The ‘Outside Agitator’ Trope

It’s been around for a very long time.

Is Our Problem a Lack of Public Virtue?

Are we betraying the Founders?

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US Government Expands Racial Categories

A major effort to capture the diversity of America.

A Modest Racial Realignment

Explaining the inexplicable.

Diversity Without Quotas

It’s harder than I would have thought.

The Non-Emergent Democratic Majority?

The realignment of America’s political parties wasn’t quite what was hoped.

Affective Partisanship

Group dynamics and limited choices.

Nikki Haley, Racism In America, And Trump

On racism, Republicans, and names

Still Thinking about the Past

On Florida’s updated standards regarding slavery.

Tulsa Historical Note

A quick follow-up to a previous post.

Thinking about the Past

Thoughts after reading Part 2 of the Reuter’s series, “Slavery’s Descendants”

America’s “Family Secret” or Just Plain Denial?

Slavery is an inextricable part of our past, whether we want to talk about it or not.

SCOTUS Ends Affirmative Action

The inevitable has happened. Now for the fallout.

Whitewashing Juneteenth

It’s becoming just another day off work!

Hidden Cost of Renamings

Getting rid of Confederate tributes is long overdue. It ain’t cheap.

Fear and Censorship in Education

Teachers are frustrated over interference from outside.

Education Politics

Inane, effective, and part of a far broader ideological debate.

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Colleges Fear Affirmative Action’s Demise

A pending Supreme Court ruling could be more impactful than many realize.

Why Stacey Abrams Ran Behind Raphael Warnock

Discrimination? Issues? Incumbency?

Pelosi Attack a Turning Point?

What will it take to end the cycle of violence?

Fear of a White Scholar

President Biden had a meeting with some historians. The horrors.

Bill Russell, 1934-2022

The iconic basketball player, coach, and civil rights leader is gone at 88.

Minority Rule in a Winner-Take-All System

How long can the unsustainable be sustained?

Commercializing Juneteenth

The longstanding celebration that become a national holiday last year is being exploited for profit!

The Identity Politics of Identity Politics

Who gets to claim Latino heritage?

Two Years After George Floyd

Very little progress has been made towards racial justice.

Star Trek Goes Woke!

Has a franchise that’s always been political gone too far?

Just Move If You Don’t Like it Here!

There are many barriers to true freedom.

[Pamela Moses at sentencing] [Pamela Moses at sentencing]

An example of the “trial tax”

With choices like these it’s easy to understand why people take plea deals

Robert Moses Bridge Story Debunked

A favorite anecdote from Robert Caro’s first masterpiece is likely untrue.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

Colin Powell, 1937-2021

The trailblazing soldier-statesman has died at 84.

Who Decides American History?

Legislatures and school boards politicize what our kids are taught.

Heir’s Property and FEMA Relief

Another example of structural racism.

Some CRT Theory/Politics of Race Thoughts

You know, some light weekend thoughts.

Start the Steal?

Cries that American democracy is in jeopardy are not hyperbole.

Conservatives and Critical Race Theory

The latest bogey man is likely not well understood.

Voter Suppression in Texas

Let’s call it what it is.

Voting is Too Hard

It’s not just Red states that put up too many barriers.

One More about GA’s SB202

And, really, all of this current wave of election legislation.

Henry Aaron, 1934-2021

Hammerin’ Hank is gone.

1776 Report Should be 86’d

A parting shot from the Trump administration.

Party of Grievance

Not of governance.

Harris and Racial Labels

There are different, and not equally good, reasons to talk about labels.

John Lewis Dead at 80

A civil rights legend has passed.

Mississippi to Remove Confederate Symbol from its Flag

The Magnolia State is the last in the nation to have the stars and bars on its state banner.

Podcast Recommendation

1619, Episode Three

Thinking about the Injustice that Feeds the Flame

The evidence is clear. Injustice feeds rage and rage sometimes boils over.

Do Violent Protests Get Results?

If the goal is to change politics, not just vent frustration, messaging is important.

Women are Not a Voting Bloc

Four highly-qualified (and two less-qualified) women ran and lost in 2020.