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  1. education
    Robert Smith’s Morehouse Gift Is More Generous Than His VisionThe billionaire’s donation of $40 million to pay off the debt of Morehouse grads was a noble act of charity. But charity is not justice.
  2. sandra bland
    Why Are So Many ‘Bad Apple’ Police Officers Bad in the Same Way?The new Sandra Bland footage casts light on the debate over whether police misconduct is an isolated or systemic problem.
  3. racism
    What People Get Wrong About Today’s Republican Party and Jim CrowPundits are arguing about whether the Republican Party is bringing back Jim Crow. But would the GOP’s base even care if that was true?
  4. far-right
    Louis Farrakhan More ‘Far Right’ Than Left. But Mostly, He’s an Opportunist.News outlets provoked outrage when they linked Louis Farrakhan to the far right. But they weren’t wrong.
  5. john singleton
    Why America Needs More Movies Like John Singleton’s RosewoodThe director’s 1997 film is one of the few to explore black experiences with racist terrorism between the Civil War and the civil-rights movement.
  6. prisons
    Prison Is Torture. Voting Is Self-Defense.If prisoners continue to be barred from voting, the American electorate will continue drowning them in human-rights atrocities.
  7. police brutality
    Broward County Deputies Assaulted a Black Teen. ‘Accountability’ Is Not Enough.Calls for ‘accountability’ in the beating of a black teenager in Florida underestimate the depths of law enforcement violence.
  8. mitch mcconnell
    Mitch McConnell’s New Campaign Ad Is Brazenly Anti-DemocracyThe McConnell campaign’s first campaign ad is about insisting that his various subversions of democracy are instances of “letting the people decide.”
  9. republicans
    White Alabamians Are Doing It AgainRoy Moore, an accused child molester, is leading early polls in Alabama’s Republican primary for the 2020 U.S. Senate election.
  10. rhetoric
    Ilhan Omar Is Facing Death Threats. It’s Good That Democrats Are Defending Her.The Atlantic’s David Frum argues that Democrats are making a strategic mistake by rallying behind Ilhan Omar.
  11. ilhan omar
    Why ‘Civility’ Protects Dan Crenshaw But Not Ilhan OmarAndy Barr wants Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to be more “civil” when addressing Dan Crenshaw. But Crenshaw’s treatment of Ilhan Omar was anything but.
  12. ilhan omar
    Ilhan Omar Never Stood a ChancePolitical attacks against the Muslim Minnesota congresswoman — culminating in one from the president — have devolved into pure Islamophobic id.
  13. white nationalism
    White Nationalism Is the Republican Party’s Meal TicketThis week on Capitol Hill, Republicans tried to distract Americans from their complicity in white nationalism. They ended up drawing attention to it.
  14. terrorism
    White Deputy’s Son Arrested for Black Church Arsons in LouisianaArsons and bombings that target black churches are deeply woven into U.S. history.
  15. white nationalism
    How Kirstjen Nielsen Gave Voice and Muscle to Trump’s White Nationalist AgendaThe soon to be ex–DHS secretary was never a foil to Trump, she just limited her cruelty to what was permitted by law.
  16. chicago
    Lori Lightfoot Is a Pragmatist. Chicago Needs a Revolution.The mayor-elect made history on Tuesday. But her politics are a poor match for the moment.
  17. immigration
    Locking Immigrants in ‘Camps’ Is the New American NormalAnd it’s carrying on an old tradition.
  18. cook county state's attorney
    Chicago Police Union Is Still Mad About Jussie Smollett Case, Holds ProtestThe Chicago Fraternal Order of Police is still angry that charges were dropped against Jussie Smollett.
  19. justice
    Jussie Smollett Is Free. That’s Good, Whether He’s Guilty or Not.Outrage at the Empire actor’s charges being dropped misses a more important point.
  20. vision 2020
    Why the Story of Michael Avenatti Is a Lesson for Democrats in 2020Post-arrest, prosecutors will attempt to cast Avenatti as a grifter. But the real reason for his untrustworthiness was affirmed months ago.
  21. identity politics
    The GOP’s Cynical New Identity-Politics PlaySenate Republicans are looking to back bills that rebuke anti-Semitism — despite their own party’s complicity in anti-Semitic violence.
  22. white supremacy
    Racism Is Good at Hiding. Just Ask This White Nationalist Police Officer.A school resource officer in Virginia is also a member of Identity Evropa. His job? To help bigots conceal their bigotry from the public.
  23. education
    The Promise of Integration Has Not Been Fulfilled in NYC SchoolsJust 190 black children were offered admission to New York City’s specialized public high schools on Monday, out of 4,800. Here’s why that matters.
  24. racism
    How Much Does ‘Racial Ideology’ Matter If Racism Itself Persists?A New York Times op-ed argues that Americans are divided less by their “race” than by what they believe about race and racism. Does it even matter?
  25. christchuch shooting
    The Endgame of White Supremacy Is Always DeathThe mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand, prove that there is no acceptable nonwhite presence under white supremacy.
