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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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The British Nostalgia Complex

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On December 6, 2017
I haven’t seen The Crown. My wife likes it but then she likes all of what I derisively call “That British shit,” by which I mean the boring, middlebrow movies probably starring Judi Dench that dominate the showings at what attempts to pass for the art cinemas of Providence, Downton Abbey, etc. This is a […]

Baldwin

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On December 2, 2017

The influence of James Baldwin over American thought has grown significantly in recent years. Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of his death and this Brandon Tensley essay about him is worth your tim

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Sean McElwee has a great piece on the point that there really is zero middle ground on issues of racial justice and thus there is no reason for candidates to offer compromising positions to try and appeal to mythical whites who supposedly want to vote for Democrats if only Dems didn’t care about the blacks […]
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