Why the Academic Achievement Gap is a Racist Idea
The Promise and Peril of the Civil Rights Act of 1866
OCTOBER 20, 2016
This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the academic achievement gap–built and continuously renovated by the 100-year-old standardized testing movement. It is a centennial that hardly anyone knows about.
The party of Lincoln? Yeah, that was racist too
OCTOBER 11, 2016
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1866. I must ask: should we be celebrating or lamenting the sesquicentennial of this inaugural civil rights act?
Brother to Brother: An Open Letter to Nate Parker
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
In his continuing (and perhaps increasingly desperate) bid to win over black voters, Donald Trump — and many other Republicans — have been framing the Republican party as “the party of Abraham Lincoln” in recent weeks.
What on earth are Trump’s Black supporters thinking?
AUGUST 22, 2016
Dear Brother Nate: I write to you as my brother because I cannot think of anything else to call you but my brother. When I learned about how you and your friend were tried for raping an intoxicated fellow student at Pennsylvania State University in 1999, the anger, embarrassment, and shame I felt were feelings I would feel for a family member.
Three Comforting Myths About the Declaration of Independence
AUGUST 5, 2016
It’s a truism of presidential elections that the candidate must appeal to non-Whites. Political consultants know well that a small increase in the Black voting block can go a very long way. George W. Bush’s re-election was credited in part to his ability to increase his support from Black voters in Ohio and Florida. Political pundits have been warning the Democrats about the growing appeal of Trump to certain Black voters, according to a poll released in May. Numbers in that study indicated that in Ohio — a critical swing state — Trump might garner as much as 15% of the Black vote against Clinton. That’s a staggering jump from the 4% support for Mitt Romney in 2012.
Could Trump Be Nurturing the Next Hitler?
JULY 4, 2016
“We, the people” seem to enjoy sleeping on our comfortable bed of myths about the United States’ “founding fathers,” documents and creeds. Every 4th of July, we seem to remake this bed of mythology.
Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome is a Racist Idea
History News Network
JUNE 29, 2016
Melania Trump is still correct. Her husband is no Adolf Hitler. Even after his latest racist flop—accusing U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel of bias because of his “Mexican heritage”—Trump is still no Adolf Hitler.
Racism Is Not a Teaching Tool
JUNE 21, 2016
For a generation of open-minded Americans, the original Roots miniseries in 1977 uprooted fields of racist ideas of backward Africa, of civilizing slavery, and of African American roots in slavery. The timeworn plantation genre of happy mammies and Sambos was gone with the wind.
The 11 Most Racist U.S. Presidents
MAY 30, 2016
Black lives in the United States are surrounded by memorials to people who did not think that black lives mattered. That is a fact of black life in America. That is a fact of black life in American academe.
George Zimmerman is a poor man’s Donald Trump, a striving self-promoter to American bigots
MAY 26, 2016
Let’s imagine the unimaginable: Donald Trump was elected president in November. Yes, president of the United States. Let’s imagine the impossible: he forced Mexico to build a border wall. Let’s imagine the unthinkable: he deported millions of Latino/as. Let’s imagine the unconscionable: he ruthlessly terrorized Muslim Americans and #Black Lives Matter activists. Let’s imagine the unacceptable: middle and low income people suffered horribly under the weight of this billionaire’s policies.
‘Tough on Crime’ and the Roots of Racist Ideas in America
MAY 13, 2016
George Zimmerman is not dead. But he’s dead broke. That is the only reason he has put the firearm he used to kill Trayvon Martin up for auction. That is the only reason he started the bidding at a lucrative $5,000 for the Kel-Tec PF-9 9mm handgun.
The 15 most racist Oscar films of all time: Here’s why #OscarsSoWhite is not a surprise
APRIL 13, 2016
The timeworn political controversy over crime in America reappeared yet again last week. Former President Bill Clinton defended the 1994 “tough on crime” bill before protesters at a Philadelphia rally, and regretted the showdown the next day.
On the Racist Ideas Jesse Owens Could Not Outrun
FEBRUARY 24, 2016
A whopping zero Black people were nominated in the individual acting categories for the upcoming 88th Academy Awards. And the Academy’s recent pledge to double its non-White members has hardly calmed the storm of dissent surrounding the So White Oscars. Jada Pinkett Smith still plans to boycott the Oscars. Other Black stars are being courted by the Academy to appear as presenters.
Beyoncé: Black Power, Her Opponents, and their Dances with History
FEBRUARY 21, 2016
It is always quite difficult for me to watch Hollywood biopics on celebrated African Americans figures. Too many of these figures have been wrapped tightly in myth and hyperbole, and these films often wrap them ever tighter. Rarely do the true and complete stories of these historic figures appear on the big screen.
Reclaiming MLK’s Unspeakable Nightmare: The Progression of Racism in America
FEBRUARY 14, 2016
When Beyoncé jolted 100 million viewers back to Black power on Super Bowl Sunday, she was dancing with history. She was dancing for history.
We Can No Longer Ignore the Power of Woodrow Wilson's Racist Ideas
JANUARY 22, 2016
When Americans remember Martin Luther King Jr., we first and foremost remember his “dream” that “my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” And when we celebrate and observe King’s dream from the March on Washington on August 28, 1963, we celebrate and observe America’s march of racial progress over the last five decades.
DECEMBER 17, 2015
About a month has passed since members of Princeton University’s Black Justice League staged their 32-hour sit-in in the president’s office. The argument over whether to purge President Woodrow Wilson’s name from a Princeton dining hall.