Debating Deplorables: How the Left Can (and Cannot) Win Trump Voters

by Ray Valentine on October 28, 2016

Over at Jacobin, Seth Ackerman has a useful response to political scientists’ and journalists’ attempts to account for the popularity of the Trump phenomenon. He challenges the view that Trump and his ilk are riding a wave of racist, nationalist resentment, noting that despite the international electoral success of right-wing populists, longitudinal studies of public…

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We Are the Left? Yeah, Right…

by R.L. Stephens II on July 22, 2016

I’m Black. I capitalize Black and leave white lower cased. Sure, it’s the accepted spelling, but really I do it because it feels good. My family lived in Missouri, but my mother crossed state lines to birth me in Kansas. Missouri was a slave state. Kansas was free, and she wanted her children born into…

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Losing My Anti-Racism

by on February 10, 2016

The Box It was my junior year at Carleton College in Minnesota. I had just returned from four months studying in Bolivia. My identity was in flux as I tried to integrate my changing worldview after experiencing political struggle at a level far more advanced than anything I’d seen stateside. My first week in the…

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Beyoncé Slays Black People

by on February 9, 2016

One evening in September 2015, I sat down to watch the season premier of Doctor Who. What I saw disturbed me. Beginning with the opening scene, Black men were repeatedly killed within moments of appearing on screen. It was the old Black guy dies first trope. I was mad, pausing the show to mutter to…

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The Hidden Colors of Frances Cress Welsing’s Historical Legacy

by on January 3, 2016

Frances Cress Welsing’s theories of race relations as genetic warfare are part of a legacy of counter-revolutionary efforts by Black elites, and should not be celebrated.

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