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Category: Opinion


The unsung founders deserve better

How to recognize how deeply white supremacy is ingrained in ourselves and our institutions and how difficult it is to create a suitable commemoration of those who suffered the greatest impact is evident in this reflection about a memorial on…

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Colin Kaepernick and Legacy of the Negro National Anthem

Brent Staples compares the histories of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” composed by Francis Scott Key, who owned human beings, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” the popularity of the latter in the African American community reflecting “a quiet act of rebellion…

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The Myth of the “Good” Protest

Yale historian Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore explains the similarity between Colin Kaepernick’s protest and that of Rosa Parks and the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins, refuting the commonly held belief that the latter two “materialized from an individual’s epiphany” without precedent and…

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Being a Friend When You Are Becky

What is the responsibility of white people in their relationships with People of Color?  This essay from the group WOC & Allies outlines specific steps white people can take, in particular self-examination. “Should we give up on having interracial relationships?…

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The “Third World” Is Not Your Classroom

Courtney Martin, a white American, describes her college junior year semester abroad in South Africa and the lessons she learned. “[H]ow do you prime Americans, especially the young and high-achieving, for humility and even reverence? . . . . Humility,…

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