Paul Ryan's explanation for urban poverty isn't much different from Barack Obama's. Why did it make liberals so angry?
The short memory of Condoleezza Rice
For the NFL to ban the word "nigger" would be racist.
Hollywood's respectability politics are much the same as any other kind of respectability politics.
A conversation with Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis
Good listening, good reading, good watching
A conversation on NPR with Steve Inskeep, Gene Demby, and Jamelle Bouie
The most amazing feature of our era is the belief that 300 years of racist policy gives no tell on our daily lives. The second is the belief that juries are somehow beyond reproach.
On the unfinished life of Jordan Davis
The irrelevance of black life has been drilled into this country since its infancy, and shall not be extricated through the latest innovations in Negro Finishing School.
It doesn't matter whether the NFL wants to accept an openly gay player like Missouri defensive end Michael Sam. He's arrived, and the league will have to adjust accordingly.
How language brings us together—and drives us apart.
Florida teenager Jordan Davis was shot by Michael Dunn after an argument over music. His mother, Lucia McBath, talks about losing her son and her fight against Stand Your Ground laws.
How Black America talks to the White House
What happens to a nation that's suffered a great crime? What happens when the wrong can't be made right?
How much does it really matter what Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and Julian Assange believe about politics?