Four years ago, I opposed reparations. Here's the story of how my thinking has evolved since then.
An open comments section on "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.
A preview of the June 2014 cover story
In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy.
The 42nd president's whiteness didn't shield him from old attacks.
It's easy for polite American society to condemn Cliven Bundy and banish Donald Sterling while turning away from the elegant, monstrous racism that remains.
This won't end well.
How would the Nevada standoff be different if the rancher were black? American history has already answered that question.
Ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects.
His address on voter-suppression efforts is one of the most significant and morally grounded speeches of his presidency.
Why we need historians in debates about today's cultures
The point of writing isn't just to son or be sonned—it's to know more.