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Jacobin’s quality control has never been its strength and combined with the impossible to kill dogma among certain leftists that so-called “identity politics” are a black hole that cover up for the only politics that do matter–class-based politics, it can lead to a real mess. The fundamental problem with this is that it is nonsense […]
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Suffrage and Race

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On July 29, 2018
The story of how white suffrage activists went full racist in the late 19th century in their demands for the right to vote is well-known among American historians. But as we reach the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020, to what extent will this racism be recognized in the celebration of suffrage? Brent Staples […]
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Given that the government is reopening the investigation into Emmett Till’s lynching, it’s worth thinking about lynching a little bit. Mostly, when we think about lynching, we think about black people getting lynched in the South. There’s a very good reason for this and we should. Of course, plenty of African-Americans were lynched in the […]
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Black in America

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On April 19, 2018
Every single reader of this blog should read this amazing conversation about being black in public spaces. Jamelle Bouie, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Gene Demby, and Aisha Harris get at the heart of what being black means in performatively white spaces, such as at Starbucks. And at the heart of it is that white people materially […]

Black in America

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On April 16, 2018

Q: Why do black babies and black mothers die at rates far higher than white babies and white mothers? A: Because black lives do not matter to white people. From 1915 through the 1990s, amid vast impro

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