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Category: Opinion


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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The Real Roots of ‘Black Capitalism’

Professor of Law Mehrsa Baradaran explains how Richard Nixon [President of the United States from 1969 to 1974] ignored “meaningful economic reforms proposed by black activists” for housing integration, reparations or both, because “[a]greeing to demands for federal spending or…

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How Blackface Feeds White Supremacy by Brent Staples

In his New York Times editorial, Staples argues that the 19th century creation of the ignominious blackface character Jim Crow cemented the demeaning stereotype in American consciousness and was expressed in popular culture, the entertainment world, commercial household items, and…

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Revenge or Fear: What Contributed to the Mass Murders of Worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand?

In the face of hate, we must show love. But what form does love take to be effective in responding to the recent hate crime that occurred in Christchurch, New Zealand? The man, described as a white nationalist, who is suspected of…

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The Case for Reparations: A slow convert to the cause by David Brooks

Five years after Ta-nehisi Coates wrote the same-titled article for the Atlantic, David Brooks concedes his point.  Identifying several ways in which American slavery can be regarded as sinful and unique, he says, “Slavery doesn’t merely cause pain and suffering…

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