10 min read · Apr 30th · The evolution of the slur's use — and the taboo around it — tells a story about what our culture values.
The outright taboo status of “nigger” began only at the end of the 20th century; 2002 was about the last year that a mainstream publisher would allow a book to be titled “Nigger,”
It’s safe to say that the transition to “the N-word” wasn’t driven by the linguistic coarseness of a Los Angeles detective or something a prosecutor said one day during a monthslong trial. Rather, Mr. Darden’s reticence was a symptom of something already in the air by 1995: the larger shift in sensibility that rendered slurs, in general, the new profanity.
~12 min read · May 7th · Turning a blind eye to the realities of racial injustice, the highly orchestrated right-wing attacks cast a body of scholarship about race in the law as a great threat to American society.
7 min read · Jun 24th · In a new book, the historian Elizabeth Hinton reveals that, in the late sixties and early seventies, there were hundreds of local rebellions against white violence and racial inequality.
4 min read · Jun 6th · There is of course nothing wrong with honoring the victims of the riots. Yet historical tragedies should not be used in the service of a political agenda that has a slanted perspective on American…
20+ min read · Apr 7th · This paper begins with a version of Tocqueville’s paradox: at a time when measures of racist attitudes and behavior have never been more positive, pessimism about racism and race relations has…
20+ min read · Apr 20th · The long read: Before the 17th century, people did not think of themselves as belonging to something called the white race. But once the idea was invented, it quickly began to reshape the modern world
this new focus on whiteness has prompted much confusion and consternation, especially among white people not used to thinking of themselves in racial terms
What these recent debates have demonstrated more than anything, perhaps, is how little agreement still exists about what whiteness is and what it ought to be.