Category: Racism

Greg Grandin: The Confederate Flag at War

The Department of Defense says it isn’t even “reviewing” the possibility of a ban on the flag

Chris Kromm: After anti-Confederate flurry, lasting change for Old South symbols?

The South’s flags and symbols are powerful in shaping the ideas of Southerners and transmitting views of racism and inequality from generation to generation

Linda Gordon: The Charleston Killer: Was He Crazy Or Was He Racist?

Don’t be taken in by a false choice; he was both

Auset Marian Lewis: A Struggle without Borders: Charleston a Uniter or Divider?

Racial differences in the U.S. cannot be denied, but the greatest tragedy is the lie that we the people do not have a common fight

Bill Fletcher: History is not the past

Review of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Richard Falk: Reading Claudia Rankine On Race

We white people have lots to learn about racism in America no matter how progressive our attitudes toward race. I realized this some years ago when I found Toni Morrison’s Beloved so grimly illuminating in depicting the cruelty experienced after the abolition of slavery by our African American fellow citizens left in a malicious shadow Read more…

Gary Younge: Farewell to America

After 12 years in the US, Gary Younge is preparing to depart – as the country’s racial frictions seem certain to spark another summer of conflict

Juan Cole: If ISIL had burned down 4 Churches, it would have been Headline News

Seven African-American churches have burned down in the past week and at least four of these southern Black churches were victims of deliberate arson, and possibly six were

Chris Kromm: Charleston massacre draws attention to white supremacist backing of politicians

The leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof’s extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings had donated tens of thousands of dollars to leading Republicans

Barbara J. Fields: How Race Is Conjured

The fiction of race hides the real source of racism and inequity in America today

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