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Black lives matter



  • In Rittenhouse Trial, Language Matters

    by Felicia Angeja Viator

    Kyle Rittenhouse's trial evokes the 1943 "Zoot Suit Riots," when white vigilantes, including uniformed servicemen, beat Mexican American youth in Los Angeles and other cities. The courts contributed to exonerating the vigilantes by repeating the language of a moral panic that characterized the victims as "gangsters" and hoodlums.



  • Did Last Summer's BLM Protests Change Anything?

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    A commission convened by the Mayor of Philadelphia exemplifies the American preference for symbolism over substance in recently proclaimed "racial reckonings." 



  • Black Lives Matter Misses the Point About Cuba

    by Jorge Felipe Gonzalez

    American activists who recognize the antiracist achievements of the revolutionary Cuban government miss the ways that that government's authoritarianism and more recent economic policies disproportionately harm Afro-Cuban people. 



  • George Floyd Changed The World of Athlete Activism

    by Carl Suddler

    The protests over George Floyd's murder involved Black athletes at a time when athletes are highly visible and broke with a decades-long tendency to steer clear of controversy.



  • What Obama Gets Wrong on 'Defund the Police'

    by Austin McCoy

    "If political budgets are moral documents, then divesting heavily from institutions that have the capacity to perpetuate harms is the moral thing to do."



  • Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    The results of the 2020 election show that the Democratic Party will fail unless it is willing to abandon a futile effort to woo Republicans to the center and embrace popular policies that meet the needs of Democratic constituents. 



  • Good Trouble’ In A White Flight Suburb: Oak Grove High Teens Confront Racism

    by Ashton Pittman

    Black Lives Matter protests organized by high school students near Hattiesburg, Mississippi are responding to inequities created by the growth of white flight suburbs after "Brown v. Board of Education," when manipulated city and school district boundaries and private "segregation academies" helped whites to hoard resources and educational opportunity.


  • One Small View of a Big Picture

    by Arnold R. Isaacs

    A journalist and writer didn't expect a Black Lives Matter demonstration to happen in his mostly white, Trump-supporting suburban Baltimore community. Here are his observations on the event and what it might tell about white Americans' actions and attitudes.