Political Scientists Turned a Blind Eye to America’s Democratic Failures
A state built on Black repression and local violence was smugly coded as a mature democracy.
Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat
After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks.
Foreign Policy Begins at Home
The best way for Biden and Harris to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—and that begins with human rights.
White Supremacy Created the Capitol Assault
The Trojan horse of racism put democracy’s enemies inside its walls.
Our Top Weekend Reads
An opportunity for Biden, populism’s online fires, and the need for transitional justice.
‘This Is Not Who We Are’ Is a Great American Myth
The crisis at the U.S. Capitol shows that Americans lack a shared understanding of their political past and present. Transitional justice can help.
Our Top Arguments of 2020
From the pandemic to Black Lives Matter and the U.S. election, five articles from the year that changed everything.
The Best of 2020 to Read, Watch, or Listen To
With much of the world in lockdown again, here are some of this year’s highlights to help you pass the time.
South Korea Struggles to Confront Its Own Racial Prejudices
Black Lives Matter has sparked change among a younger generation.
In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White
The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.
The U.N. Has a Diversity Problem
Westerners are overrepresented in senior positions across the world body.
How Bad History Feeds Far-Right Fantasies
Justifying colonialism’s atrocities plays a toxic role in politics today.
The Case for Black American Self-Defense
Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon’s woes, what the bestselling book “Caste” ignores about India’s caste structure, and Britain’s distraction from its real economic problems.
Cuba’s Government Needs to Look Within as It Denounces U.S. Racism
Fidel Castro claimed the revolution eliminated racial discrimination, but it is alive and well.
Voltaire Spread Darkness, Not Enlightenment. France Should Stop Worshipping Him.
The celebrated philosopher was an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite who inspired Hitler. The recent removal of his statue in Paris was long overdue.
Defunding the Police Might Leave Americans More Surveilled and Less Secure
Technology in policing might appear more benign than rogue cops or racist judges, but a look at global trends gives pause.
A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil
“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.
As Europe Reckons With Racism, Italy Still Won’t Confront Its Colonial Past
Italian forces used chemical weapons and committed war crimes in Africa—but the country’s sordid history is not taught in schools and is rarely discussed by politicians or intellectuals.