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African Americans news and analysis from The Nation
April 20, 2017
The Problem With How Jeff Sessions Talks About Crime
He’s making unfounded claims about the relationship between crime rates and scrutiny of law enforcement.
March 16, 2017
Letters From the April 3, 2017, Issue
A note on words and images… New Jersey state of mind… The Dreyfusses reply… Birthing equality…
Bob and Barbara Dreyfuss
March 9, 2017
Letters From the March 27, 2017, Issue
Belafonte right on time… Unnatural selection… What are we for?… The fire last time… Snow job…
February 16, 2017
49 Years Ago, Harry Belafonte Hosted the Tonight Show—and It Was Amazing
He interviewed RFK and MLK months before their deaths. Fifteen of 25 guests were African American.
February 9, 2017
The Rise and Resilience of Black Lives Matter
Wesley Lowery’s new book charts the origins of a movement
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February 2, 2017
Barack Obama Radically Expanded Our Appreciation of African-American History
By preserving sites that have been central to the black experience, Obama helped revitalize our civic religion.
Robert Greene II
January 18, 2017
Kerry James Marshall’s Enigmatic Authority
It seems a mistake to call him a realist in any but the loosest sense.
January 13, 2017
All the Human Be-In Was Saying 50 Years Ago, Was Give Peace a Chance
Then, as now, many in the political classes looked down on supposedly impractical efforts to change consciousness.
December 22, 2016
Here’s an Organizing Strategy to Revive the Democratic Party That Doesn’t Depend on White Voters
Many Democrats assume it’s impossible to get more people of color to vote. That’s just not true.
December 19, 2016
Why Are We Still Reliving the Nightmarish Death of Emmett Till?
When I went to Mississippi to cover the trial, I had no idea that the story would become so relevant again more than 60 years later.