The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.

The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water following revelations that he met twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador when he was a surrogate for the Trump campaign — and then lied about it to Congress. Many of his critics are now calling for his resignation. The...
Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Trump Is Carpet-Bombing U.S. Foreign Policy

Very soon, Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order regarding refugees and entry to the U.S. for a whole swathe of people. In effect, the edict would be aimed at banning Muslims from the United States, demonizing people from Muslim-majority countries across...
The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

The Racial Wealth Gap Persists Through Retirement

Welcome to 2017! President Obama has exited the stage, and a Trump presidency is now reality. If you’re still not shocked, remember this: Right now, more than half of all Black families in the United States today have no retirement wealth at all, meaning they will...
For Black Americans, MLK’s Dream Still Isn’t Reality

For Black Americans, MLK’s Dream Still Isn’t Reality

Not long ago, I saw a comment on an online article about the rise in protests for black civil rights. “We gave you a president,” wrote the commenter. “We gave you your damn Oscar. What more do you want?” Never mind the White House. What many black people still long...
Calling Working People of All Colors

Calling Working People of All Colors

A little over 80 years ago, NAACP founder W.E.B. Du Bois wrote “Black Reconstruction in America,” a groundbreaking essay that looked at the racial politics of the post-Civil War years. The major failure of those years, Du Bois insisted, was that poor whites and poor...
Author Events: Deep Denial

Author Events: Deep Denial

In the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, for many one of the biggest questions persists: Why were so many “Americans” drawn to someone as openly racist and xenophobic as Donald Trump? Others might also ask: How many degrees of separation is there...
Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Building a New Populism in the Era of Trump

Imagine you’re standing in line for the American Dream. You work hard, sometimes in dangerous jobs. You lead a moral life. But the line is stalling, even moving backwards. Yet you see newcomers up front — some of them immigrants and people of color. Maybe you’ve...
The Two Sides of Populism

The Two Sides of Populism

The architects of our economy — both Republicans and Democrats — shouldn’t be surprised at the backlash of election 2016, not after decades of shifting most of our economy’s income and wealth gains to a small segment of wealthy people and global corporations. An...
America’s Staggering Racial Wealth Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better

America’s Staggering Racial Wealth Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better

Two years ago this month, Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking months of sustained protests and helping to ignite the Black Lives Matter movement. While police violence and inequities in our criminal justice system have...
America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking

America’s Racial Wealth Divide Is Nothing Short of Shocking

Most media coverage of racial injustice has understandably focused on our country’s unfair policing and criminal justice system. But to fully understand the current reality of racial inequality in America, we also need to take an honest look at our nation’s shocking...
The Wealth Gap Between Black and White Families Is Getting Worse

The Wealth Gap Between Black and White Families Is Getting Worse

The U.S. Constitution was ratified a full 228 years ago.  The cutting edge technology that year was the steamboat, and the country had not yet even had a presidential election. If 228 years seems like a really long time, that’s because it is. But if current trends...
Report: Ever-Growing Gap

Report: Ever-Growing Gap

The Ever-Growing Gap: Failing to Address the Status Quo Will Drive the Racial Wealth Divide for Centuries to Come Racial and economic inequality are the most pressing social issues of our time. In the last decade, we have seen the catastrophic economic impact of the...