  26. racism
    Did Racism Cause the Russell Westbrook Fight? That May Be the Wrong Question.On Monday, OKC star Russell Westbrook argued with an abusive fan whose insults, he claims, were “racial.” The larger truth is much more damning.
  27. fox news
    Tucker Carlson and the Folly of Debating Bigots on Their TermsThe racist, misogynist Fox News host wants his detractors to debate him on his TV show. It’s a page straight out of the modern conservative playbook.
  28. the democrats
    Apparently, Democratic Voters Don’t Want an Anti-TrumpJoe Biden continues to lead in most 2020 polls — even though he is arguably the Democrats’ most Trump-like option.
  29. the democrats
    Democratic Prosecutors Aren’t Learning From the Mistakes of Their PredecessorsIn declining to charge Stephon Clark’s killers, California attorney general Xavier Becerra is failing to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors.
  30. ilhan omar
    Steve Scalise Delivers the GOP’s Most Cynical Ilhan Omar Rebuke YetScalise admitted to attending a white supremacist event in 2002. Now he is lecturing Americans about national security and anti-Semitism.
  31. politics
    Conservatives Use Free Speech As a Shield to Defend BigotryA Republican delegate in West Virginia claimed that the Islamophobic Ilhan Omar poster was about “free speech.” It wasn’t.
  32. racism
    Rashida Tlaib Said Mark Meadows’s Behavior Was Racist. She Didn’t Go Far Enough.Meadows is clearly not a credible arbiter of what is or is not racist, but when he took offense, colleagues felt compelled to coddle and reassure him.
  33. racism
    Justin Fairfax and the Lies We Tell About LynchingsFairfax compared the sexual-assault allegations he’s facing to a lynching. Little could be further from the truth.
  34. jussie smollett
    The Jussie Smollett Case Is Not a ParableIt is still good to extend sympathy toward alleged victims of tragedy — even if that tragedy ends up being fake.
  35. howard schultz
    Howard Schultz’s Deficit of HonestyHoward Schultz says he doesn’t “see color.” That doesn’t tell us much about him, but it does tell us something about racism in America.
  36. virginia
    Why Ralph Northam’s Racist Fiasco Is a Golden Opportunity for Black VotersRalph Northam is going on a listening tour. If he genuinely listens, he has a chance to be a transformative leader. Will he?
  37. nyc public schools
    NYC Elite School Alumni President: Calling School ‘Segregated’ Makes Me Feel BadSegregation is about systems, not sentiment.
  38. virginia
    Virginia’s Racist Past Is PresentRalph Northam and Mark Herring may have grown since their blackface days. But so did the black contemporaries subjected to their culture of ridicule.
  39. racism
    This Is Not About Ralph Northam’s FeelingsThe Virginia governor wants to avoid easy answers to his racism scandal. He can start by recognizing it’s not actually about him.
  40. conservatism
    Black Conservatives Don’t Need to Be Brainwashed to Be WrongYoung black conservatives face insults from their peers that they are “traitors,” or “brainwashed.” Really, they’re just wrong.
  41. howard schultz
    Howard Schultz’s Austerity Rhetoric Is a Bad Omen for Black AmericaHoward Schultz’s time at Starbucks was marked by his support for racial equality. But black Americans would suffer from the austerity he preaches.
  42. racism
    Tom Brokaw Wants Hispanics to Assimilate. Hispanics Aren’t the Problem.The ex-newsman wants Hispanics to work harder on assimilating and learning English. But they work hard already. Segregation is the bigger barrier.
  43. the democrats
    Advice to Reformed ‘Tough on Crime’ Democrats: Be HonestJoe Biden and Kamala Harris built their careers on crime and punishment. The reckoning should be honest rather than politically expedient.
  44. criminal justice
    Jason Van Dyke and the Inadequacy of America’s Criminal-Justice SystemJason Van Dyke was sentenced to prison time for killing Laquan McDonald. But true accountability remains elusive.
  45. republicans
    Steve King’s Road Map for Racist RepublicansThe fallout from King’s comments isn’t just turning the GOP against him. It’s showing future racist politicians how to avoid his fate.
  46. native americans
    Trump’s Policies for Native Americans Are Worse Than His Elizabeth Warren JabsTrump accelerated his racist attacks on Elizabeth Warren this weekend. But his policies affecting Native Americans are far worse than his words.
  47. racism
    Ron DeSantis Didn’t Expunge His Record of Racism By Pardoning the Groveland FourFlorida’s governor is granting himself plausible deniability regarding racism by resolving a Jim Crow-era miscarriage of justice.
  48. the wall
    Trump Never Actually Believed in the WallIt seems unlikely that Trump actually thinks a wall is his best border security option. But now, he is stuck with it.
  49. prisons
    The Problem With Prison Isn’t Steak and Pie on HolidaysOutrage over federal prisoners being fed well on New Year’s Day while prison workers go unpaid due to the shutdown is ridiculous.
  50. criminal justice
    It’s a New Day in American Politics. Ferguson, Missouri is No Exception.As the House ushers in a Democratic majority, the city in which Michael Brown was shot enters a new phase of criminal justice under Wesley Bell.
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