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This is the grave of Robert and Mabel Williams. Born in 1925 in Monroe, North Carolina, Robert Williams grew up as part of the black working class. His father was the washer of a railroad boiler. He came from a civil rights background, as his grandfather had run a newspaper during Reconstruction in favor of […]
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Playing the Long Game

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On October 15, 2018
In part because of our 24-hour media culture, every political act is defined in terms of winners and losers, with each loss seemingly devastating. There is good reason for that–many of the losses these days are in fact devastating. But the only answer to losing is to keep trying. Most of the time, we are […]
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Civil Rights Nostalgia

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On February 26, 2018
I suppose nostalgia is part of the human condition. But if so, then the human condition serves a distinctly politically conservative agenda because nostalgia is a no good horrible thing that makes us forget the complexities of the past for easy narratives that do work for those who want nothing to change. The first goal […]
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Dick Gregory, RIP

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On August 19, 2017
The great Dick Gregory, one of the most amazing living Americans, has died. Gregory was both a pioneering comedian who influenced people such as Richard Pryor and someone who was at the front lines of civil rights and racial justice for decades. More than a comedian, Mr. Gregory was driven by an unwavering commitment to […]
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