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Pundits Rewrite History to Defend Biden’s Record of Dog-Whistle Politics

    Pundits Rewrite History to Defend Biden’s Record of Dog-Whistle Politics

An emerging defense of Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign is that many of his questionable political acts occurred during a “different time.” When it comes to the 1994 “crime bill,” it is excused as a product of a time when the United States was more tolerant of racial injustice than it is today. Biden wrote…

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Savoring Every Bite: Cheering the Fall of Black America’s Scold

    Savoring Every Bite: Cheering the Fall of Black America’s Scold

INDIANAPOLIS –- The four of us, all black men, watched in stunned silence as the news unfurled across the barber shop’s television screen: a jury in Pennsylvania had found Bill Cosby guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home. Finally, my barber broke the silence: I hope they serve pound cake in…

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Nuttier than a Fruitcake: White America’s Racial Psychopathy

    Nuttier than a Fruitcake: White America’s Racial Psychopathy

INDIANAPOLIS — Were it not, perhaps, for Stanley Kubrick’s deft direction, the fight scene in the 1960 Hollywood classic Spartacus might well have been laughable rather than iconic. At nearly six-feet-four-inches tall, the African gladiator Draba, played by the former pro football star, Woody Strode, towered over Kirk Douglas’s eponymous character. The two actors, both…

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Taming MLK’s Radical Legacy in the Fight Against White Supremacy

    Taming MLK’s Radical Legacy in the Fight Against White Supremacy

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left behind a legacy of courage and clarity in the face of racial and economic injustice. It has been five decades since the world lost this visionary—the preeminent leader of the Civil Rights Movement—but his words and actions continue to inspire the fight for democracy and racial equality…

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March For Our Lives: A New Generation Sets Aside Tribalism for a Progressive Cause

  March For Our Lives: A New Generation Sets Aside Tribalism for a Progressive Cause

WASHINGTON — Google the name “Tallulah Bankhead” and you will be regaled (or mortified if your mores tend to the Victorian) with tales of the actor’s libertine appetites, her breakout performance in the Hitchcock classic Lifeboat, or her half-camp, half-vamp villainess in the 1960s Batman television series. Wikipedia references her patrician mien — dahling not…

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