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Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter news and analysis from The Nation
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.
July 13, 2021
My Black Generation Is Fighting Like Hell to Stop the Whitelash
We are marching; we are writing; we are protesting—but the forces of white supremacy are still winning.
July 7, 2021
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
It’s a war we were destined—and that we deserved—to lose.
Alfred W. McCoy
June 28, 2021
The Political Revolution Comes to… Buffalo?
The stunning victory of socialist challenger India Walton over the city’s four-term incumbent has ignited a revolution here—if she can keep it.
June 19, 2021
Juneteenth and the Problem of American Freedom
Of course, Juneteenth should be recognized as a Black holiday belonging to Black people. But this is not a day purely of joyful celebration.
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May 25, 2021
In the Wake of George Floyd
One year ago, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. What began as a street corner memorial grew into a semiautonomous zone that is still standing.
May 24, 2021
The Color of Fear
Was George Floyd allowed to be afraid? Why do Black folk have to be automatons to make sure police don’t read our “flight” responses as “fight” responses?
May 19, 2021
This Is How Police Get Away With Murdering Black People
Andrew Brown Jr. was killed by cops last month, but the local prosecutor refuses to bring charges because he says the killing was “justified.”
May 19, 2021
Republican Cancel Culture: State Laws to Suppress Activism
Republicans in 33 states have introduced bills to make protesting a crime.
April 30, 2021
White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off
The Chauvin verdict seemed like a victory. Then came the racist reaction to the verdict—and the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant.