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Protest



  • The Danger Of Depoliticising Black Power Activism

    Both celebrities and consumer brands have appropriated the aesthetics of the Black Panther Party and other Black militants, without dealing with the substance of their politics. 



  • Against State Capture

    by Austin McCoy

    Austin McCoy warns that the energy of today's protest movements, which demand deep changes to the organization of society, is at risk of being captured and contained by small-scale reforms. The challenge for "abolition democracy" is to involve people in deciding how to dismantle and replace repressive institutions.


  • The Second Amendment has Never Covered Kenosha Shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

    by Noah Shusterman

    If his lawyer wants to argue that Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in the spirit of those eighteenth-century militias which went outside the law and defied their state government, and especially those who did so in the interest of promoting white supremacy – his case would be historically solid. It would not, however, be an exoneration.



  • The Forgotten History of the Radical ‘Elders of the Tribe’

    by Susan J. Douglas

    The Gray Panthers fought for the civil rights, social services and respect denied to older Americans. But they did so by challenging inequality in ways that sought alliances instead of antagonism between young and old. 



  • The Depression-Era Lessons That Can Solve Today’s Evictions Crisis

    by Anya Jabour

    Social workers and researchers Edith Abbott and Sophonisba Breckinridge conducted an important study of evictions in Chicago during the Great Depression and advocated for federal support for a minimum standard of living including housing. The looming eviction crisis demands similar big thinking. 



  • Good Trouble’ In A White Flight Suburb: Oak Grove High Teens Confront Racism

    by Ashton Pittman

    Black Lives Matter protests organized by high school students near Hattiesburg, Mississippi are responding to inequities created by the growth of white flight suburbs after "Brown v. Board of Education," when manipulated city and school district boundaries and private "segregation academies" helped whites to hoard resources and educational opportunity.



  • Protests, Yesterday and Today

    Historian Lorena Oropeza discusses the Chicano Moratorium protests against the war in Vietnam and the denial of opportunity to ethnic Mexican people in Los Angeles and elsewhere. 



  • The Daily: Trump's Suburban Strategy (audio)

    Trump has used recent protests to double down on a suburban strategy based in fear of crime and disorder. Writer Emily Badger investigates whether it will work. 



  • #ScholarStrike

    Professors are planning a work stoppage and virtual, public teach-in on police violence and racism next month.



  • Overt Racism in the Street and Quieter Racism in the Curriculum

    by Alan J. Singer

    I don’t want to drop James Hammond’s speech to the United States Senate proclaiming “Cotton is King” from United States history textbooks and websites. But when the speech is cited, it should include an explanation who this man was, what he believed, and what he did.