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  1. Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show

    From Michael W. Twitty: “Your show concept is cool until we begin to think of all the other alt-history moments that would be equally provocative but seem unimaginable because of our addictive, national obsession with structurally racist ideas.”

    Commentary
  2. Atlee

    “It was only in getting back into baseball cards that I realized that there were a couple of years in the late 1980s when my classmates had accurately identified a mixed-race adult for me to look like.” Nick Vossbrink at njwv writes about dealing with the “what are you?” question while growing up.

    Culture
  3. White Women In Robes 

    “White women in robes are marching in the streets again, and they are still leaving people of color behind.” Sherronda J. Brown discusses how eugenics, reproductive rights, white feminism, and white supremacy are historically and intricately connected.

    Commentary
  4. “Names have power.”

    Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, a writer and linguistic anthropologist, reflects on the power of names to shape our identity — and to highlight both privilege and discrimination.

    Commentary
  5. 10 Reasons Why Joseph Boyden is a Problem and Should Go Away

    Not Your Average Indian suggests that you should bypass Joseph Boyden for deserving Indigenous authors.

    Identity
  6. What the Nobility of Policing Requires

    A retired police sergeant on the need for the force to police itself more effectively: “Whether it’s a willful blind eye or an increasing tendency to conjure up some false equivalency in our collective hearts, we have created a situation where bad behavior lives within our ranks.”

    Current Events
  7. Finding Michelle Kwan: A Black Boy’s Childhood on Ice

    “What attracted me to figure skating was the space it granted me to be the boy I was meant to be, which is not the boy the world wanted me to be, or thought I could be if I was to thrive.”

    LGBTQ
  8. My ancestors survived colonization and all I got was this lousy eye twitch

    A medical condition requiring botox sends the author — a young indigenous woman — deep into an unfamiliar, unwelcoming space: a cosmetic surgery office.

    Health
  9. The Uses of Patriotism

    “If there’s something contradictory about being a white supremacist and loving America, the people who chanted U-S-A while Donald Trump insulted Muslims and Mexicans haven’t gotten that memo.”

    Current Events
    Image by fuseboxradion (CC BY-SA 2.0).
  10. The Armored Coconut

    Marika Malaea reflects on being a brown white girl: “My whole life has been me thinking that I’m super incognito, when I’m actually the painted elephant in the room, whispering, ‘So what are we all staring at?’”

    Diversity
  11. So You Want to Wear a Safety Pin

    “[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.

    Current Events
  12. A Proportional Response

    Have Americans given up on the idea of “proportional response”? Writer Dina Honour wonders why the price paid by some people for being non-white, non-Christian, or getting pregnant is so high.

    Culture
    "Lady Blind Justice" image by Marc Treble.
  13. Photo Essay: Objects in Residence

    “We hip-check our junk drawers shut, closing them as unceremoniously as refrigerated morgue drawers.” These images of salt and pepper shakers, from a larger collection representing dozens of ethnic and racial groups, force us to look at the overlooked.

    Art
  14. Apology to a Non-Black Partner

    Poetry by Radical Faggot: “I’m sorry loving me / meant splitting your bones / that my hands / were filled / by their own wringing”

    Identity
  15. Why I Can Never Go Home Again

    “I no longer fear returning to Lima with my head hung in shame over my failures. I fear returning to Lima because I can’t handle the shame of her failures.” Jeremy Huffer’s small town is not the American idyll of his memories.

    Culture