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Timeless stories from our 171-year archive handpicked to speak to the news of the day.
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
The present is by common definition the instant between the not yet and the already, a moment as narrow and treacherous as a tightrope. But you might instead define it…
A tuberculosis crisis in the Black Belt
We are faced with two apparently irreconcilable facts in the South: the one being the decree of our national government that there be absolute equality in education among all citizens,…
Tokyo’s painful exclusion of immigrants
Think of our democracy as a house we built in 1776, big enough only for Christian, property-owning white men. Over the next two centuries, various groups struggled to make it…
How Obama negotiated America’s racial tightrope