Candidates have long used coded language to capitalize on subtle prejudices in the electorate—but will it work in 2016?
Decades of overwhelming support could be evaporating, as new generations of African Americans grapple with novel choices.
Loretta Lynch's confirmation as U.S attorney general was a crucial victory for a group of women whose influence is seldom appreciated.
Conservatives can find themselves alienated from the broader African American community, yet not wholly embraced by their chosen party.
How the politics of respectability twists society
The statistics reveal a fragile state within a superpower.
What the U.S. can learn from West Africa
"As an upper-middle-class black male, I am seen as part of the solution class tasked with rescuing my nation from its problem and my race from itself."
Racial profiling is a lazy reversion to an older America—a nation that wasn't designed with black citizens in mind. This post is part of a debate series on “Is Stop and Frisk Worth It?," an article featured in the current issue of The Atlantic magazine.
Heroes like Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks feel like characters in a novel—a world away from the clicking locks and nervous glances that plague millions of ordinary people.
Students from households with more than $100,000 in income received more federal aid in recent years than those from households with less than $20,000 in income.
At extension schools, it's possible to get an Ivy-League education at a fraction of the price, with lower admissions standards.
Being poor and uneducated remains a health risk to large segments of first-world societies.
When Theodore Roosevelt invited a black man to dine at the White House, it inspired a poor sharecropper and shaped his great-grandson's destiny.