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  • Those We Abuse, We Loathe

    by J. Chester Johnson

    Until white Americans reckon with the significance of white supremacy in America, they will deflect a sense of responsibility by laying blame for black suffering on black Americans themselves. 


  • In the “Bramble” of Central Park, a Showdown Over Nature and Race

    by Douglas C. Sackman

    The viral video of the confrontation between birder Christian Cooper and dog walker Amy Cooper in Central park illuminates how nature and race have been constructed in America, giving privileged access to some while turning others into eternal trespassers. 


  • “A Very Different Story”: Marian Sims and Reconstruction

    by David B. Parker

    Marian Sims's 1942 historical novel Beyond Surrender was not nearly as popular as Gone with the Wind. But it reminds us today of a history that might have been--both during Reconstruction and in the popular portrayal of the period.


  • Dear Vice President Biden: Bring Achievers Back to the White House

    by Joseph A. Esposito

    Joseph Biden is urged to remember John F. Kennedy's admiration and celebration of achievement and Franklin Roosevelt's spirit of pragmatic experimentation in his campaign. Should he be elected, he'll need inspiration to lead the nation out of dire circumstances.


  • The Twisted History of Domestic Military Intervention

    by Alan Singer

    The use of federal troops to enforce domestic law and order has usually served the interests of big business and white supremacy; recent calls to send in the troops are not concerned with protecting freedom.


  • Ghosts of Neshoba: Why Trump Can't Dog Whistle His Way Back to the White House

    by Rick Perlstein

    Ronald Reagan's notorious "states' rights" pledge in Mississippi in 1980 was actually damaging to his campaign. The Gipper needed all his political skill and actor's discipline to rebuild his standing with moderates while still appealing to resentful white voters. Donald Trump lacks the skill to pull off the same trick.


  • Viral Consequences

    by David Marks

    The indifferent response of the Trump administration to the COVID-19 pandemic and the repressive police response to protests are a signal that we need a political and social transformation to address the ongoing global climate crisis. 

  • Respectability and Remembrance: The Continued Condemnation of Black Resistance

    by Anne Stokes

    Addressing the full depth of racism and white supremacy in America requires understanding the limits of the non-violent civil rights movements, and the necessity of armed self-defense for African Americans against the violence perpetrated or instigated by whites — including the police — throughout American history.


  • Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

    by Lawrence Wittner

    The Trump administration's stated intention to "spend the adversary into oblivion" through arms buildup is likely to bring ruin to the American public before it harms Russia or China.