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African Americans

The Silenced Majority

Can America still afford democracy?

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You Say You Want a Revolution

Morality is often reduced to choices, and imperfect choices at that. This is the human condition; to accept it and do the best we can is a brave thing, and…

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On Defense

Twenty-five years of fighting mass incarceration in court

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Fighting Words

Ever since a New York Times newsroom revolt over a controversial op-ed, American media—if not American society at large—has been engaged in another round of debate about the limits of…

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System of a Clown

From an interview of Larry Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council, by Sara Eisen, the cohost of Closing Bell on CNBC, conducted in June. sara eisen: Larry, I…

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Reality Check

On the morning of May 26, Donald Trump posted a pair of tweets about voting by mail. “There is NO WAY (ZERO!) that Mail-In Ballots will be anything less than…

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After the Fires

From A More Perfect Reunion, which was published in June by Bold Type Books. Even before Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, many were debating the utility of pacifist resistance.…

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Color Theory

From Afropessimism, which will be published this month by Liveright. In February 2001, I attended the Race Rave conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz, with my wife, Alice.…

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