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Racism and Discrimination

Racism and Discrimination news and analysis from The Nation

  • June 8, 2006

    Borrowed Bodies

    In a New York courtroom, a jury must decide whether a hip-hop-loving young white man who beat a young black man with a baseball bat is guilty of assault or a hate crime.

    Patricia J. Williams

  • May 24, 2006

    Anatomy of a Murder

    Cynthia Carr's Our Town seeks to uncover hidden truths about a 1930 lynching in small-town Indiana. But Carr fails to break the code of silence that many of the town's inhabitants, including her grandparents, took to the grave.

    David Bradley

  • May 4, 2006

    On Native Grounds

    Alan Taylor's Divided Ground examines how land-grabbing settlers destroyed Indian society and how postrevolutionary politicians speeded their demise.

    Daniel Lazare

  • April 20, 2006

    A Darker Shade of Noir

    Walter Mosley's Fortunate Son is a serious novel about intimately connected yet diametrically opposed black and white stepbrothers.

    Robert Christgau

  • April 13, 2006

    A Short History of the Pads of Brillo

    Martians visiting planet Earth are mystified by the racist ruckus over Representative Cynthia McKinney's hair.

    Patricia J. Williams


  • April 13, 2006

    Suppressing the N.O. Vote

    Fewer than half of New Orleans's black voters will be able to participate in upcoming city elections, thanks to passive opposition from the Bush Administration and listless advocacy from Democrats.

    the Editors

  • March 23, 2006

    Republicanizing the Race Card

    David Duke and a cohort of white nationalists seek to reposition their minuscule movement at a time when their signature issues have been co-opted by pseudo-populist media personalities and the GOP.

    Max Blumenthal

  • March 22, 2006

    Erasing Whiteness

    If women expect to shed the cruel and calculating artifice of race in our lifetimes, we must contribute to the emerging generation of literature that deconstructs racial categories.

    Silja J.A. Talvi

  • March 9, 2006

    The Great Black Hope

    Taylor Branch concludes his staggering trilogy of the civil rights era with At Canaan's Edge, a relentlessly detailed narrative of Martin Luther King's desperate struggle to save the movement.

    Gerald Early

  • February 9, 2006

    The Color of Money

    Four new books explore the politics, culture and racial awareness of the hip-hop generation.

    Greg Tate