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March 17, 2021
The History of Freedom Is a History of Whiteness
A conversation with Tyler Stovall about his recent book
and whether or not the legacy of liberty can break away from racial exclusion and domination.
February 24, 2021
New York City and the Persistence of the Atlantic Slave Trade
Even after slave trade was banned, the United States and New York City, in particular, were complicit in allowing it to persist.
February 17, 2021
We Need a Racial Reckoning to Save Democracy
We must undergo a truth and reconciliation process in order to establish a new civic consensus.
Megan Ming Francis
October 30, 2020
Here’s How to Ruin Tom Cotton’s Election Night
The Arkansas senator wants to pretend he’s running unopposed, but there’s an alternative candidate to the more-Trump-than-Trump senator who penned a fascistic op-ed.
October 2, 2020
American History Is Getting Whitewashed, Again
As demands for racial justice grow, Trump is pushing historical mythmaking into high gear.
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September 21, 2020
Orlando Patterson and the Postcolonial Predicament
Out of the ruins of colonialism and empire, the sociologist insisted we could fashion a more egalitarian and liberated future.
July 3, 2020
Black Lives and the Fourth of July
After Juneteenth, it’s hard to overlook the hollowness of American freedom.
June 25, 2020
Letting Go of Robert E. Lee at Washington and Lee University
It is going to get increasingly hard to persuade high school students who care about diversity to attend a university named after a Confederate general.
June 19, 2020
It’s Time to Make Juneteenth a National Holiday
Marking the end of slavery with a federal holiday would be more than a symbolic gesture. It would provide space for growth as a nation.
June 12, 2020
The Violence Didn’t Start With the Protests
Violence has been a constant throughout American history and is woven through countless American systems today.