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October 2, 2020
American History Is Getting Whitewashed, Again
As demands for racial justice grow, Trump is pushing historical mythmaking into high gear.
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.
Rep. Jamaal Bowman
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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.
May 5, 2020
The Making of the Radical Republicans
How did the struggle for emancipation become a mass politics?
April 10, 2020
The Racial Politics of ‘Return’
Tourism initiatives in Ghana and beyond leave out black people without the economic means to travel.
March 23, 2020
Since Emancipation, the United States Has Refused to Make Reparations for Slavery
But in 1862, the federal government doled out the 2020 equivalent of $23 million—not to the formerly enslaved but to their white enslavers.
January 20, 2020
Slavery, and American Racism, Were Born in Genocide
Martin Luther King Jr. saw something essential about our nation: Imperial expansion west over stolen Indian land shaped and deepened the American Revolution’s relationship to slavery.