Langley’s Bartlebys I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about “the talking points,” but it’s fascinating to discover that the real culprit was not Susan Rice or a sinister White House plot, but, according to Siobhan Gorman and Adam Entous of the Wall Street Journal, a daylong debate at the CIA involving “more than two dozen… Read more »
Prevailing stereotypes about America’s youth, and particularly about young African Americans, are often wildly off base, either because they were never true, or because they have failed to keep up with the reality of generational change. Below is a selection of social indicators showing ways in which today’s younger generation exhibits substantially more positive behaviors… Read more »
In 2002, the Institute of Medicine published an oft-cited and controversial report entitled Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. The report concluded that members of minority groups, even when fully insured, tend to receive substandard care from their doctors. It cited disparities in how often whites and minorities received even routine… Read more »
Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign emphasizes the importance of physical activity for combating obesity, a point she has driven home by dancing alongside school kids to Beyoncé’s workout video. But another kind of movement may also be important to your chances of living to a ripe old age: moving to a new zip code. Between… Read more »
How to make homeownership a safe bet for minority borrowers.
Three generations of African American politicians.
How disaster relief justifies the welfare state.
Why some conservatives are warming to socioeconomic school integration.
In Iraq and Afghanistan, General David Petraeus applied all the lessons learned in Vietnam—except for the one that mattered most.
Why Eisenhower distrusted, but needed, Nixon.
How the ideology of white supremacy undermined the South’s own war effort.
If you think Obama hasn’t delivered for African Americans, take a closer look at his record.
Why do middle-class blacks have far less wealth than whites at the same income level? The answer is in real estate and history.
What it means that family breakdown is now biracial.
Deserving of neither blanket condemnation nor blind exaltation, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was a brave compromise.
Even if every convict were rightly sentenced, America’s vast, racially skewed incarceration system would still be morally indefensible.
White, black, or brown, we’d all live longer in a more equal, less status-driven society.
The tumultuous decade that followed the Civil War failed to enshrine black voting and civil rights, and instead paved the way for more than a century of entrenched racial injustice.
African Americans suffer from high rates of incarceration and crime. Here’s how to drastically reduce both.
In the summer of 2011, under siege from both the left and the right for his efforts to broker a budget deal to avoid a debt default, Barack Obama defended his leadership with a telling historical analogy. He noted that the Emancipation Proclamation, a copy of which hangs on his Oval Office wall, outlawed slavery… Read more »
The unfulfilled dream of “forty acres and a mule.”
Shirley Sherrod’s ongoing battle for racial cooperation in Georgia.
The opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s cinemythic portrait of the sixteenth president features President Abraham Lincoln seated on a stage, half cloaked in darkness, and observing the Union forces he is sending into battle. It’s an apt metaphor for the man himself—both visible and obscure, inside the tempest yet somehow above the fray. Lincoln was… Read more »
Want to help minority college students? Make the entire higher education system more accountable.
One hundred years after Lincoln signed the Proclamation, Martin Luther King Jr. tried unsuccessfully to get President John F. Kennedy to issue a second one. That failure changed the course of history.
The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up until World War II.
The Emancipation Proclamation was in many ways a tremendous step forward for human rights, but it didn’t bring any new rights to Native Americans. In fact, Abraham Lincoln is not seen as much of a hero at all among many American Indian tribes and Native peoples of the United States, as the majority of his… Read more »
How racial prejudice in America has changed in the last sixty years.