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- Feb 1 20179 minutes
I asked one of my students to explain his support for Trump. The answer was more than I bargained for.
- Feb 1 201720 minutes
Make America Hate Again
FAR-RIGHT EXTREMISTS BELIEVE TRUMP’S VICTORY HAS CATAPULTED THEM INTO POWER. WILL HE EMBRACE OR SIDELINE THEM?
- Jan 31 20175 minutes
The Complicated Relevance of Dr. Seuss's Political Cartoons
The children’s author’s early works have been finding a new audience among those opposed to the “America First” policies of President Trump.
- Jan 22 20173 minutes
The 'Far Right' in America: A Brief Taxonomy
Untangling the different figures and factions, from the Klan to the alt-right.
- Feb 7 20178 minutes
Readers respond to Ta-Nehisi Coates’s analysis of Obama’s legacy and more.
- Feb 5 201716 minutes
Can Megyn Kelly Escape Her Past?
Fox News’s former star has downplayed her full role in an ugly election.
- Jan 15 201711 minutes
Seeking an Escape From Trump’s America
Why some people are withdrawing from mainstream society into “intentional communities”—and what the rest of the country can learn from them
- Jan 9 20175 minutes
What Sets the Smart Heroines of Hidden Figures Apart
Movies about brilliant scientific or mathematical minds often focus on their subject’s ego—not so with a new film about three African American women who worked at NASA in the ’60s.
- Feb 21 20176 minutes
Using Historical Fiction to Connect Past and Present
The novels offer more than a good story—they can also be integral to critical-thinking skills, especially during periods of political turmoil.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
Do You See Me?
WE’RE LIVING IN A MOMENT when the challenges facing black folks are becoming more visible. Thanks to cell phones and social media, the entire nation can now see for itself what black folks have been talking about for years—the pain of injustice, the
- Dec 29 20166 minutes
Will the Alt-Right Peddle a New Kind of Racist Genetics?
The genomic revolution has led to easy sequencing and cheap “ancestry" tests. White nationalists are paying attention.
- Dec 29 20167 minutes
Beyoncé's Year of Peace and Misunderstanding
From “Formation” onwards, the singer tried to build bridges while celebrating her identity—and revealed just how divided the country is.
- Feb 2 20175 minutes
First, They Excluded the Irish
President Trump may block entry to foreigners who need public benefits—a proposal rooted in 19th century laws targeting a wave of impoverished immigrants.
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
4 Steps For The Next President
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
- Jan 9 20175 minutes
How Teachers Learn to Discuss Racism
Urban-education programs prepare them for imperative contemporary conversations with students.
- Mar 11 20145 minutes
How a Rubber Hand Can Help Fight Racial Bias
I am a light-skinned woman, I grew up in the Southern United States, and I harbor negative stereotypes about dark-skinned people. I dislike this about myself. I would like to pretend that this is not true, but I have proof. About 15 years ago I found
- Jul 25 20165 minutes
After Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Signs of Passionate Sanity
IN THE DAYS AFTER THE DALLAS POLICE massacre, American civility took a few small steps forward. A good part of this was attributable to the relative silence of the usual suspects, the partisans, the politicians, the professional protesters, the talk-
- Sep 19 20163 minutes
Is Technology Capable of Being Racist?
WE ARE TOLD OF LATE THAT WE MUST entertain whether technology can be a racist. Like when Google Photos, in 2015, algorithmically identified black people as gorillas. Or earlier this year when Microsoft’s Twitterbot Tay, designed to emulate human conv
- Dec 11 20163 minutes
1 In the last issue, Jonathan Chait took on, in a sweeping essay, the question of what a liberal response to the Trump presidency might look like (“Citizens, United,” November 14–27). “What worries me most,” commenter MoneyMatt responded, “is not wha
- Nov 13 20169 minutes
The Urbanist: What Does London Think of Brexit Now?
The city very much wanted to remain. And the effects of voting to leave are already making themselves felt.
- Oct 3 20162 minutes
Kaepernick Had No Choice but to Kneel
The idea that Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem is unpatriotic fails doubly: first, in a mistaken notion of what real patriotism is, and second in missing a larger point. For one, the idea that to not stand while the ant
- Dec 22 201617 minutes
'It’s What We Do More Than What We Say': Obama on Race, Identity, and the Way Forward
The third in a series of conversations between the president and Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Jan 20 201711 minutes
The Folly of 'Purity Politics'
A new book argues for the value of owning up to your imperfections.
- Jan 10 20173 minutes
Jeff Sessions's Unqualified Praise for a 1924 Immigration Law
Trump’s pick for attorney general made the remarks during an interview with Breitbart’s Stephen Bannon, now an adviser to the president-elect.
- Dec 22 201610 minutes
How Barack Obama Failed Black Americans
The country’s first black president never pursued policies bold enough to close the racial wealth gap.
- Dec 5 20166 minutes
Sometimes There Are More Important Goals Than Civility
Confronting racism can be crucial, even when it’s not persuasive.
- Jan 9 201713 minutes
What Jeff Sessions's Role in Prosecuting the Klan Reveals About His Civil-Rights Record
Defenders of Trump’s choice for attorney general have cited an Alabama lynching case as evidence of his commitment to racial equality. The real story is more complicated.
- Dec 29 20162 minutes
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Obama Pokes the Fancy Bear
The president announced new sanctions against Russia in response to its alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election.
- Dec 7 20166 minutes
Hairspray’s Revealing Portrayal Of Racism In America
The 1988 John Waters film, newly adapted into an NBC live musical, presents a view of racial discrimination that’s by turns naïve and enlightening.
- Nov 27 20164 minutes
Is Bigotry a Parking Ticket or a Capital Offense?
A conversation about race and the race with CNN’s Van Jones.