Recommended Reads: February 2019

A selection of thought-provoking reads from the month that was… Jamelle Bouie, “Blackface is the Tip of the Iceberg” (New York Times, February 4) Put simply, there is a plausible (in theory, at least) nonracist reading of King’s preoccupation with the preservation of “Western civilization” or the president’s belief that some countries, like Haiti, are … Continue reading Recommended Reads: February 2019

The Biggest Civil Rights Protest You Probably Never Heard of

A couple of weeks ago, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I wrote about Jeanne Theoharis’s important book A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History, in which she reminds historians—and the broader public—not to neglect the movement in the North. In one particularly powerful example, Theoharis notes the … Continue reading The Biggest Civil Rights Protest You Probably Never Heard of

Recommended Reads: January 2019

A selection of thought-provoking reads from the month that was… Nathan Heller, “The Philosopher Redefining Equality” (The New Yorker, January 7) At fifty-nine, [Elizabeth] Anderson is the chair of the University of Michigan’s department of philosophy and a champion of the view that equality and freedom are mutually dependent, enmeshed in changing conditions through time. … Continue reading Recommended Reads: January 2019