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April 29, 2022
The Supreme Court Has Just Invented a New Way to Harass Vulnerable People
In a landmark ruling, the six conservatives ruled to limit people’s ability to recover damages after they’ve faced discrimination—thus making it easier to discriminate.
April 15, 2022
Jackie Robinson’s Last Fight
As baseball celebrates the 75th anniversary of Robinson’s breaking the color line, it’s worth remembering a man at odds with his own myth.
March 28, 2022
Interracial Marriage Under Attack: Thinking the Unthinkable
As the conservative legal movement grows more emboldened, are there any protections that will remain unquestioned?
January 11, 2022
The Indomitable Rev. Addie L. Wyatt
The trailblazing Black labor leader and civil rights activist took her fight for equality from the packinghouse to the pulpit.
October 6, 2021
Closing Rikers Island Is a Matter of Life and Death
Isaabdul Karim wasn’t sentenced to death. In fact, he was never sentenced at all.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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August 23, 2021
Are Bans Against School Mask Mandates Against the Law?
The Biden administration may use disability rights legislation to require masks in schools.
David M. Perry
August 11, 2021
Thwarting the Republican Backlash Against Democracy
If the filibuster remains in place, the right to vote will be under serious threat, undermining democracy in the process.
Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis
July 29, 2021
Bob Moses: The Fullness of the Man
More reflections on the passing of “a straight cat.”
Charles M. Payne
July 23, 2021
The ‘Creative Chaos’ of Gloria Richardson (1922–2021)
The civil rights activist was a militant advocate for her community as well as a canny strategist.
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.