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August 19, 2021
Black Women Olympians Showed Us What It Means to Be Excellent—and Human
If there is a sea change in the way mental health is understood in elite sports, it is being led by Simone Biles and other Black women.
July 19, 2021
Our ‘Racial Reckoning’ Is Turning Out to Be a White Lie
Black demands for full citizenship are being treated as entitlement and calls for racial accountability redefined as white persecution.
June 1, 2021
In California, a Case of Black Land Loss Is Finally Being Made Right
Charles and Willa Bruce, Black landowners in Manhattan Beach, lost their land to eminent domain in 1924. Nearly 100 years later, it’s being returned to their living descendants.
April 15, 2021
In Derek Chauvin’s Trial, Will We Finally Get Justice?
Despite the extraordinarily clear evidence of police misconduct, a conviction in this case is far from assured.
March 5, 2021
We Must Protect the Squad!
As soon as they arrived, the Black and brown leftists of Congress became targets of right-wing terror groups.
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January 22, 2021
The Capitol Rioters Must Face Consequences
The long-standing normalization of right-wing violence demands that accountability for their crimes be a national priority.
December 28, 2020
House Democrats’ Marijuana Decriminalization Vote Is Huge—and Not Enough
This is exactly the right time to start pulling back from the war on drugs.
November 25, 2020
Trump’s Election Lies Failed, but the Damage Is Done
Trump’s supporters, already steeped in white grievance, are predictably receptive to the idea that “illegal voters” have succeeded in stealing their democracy.
November 2, 2020
The Trauma of Trump’s Presidency Will Haunt Us
Leveraging psychological pain and mental terror has been central to his strategy.
October 2, 2020
American History Is Getting Whitewashed, Again
As demands for racial justice grow, Trump is pushing historical mythmaking into high gear.