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How NOT to Talk About Race
The right wants to convince America that critical race theory is a sinister program of indoctrination.
Patricia J. Williams
October 5, 2021
Eric Williams and the Tangled History of Capitalism and Slavery
The historian and politician helped transform how several generations understood 18th- and 19th-century history.
September 17, 2021
Afropessimism and Its Discontents
A guide for the perplexed, the puzzled, and the politically confused.
September 8, 2021
What Is Owed
William Darity and A. Kirsten Mullen’s case for reparations.
William P. Jones
August 31, 2021
On September 1, 1971, the Pittsburgh Pirates Made Baseball History
There are many factors behind the “cleansing” of African Americans from a sport to which we were so essential for most of the 20th century.
Bill Fletcher Jr.
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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.
August 9, 2021
Whose Side Is the Supreme Court On?
Many people who came of age in the 1950s and 60s view the Supreme Court as a force for good when it comes to race. But the court has often been the most anti-progressive branch of the federal government.
July 28, 2021
Democrats Must Control the Crime Narrative Before It Controls Them
Democrats should offer their own 21st-century vision for reducing crime.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
July 27, 2021
Barry Jenkins’s American Saga
The Underground Railroad,
Jenkins focuses how people survived slavery rather than on its brutality.
July 27, 2021
Letters From the August 9/16, 2021, Issue
Calling Arizona… Black Main Street… Privileged information… The bronze ceiling (