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June 28/July 5, 2021, Issue
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The Dangers of Working While Black on Wall Street
Financial institutions say they’re committed to racial justice, but complaints of racism often backfire against those who raise them.
Culture War in the K-12 Classroom
The Trump-era GOP’s insatiable appetite for red-meat issues has led to a wholesale attack on public education.
Jennifer C. Berkshire
How Unite Here Turned the West’s Biggest Red State Blue
Arizona was pivotal in the 2020 presidential election. Its shift was no accident.
On the 100th anniversary of the riot in that city, we commemorate the report written for this magazine by a remarkable journalist.
Walter F. White
There Is No Crisis of Laziness
Republicans seem determined to make workers so financially desperate that they’ll labor for whatever pay employers deign to offer.
A Rare Victory for Abortion Access
The reproductive justice movement has succeeded in pressing a Democratic president to leave the ban on Medicaid funding for abortion out of his budget for the first time in 30 years.
The Astrological Is Political
Why Alice Sparkly Kat uses postcolonial theory to read the stars.
We Can’t Trust Big Pharma to Make Enough Vaccines
Global vaccine scarcity is not inevitable.
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Are Dems Incapable of Defending Democracy? Or Just Unwilling?
Bolstering voting rights is both urgent and popular. Yet for all his talk of “existential crisis,” Biden hasn’t turned up the heat on Manchin or Sinema.
Mediocre Men Have Failed New York
Why women are primed to step in and govern.
Kevin McCarthy Changes His Tune Re Trump and January 6
Books & the Arts
DISCOURSE ON WHY INMATES EXIT PRISON WORSE THAN WHEN THEY WENT IN
Saying I Am a Survivor in Another Language
Joan Didion’s Long View
Her new essay collection,
Let Me Tell You What I Mean
, captures what about her writing feels at once seductive and illusory.
The United States’ First Civil Rights Movement
A new history charts the radical agitation around Black rights and freedom back to the early nineteenth century.
Kellie Carter Jackson
Raoul Peck’s World
Exterminate All the Brutes,
Peck offers a bold new history of colonialism and violence.
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100 Years Ago in Tulsa
Scenes from an American genocide.
Letters From the June 28/July 5, 2021, Issue
Magical realism… Past as prologue…