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July 13/20, 2020, Issue
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What Does It Really Mean to Invest In Black Communities?
As the call grows to “divest and invest,” it is essential that we not exchange the violence of the police for the violence of finance capitalism.
How to Make Defunding the Police a Reality
For the past half-century, American cities have spent more on policing each year. All of a sudden, nationwide protests have put divestment on the table.
Donald Trump Is the ‘Undertaker’ of American Politics
A master of political misdirection, the president hides behind the idea that he’s only doing schtick. But the joke is on us.
Patricia J. Williams
Sex and the Stricken City: In Praise of Proximity
The politics of fear is potent, but it may be losing its grip
Bill de Blasio Broke His Promise to New York
The mayor’s retreat on police reform is a wound that won’t heal.
It’s Time to Disarm the Police
It can be done. Just look at London!
This Week in Authoritarian Newspeak
Now More Than Ever, We Need Images of Black Dignity and Resistance
Since the 1980s, I’ve been making photographs that go against the dominant representations of Black people.
‘Starve the Beast’: A Q&A With Alex S. Vitale on Defunding the Police
We spoke to Vitale about the failures of Obama-era police reform efforts and why reducing police power is one of the best solutions available.
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Here’s How to Stop the Next Bill Barr From Gutting the Rule of Law
Barr has wrecked the DOJ. The solution isn’t to return things to the way they were—it’s to remake the AG appointment process.
Let’s Stop Putting the Worst Americans on a Pedestal
As statues fall, we should look to the parts of our history worth celebrating.
Books & the Arts
Run the Jewels’ Wake-up Call
While other mainstream rappers might create one song or one album dedicated to the unrest, Killer Mike and El-P have carried that torch for six years.
Marcus J. Moore
Maria Reva’s Mordant and Profound Fiction
In her short story collection,
Good Citizens Need Not Fear
, Reva documents the chaos, joy, and serendipity of life before and after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Past and Future of Latinx Politics
Two new books look at the history of Latinx Democrats and Republicans and the role each will play in the future.
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Letters From the July 13/20, 2020, Issue
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