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An Open Letter to Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Liberals Who Love Him

Dear friends,<p>Ta-Nehisi Coates recently criticized the Bernie Sanders campaign for Sanders’s pessimism regarding black reparations for slavery and Jim …

Bernie Sanders and the Liberal Imagination

What is doable and what is morally correct are not always the same things.<p>Last week I critiqued Bernie Sanders for dismissing reparations specifically, and for offering up a series of moderate anti-racist solutions, in general. Some felt it was unfair to single out Sanders given that, on …

The Milwaukee Experiment

What can one prosecutor do about the mass incarceration of African-Americans?<p>Like many people in the criminal-justice system, John Chisholm, the District Attorney in Milwaukee County, has been concerned for a long time about the racial imbalance in American prisons. The issue is especially salient …

Resilience Is Futile: How Well-Meaning Nonprofits Perpetuate Poverty

Two years ago, I was hired as a campaign coordinator for a community initiative in South L.A. I got the job because I’d been an organizer for labor …

Mimi Thi Nguyen on (Un)productivity in the Digital Age

<i>Mimi Thi Nguyen is an Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as</i> …

The ugly segregationist history of the charter school movement

Popular education “reform” measures are rooted in white resistance to Brown v. Board of Education<p>As a parent I find it easy to understand the appeal of charter schools, especially for parents and students who feel that traditional public schools have failed them. As a historical sociologist who …

New data shows school “reformers” are full of it

Poor schools underperform largely because of economic forces, not because teachers have it too easy<p>In the great American debate over education, the education and technology corporations, bankrolled politicians and activist-profiteers who collectively comprise the so-called "reform" movement base …

Why We Shut it Down and What We Want

<i>Liberate Nashville is a network of students, organizers, activists, and persons of good will building power against systemic racism and economic</i> …

The great charter school rip-off: Finally, the truth catches up to education “reform” phonies

Fraud, financial mismanagement, lousy results: Reports highlight awful charter schools and people are catching on<p>Last week when former President Bill Clinton meandered onto the topic of charter schools, he mentioned something about an "original bargain" that charters were, according to the reporter …

Segregation Now — ProPublica

<i>This story is not subject to our Creative Commons license.</i><p>Though James Dent could watch Central High School’s homecoming parade from the porch of his …

‘Are You Listening?’ Ten Highlights From a Generational Moment

<i>This post is part of</i> The Nation<i>’s biweekly student movement dispatch. As part of the StudentNation blog, each dispatch hosts first-person updates on</i> …

Justice

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A summer writing institute for adolescent black males based at the University of Illinois at Chicago is advancing literacy around the country through …

Education

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 …

Ungovernable?

The state may have failed the city it took over<p>ROSA RAMIREZ is an active member of Camden Churches Organised for People (CCOP), a large and powerful …

“Some of the worst racist tragedies in history have been perfectly legal”: Kimberlé Crenshaw on Eric Garner, Broken Windows and police impunity

Renowned scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw tells Salon how our system is designed to protect some people — and harm others<p>Earlier this week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Elonis v. United States, a case that deals with the interplay of speech, threats, intent and domestic violence, among a …

Safer Streets

On June 3, 1999, Loretta Lynch, who was then the chief Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, delivered the final arguments in the prosecution of several police officers accused of having beaten and sodomized a Brooklyn man named Abner Louima almost two years …

The Defiant Parents: Testing’s Discontents

Anna Allanbrook, the principal of the Brooklyn New School, a public elementary school in Carroll Gardens, has long considered the period of standardized testing that arrives every spring to be a necessary, if unwelcome, phase of the school year. Teachers and kids would spend limited time preparing …

Education

Back in the Classroom, Testing Is As Bad As I Thought -- and Worse

When I returned to the classroom in September after spending 12 years as a teacher educator, I thought I understood pretty clearly the damage that testing was doing in our schools. I'd spent time in dozens of Chicago school buildings and well over a hundred classrooms during the previous decade, …

Education

The Mystery of Abdul-Rahman, or Peter Kassig

“They tell us you have abandoned us and/or don’t care but of course we know you are doing everything you can and more,” Abdul-Rahman Kassig, born Peter Kassig, wrote to his parents, Ed and Paula, when he had been held by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham for several months. He knew that his …

Islam

Red and Red and Red All Over

That election we just had. What did it all mean?<p>I don’t know, to be honest. But it’s fair to say—it would be delusional to deny—that the Republicans won big, that the Democrats lost bigger, and that fear (of Ebola, <i>ISIS</i>, economic insecurity, you name it) and loathing (of President Obama, mostly) …

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> …

The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare

She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it …

Finance

Are you raising nice kids? A Harvard psychologist gives 5 ways to raise them to be kind

Earlier this year, I wrote about teaching empathy, and whether you are a parent who does so. The idea behind it is from Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist with the graduate school of education, who runs the Making Caring Common project, aimed to help teach kids to be kind.<p>I know, you’d …

The Holder of Secrets

Laura Poitras’s closeup view of Edward Snowden.<p>From the garden terrace of a sixth-floor walkup on a quiet Berlin street, there was a clear view to the TV Tower, in Alexanderplatz. The tower, completed by the East Germans in 1969, once served as the biggest symbol of a regime that maintained its …