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Seeing My Body With Fresh Eyes

For the next few months, we’ll be featuring a series of personal essays from contributing writers. Each person will share a true story about dating — …

The Resegregation of Jefferson County

<b>I</b>n 2013, a flier began making the rounds in Gardendale, Ala., a suburb of Birmingham. On it, a blond white girl wearing a red backpack and knee-high socks peered innocently at a question hanging above her head: “Which path will Gardendale choose?” Beside her was a list of communities in Jefferson …

Education

The Nationalist's Delusion

Trump’s supporters backed a time-honored American political tradition, disavowing racism while promising to enact a broad agenda of discrimination.<p>THIRTY YEARS AGO, nearly half of Louisiana voted for a Klansman, and the media struggled to explain why.<p>It was 1990 and David Duke, the former grand …

My travels in white America – a land of anxiety, division and pockets of pain

This summer, Gary Younge took a trip from Maine to Mississippi to find out what has brought the US to this point. From the forgotten poor to desperate addicts, their whiteness is all some of them have left – and that makes fertile ground for the far right<p>Jeff Baxter’s enduring memory, from …

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> …

What the Civil Rights Movement Has to Do With Denim

The history of blue jeans has been whitewashed.<p>The rugged Marlboro Man. Brooding James Dean. Dusty gold miners and slicked-hair greasers with cigarette boxes rolled up in their T-shirt sleeves. The history of blue jeans is about as American as apple pie, coming from working-class origins with a …

Black History

The California nonprofit teaching brown women how to find freedom in the water

In the ocean with Brown Girl Surf.<p>Early on a foggy August morning, a three-car caravan made its way from Berkeley, California, to Half Moon Bay, a …

Aquatic Sports

Worried About Trump’s Mental Stability? The Worst Is Yet to Come.

Is Donald Trump psychologically unstable and unfit for office? Does the president of the United States have a dangerous mental illness of some shape …

Two Dark American Truths From Las Vegas

On the certainty of more shootings<p>Beyond the scores of people who have been killed and the hundreds who have been wounded in Las Vegas today, thousands of other people, though not visibly or directly injured, have had their lives changed forever. Children and parents. Husbands and wives. Brothers …

Black Farmers Grapple With A Changing Economy

Shifting market forces, immigration reform, and a lack of interest from younger generations mean that black farmers in the small town of Covert, Michigan, are at a crossroads.<p><b>Above:</b> Steven Hawkins and Carolye Hawkins.<p><b>Steven Hawkins is younger</b> than a good number of his blueberry bushes.<p>We are …

Women Aren't Nags—We're Just Fed Up

I Tried to Fight Racism by Being a "Model Minority" — and Then It Backfired

<i>In this op-ed, author, activist, and mechanical engineer Yassmin Abdel-Magied unpacks the myth of the "model minority" through her own experiences.</i><p>I grew up believing if I became the “model minority” — a hard-working, high-achieving, law-abiding brown Muslim woman — that I could make lasting …

James Baldwin and America's "racial problem"

James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

“Let’s begin by saying that we are living through a very dangerous time.” So opens “A Talk to Teachers,” which James Baldwin delivered to a group of educators in October, 1963. (He published it in the <i>Saturday Review</i> the following December.) That year, Medgar Evers, a leading civil-rights figure and …

Teaching

Closing a Racial Divide, One Swim Lesson at a Time

Front-crawling through the water during her swim lesson at Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx one recent Tuesday morning, Kiara García, now 8, hardly seemed to think she was doing anything unusual.<p>And she wasn’t, at least not anymore. While seven years ago 69 percent of black children and 58 …

The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food

OXFORD, Miss. — AMERICA reacts with vigor to the South, for the nation has long recognized its deepest problems here. H. L. Mencken parodied a poverty-wrecked and racism-ruined South as “The Sahara of the Bozart.” Modern debates about malnutrition have shifted from hunger to obesity. Different …

Agriculture