civil rights

  • ‘On the Books’: Machine Learning Jim Crow

    by William Sturkey

    Lawyer and activist Pauli Murray undertook the arduous task of identifying racially discriminatory laws across the United States, and published a volume cataloguing them in 1950 as a took for attorneys working to dismantle Jim Crow. A University of North Carolina project uses technology to complete that task and demonstrate the historical pervasiveness of racism in the law.

  • For the First Time, America May Have an Anti-Racist Majority

    by Adam Serwer

    Atlantic writer Adam Serwer argues that people who want to understand this year should look not to 1968, but to 1868, when a moment of potential for establishing interracial democracy through government intervention seemed possible. 

  • Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and the Limits of Representation

    by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

    "Biden’s failure to meaningfully acknowledge his role in constructing the “color-blind” racial regime of the post-civil-rights era, structured around calls for law and order and the coded deprecation of poor Black women, has clouded his newfound epiphany concerning racial justice."

  • Fannie Lou Hamer’s Dauntless Fight for Black Americans’ Right to Vote

    by Keisha N. Blain

    As Hamer and her Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party colleagues pointed out to the 1964 Democratic National Convention, a “whites-only” Democratic Party representing a state in which one out of five residents were black undermined the very notion of representative democracy. 

  • The March Carries On

    Holding a mass march for civil rights and social justice at a time of political division is risky. That's what they said in 1963. For leaders hoping to renew a call to national action, COVID and the election raise the stakes even higher.