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  1. racism
    What Emmett Till’s Bulletproof Memorial Says About UsThree previous memorials in the same location have been stolen, tossed into a nearby river, or riddled with bullets.
  2. democratic primaries
    Pete Buttigieg’s Chicago Fundraiser Debacle Won’t Help Him With Black VotersHe needs black support for his new strategy: capturing Biden supporters if the former vice-president falters.
  3. racism
    America Owed Better to Elijah CummingsThe congressman died trying to protect vulnerable Americans from Trump.
  4. debates
    Julián Castro’s Perspective on Gun Violence and Policing Remains Essential“Police violence is also gun violence.”
  5. democratic debates
    Why Didn’t Anyone Attack Joe Biden at Tuesday’s Debate?Intelligencer staffers also discuss Bernie Sanders’s strong performance, the attacks on Elizabeth Warren, and more.
  6. racism
    Andrew Cuomo Says ‘N—’ on the Radio, Still Unclear WhyThe governor was describing a New York Times op-ed that had nothing to do with what he was discussing.
  7. racism
    Nearly a Century After the Black Wall Street Massacre, Tulsa Looks for BodiesReports of black corpses buried in a mass grave followed the 1921 massacre of 300 black people and dispossession of 10,000 more.
  8. progressives
    Steven Reed and Why ‘Firsts’ Still MatterPolitical ‘firsts’ may seem like a cosmetic victory after Obama. But Montgomery electing a black mayor still matters for progressives hoping to win.
  9. justice
    Who Gets Grace in the Courtroom?Judge Tammy Kemp’s decision to hug former cop and convicted murderer Amber Guyger tells us how our justice system works.
  10. the cost of doing business
    Marco Rubio ‘Disgusted’ by NBA Deference to China. He Should Feel Right at Home.The senator regularly decries autocrats abroad while declining to fight them at home.
  11. police shootings
    Black Grace Is Celebrated When America Fears Its AlternativeBrandt Jean’s courtroom act shows that, too often, forgiveness is palatable only because it lacks institutional power.
  12. republican party
    Jeff Flake Wants to Save the GOP Soul. The Party Seems Uninterested.The former senator says Republicans shouldn’t support Trump’s reelection. Judging by Trump’s fundraising, his compatriots disagree.
  13. health care
    How America’s Health-Care System Makes Mass Incarceration WorseA report from AL.com and ProPublica unearths disturbing practices in Alabama.
  14. police shootings
    If Amber Guyger Is Reasonable, Who Isn’t?The former Dallas police officer’s absurd defense for killing Botham Jean in his own apartment.
  15. climate change
    Trump and Fox News, Lacking a Rigorous Response to Greta Thunberg, Mock HerFor conservatives advancing a political agenda, impugning the motives and intelligence of children has never been off-limits.
  16. policing
    Officer Suspended After Arresting First-Grader. His Behavior Fits a Pattern.Black children in schools are subjected to police involvement at alarming rates.
  17. america
    Anti-Vaxxers March on California Capitol Singing ‘We Shall Overcome’No.
  18. trump administration
    Trump Loyalists Aren’t Being Ostracized After Leaving — They’re ThrivingSean Spicer, Kierstjen Nielsen, and Corey Lewandowski all made dramatic public comebacks this week.
  19. andrew yang
    Will Andrew Yang’s Meeting With Shane Gillis Demand Anything From White Voters?Forgiving racists is easy in American politics. Demanding better from them is not.
  20. 9/11
    The Uses of 9/11The terrorist attack has become a justification for state violence anywhere.
  21. racism
    A Non-Racist Conservatism Must Look to the Future, Not the PastRoss Douthat’s latest column paints a discouraging picture of non-racist conservatism.
  22. 2020 elections
    Why the Pragmatism of Black Voters Will Define the 2020 ElectionFor better or for worse.
  23. politics
    Ted Cruz’s Dishonest Rhetoric About ChicagoThe senator’s attempt to use Chicago to make a point about gun control is the conservative tradition of using the city as a political football.
  24. racism
    A Non-Racist Conservative Movement Would Kill the Republican PartyIs the American right willing to risk destruction?
  25. mass shootings
    The Trump Administration Thinks the Death Penalty Can Stop Mass ShootingsThe death penalty doesn’t deter violence. But it’s Trump’s preferred solution.
  26. affirmative action
    The Harvard Affirmative-Action Case Isn’t Really About Undervaluing Asian LaborIt’s about overvaluing whiteness.
