case was mysterious from the start, but it wasn't until A.C. Thompson's 2009 article for The Nation that a real investigation began.
Nine years after 9/11, hatred of Islam has infected many Americans. How else can we explain the opposition to an Islamic community center two blocks away from where the attacks took place?
Any semblance of serious deliberation on immigration in Washington has degenerated into a racially charged assault on the children of undocumented immigrants.
Missing from Alterman's historical analysis is the Republicans' canny exploitation of racial resentment.
In the anarchic days after Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans police department were responsible for much of the deadly violence.
There is a distinct creepiness to the controversy now raging around a proposed Islamic cultural center in Lower Manhattan.
The right is using the internet and social networking sites to make stuff up about undocumented immigrants. On The Rachel Maddow Show, Melissa Harris-Lacewell asks why the left isn't using these same tools to progressive ends?