The Roundup Top Ten for July 23, 2021


3 Tropes of White Victimhood

by Lawrence B. Glickman

"In the conservative world, the idea that white people in the United States are under siege has become doctrine." Lawrence Glickman evaluates the major rhetorical tropes of this doctrine and finds that they have a 150-year history dating back to Reconstruction. 


Learn Lessons about Movement Building from Radical Black Women

by Keisha N. Blain, Premilla Nadasen and Robyn C. Spencer

Barbara Ransby facilitates a roundtable collaborative essay about the role of women in building radical movements for justice in Black communities encompassing social welfare, economic security, police accountability, women's liberation and more. 



Cubans Took to the Streets in 1994, Too

by Rozzmery Palenzuela Vicente

Since the Clinton administration, decreased willingness by the US to accept Cuban migrants as political refugees has eliminated a significant safety valve against dissent on the island – encouraging Cuban dissidents to leave. This may make current protests more enduring and possibly more effective. 



Why Let the Supreme Court Dominate Democracy?

by Nikolas Bowie

Liberals have been conditioned to look to the Supreme Court of Brown v. Board of Education as a protector of democracy. What if the court's dominant historical legacy is the body of decisions that enabled the rise of Jim Crow in the first place? 



Before Nikole Hannah-Jones, Howard U. Professor Sterling Brown was a Lightning Rod for Right-Wing Outrage

by Carole Emberton

Sterling Brown also engendered political opposition and debate about what constitutes U.S. history when he tried to center the narrative on the diverse experiences of Black Americans.



The U.S. Tax Code Should Not Allow Billionaires to Exist

by Josh Mound

There have been historical precursors to the recent ProPublica report on the extremely low taxes paid by the ultrawealthy. Will this revelation lead to more lasting changes in the tax code that thwart the hoarding of wealth? 



Migration Is Not the Crisis

by Aviva Chomsky

Migration from Central America is rooted in American support for exploitative oligarchies and export-oriented industry under the guises of anticommunism and economic development. 



Will Biden Reverse 50 Years of Failure on Child Care Policy?

by Anna K. Danziger Halperin

Achieving better childcare policy requires recognizing women may be both mothers and workers, and moving past ideological views that women's economic independence is against the interest of families. 



Gloria Richardson and Black Women’s Intellectual History

by Robert Greene II

Gloria Richardson became an unusual leader of the civil rights movement as an older woman activist, and her changing views on movement strategy are important to scholars today. 



Why Japan Forfeited Hosting the 1940 Games

by Paul Droubie

Japan's forfeiture of the games amid rising international and internal tensions shows that the Olympics have always been a vehicle for the promotion of national elites' agendas, often at the expense of popular domestic concerns. 


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