Tag: Race and Ethnicity

The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis

Early Monday morning the email arrived. The subject line began, “ALARM AT THE GATE,” written in all caps. Someone had died. That is always what that phrasing means. The message came via a group email list maintained by the fraternity I joined in college some 30 years ago. A younger member, a rising chef in […]

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Martin, Malcolm and the Fight for Equality

THE SWORD AND THE SHIELDThe Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.By Peniel E. Joseph What an era that could see the rise to national prominence of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. In his immensely valuable new book, “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and […]

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Penguin Classics and Others Work to Diversify Offerings From the Canon

When the playwright and filmmaker Kathleen Collins’s short stories were published in 2016, nearly 30 years after her death in 1988, they were called a “revelation.” The stories, deeply moving and autobiographical, had been locked in a trunk untouched for decades, along with a trove of other work, until Collins’s daughter, Nina Lorez Collins, took […]

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Coronavirus Taunts Evoke a Painful History for Asian-American Leaders

Soon after President Trump first uttered the phrase “Chinese virus,” Representative Grace Meng got a call from her parents, who had read about it in the newspaper. Had Mr. Trump, they wondered, really given the coronavirus that corrosive moniker? Yes, she told them, indeed he had. And no, despite being a member of Congress and […]

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Coronavirus as Metaphor

President Trump and some of his allies have made a point of calling the coronavirus a “Chinese virus,” the “Wuhan virus” or, simply, a “foreign virus.” Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas even suggested the Chinese had devised the virus as a biological weapon. They would like us to believe that the disease is like a […]

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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 98

The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped organize a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement — the bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala. — and who gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration more than half a century later, died at his home in […]

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Back at Work but Not on the Bench, Supreme Court Issues 3 Major Opinions

WASHINGTON — In a series of decisions, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled that states may abolish a common form of the insanity defense, that an entrepreneur suing Comcast for race discrimination must meet a demanding standard and that states are immune from claims of copyright infringement. In their latest response to the coronavirus, the […]

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This Year, Only 10 Black Students Got Into N.Y.C.’s Top High School

Last year, the news that only a tiny number of black students gained admission into New York City’s most selective public high school, Stuyvesant, touched off a maelstrom about race and merit in the nation’s largest school system. On Thursday, education officials announced that, one year later, almost nothing had changed: Ten black students got […]

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Linda Fairstein Sues Netflix for Defamation in ‘When They See Us’

The former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein sued Netflix and the director Ava DuVernay on Wednesday, arguing that she was falsely portrayed as a “racist, unethical villain” pushing for the convictions of five black and Latino teenagers in “When They See Us,” a series about the Central Park Five case. The lawsuit, filed in federal court […]

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54% of the People. 12% of the Plays. Atlanta, Do We Have a Problem?

ATLANTA — On a torrentially rainy night last month, some 200 members of the theatrical community here gathered in an arty underground event space for what was billed as the Atlanta Theater Dinner. It was not an awards ceremony or a gala fund-raiser. The meal was potluck and the entertainment unusual: a bare-bones, script-in-hand reading […]

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How Racist Is Trump’s Republican Party?

Is the modern Republican Party built on race prejudice, otherwise known as racism? Has it become, as Stuart Stevens — a media consultant with an exceptionally high win-loss record who was a lead strategist for George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 — puts it, the “white grievance party”? Stevens has impeccable Republican credentials. In […]

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A Baltimore Barber Who’s With His Clients Through Life, and Death

BALTIMORE — The barber had with him his tools of the trade — a black leather smock, a razor, clippers, scissors — and tufts of black locks he had collected from the floor of his shop. He would use them to try to cover a hole from a bullet that tore through his client’s head. […]

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10 Years Ago, Arizona Changed How We Talk About Immigration

TUCSON, Ariz. — The heat in the Sonoran Desert neared 100 degrees on the day several years ago when Border Patrol agents at a checkpoint pulled over an elderly Hispanic man, dressed impeccably in a tailored suit. They ordered him out of his vehicle and requested his identity papers, which showed that he was a […]

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Upheaval at Fashion Institute Over Accusations of Racism

It is considered one of the world’s most prestigious fashion schools, priding itself on producing cutting-edge designs and a roster of alumni that includes Calvin Klein, Michael Kors and Carolina Herrera. But before the coronavirus outbreak shut down classes, the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan had been in upheaval since a student designer used […]

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Why America Will Never Get Medicare for All

The weirdest thing about the Democratic primary is how un-American it sounds. For all their differences, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — the last men standing — both call for a robust expansion of government programs. Mr. Sanders wants “Medicare for all”; Mr. Biden wants a “public option” to compete against private insurance. Both call […]

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My People Have Been Through Worse Than a Twitter Mob

Late Thursday night, I appeared on TV. On Friday morning, I woke up to a text message from a friend. “People on Twitter are pathetic,” she wrote. “How are you?” On MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” the night before, we mentioned a tweet, written by someone else, about the enormous amount of money […]

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Barbara Neely, Activist Turned Mystery Writer, Dies at 78

Barbara Neely, an unheralded social activist who in her 50s became an award-winning writer of mystery novels centered on a savvy black maid who doubles as an amateur detective, died on March 2 in Philadelphia. She was 78. Ms. Neely’s family announced her death through her publisher, Brash Books, without providing further details, except to […]

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The Sanders Coalition Is Not Quite What We Thought It Was

Four years ago, in Grant County, Oklahoma, Bernie Sanders crushed Hillary Clinton, 57.1 percent to 31.9 percent. This year, Sanders didn’t just lose Grant County — 87.5 percent white, 76.9 percent without college degrees — to Joe Biden, his percentage of the vote fell by 41 points, to 16.1 percent. Grant County reflects what has […]

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Man Who Fatally Stabbed Woman on BART Platform Is Convicted of Murder

A Bay Area man who randomly stabbed two sisters on a commuter train platform in 2018, killing one and wounding the other in an attack with racial undertones, was convicted of first-degree murder on Tuesday. A jury in Alameda County court also found the man, John Lee Cowell, 29, guilty of attempted murder and the […]

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