Tag: racism

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Fiction Pick of the Week: "Sweetness"

"Some of you probably think it’s a bad thing to group ourselves according to skin color—the lighter the better—in social clubs, neighborhoods, churches, sororities, even colored schools. But how else can we hold on to a little dignity?"


No Man’s Land

Fear, racism, and the historically troubling attitude of American pioneers.


Chris Rock Talks to Frank Rich

On Ferguson, Cosby, and what ‘racial progress’ really means.


The New Racism

How the GOP took control of state politics in Alabama, leaving black lawmakers — and their constituents — powerless.


Ice Man

A rodeo rider squares off with a racist immigration official.

"He saw deputies in their serious hats coming through the restaurant from the kitchen, four white guys who looked like they meant business, serious, minds made up, and Nachee thought of a grandfather now from the other time, more than a hundred years ago, Nachitay, sitting in Mi Nidito with Victor’s grandfather from the same time, Victorio. Sometimes Nachee talked to Victor about those guys living the way they chose to. You hungry? Run off a mule, cut steaks and cook them over a fire. Before General Crook came along on his mule, the one Nachee’s grandfather from that other time was dying to eat. Bring them all here to sit with their rifles, Victorio, Cochise, Geronimo … those guys doing whatever they wanted. They never carried ID but every horse soldier in the Arizona Territory knew who they were."


Goodbye Hills, Hello Night

A complex look at an act of small town violence.

"There wasn’t time to think about it, though, because Jim had already opened his car door and was running up the concrete incline toward where the two men were sleeping, and there was two of them and one of him, so I kicked off my slides in the floorboard and grabbed hold of my blackjack and run up the hill after him."


The Ghosts of Emmett Till

Jurors from the Emmett Till trial revisit the case 50 years later.


When the Beautiful Game Turns Ugly

A journey into the world of Italy’s racist soccer thugs.


Here Comes the White-Power Safety Patrol

Inside the White Student Union of Towson University.


Eric Clemmons Isn't Alone in His Guilt

Revisiting a 30-year-old beating death in St. Louis.


Playboy Interview: Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a litany to those of us in this field. “What more will the Negro want?” “What will it take to make these demonstrations end?” Well, I would like to reply with another rhetorical question: Why do white people seem to find it so difficult to understand that the Negro is sick and tired of having reluctantly parceled out to him those rights and privileges which all others receive upon birth or entry in America? I never cease to wonder at the amazing presumption of much of white society, assuming that they have the right to bargain with the Negro for his freedom.

Plaboy Interview: Malcolm X

Alex Haley interviews the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s number two - Malcolm X - in a Harlem restaurant.