July 16, 2019
President Trump’s tirade against four minority congresswomen prompts the question: Whom does he consider to be American?
July 4, 2019
Power comes before freedom, not the other way around.
June 19, 2019
Americans who oppose reparations care more about responding to political expediency than about the emergency of inequality.
May 27, 2019
The billionaire didn’t just pay off graduates’ debts; he offered an invaluable lesson about the real nature of individual success.
The New York Times
May 29, 2019
Ibram X. Kendi on books to help America transcend its racist heritage.
April 1, 2019
The racial fears motivating white-nationalist killers are more widely shared than mainstream Americans would prefer to admit.
February 12, 2019
If he won’t step down, the governor will need this anti-racist syllabus.
January 10, 2019
Any politician who is overfunding law and order, border security, and wars on terror—and underfunding medical research—is not keeping us safe.
December 6, 2018
Opposing racism is not the same as building an antiracist society. Our new series, Antiracism and America, looks at the structures that sustain a racist society - and how we dismantle them.
October 2018 Issue
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln warned that America could not remain “half slave and half free.” Today, the country remains divided by racism—and the threat is as existential as it was before the Civil War.
June 28, 2018
Political moderates who counsel against confrontation and warn of incivility would abandon the tools that have changed America for the better.
May 14, 2018
Communities of color are actually disproportionately likely to report crimes—it’s police themselves who have maintained a corrosive culture of silence.
March 20, 2018
They’re both blamed for predisposing their members to violent acts, but they’ve sparked radically different public-policy responses.
The New York Times
January 13, 2018
The antiracist lives by the opposite heartbeat, one that rarely and irregularly sounds in America — the heartbeat of confession.
November 13, 2017
The White House's fumbling about slavery and the Civil War fits a long pattern in American politics.
The racial story is often told from assuming lips.
July 2, 2017
Fifty-three years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and forcefully challenged “all” Americans to “close the springs of racial poison.”
June 26, 2017
As many cities debate what to do about monuments to Confederate leaders and soldiers, defenders of such monuments commonly claim they “have nothing to do with hate or racism but everything to do with our history and heritage,” as a Tampa resident proclaimed Wednesday to his county commissioners before they voted to keep a nearby monument.
New York Times
FEBRUARY 22, 2017
Many Americans might not know the more polemical side of race writing in our history. The canon of African-American literature is well established. Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin are familiar figures. Far less so is Samuel Morton (champion of the obsolete theory of polygenesis) or Thomas Dixon (author of novels romanticizing Klan violence). It is tempting to think that the influence of those dusty polemics ebbed as the dust accumulated. But their legacy persists, freshly shaping much of our racial discourse.
FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Contrary to popular conceptions, ignorant and hateful people have not been behind the production and reproduction of racist ideas in America. Instead, racist ideas have usually been produced by some of the most brilliant and cunning minds of each era.
JANUARY 23, 2017
I think I first read All About Love sometime in 2010. I had just earned my doctorate and was stepping into my career as a professor. At 28 years old, I was also stepping into a conscious understanding of who I was: I was consciously trying to understand who I wanted to be, and what I wanted to be. Every draft of myself contained the chapter of love.
New York Times
JANUARY 21, 2017
Barack Obama said in his final news conference that he planned to use his time off from politics “to do some writing.” I am hoping in his post-presidency, he begins to write a different racial history from the one he proclaimed from his presidential pulpit.
NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2016
Barack Obama’s presidency will forever be connected to postracial ideology. The postracial idea that racism has been marginalized or eradicated came of age during the early years of his tenure in office. It was mortally wounded during the final years of his presidency by a rash of police shootings and Black Lives Matter protests.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.