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Black Lives Matter: Economic Inequality, Police Violence, COVID-19 (The Atlantic, 6/16/20)
Protests in Charlotte, NC after a police shooting, 2016 (Sean Rayford / Getty)
Economic Inequality, Police Violence, COVID-19
The Case for Reparations
(Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2014) Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.
A Matter of Black Lives
(Jeffrey Goldberg, 2015) Since 1980, more than 260,000 black men have been killed in America. Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, is on a crusade to stop the killing.
The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration
(Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015) American politicians are now eager to disown a failed criminal-justice system that’s left the U.S. with the largest incarcerated population in the world. But they've failed to reckon with history. Fifty years after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report “The Negro Family” tragically helped create this system, it's time to reclaim his original intent.
The Paranoid Style of American Policing
(Ta-Nehisi Coates, 2015) When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy.
The Failure of Race-Blind Economic Policy
(Adia Harvey Wingfield, 2017) When legislators don't consider preexisting disparities, there's a risk of exacerbating them.
The Poisoned Generation
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2017) The story of a decades-long lead-poisoning lawsuit in New Orleans illustrates how the toxin destroys black families and communities alike.
Stanching the School-to-Prison Pipeline
(Mimi Kirk, 2017) Recent reports highlight school disciplinary practices and suggest ways to stop them.
The Nationalist’s Delusion
(Adam Serwer, 2017) Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.
America’s Moral Malady
(William J. Barber II, 2018) The nation’s problem isn’t that we don’t have enough money. It’s that we don’t have the moral capacity to face what ails society.
The Unfulfilled Promise of Fair Housing
(Abdallah Fayyad, 2018) Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of an integrated America was about creating a more equal society, but to many white homeowners, it was a threat.
How Shelby County v. Holder Broke America
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2018) In the five years since the landmark decision, the Supreme Court has set the stage for a new era of white hegemony.
Voter Suppression Is Warping Democracy
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2018) A new survey from The Atlantic and the Public Religion Research Institute shows that black and Hispanic citizens are more likely than whites to face barriers at the polls—and to fear the future erosion of their basic political rights.
Being Black in America Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
(Olga Khazan, 2018) In Baltimore and other segregated cities, the life-expectancy gap between African Americans and whites is as much as 20 years. One young woman’s struggle shows why.
What I Learned by Studying Militarized Policing
(Jonathan Mummolo, 2018) It doesn’t make the police or public any safer. But figuring that out exposed the dearth of useable data on law-enforcement practices.
A House Still Divided
(Ibram X. Kendi, 2018) In 1858, Abraham Lincoln warned that America could not remain “half slave and half free.” Today, the country remains divided by racism—and the threat is as existential as it was before the Civil War.
Who Will Hold the Police Accountable?
(Ted Alcorn, 2019) When a Nashville officer killed a black man, his mother and other activists didn’t just seek an indictment—they fought to give citizens oversight of the whole police department.
The Bad-Apple Myth of Policing
(Osagie K. Obasogie, 2019) Violence perpetrated by cops doesn’t simply boil down to individual bad actors—it’s also a systemic, judicial failing.
The Great Land Robbery
(Vann R. Newkirk II, 2019) The shameful story of how 1 million black families have been ripped from their farms
The Electoral College’s Racist Origins
(Wilfred Codrington III, 2019) More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.
Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus
(Ibram X. Kendi, 2020) New data from 29 states confirm the extent of the racial disparities.
The Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying
(Adam Serwer, 2020) The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.
Trump Gave Police Permission to Be Brutal
(Adam Serwer, 2020) The president didn’t cause America’s policing crisis, but he deliberately made it worse.
Junteenth 2020 in The New Yorker
Rep. John Lewis
John Lewis was a the civil rights leader in the United States from his teens. He died on July 17 2020. He is remembered for his life's work to see that black lives matter.
Former President Barack Obama Eulogy at Rep. John Lewis Funeral