Mayberry and White America

When life doesn’t imitate art.

Howard Hires Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates

UNC’s loss is the nation’s most prestigious HBCU’s gain.

Andrew Sullivan’s Complicated Legacy

The one-time wunderkind, blogging pioneer, and same-sex marriage champion is now on the outs.

The Reparations Debate Reaches Capitol Hill

Congress is considering a bill that would establish a commission to examine the issue of reparations for slavery.;

The Fine Line Between Nationalism and Racism

Andrew Sullivan wonders, “Will there always be an England?”

Kevin Williamson and the Limits of Polite Discourse

The Atlantic fired one of their few conservative voices for saying women who have abortions should be hanged. Was this beyond the pale?

Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write Captain America

The opinion journalist who has lately been writing the Black Panther comics is taking on one of the format’s most iconic characters.

Uncanny Resemblence

A description of Andrew Johnson from 1866 fits Donald Trump to a “T.”

Supreme Court Begins New Term Short A Member And Without Any Real Blockbuster Cases

The Supreme Court begins another term faced with the prospect of having to spend much of their time dealing with the fact that they’re short a member.

Once Again, The Supreme Court Stabs At The Heart Of The Fourth Amendment

The Supreme Court has once again issued a ruling that further chips away at the protections of the Fourth Amendment.

It’s Long Past Time To Abandon The Confederate Flag

The murders in Charleston have revived a debate that should have been over a long time ago.

Baltimore: Nonviolence as Nonviolence

Ta-Nehisi Coates is insightful and eloquent. He’s wrong in this instance.

Twice as Good with Half as Much

Ta-Nehisi Coates explores his complicated reaction to the first African-American president.

On Mandela, Some Conservatives Get It And Others Quite Obviously Don’t

Some on the American right have a very odd view of both Nelson Mandela and the Apartheid regime he fought against.

Don’t Get Above Your Raisin’

Most deprived subcultures resent those among them who strive too hard to escape–much less succeed.

Diversity, Stupidity, and Willful Ignorance

Why won’t the “women don’t get pregnant from rape” meme die?

How the Quiet Car Explains the World

With “How the Quiet Car Explains the World,” Ta-Nehisi Coates has become an old white dude.

Editors, Fact Checkers, and a Culture of Integrity

A culture of fact-checking, of honesty, is as important as the actual fact-checking.

Freeh Report Slams Joe Paterno, Other Penn State Officials, On Sandusky Scandal

The cover-up at Penn State was, if anything, worse than we thought,.

Obama’s Kill List: Does Anyone Care?

You have Martin Luther King’s statue in your office, but you are sending these unmanned drones out, and bombs are dropping on innocent people.

Is It Racist To Oppose Barack Obama?

Figuring out how much of the opposition to a black president is based on racism is . . . complicated.

Naomi Schaefer Riley and Mob Rule

A blog post lampooning black studies dissertations got a writer fired, setting off a controversy over the limits of free speech.

Cam Newton, Racism, and Black Quarterbacks

The Panthers rookie is having a historic season. Were doubts that he could succeed colored by race?

More on the Former Name of Perry’s Hunting Lodge

The story of Perry’s hunting lodge probably doesn’t tell us that much about Perry, but it is still telling.

Cheering For Death At The Reagan Library Debate

There was a somewhat disturbing moment during last night’s GOP Debate.

The First Memorial Day

David Blight recounts the story of the first Memorial Day.

Fenty Ouster A Black Tea Party

The Tea Party movement and the populist backlash against DC mayor Adrian Fenty are a sign that things are changing so fast that a lot of people simply can’t adjust.

American Taliban, Liberal Fascism, and Judging a Book By Its Title

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas’ new book, AMERICAN TALIBAN: HOW WAR, SEX, SIN, AND POWER BIND JIHADISTS AND THE RADICAL RIGHT, continues a long tradition in political polemics.