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What would Jefferson say about white supremacists descending upon his university?
Washington Post. August 13, 2017

Thomas Jefferson is everywhere and nowhere in Charlottesville. Truly, after all these years, Jefferson’s beloved city and his beloved nation are suffering at the hands of his two warring children: the older child of bigotry and the younger child of equality

 

 

How to Avoid a Post-Scholar America
The Chronicle of Higher Education. June 18 2017

Scholars can defend truth, if they can only yank themselves out of their conferences, their journals, and their academic jargon. Now more than ever before, scholars must be at the forefront of public debate. This means more public scholarship, not more public scholars. The distinction is a crucial one. Public scholars are known by the public. Public scholarship directly impacts the public.

 

 

What Will Future Historians Say About President Trump's First 100 Days?
TIME. April 27, 2017

All those yesterdays are today. But they do not have to be tomorrow. There is an alternative to the alternative that is Donald Trump.

 

 

The Antiracist Philosophy of Malcolm X
Black Perspectives. Feb 22, 2017

In burning through the old forests of assimilationist ideas, Malcolm X paved the way for antiracist ideas. He paved the way for Black is beautiful then, and Black lives matter today, for being conscious then, for being woke today.

 

 

Uncovering the Roots of Racist Ideas in America
The Conversation. Feb 5, 2017

Time and again, racist ideas have not been born and bred in the cradle of ignorant, hateful or unpatriotic minds. Time and again, powerful and brilliant men and women have produced racist ideas in order to justify the racist policies of their era, in order to redirect the blame for their era’s racial disparities away from those policies and onto black people.

 

 

Racial Progress Is Real. But So Is Racist Progress
The New York Times. Jan 21, 2017

But what if there have been two historical forces at work: a dual and dueling history of racial progress and the simultaneous progression of racism?

The Civil Rights Act was a victory against racism. But racists also won
The Washington Post. July 2

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.” The landmark legislation spurred all sorts of racial progress — from desegregating Southern establishments, to driving anti-discrimination lawsuits, to opening the doors of opportunity for the new black middle class.

 

 

 

 

Racism as Colorism: Garvey, Du Bois and the Other Color Line
Black Perspectives. May 24, 2017

We have to recognize light-skin privilege and the other color line. We have to recognize that dark skin is not the essential and pure standard of Blackness. We have to recognize colorism as racism.

 

 

 

A History of Race and Racism in America, 24 Chapters
The New York Times. Feb 22 2017

I would argue that together, these works tell the history of anti-black racism in the United States as painfully, as eloquently, as disturbingly as words can. In many ways they also tell its present.

 

 

 

The Book That Made Me:
Learn How to Love

Public Books. Jan 23, 2017

If only Americans were nurtured in antiracist ideas, then that would unleash what hooks calls the “healing power of redemptive love.” It is a line I hold dear to my heart. If only Americans were nurtured in antiracist ideas, then Americans would love.

 

Confederate Monuments and the Forgotten Warning of a Crisis to Come
TIME. 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.

 

 

 

100 Words By 10 Writers On 100 Days
BuzzFeed. April 29, 2017

I daydream of a future historian titling her book 100 Days of Resistance, framing Trump’s election as the defibrillator of a revived American democracy.

 

 

 

Racist Ideas Are Spread by the Powerful to Support Racist Policies
NEWSWEEK. Feb 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. (this article first appeared in The Conversation)

 

 

 

The 1967 MLK and the Politics of Transcendence
Black Perspectives. Jan 21, 2017

And in order to sustain the fight to change anything, you have to philosophically believe change is possible. Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.