Explainer | Nomi Sofer
Work requirements won’t affect the debt ceiling — but they will stir up racist narratives
Washington’s debt ceiling deal pushes the “lazy welfare recipient” trope. It’s time to disrupt this destructive stereotype and stop trapping workers in a cycle of low-wage jobs with no path to real economic mobility.
The Big Picture | Gaurav J. PathaniaCaste should not be part of the ‘American Dream’Caste could become the newest protected class in Seattle’s anti-discrimination law. More lawmakers need to follow suit to prevent this system of rigid hierarchy from taking root in the U.S. and protect the rights of lower-caste South Asian immigrants.
The Big Picture | Nicholas TurnerLong prison sentences are cruel and ineffective: here’s the proofThe United States incarcerates nearly 2 million people. More than half are serving sentences of 10 or more years. Long sentences were promoted with weak evidence, and the evidence of the harm they do is clear — so how did we end up here?
Throughline | Margaret LittmanNashville’s historic Woolworth building is in troubleThe history of this site, where Rep. John Lewis’ first arrest in student-led sit-ins that helped lead to desegregation of restaurants across the country, is being erased by its new owners. These stories need to be preserved.
Video | Shermann “Dilla” ThomasCommunity Health Equity TourFamily, heritage, and community all play a powerful role in maintaining the health and wellness of a city’s residents. Our health equity tour of Chicago’s Little Village shows a neighborhood emblematic of these ideas. Next up: Durham, North Carolina.
Video | Ibram X. KendiTalking to your kids about raceWhat are we saying to our kids about race even when we don’t say anything? Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research, explains how it is a false choice whether or not to teach your young child about race, because, either way, they’re picking up on your attitude about race.
VIDEO | William HorneWe’ve Been Here Before: Insurrections and White SupremacyAs we remember and assess the damage of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection on America today, it’s valuable to take a hard look at the impact and consequences that white conservative election denialism played in our shared history.
Culture | Phillipe CopelandThe art of the denialRacism denial is a political strategy and a coping tool, used by those who benefit from racism and those unwilling to confront the dire contradictions in our society. Phillipe Copeland walks us through its different forms so we can recognize and counter them.
Throughline | Jeffrey BoutwellTime for a New Emancipation ProclamationThe dynamics of how best to maximize Black voting power remain the same as they were on Great Emancipation Day 1903 when William Monroe Trotter and former Massachusetts Gov. George S. Boutwell, an architect of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th and 15th amendments, called for a New Emancipation Proclamation.
The Big Picture | Spencer PistonReimagining the policeJacqueline Kung joined Cambridge HEART after witnessing a neighbor handcuffed and detained after his mother died. The Massachusetts-based mutual aid group is a kind of citizen-driven alternative to traditional policing, though activists worry these approaches will be watered down by government officials.