Race Ethnicity

Salvadoran Americans have become stereotypically associated with gangs. Continuing media coverage of the issue, most recently of a massive law-enforcement crackdown on Nov. 15 targeting a Salvadoran-American gang in Los Angeles, has helpe... Read more

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US Department of Education

Are minority parents seeking better schools for their kids supporters of charter schools, or leading figures in the resistance to a choice-based education reform movement? Read more

Public School Shakedown


Paige Bollman

The nation’s report card demonstrates yet again that students of color are underserved—and education reformers are all too eager to bank on the opportunity. Read more

Public School Shakedown


Lorie Shaul

Past governance has been racist public policy in the form of municipal paternalism. Read more

Public School Shakedown

Worthington, Minnesota

Tony Webster

One Midwestern town finds itself in a race war stoked by the gentry to preserve their own wealth. But there is a glimmer of hope here, too. Read more



Maryland GovPics

The charter system that often paints itself as a better option for black parents does not acknowledge the harm rigid disciplinary policies can impose on black students. Read more

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The President’s upcoming visit to Minneapolis is being framed as something of a grudge match with Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. But that’s just one element of the racial dynamics surrounding this tour stop. Read more



Library of Congress

American public policy surrounding Haiti still contributes to ongoing misery there today—including conditions that have erupted in protests in recent weeks. Read more

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LGBT / black power

Wikimedia Commons

Like all LGBTQ people, I am layered. I cannot be viewed as just black or queer or a mother. Politicians and policy makers must understand all of these complexities. Read more



Neon Tommy

“If the charter schools don’t want to be diverse, they don’t have to be.” Read more

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Demilitarize the Police, Black Lives Matter

Johnny Silvercloud

A new census of black America shows that despite a high level of political engagement, more than half of respondents think that politicians do not care about black people. Read more


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Maryland GovPcics

Students are still isolated in their own schools because almost no one looks like them, or they are concentrated in schools in which almost everyone does. Read more


Thus far in 2019, at least twelve black transgender women have been murdered. Read more



Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

In terms of how I feel, as a lesbian of African descent, I am not an American, not completely. Read more


To say that Donald Trump is a racist is to state the obvious but miss the point. Read more


Political pundits say progressives are alienating working class whites by talking too much about race. They're wrong. Read more


Ron Stallworth, Colorado Springs Police Department’s first black undercover detective speaks about one of the most ironic infiltrations of all time. Read more


Muhammad Ali

AP Photo/Charles Harrity

An excerpt from “What Truth Sounds Like” about race in America. Read more


Eleven images from a new exhibit capture the role photojournalists played in giving Americans a window into the Civil Rights movement, and what it was up against. Read more



The All-Nite Images / Otto Yamamoto

Erica’s death occurs in the midst of a growing maternal mortality crisis that hits mothers of color particularly hard. The drivers of the crisis are complex—but we know what they are—and we can do something. Read more