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racism



  • "Great Replacement" Shows how Many Americans Have Embraced Whites-Only Democracy

    by Adam Serwer

    Whether they blame a secret cabal of elites or the Democratic Party, proponents of "replacement" rhetoric share a belief that legitimate citizenship is racially exclusive and that legitimate elections require white voters to get what they want, echoing anti-immigrant and eugenics rhetoric of the early 20th century.


  • Historians on the Mainstreaming of the "Great Replacement" Myth

    by HNN Staff

    This conspiratorial view of a plot by elites to replace whites with nonwhite and immigrants has moved from the far-right fringe to cable news and appears to have played a part in the radicalization of several mass shooters. Historians discuss what it is and what it means. 



  • Buffalo Shooting Exposes How History Shapes the Present

    by Chad Williams

    "Buffalo’s unique history of African American freedom, civil rights struggle and perseverance in the face of structural racism and economic neglect remind us of why Gendron targeted this particular community and why this shooting is especially heinous."



  • AAIHS Statement on Buffalo Mass Shooting

    by Robert Greene II

    "Black Americans and other marginalized groups in America and around the world have found ways to resist this reprehensible violence. We will all continue to do so. For now, AAIHS wishes to express its condolences to those harmed by the tragedy in Buffalo."



  • Buffalo Shooting Reflects Deeply Rooted American Ideas

    by Jesse Curtis

    Labeling the so-called "Great Replacement" a conspiracy theory obscures how closely it hews to commonplace American ideas about race, nation, and who is entitled to rule. 



  • How Josephine Baker Challenged Racism in Las Vegas

    by Claytee White

    Josephine Baker's brief stand in 1952 didn't forever break the color line in the city's casinos and clubs, but it did help Black Las Vegans push for enduring change. 



  • W.E.B. DuBois's Abolition Democracy

    by Gerald Horne

    DuBois understood the impossibility of separating a historical analysis of Reconstruction from the political context of Jim Crow racial totalitarianism and exploitative capitalism. 



  • Why Isn't Joetha Collier Known as a Victim of Racism in Mississippi?

    by Keisha N. Blain

    A young woman's murder by white men in 1971, on the day she graduated from a newly integrated high school, doesn't fit easily into a narrative framework established by Emmett Till's killing – of martyrdom leading to change for the better.



  • Racist Policing Has Roots in Controlling Sex Work

    by Sarah A. Seo

    Anne Gray Fischer's book shows that police policy toward sexuality in public space changed in ways that made Black women's public lives subject to increased control and that entrenched the discretion of police to stop people for suspected minor offenses that is associated with "broken windows" policing today. 



  • Penn Law Prof Amy Wax's Anti-Indian Rant Excludes Inconvenient History

    by Suhag Shukla

    Attributing Indian American criticism of racism to "resentment" of "the west" is rooted in ignorance of the colonial looting of the Indian subcontinent and the experiences of South Asians in general and Hindus in particular in the United States. 



  • New TV Shows Reduce "Black Excellence" to Materialism

    by Tanisha C. Ford

    Equating excellence with opulence, and portraying the Black wealthy as champions of progress, ignores many of the ongoing concerns of Black Americans and highlights historically significant class divisions among African Americans.