- Dad Rule: The Hatred of Students.
- We Need to Talk About Systemic Male Violence, Not the “Work of a Madman.“
- More Hispanics Declaring Themselves White.
- Chilean Activist Destroys $500 Million Worth of Student Debt Papers.
- The One Percent at State Universities.
- No Time: How Did We Get So Busy?
- The Case for Reparations:
The early American economy was built on slave labor. The Capitol and the White House were built by slaves. President James K. Polk traded slaves from the Oval Office. The laments about “black pathology,” the criticism of black family structures by pundits and intellectuals, ring hollow in a country whose existence was predicated on the torture of black fathers, on the rape of black mothers, on the sale of black children. An honest assessment of America’s relationship to the black family reveals the country to be not its nurturer but its destroyer.
And this destruction did not end with slavery. Discriminatory laws joined the equal burden of citizenship to unequal distribution of its bounty. These laws reached their apex in the mid-20th century, when the federal government—through housing policies—engineered the wealth gap, which remains with us to this day. When we think of white supremacy, we pictureColored Only signs, but we should picture pirate flags.
- The Racist Housing Policy That Made California Neighborhoods.
- Memorial Day and Geological Time.
- Beyoncé’s Second Skin.
- What’s Important About Trigger Warnings.
- Ableism Hurts.
- Way Too Early to Declare Victory in War against Mass Incarceration.
- Facebook Makes Another Creepy Information Power Grab.
- How One Gay Athlete’s Coming Out Led to an Activists’ War.
- Trustees: A Legion of Doom on Every Campus:
Trustee boards are an opening for universities to sink their claws into the ranks of the elite; naturally it’s also an opening for the elite sink their claws into universities. University presidents gain access to new high-dollar donors, increasingly complicated endowment investments, and firm allies in the quest for increased administration size and control. Board members gain the social prestige that all charitable efforts by the 1% engender and an outlet for one of the favorite pastimes of the business class: dispensing advice for which their only qualification is their wealth. Even more important, they also get privileged access to the financial decisions of multi-million (sometimes multi-billion) dollar organizations. An investigation by the Chronicle of Higher Education found that one out of every four private colleges directly do business with their trustees, which can take the form of noncompetitive contracts for construction, financial investment of endowment funds.
- MOOCs: Herding Education to Slaughter.
- Race, Education, and Prison: Nostalgia and Genealogy 60 Years after Brown v. Board.
- Faces of Assault.
- On bell, Beyoncé, and Bullshit.
- Feminism Has Just Started (And It’s Not Stopping Now):
It’s important to note that the very idea that marriage could extend to two people of the same gender may only be possible because feminists broke out marriage from the hierarchical system it had been in and reinvented it as a relationship between equals. Those who are threatened by marriage equality are, many things suggest, as threatened by the idea of equality between heterosexual couples as same-sex couples. Liberation is a contagious project, speaking of birds coming home to roost.
Homophobia, like misogyny, is still terrible, just not as terrible as it was in, say, 1970. Finding ways to appreciate advances without embracing complacency is a delicate task. It involves being hopeful and motivated and keeping eyes on the prize ahead. Saying that everything is fine or that it will never get any better are ways of going nowhere or of making it impossible to go anywhere. Either approach implies that there is no road out or that, if there is, you don’t need to or can’t go down it. You can. We have.