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"The spell of Africa is upon me," wrote W.E.B. Du Bois in Liberia. Three
new books document the enchantment and disenchantment of the continent
for its descendants.

American white supremacist groups have a long and ugly history of using
anxieties over immigration as a recruitment tool. It's happening again,
with a vengeance.

American history is marked by waves of immigrants--from Germans in the
eighteenth century to Mexicans in the twenty-first--and by nativist
backlashes against them.

The nation must address the working-class anxieties underlying the anti-Hispanic sentiments now rising in Middle America--and Congress must pass an enlightened immigration bill that is
both sensible and humane.

George Hutchinson's new biography of the mystery woman of the Harlem Renaissance reconsiders both Nella Larsen and a key moment of black cultural history.

John Updike's Terrorist rips its plot from the headlines.
But the book's Irish-Egyptian protagonist is paper-thin, and its jihad-lit plot
remains stubbornly inanimate, devoid of passion or fury.

Native American activists are braced for a tense summer, as a motorcycling entrepreneur goes forward with plans for a resort that will draw hundreds of thousands of bikers to the sacred site of Bear Butte.

The drug war is the heir to Jim Crow: a form of widespread, legalized
discrimination.

In a New York courtroom, a jury must decide whether a hip-hop-loving young white man who beat a young black man with a baseball bat is guilty of assault or a hate crime.

Cynthia Carr's Our Town seeks to uncover hidden truths about a 1930 lynching in small-town Indiana. But Carr fails to break the code of silence that many of the town's inhabitants, including her grandparents, took to the grave.

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Facebook and Google have been trying to increase diversity for a year, to little result.

June 29, 2015

If the Confederate flag is seen as poisonous, then products bearing the Washington football team name should be regarded in similar fashion.

June 24, 2015

One of the most powerful tools white power groups use to spread their ideology to young people is music.

June 23, 2015

In 2007, University of South Carolina Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier called for the Confederate flag to come down. He was right then and he should speak out now.

June 22, 2015

Guns aren't a problem in this country! Also there's no global warming.

June 19, 2015

The Charleston shooter took advantage of a congregation that welcomed a stranger into its midst.

June 18, 2015

He didn’t just target Denmark Vesey’s church—it was the anniversary of Vesey’s suppressed uprising.

June 18, 2015

Bullets will not end a church whose history speaks to its heroic resilience.

June 18, 2015

The issue isn't police misconduct—the issue is rap music and baggy pants!

June 16, 2015