Ready or not, life is returning to some sort of normal in the United States, and normal inevitably includes police officers killing an unarmed black man in their custody, followed by street protests. The country is working its way back into its familiar groove.
Opinion & Analysis
- Friday, May 29, 2020
- Monday, May 18, 2020There are limits to what ordinary people are willing to endure to secure the bottom line of their employers.
- Thursday, May 14, 2020In the richest country in the world, it has never been more urgent to provide decent and comfortable housing for all.
- Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020The stakes of this year's elections demonstrate the urgency of voting reforms to ensure that no one has to choose between their health and the health of their democracy.
- Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020Thousands of white Americans have also died from the virus, but the pace at which African-Americans are dying has transformed this public-health crisis into an object lesson in racial and class inequality. According to a Reuters report, African-Americans are more likely to die of COVID-19 than any other group in the U.S. It is still early in the course of the pandemic, and the demographic data is incomplete, but the partial view is enough to prompt a sober reflection on this bitter harvest of American racism.
- Friday, Apr 17, 2020The immediate immiseration of millions of people highlights our mutual bond.
- Wednesday, Apr 15, 2020
- Friday, Apr 10, 2020
Americans have been told to brace themselves for difficult days ahead. The numbers are uncertain, but mass death is at our doorstep. If we do everything right and shelter in place, we may still see between 100,000 and 240,000 dead. These are staggering numbers, but more importantly they are real people. Mothers and fathers, uncles and aunts, daughters and sons, friends — people whose deaths will disrupt the lives of families and rend the fabric of communities across this nation.
- Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020This was but the most recent example of the injustice of the NCAA’s insistence on amateurism, which claims the purity of having no money in the game while at the same time constructing a multibillion-dollar industry around college athletics. This massive business is built on the backs of athletes, the majority of whom are black, and the profits go to mostly white power brokers.
- Monday, Jan 13, 2020Howard Zinn wrote one of the most popular books on American history ever. A People’s History of the United States has sold an astonishing two million copies since its first publication in 1980. The success of the book can also be measured by the way that it spawned a new genre of “people-centered” renditions of history. Zinn’s approach to history essentially inverted the traditional approach that placed the rich and powerful, along with the institutions they governed, as the central motors in the development of society. It was history told from above. Alternatively, Zinn championed an approach to history from the bottom up or from the perspective of “the people.”