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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump attends a church service, in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., September 3, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Trump Calls For New Civil Rights Agenda In Visit To Black Church

As scores of protesters outside chanted “No justice, no peace,” Trump said he wanted to make Detroit – a predominantly African-American city which recently emerged from bankruptcy – the economic envy of the world by bringing back companies from abroad.

September 3, 2016

Do Trump’s White Men Really Want Problems Fixed?

Trump’s vow to “bring back coal” would be one of his easiest promises to break. The problem for coal isn’t just that it’s dirty energy. It’s that natural gas is cheaper. Trashing every environmental law on the books would not change the fact of free market life that consumers are going to buy the less expensive product.

September 1, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a Hispanic Small Business Leaders round table meeting at the Trump Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., August 26, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Have You Ever Seen A More Cynical Political Pivot Than Donald Trump Trying To Avoid Electoral Disaster?

Was last week a true turning point for Trump? Did it signal a transformation from the man-baby who won the Republican primaries to someone with the temperament to be president? In the word of the moment, is this the “pivot” that Clinton’s supporters have most feared?

August 28, 2016
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Racial And Partisan Divides Shape American Views Of Poverty And The Poor

Sharp differences along lines of race and politics shape American attitudes toward the poor and poverty, according to a new survey of public opinion, which finds empathy toward the poor and deep skepticism about government antipoverty efforts.

August 14, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on a TV broadcasting in the media workspace at U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign event on the day several states help presidential primaries including California at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

On Clinton’s Gender And Obama’s Race, Two Different Rhetorical Styles

Clinton’s declaration that “great things [can] happen in America“ and that her campaign is about “making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us” would be just as relevant eight years ago as it was on Tuesday.

June 9, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama receives an honorary degree conferred upon him by Vernon Jordan before he delivered the commencement address to the 2016 graduating class of Howard University in Washington, U.S., May 7, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama Says U.S. Race Relations Have Improved, But Work To Be Done

“I tell you this not to lull you into complacency, but to spur you into action because there’s still so much work to do,” Obama told about 2,300 Howard University graduates in Washington, acknowledging that racism and inequality still persist. “We cannot sleepwalk through life,” he said.

May 8, 2016
The top of the Flint Water Plant tower is seen in Flint, Michigan in this February 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/Files

Sometimes, Race Is More Distraction Than Explanation

As you no doubt know, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., returned to the headlines last week with news that the state attorney general is charging three government officials for their alleged roles in the debacle. It makes this a convenient moment to deal with something that has irked me about the way this disaster is framed.

April 24, 2016
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Hillary Clinton And Bill de Blasio’s Racial Joke Didn’t Go Over Well

Sometimes politicians make dumb racist jokes.

April 12, 2016
Trump supporters (R) voice their opinions at anti-Trump protesters following a campaign rally for Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump in Cleveland, Ohio, March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

There Is No “Trump Voter” and It’s Dangerous to Think Otherwise

Even as the media continues to portray Trump supporters as ignorant poor people, it largely ignores what it means to be poor in America.

April 1, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department Washington

If Obama Wasn’t ‘Black’ Before, He Certainly Is Now

To be black is not to share a common geography, class or family status, but rather, the common experience of being insulted, bullied and oppressed by people who think they are white.

February 29, 2016
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Can Bernie Sanders Win The African-American Vote?

Sanders’ appeal is that he acknowledges something that African-Americans know viscerally: There is no post-racial America. He has also offered a forthright critique of wealth and income equality in America, along with measures to rectify it. All he has to do is package his message right.

February 4, 2016
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And The Oscar For Most Stunning Actress Goes To …

The perpetual dearth of non-beautiful actresses surely reflects the socializing preferences of the white men in charge.

February 4, 2016
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Bigotry And Backlash Find Home In Class Resentments

When Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “Mountaintop” sermon in Memphis in 1968, he probably had not dared to dream of the astonishing racial progress that would be made after his death.

January 16, 2016
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Academy Selects An All-White Group Of Acting Nominees – Again

For the second year in a row, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has nominated an all-white group of acting nominees, passing over popular, well-reviewed performances and failing to nominate prominent actors of color.

January 15, 2016

Ted Cruz Might Not Need Trump Supporters

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is poised to absorb Donald Trump’s supporters when the billionaire exits the race for the GOP presidential nomination, according to one of the campaign’s most common narratives.

January 7, 2016

Affirmative Action At Universities In Doubt As US Supreme Court Hears Arguments

The future of affirmative action at public universities appeared in some doubt Wednesday as the Supreme Court justices debated for a second time whether to strike down a race-based admissions policy at the University of Texas.

December 10, 2015

Ryan Calls For ‘Complete Alternative’ To Obama’s Policies

In his first big political address as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said Republicans have to stand for more than just undoing what President Barack Obama has done.

December 5, 2015

Why The Conversation About Race Can’t Be The Only Conversation

From sea to shining sea, college students seem determined to make us argue about race, pondering the exact color of their navels and compiling lists of fruitless demands, to the exclusion of all else.

December 2, 2015

A New Data-Mining Technique To Uncover New Hampshire Influencers

Taking social network analysis offline is difficult and lucrative.

November 30, 2015
University of Missouri Columbia students campus

How Abortion Politics Played A Part In The Unrest At Mizzou

Jonathan Butler started a hunger strike over the way minorities were treated at the University of Missouri Columbia. One of his grievances was that Planned Parenthood services had been cut from the school.

November 16, 2015
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Man Arrested After Social Media Threats Against Black Students At University Of Missouri

Hunter Park allegedly used multiple accounts to threaten students, according to authorities.

November 11, 2015

Marco Rubio Unmoved By Comparison To President Obama

Despite some rivals, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, questioning his attendance record in the Senate, Rubio said his work speaks for itself and is resonating with voters in early nominating states.

November 2, 2015

‘Nothing To Do With Race’

It doesn’t matter if she was disrespectful. That would justify discipline, but it emphatically does not justify this child being lifted and flung by a grown man as if she were an inanimate object. If she were white, that would likely go without saying.

November 2, 2015
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Sheriff Asks FBI, Justice Department To Investigate Arrest Of Student In Viral Video

Another disturbing incident of abuse of power.

October 27, 2015

‘This Is What Erasure Looks Like’

We are witness to the vandalism of African-American memory, to acts of radical revision and wholesale theft that strike at the core of black identity. Once your past is gone, who are you?

October 12, 2015