Tag: Race

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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Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Sexual Harassment Claims

Roland G. Fryer, a onetime rising star in economics who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, will lose his Harvard University research lab and be suspended for two years, the university said Wednesday. Harvard’s actions represent a remarkable fall from grace for an economist who until recently was among the profession’s most […]

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America, We Need to Talk

Speaking to a room full of obscenely wealthy people on Tuesday, Joe Biden took a break from asking for money to praise a segregationist—in the name of civility, of course. Echoing one of his already overused arguments, Biden pointed back to the good old days when politicians found common ground, no matter the hateful things […]

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Who Owns the Crusades?

Is there a historical episode less understood by the general public and more urgently in need of clarification than the Crusades? To some on the right, the Crusades prefigured the modern wars that have been cast as “civilizational” clashes, such as the so-called war on terrorism. That stereotype relies upon a yet broader myth, an […]

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The Audacity of Grief

It is easy to count the dead, harder to count the grieving. One has to estimate. Every year, almost one percent of the American population dies. The most recent available official count, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Vital Statistics System, is for the year 2017: 2,813,503 registered deaths. Looking at the […]

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