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1619 Slavery

How the Far Right Weaponized America’s Democratic Roots

The deep chasm in American political culture continues to open, and to generate irreconcilable positions on everything from climate change to Covid-19 to critical race theory. The intensity of this divide is driven largely by the zeal of the right and its appetite to remake the polity in its image,…
bubmag
August 10, 2021
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American Education Is Founded on White Race Theory

In June, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that prohibits “race scapegoating” and “race stereotyping” in K-12 education, as well as teaching “specific concepts” such as “the United States of America and the state of Iowa are fundamentally or systemically racist.” The law, which targets critical race theory without…
bubmag
July 29, 2021
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UNC grants Nikole Hannah-Jones tenure, ending free-speech dispute

Chapel Hill, N.C. Trustees at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill approved tenure Wednesday for Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, capping weeks of tension that began when a board member halted the process over questions about her teaching credentials. The board voted 9-4 to accept the…
bubmag
July 1, 2021
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How Deep Is America’s Reckoning with Racism?

In the early 2000s, before the levees broke in New Orleans, it was still possible to be a provincial New Englander and drive in a shiny rental car down Interstate 45 toward Galveston, Texas, without feeling anything except a profound appreciation for the beauty glistening off the West Bay in…
bubmag
June 14, 2021
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The Eternal Fantasy of a Racially Virtuous America

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us … history is literally present in all that we do.”—James Baldwin, 1965 In the weeks since the storming of the U.S. Capitol by a lie-emboldened mob of Trump-branded insurrectionists, many political leaders and mainstream pundits…
bubmag
March 22, 2021
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The Incalculable Debt That America Owes Black People

The long-standing idea of paying reparations to Black Americans for the costs of slavery, segregation, and other racist policies has lately gotten a boost. President Joe Biden has endorsed a commission to study the subject, and on February 17 the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony on H.R. 40, which would…
bubmag
February 26, 2021