Donald Porche

23 Flips | 1 Magazine | 2 Likes | 1 Follower | @DonaldPorche | Keep up with Donald Porche on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Donald Porche”

The Case for Reparations

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.<p><i>And if thy brother, a Hebrew man, or a Hebrew woman, be sold unto thee, and</i> …

King David

David Carr believed that, through the constant and forceful application of principle, a young knucklehead could bring the heavens to their knees.<p><i>Things have been hard since I got let go from TIME. Me and Kenyatta have been scrambling to hold everything together. Relationship is good</i>—<i>we've been in</i> …

Journalism

No Escape From History

Ross Douthat accuses Obama of singling out the crusades, but they are part of the president's own Christian heritage.<p>My old colleague Ross Douthat has offered a response to Barack Obama's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. It does not damn Ross with faint praise to say he has, at least, …

Self-Criticism

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid

Violence works. Nonviolence does too.<p>In a recent dispatch from Ferguson, Missouri, Jelani Cobb noted that President Obama's responses to "unpunished racial injustices" constitute "a genre unto themselves." Monday night, when Barack Obama stood before the nation to interpret the non-indictment of …

The Gangsters of Ferguson

Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received.<p>Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation concluded that …

Justice

The Myth of Police Reform

The real problem is the belief that all our social problems can be solved with force.<p>There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, …

Justice

Ta-Nehisi Coates blasts Hollywood’s fixation on white male superheroes: “It’s deeply sad”

The prolific critic spoke with New York Magazine’s Abraham Riesman about comic books and the outsider experience<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of our foremost commentators on race in America. He’s also a serious comic book geek. Sitting down with Vulture’s Abraham Riesman, the prolific critic discussed …

Nonviolence as Compliance

Officials calling for calm can offer no rational justification for Gray's death, and so they appeal for order.<p>Rioting broke out on Monday in Baltimore—an angry response to the death of Freddie Gray, a death my native city seems powerless to explain. Gray did not die mysteriously in some back alley …

Justice

The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy.<p>Fifteen years ago, Clayton Lockett shot Stephanie Neiman twice, then watched as his friends buried her alive. Last week, Lockett was tortured to death by the state of Oklahoma. The torture was not …

Color-Blind Policy, Color-Conscious Morality

Addressing the moral failings of black people while ignoring the centuries-old failings of their governments amounts to a bait and switch.<p>On Tuesday, Georgetown University hosted President Barack Obama, the columnist E.J. Dionne, Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, and …

Color Blindness

The Brief and Tragic Life of Kalief Browder

Numbers alone can't convey what the justice system does to the individual black body.<p>We are in the midst of a debate around criminal justice right now, a timid one no doubt, but a debate nonetheless. In the midst of such debates it is customary for pundits, politicians, and writers like me to sally …

African-American News

An American Kidnapping

To understand race in the U.S. today, it's Kalief Browder's story, not Rachel Dolezal's, that really matters.<p>I took some time this weekend to re-read Jennifer Gonnerman’s piece on the odyssey of Kalief Browder. I wanted to understand how, precisely, it happened that a boy was snatched off the …

Rachel Dolezal

Take Down the Confederate Flag—Now

The flag that Dylann Roof embraced, which many South Carolinians embrace, endorses the violence he committed.<p>Last night, Dylann Roof walked into a Charleston church, sat for an hour, and then killed nine people. Roof’s crime cannot be divorced from the ideology of white supremacy which long …

War

The Federalist Papers

John Jay:<p>It has often given me pleasure to observe that independent America was not composed of detached and distant territories, but that one connected, fertile, widespreading country was the portion of our western sons of liberty. Providence has in a particular manner blessed it with a variety of …

Q&A with Ta-Nehisi Coates

Baltimore-born writer Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the most acclaimed voices of his generation. Coates, a correspondent for <i>The Atlantic</i>, is …

When Malcolm X Met Robert Penn Warren

If you have a moment, check out this interview between two of the more interesting minds of the 20th century. In 1965, Robert Penn Warren published a book called Who Speaks For The Negro? in which he interviewed a number of prominent African-Americans. Warren was one of the giants of 20th century …

Morality

There Is No Ferguson Effect

<i>The Times</i> has a story today on the rise in homicide in some American cities. It’s an important story—one which is hurt by the utterly baseless suggestion that those who protested against Ferguson may well have blood on their hands:<p>Among some experts and rank-and-file officers, the notion that less …

Justice

Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: “The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New”

<b>AMY GOODMAN:</b> Today, we spend the hour with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of an explosive new book about white supremacy and being black in America. It’s …

The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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 …

Crime

Ta-Nehisi Coates: “For African Americans, unfreedom is the historical norm” - Vox

On Monday night, the Atlantic published Ta-Nehisi Coates's "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration." The article, the longest the magazine has run in a decade, limns America's long history of believing African Americans are predisposed to lawlessness and using that assumption to justify …

A Critique That Misses the Point

Mass incarceration is a complicated problem—and deserves to be treated as such.<p>Over at the <i>National Review</i>, Kay Hymowitz offers some praise from my writing skill and some demerits for my recent article on mass incarceration and the black family. I appreciate the praise, but I would appreciate it, …

Crime

The Clock Didn't Start With the Riots

Black people in Baltimore are subjected to violence all the time.<p><i>On Thursday, April 30, Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke at Johns Hopkins University in his native city of Baltimore, at the inaugural Forum on Race in America. This article is an edited transcript of his remarks.</i><p>About a year ago, I published …

Johns Hopkins University