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Category: Opinion


Mixed Doesn’t Always Mean Part White: Uplifting Non-White Mixed Race Identities

Among the points Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda makes in her essay are: 1) “Anti-miscegenation laws were not actually about preventing people of different racial backgrounds from marrying each other — instead, they were specifically about protecting whiteness from being tainted by “other”…

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Black People’s Land Was Stolen

Many people associate the idea of reparations with the 250 years of enslavement of kidnapped Africans and their descendants. Andrew W. Kahrl, associate professor of history and African-American studies at the University of Virginia, describes post-emancipation incidents of practices that effectively…

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Why We Should Teach The Truth About American History by Patrick Wang

The New York Times conducts an annual student editorial contest.  Following is an entry that argues for the teaching of an unfiltered version of American history. Why We Should Teach The Truth About American History by Patrick Wang , 16…

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I Was Racially Taunted. Wasn’t I?

“Ambiguity has always been a friend to racism,” writes former professional ball player, MLB analyst, lecturer at Yale University, and contributing opinion writer, Doug Glanville (New York Times, May 19, 2019).   It was his response to an incident earlier in…

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The Consequences of Forgetting By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Denial that slavery was absolutely foundational to the birth and early development of the United States explains the lack  of a “national monument, memorial, or official recognition of the institution” and resistance to reparations, Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University Assistant…

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