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Roundup

  • Will Black Students Return to Schools After COVID?

    by Adam Laats

    There is reason to believe that the COVID crisis will push many Black parents to conclude that their local public schools are failing their children and to seek alternatives. In the past, similar movements have pointed the way to new models of education. 


  • Under Columbus, Georgia: What Folklore Erases

    Subterranean tunnels under Columbus, Georgia have been repurposed as part of dramatic stories of crime, emancipation, and war, tales which obscure the more prosaic and violent aspects of the town's history. 



  • Moral Injury and the Forever Wars

    by Kelly Denton-Borhaug

    "Andy’s story clarifies a reality Americans badly need to grasp: the destruction of war goes far beyond its intended targets. In the end, its violence is impossible to control."



  • Why Is Critical Race Theory Being Banned in Public Schools?

    by Leslie Ribovich and Charles McCrary

    While much of the debate over so-called "critical race theory" in school curricula has revolved around whether the US is a racist society, it also reflects long struggles by Evangelicals to shape school curricula around a set of moral and spiritual values and against secularism.



  • The U.S. has Never Tried a Comprehensive Approach to Mental Health Care

    by Hannah Zeavin

    "The United States has never redressed a massive shortage of mental health-care providers, and no unified national infrastructure is in place to assist the most vulnerable would-be patients with navigating the difficult process of finding competent care and paying for it."



  • It's Impossible to Separate Politics and the Olympics

    by Michelle Sikes

    The Supreme Council for Sport in Africa was a collaboration of 32 nations to pressure international sporting authorities to seek to bar the white supremacist regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia from major competition, most notably through a boycott of the 1976 Montreal games. 



  • Burning It All Down

    by L.D. Burnett

    Louis Trouillot's commentary on historiography and the slippage between history as fact and history as narrative shows how academic gatekeepers who resist revisionist challenges to their fields play into the hands of bad faith actors who would prefer to silence historians entirely. 



  • Addressing Gun Violence Means Looking Beyond Policing

    by Menika Dirkson

    Between 1969 and 1976, Philadelphia saw success with a program to connect youth to social services, education and work opportunity, but turned toward militarized policing in the 1970s. This history should guide urban leaders away from the "tough on crime" approach.



  • The IOC May Not Like it, but the Games have Always Been a Forum for Protest

    by Harry Blutstein

    "Baron Pierre de Coubertin, believed that Olympiads were a way to communicate “love for concord and a respect for life.” So it was not surprising that activist athletes saw the Olympics as a legitimate forum to promote those values whenever they saw them violated."



  • The KKK was also a Bosses' Organization

    by Chad Pearson

    While the membership of the Reconstruction-era Klan was broad, its leadership was drawn from the Southern elite, whose vision of white supremacy was inseparable from the exploitation of Black labor.