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Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Last week, South Carolina lawmakers proposed shutting down the state's only public historically black college for two years.
"We are looking at a bankrupt institution," state House Rep. Jim Merrill told reporters. "No one takes any pleasure in recommending this."
And indeed, the school is in rough shape. It ...
Thursday, February 12, 2015
The long-running debate over what's driving the country's staggering (and ongoing) drop in crime just got more complicated. With a major new report, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU has effectively squashed one popular theory: throwing massive amounts of people in prison did not bring down crime.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Last week, New York City's police commissioner Bill Bratton went before state lawmakers and asked them to raise the penalty for resisting arrest from a misdemeanor to a felony.
"We need to get around this idea that you can resist arrest," he later told reporters. "It results in potential ...
Tuesday, February 03, 2015
A D.C. charter school founded by and located at Howard University has been embroiled for days in an increasingly public fight over the firing of three teachers, Parents and students claim the teachers were dismissed for teaching Black History Month lessons, they've mobilized in protest, and social media is abuzz. ...
Friday, January 30, 2015
By now, you've surely seen Jonathan Chait's sprawling takedown of what he describes as a dangerous resurgence of political correctness in the 21st century. In his telling, a PC culture that flourished on college campuses in the 90's is back, stronger than ever thanks to Twitter and social media, ...
Thursday, January 29, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Race is a constant underlying theme in American sports — in conversations about labor vs. ownership, social responsibility, changing demographics and meritocracy — and this year, it seemed like everywhere you looked, the subtext was becoming text. Professional athletes became more outspoken about racial controversies, while ...
Monday, December 15, 2014
Monday, December 15, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Take a look at the flier for this weekend's planned "Justice For All March" in Washington, D.C., which is centered on several recent police-involved killings of unarmed black men. There's no specific policy demand on that flier — perhaps because the problem doesn't lend itself to a singular fix....
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Never Alone, a new video game by E-Line Media, has been generating a lot of buzz in recent months. Its developers teamed up with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, a nonprofit that works with Native Alaskans, creating Never Alone as a way to help transmit traditional tribal stories to younger ...
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Movie award season is upon us once again, which means that it's peak biopic season. You know what I mean — those big, sweeping epics about the life of a Very Important Person portrayed by a Very Serious Actor.
These blockbuster, wide-release biopics have been reliable vehicles for many actors ...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
As America's longest-lived white supremacist organization, the Ku Klux Klan has achieved a rare kind of name recognition. You know the way people say "Xerox" when they mean "to photocopy" or "Kleenex" when they mean "tissue"? "KKK" functions something like that, except it shorthands to "racial terrorism and extrajudicial killings."...
Friday, November 07, 2014
A heads-up to our readers: We use some language in this post that some folks might find offensive.
Last week, the Toronto Star found itself in the midst of one of those blink-and-you-missed-it Internet kerfuffles over race.
Here's what happened. The Ontario Human Rights Commission had settled on a ...
Friday, October 31, 2014
It's Halloween — a time for Frankenstein monsters and vampires and werewolves. But many of us have our own monsters from different cultures, and when we threw out a call to our readers asking what ghost stories and folktales they grew up with in their own traditions, we got back ...