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Timeless stories from our 170-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
Twenty-five years of fighting mass incarceration in court
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.…
Joe Biden’s disastrous legislative legacy
Life in the new South Africa
From behaviors of Little Rock, Arkansas, police, cited by the department since 2007. The internal reports were made public in October, following an investigation of the killing of Bobby Moore,…
Unknown knowns: the limits of racial discourse in a system almost exclusively controlled by white people
From Black Is the Body, which will be published in February by Knopf. Bernard is a professor of English and critical race and ethnic studies at the University of Vermont,…
On the burden of the black public intellectual
With the fall and another election season upon us, the one thing we can count on is a renewal of Donald Trump’s war on football. This has become an annual…
Defamation law and the price of dissent
America’s long struggle with affirmative action