• Claiming a Latino Place in Chicago

    by Mike Amezcua

    Like their African American contemporaries, ethnic Mexicans in Chicago have a long history of organizing to overturn residential segregation. 

  • Francesca Morgan Dissects the American Obsession with Genealogy

    by Thomas Laqueur

    Questions about how Americans practice genealogy are in some ways less interesting that questions about why they do; all genealogies are ways of constructing pasts that explain and justify the present, and in America they are impossible to disentangle from racism. 

  • Should the Census Consider Latinos a "Race"?

    by Geraldo Cadava

    Although major Latino civil rights organizations have endorsed a proposal to combine two census questions and make "Hispanic or Latino" a racial category. Afro-Latino/a advocates say that this would make it impossible to evaluate internal divisions around skin color and ancestry. 

  • On Gates and Curran's "Who's Black and Why"

    by John Samuel Harpham

    "Like all ideas, race has a history. There was a time before it. In turn conceptions of it have shifted over time, and it has been charged with different meanings in different settings." Gates and Curran have identified a little-studied collection of 1739 essays on race that mark a key shift in the idea.

  • Pete Buttigieg’s race problem

    by Tyler D. Parry

    He doesn’t truly understand the problems plaguing black America and their racist roots.

  • The Radical Lives of Abolitionists

    by Britt Rusert

    History has tended to sanitize the lives of abolitionists, many of whom were involved in other radical movements as well, including Free Love, which promoted women’s independence and an end to traditional marriage. A review of Holly Jackson's American Radicals: How Nineteenth-Century Protest Shaped the Nation.

  • The Neighborhoods We Will Not Share

    by Richard Rothstein

    Persistent housing segregation lies at the root of many of our society’s problems. Trump wants to make it worse.