Tag: Race

The Black Mage’s Daniel Barnes and DJ Kirkland Unpack the Meaning of the Book’s Magic

Oni Press’s The Black Mage, by writer Daniel Barnes and artist D.J. Kirkland, tells a story that’s unique to the young, black magic-user at the center of the comic. But the story is familiar to any person from a historically marginalized background that finds themselves suddenly thrust into the eternally weird world of higher education. […]

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The Class War of Fare-Dodging Crackdowns

With New York City making the decision to shut down Rikers Island, and Americans increasingly aware of the deep inequities of the current justice system, one would almost think the U.S. on the brink of reconsidering the carceral state. And yet, two weeks after New York’s City Council voted to shutter its infamously cruel penitentiary, the city is […]

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How Men Distort the Race Debate

In video footage that went viral this fall, the hip-hop mogul Jay-Z said that growing up in a Black single-parent household contributed directly to anti-Black police brutality. As I pondered his remarks, I was reminded of the lengthy history of stupefying male-centric social analyses that Jay-Z’s take was in league with. And the net effect […]

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Inside the “Most Incarcerated” Zip Code in the Country

Keisha Robinson’s family came to Milwaukee from Chicago in the 1980s because, as Robinson put it, “Chicago was getting out of pocket.” With crime rising and jobs disappearing in the Windy City, she told me, “my mom wanted a better place for us to live.” But Robinson’s mother could never have anticipated the crucibles awaiting […]

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Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Want the State to Know Everything About Your Abortion

Brent Blue has been practicing medicine in Jackson, Wyoming, for 38 years. At his family medicine and urgent care practice, he also provides abortions. As of July 1, each time he performs an abortion he must submit a report to the state including information about the patient’s age, race, county of residence, and previous pregnancies, […]

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The Myth of Class Reductionism

Ever since Bernie Sanders’s insurgent run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a specter has haunted left-liberal debate: the specter of “class reductionism.” Left-identitarians and centrist liberals have used this oversimplified charge not merely to dismiss Sanders but also to cast suspicion on the broad array of universally redistributive policies associated with him and […]

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The Pragmatic Roots of Biden’s Incoherence

On Sunday, Miami real estate developer Craig Robins introduced Joe Biden at a fundraiser by telling prospective donors that Biden is a candidate seeking “a solution that could just make things normal again.”  It’s a pithy description for the campaign that Biden has run thus far. While the majority of the Democratic field has spent […]

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Report Finds Media More Likely to Cite Video Games as Factor in Shootings When Suspect Is White

Photo: Getty Researchers have long discredited the link between video games and gun violence—more specifically, mass shootings. But not only is the narrative false, like many other facets of American life, it’s also touched by race. A new report, published Monday in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture (pdf), combines two experiments that come […]

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Novel Reckons With the Past

Eight years ago, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an essay in The Atlantic asking why so few black people studied the Civil War. Coates noted that he himself had only recently become an avid reader of Civil War history, and along with it, a student of the larger system that propelled it into motion: slavery. The reason for […]

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Candace Owens Defends MAGA in a Room Full of Black People and It Ends Exactly How You Expect It Would

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – SEPTEMBER 14: T.I., Candace Owens, Steven Pargett, and Jeff Johnson speak onstage during day 3 of REVOLT Summit x AT&T Summit on September 14, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.Photo: Moses Robinson (Getty Images for Revolt) The slogan “Make America Great Again” infamously became popularized in 2016 as a rallying cry for conservatives, white […]

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The Democrats’ Shameful Legacy on Crime

A week before he swept the South on Super Tuesday in 1992, Bill Clinton held an event in Stone Mountain, Georgia, the site of the rebirth of the Ku Klux Klan in 1915. His campaign had gathered dozens of mostly black inmates for a photo op in the courtyard of the Stone Mountain Correctional Institution, […]

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Remember Trump’s Charlottesville Comments? Conservatives Don’t.

Joe Biden often reminds audiences that President Donald Trump once said the white supremacists who marched around Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” were “very fine people.” But in August, when the former vice president made this point at the Iowa State Fair, an editor from Breitbart was waiting to confront him. For weeks, […]

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‘Octoroon,’ ‘Mulatto’ or ‘Aryan’: Couples Sue Virginia to Stop It From Forcing People to Choose a Race in Order to Get a Marriage License

Photo: iStock Three couples in Virginia are invoking the names of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple whose fight to be legally wed led to the striking down of laws banning interracial marriage, in their quest to stop Virginia from requiring racial ID — including outdated or outright offensive terms like “quadroon,” “mulatto” and “Aryan” […]

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Warren’s Plans Should Win the Native Vote—Even If We Don’t Forgive Her

During the 2008 presidential election, I was excited to have a sticker that read “First Americans for Obama”—just happy to have been remembered enough for such a sticker to exist. In 2015, we had another political milestone: Bernie Sanders’ campaign released an online ad directed at Native people. But 2019 brought unparalleled recognition of Indigenous […]

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The Case of the “Disappearing” Poet

From Hollywood movies to children’s books, there has probably never been more discussion of how people of color are represented in American culture than there is right now. Efforts like #OscarsSoWhite or We Need Diverse Books have called attention to the fact that white performers, authors, and characters continue to dominate mainstream movies and books. […]

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Please Watch ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Give a Lesson on How to Use Privilege to Be an Ally

Dan Le BatardScreenshot: YouTube Sometimes, the pressure to do and say what’s right outweighs political position, or political correctness, and even employment. Sometimes something is so wrong that it is impossible not to call it such. Sometimes a public platform must become a public pulpit in order to help change things. On Thursday, ESPN radio […]

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‘I’m All About Just Getting Stuff Done’: Kamala Harris Gets Political and Personal on Jemele Hill Is Unbothered

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) speaks during the Spotify House Of Are & Be Podcast Session Presenting “Jemele Hill Is Unbothered Live With Senator Kamala Harris” on July 6, 2019, in New Orleans.Photo: Daniel Boczarski (Getty Images for Spotify) “Some might think that breaking barriers means you start out on one side of the barrier and […]

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