The Expansion of Democracy Is What Does the Trick

There are minorities whose interests are harmed by majority rule. But they are not minorities as we tend to think of them; they are elites.

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W.E.B. Du Bois Would Have Seen Right Through the C.R.T. Backlash

The suppression and subversion of Black history in favor of an inauthentic rendering of the American past has a long history in and of itself. 

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Why We Have to Wave the ‘Bloody Shirt’ of Jan. 6

Somehow, we imagine that the politics of the past were more civil, more genteel, more rational. But they weren’t.

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Trump and the Republican Party’s Cruel Logic

Why there was Trumpism long before Trump — and there will be long afterward. 

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Excellence Runs in the Family. Her Novel’s Heroine Wants Something Else.

Kaitlyn Greenidge and her sisters achieved success in their respective fields. In her historical novel, “Libertie,” she focuses on a Black woman who doesn’t yearn to be the first or only one of anything.

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‘This Is Jim Crow in New Clothes’

Senator Raphael Warnock’s first speech on the Senate floor brought the past into the present.

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One Old Way of Keeping Black People From Voting Still Works

A promising bill to ensure African-Americans’ civil rights was snuffed out by a Senate filibuster in 1891.

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Using an Anti-Klan Law Against Trump’s Clan

The recent federal lawsuit against Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani is forcing us into a much-needed history lesson.

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How Trumpism May Endure

The Confederacy built a lasting myth of victory out of defeat. Trump and his followers may, too.

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Running Out the Clock on Trump Is Cowardly and Dangerous

Forget the 25th Amendment. It’s Congress that was attacked and Congress that needs to act.

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What Is Sedition?

As a mob stormed the Capitol, the word “sedition” was on many people’s lips. Its force is clear, but its echoes across American history are more complex and ambiguous.

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‘Sedition’: A Complicated History

As a mob stormed the Capitol, the word “sedition” was on many people’s lips. Its force is clear, but its echoes across American history are more complex and ambiguous.

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Why Did Racial Progress Stall in America?

The answer may show us the path out of our fractured and polarized present.

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What Is Trump Playing at?

The president’s refusal to concede that he lost the election is taking us into dangerous territory.

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How to Steal an Election

In the old days, nobody needed help from a foreign country.

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What About the Rest of the Constitution?

Amy Coney Barrett’s originalism ignores the significance of the second American Revolution.

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The Massacre That Emboldened White Supremacists

The 1873 murders of dozens of former slaves in a flyspeck Louisiana town still reverberate.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #colfax-la, #fourteenth-amendment-us-constitution, #ku-klux-klan, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #race-and-ethnicity, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us, #thirteenth-amendment-us-constitution

The South’s Fight for White Supremacy

Immediately after the Civil War ended, the South began a campaign to deny the true meaning of the conflict.

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‘Life of a Klansman’ Tells Ugly Truths About America, Past and Present

In his latest book, Edward Ball retraces an ancestor’s involvement with the Ku Klux Klan in order to shed light on the country’s legacy of white supremacy.

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Tulsa and the Many Sins of Racism

The ugly story didn’t end with the abolition of slavery.

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Over 2,000 Black People Were Lynched From 1865 to 1877, Study Finds

The Equal Justice Initiative has documented a rate of killing in the period following the Civil War that was far higher than the decades that followed.

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States Keep Failing Black People

The great racial imbalance in Covid-19’s effect and the violent killings of black people are related.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #civil-war-us-1861-65, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #epidemics, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #quarantines, #race-and-ethnicity, #reconstruction-era, #slavery-historical, #states-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government