Dec. 22, 2022
Unbound: Race matters: Why we need to know more, not less
If you are reading this newsletter, you are probably already familiar with the notion that race is a construct. So when you fill out a form that asks about race, it may seem inconsequential or even annoying. But it matters because race matters
Oct. 13, 2022
A supremely scary term is underway
It is fitting the term opened in October: Cases that will likely bring an end to affirmative action at public colleges and universities, and private schools receiving federal funding will be argued on Oct. 31. What will play out is likely to become, as The Emancipator contributor Brandon Hasbrouck writes, “a Halloween massacre.”
Aug. 18, 2022
We have to talk about The Talk—A message from The Editors
The Emancipator is quite obsessed with the idea of The Talk, the one where Black parents convey a different set of behavioral rules and expectations to their children to keep them safe — and alive. We’re also invested in what that conversation looks like along the lines of ethnicity, ability, sexuality, immigration status, and gender.
July 21, 2022
Families that stay together save (money) together
A new study about the growing number of Americans, particularly young adults, living in multigenerational households makes me wonder: Can this be an opportunity to change how society envisions the typical family home in a more inclusive way?
July 15, 2022
The truth exposed nearly 70 years too late
Join us for a Twitter Spaces conversation with Jerry Mitchell, founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting. He’ll talk about revelations from a secret memoir by 88-year-old Carolyn Bryant Donham, the White woman at the center of the Emmett Till case
FEB 24, 2022
Have Black Americans done enough yet?
I recall when I first really became aware of Black History Month: In my elementary school, the occasion was marked by an all-school assembly, and some students — including me — were selected to dress up as a Black historical feature. I wanted to be Wilma Rudolph, the record-breaking Olympic sprinter.
Oct. 28, 2021
Is it possible to right an ‘upside-down’ justice system?
At a time when legislative action to redress our broken criminal legal system seems less and less likely, there are opportunities to find solutions elsewhere, if people, including the justices of the court, are willing to take them.