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Racism

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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Losing My Religion

In the Seventies, when I came of age politically, being a lefty was all about believing that “the people” would always save us, if they just knew the truth. We…

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Whiteout

This past spring and summer, political correctness—perhaps inevitably—took a full turn and became a campaign to erase the worst things that dead white men have done in our history. This…

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Power of Attorney

Can progressive prosecutors achieve meaningful criminal-justice reform?

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Pinball Wizard

From Lowest White Boy, published in May by West Virginia University Press. He lumbered around a friend’s neighborhood on the other side of the city, slow and friendly, a 250-pound…

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Cruel and Unusual Punishment

I have a new fear. And this one’s a doozy. I write a fortnightly column for the British barely right-­of-­center magazine (that’s left-­of-­center, in the United States) The Spectator. Having…

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The Gatekeepers

Unknown knowns: the limits of racial discourse in a system almost exclusively controlled by white people

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The Gatekeepers

On the burden of the black public intellectual

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