Justice and Delay: Eric Schneiderman resigned as the attorney general of New York just hours after The New Yorker published the accounts of four of his former romantic partners, who alleged that Schneiderman had repeatedly hit and verbally abused them. Even in light of the severity of the accusations, Schneiderman resigned surprisingly quickly compared with other politicians who have sometimes stayed in office for weeks after reports of sexual misconduct. Why?
Race and Politics: A new poll of black voters indicates that they’re deeply dissatisfied with American politics: Majorities of respondents said that racism in the U.S. has gotten worse since 2016, that the country is heading in the wrong direction, and that recent political trends have represented a renewed attack on black Americans. Shootings by police have been a key issue in American race relations: A new study found that in 2015, such shootings have cut a total of 57,375 combined years off the lives of the people killed.
No one could argue that American musicians and other artists have been indifferent to Trump … Yet while the self-proclaimed Resistance debuted with vibrant-pink mass action, the most-distinctive cultural creations that have accompanied it so far—at least in the rapid-response popular mediums of music and TV—haven’t been so fired up. Nor have they been, to use the clichéd dismissals that plenty of political art readily invites, shrill or didactic. Instead, the general drift has been in the spirit of [Post-, Jeff] Rosenstock’s album: self-questioning, tentative, conciliatory, emotional. It is, for better or worse, the art not of a revolution but of a failed revolution.