Tag: Race and Ethnicity

As ‘American Dirt’ Racks Up Sales, Its Author Becomes the Story

“American Dirt” seemed poised to become one of this year’s biggest, buzziest books. When it came up for auction in 2018, the novel — about a desperate Mexican mother and son who flee for the United States border after a drug cartel massacres their family — set off a bidding war and sold to a […]

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My Piece of the American Id

The president’s freewheeling racism, emanating year after year from the top of the American political order, has made me more hostile toward white folks and whiteness than I’ve ever been in my life. Despite the fact that I’ve written provocatively (so I’m told) about racial matters for years, this hostility is new — and I’m […]

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Philadelphia Mayor Warns Mummers to End Blackface or Risk Parade

Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia warned this week that if leaders of the city’s Mummers Parade did not put a stop to the use of blackface by some participants, the centuries-old New Year’s tradition would be in jeopardy. In a letter sent to five leaders of Mummers divisions, as the brigades of costumed revelers are […]

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My Son’s Friends Use Slurs in Online Games. What Can I Do?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question has been edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] ImageCredit…Lilli Carré My 12-year-old son and his school friends use a live chat app while they’re playing online video […]

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The Iconic Man With a Gun Is a White Man

RICHMOND, Va. — Around 22,000 people came here on Monday to protest potential new restrictions on guns under consideration by the new Democratic majority in the General Assembly. Most of the protesters were outside the grounds of the State Capitol, and most appeared to be carrying weapons: handguns, shotguns, carbines and semiautomatic rifles. There were […]

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I’ll Never Be Ashamed of My Abortion

I am medium-brown-skinned — neither rich dark chocolate nor creamy cafe au lait. I am a B cup and have, for a black girl, a barely there butt. I have flat feet and oily skin. And like so many American women of reproductive age, I’ve had an abortion. I, and I alone, made the decision […]

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The Trump Administration Is Clearing the Way for Housing Discrimination

On Monday, the nation honored the towering legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the progress he demanded remains unfinished, and nowhere more than in the deeply segregated neighborhoods many of us call home. Dr. King understood that where a person lives determines so many of their opportunities, including access to good […]

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How to Convince a White Realtor You’re Middle Class

When the front desk clerk at a Portland, Ore., hotel told Felicia Gonzales, a black woman, that guests were required to sign a two-page “no party” agreement in order to check in, she thought the request was so strange that she decided to sit in the lobby to see if white guests were asked to […]

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Why the Legacy of Stop-and-Frisk Still Threatens Bloomberg

Two months after jumping into the presidential race, Michael R. Bloomberg has hired staff members in 35 states. He has poured $200 million into advertising. He has crisscrossed the country, visiting dozens of cities far from the standard campaign trail. But one issue has dogged him the entire way: His use of stop-and-frisk policing as […]

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The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

In the mid-20th century, federal, state and local governments pursued explicit racial policies to create, enforce and sustain residential segregation. The policies were so powerful that, as a result, even today blacks and whites rarely live in the same communities and have little interracial contact or friendships outside the workplace. This was not a peculiar […]

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Fighting Back With Color

PARIS — “Fashion week is like the playoffs, like a championship,’’ the musician Quavo said as he made the rounds here this week. “There are some designers that don’t do well,’’ added the rapper, flashing a grill made from emerald-cut diamonds covering top and bottom teeth. Others, however, come out on top. Asked to name […]

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The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an ‘Aberration’

Ten years have passed since my book, “The New Jim Crow,” was published. I wrote it to challenge our nation to reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery. It has been an astonishing decade. Everything and nothing has changed. When […]

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Why Do Trump Supporters Support Trump?

THE NEW CLASS WARSaving Democracy From the Managerial EliteBy Michael Lind With 114 percent of Americans now having their own podcast, it is not easy to choose the one with the best title. But I’d go with the journalist Chris Hayes’s “Why Is This Happening?” Were there a German word for emotion-question (and it turns […]

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