• Sadly, Hatred is Very Much American

    by Ralph E. Shaffer

    "Lieutenant Cable, and Oscar Hammerstein, had it wrong in "South Pacific."  Americans don't have to be "carefully taught " to hate. Historically, it's been inherent, one generation after another. The only change has been the target."

  • What Do John Dewey's Century-Old Thoughts on Anti-Asian Bigotry Teach Us?

    by Charles F. Howlett

    A century ago, the American philosopher and educator took a sabattical to China and concluded that, if encouraged to learn about other cultures, White Americans could be brought to acceptance of Asian Americans and other immigrants as equal participants in democracy. COVID-inspired bigotry shows this dream remains unrealized.

  • America Never Wanted the Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses

    by Caitlin Dickerson

    Historian David Romo says that racist nativism is "ingrained in the culture and in the laws that are produced by that culture," but concealed by myths of a nation welcoming to immigrants. Also cited: Rose Cuison-Villazor, Daniel Tichenor, Mae Ngai, Donna Gabaccia and Adam Goodman. 

  • The Trouble with Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    by Halle Butler

    The resurrection of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's literary stature in the 1970s ran counter to the author's own self-understanding, summed up in her statement "I abominate being called a feminist." It also obscured her racist nativism. 

  • A Century Ago, White Protestant Extremism Marched on Washington

    "There still has to be a reckoning within white Christian churches about white supremacy. There need to be very careful conversations about this, not as, 'Individuals are prejudiced,' but about, 'This is the system that we all inhabit'."

  • America’s Immigration Paradox

    A review of Jia Lynn Yang's new work "One Mighty and Irresistible Tide," and Adam Goodman's "The Deportation Machine."

  • The Other Pandemic

    by Alan M. Kraut

    The coronavirus will not succeed in doing to American society what fascism did to Europe in the 1930s and 1940s, but it has sparked a virulent wave of racism and intolerance, especially aimed at Chinese Americans.