  27. mass shootings
    Robert Bowers Killed 11 Jewish People. The Death Penalty Is Not the Answer.The death penalty means little where casual state violence runs rampant.
  28. ilhan omar
    Alabama Republicans Vote to Remove Ilhan Omar After Endorsing Roy MooreState Republicans think Omar is an un-American bigot who shouldn’t hold office. That says more about their idea of who should than about her.
  29. ilhan omar
    Alabama Republicans Vote to Remove Ilhan Omar After Endorsing Roy MooreState Republicans think Omar is an un-American bigot who shouldn’t hold office. That says more about their idea of who should than about her.
  30. racism
    Steve King’s Political Prospects May Be Fading, but His Party’s Racism Is NotKing is one of his party’s most flagrant bigots — but not by much.
  31. democracy
    Democrats Are Turning Their Attention to a Very Unsexy Bulwark of DemocracyDemocrats have historically not focused their energies on the secretaries of state. But the office is crucial to state elections.
  32. islamophobia
    Trump’s Tweets Prove GOP Attacks on Omar, Tlaib Were Always About IslamophobiaThe anti-Semitism allegations were just a cover.
  33. criminal justice
    California’s New Use-of-Force Law Is Still Deadly VagueA new law strengthens California’s guidelines for police use of force. But it does not go far enough.
  34. police brutality
    NYPD Head Sends Parting Shots at Eric Garner While Firing His Killer“He should’ve decided against resisting arrest,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said of Eric Garner.
  35. racism
    Steve King’s Views on Rape Are Inseparable From His RacismKing’s understanding of what gives women and people of color worth rests on how useful they are to his vision of civilization.
  36. racism
    Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses*Ken Cuccinelli has a vision for immigration that privileges people who’ll enrich America. But for him and Trump, that has always meant white people.
  37. kamala harris
    Why Is Kamala Harris Struggling With Black Voters So Much?Intelligencer staffers discuss the Democratic contender’s weakness among a key primary demographic.
  38. the n-word
    Unless It’s the N-Word, It’s Probably Not ‘Like the N-Word’Chris Cuomo apologized for equating the term ‘Fredo’ with black people being called the ‘N-word.’ But he was echoing a broader trend.
  39. conspiracy theories
    The Conspiracist-in-ChiefTrump gravitates toward outlandish conspiracy theories to explain a fairly straightforward phenomenon: People don’t like him.
  40. racism
    The Sleight of Hand at the Heart of Trump’s AppealStephen Ross and Tucker Carlson reveal the glue that holds the Republican coalition together.
  41. ferguson
    5 Years After Ferguson, Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops Have Gotten WorseA big problem driving the 2014 unrest was black motorists getting stopped disproportionately. The gap between them and white motorists is now wider.
  42. mass shootings
    What We Didn’t Need the El Paso Killer’s Manifesto to Tell UsUnderstanding the El Paso shooter is helped by understanding 8chan troll culture — but it’s not a requirement.
  43. mass shootings
    Trump’s Plan for Stopping Anti-Hispanic Terrorism: Fewer HispanicsBefore abandoning mention of gun control altogether, Trump suggested he’d consider it — as long as Democrats supported the GOP’s immigration agenda.
  44. republicans
    The Last Black Republican in the House Waves the White FlagFive years ago, Republicans thought they had to become more diverse to win. Will Hurd’s departure symbolizes their abandonment of that path.
  45. baltimore
    Ben Carson Felt Persecuted When He Visited BaltimoreThe Housing secretary visited his hometown to do damage control.
  46. democratic debates
    How Badly Did Kamala Harris Stumble at the Democratic Debate?Intelligencer staffers discuss who shined (Cory Booker), who didn’t (Harris), and who did what they needed to do (Joe Biden).
  47. racism
    There Is No ‘Racial Divide’Racism isn’t about disagreement or failed diplomacy, as CNN’s debate question suggests. It’s about exercising power.
  48. racism
    We Know Too Much About Trump to Believe He Cares About Fixing BaltimoreTrump’s disparagement of Baltimore and one of its U.S. congressmen, Elijah Cummings, should be viewed in the context of his past racist remarks.
  49. ilhan omar
    Profiling Doesn’t Bother Conservatives Unless It Targets White PeopleA deceptively edited video of Ilhan Omar describing the pitfalls of racial profiling has conservatives accusing her of racism.
  50. justice
    The Death Penalty Is a Farce. William Barr’s Plan Might Make It Torturous.Capital punishment in America is racist and punishes innocent people at unconscionable rates. William Barr’s plan to use pentobarbital makes it worse.
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