"Much of the black militant talk these days is actually in terms far closer to the doctrines of free enterprise than to those of the welfarist thirties-terms of "pride," "ownership," "private enterprise," "capital," "self-assurance," "self-respect"… What most of the militants are asking is not separation, but to be included in-not as supplicants, but as owners, as entrepreneurs-to have a share of the wealth and a piece of the action. And this is precisely what the Federal central target of the new approach ought to be. It ought to be oriented toward more black ownership, for from this can flow the rest-black pride, black jobs, black opportunity and yes, black power…"
— Richard M. Nixon, 1968
From Manning Marable’s Race, Reform, and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction and Beyond in Black America
Well, this is just my opinion. But here are five of the pieces I’m most proud of:
John Roberts’ Long War Against the Voting Rights Act I went back and looked at Roberts’ tenure in the Reagan Justice Department to show that he’s had it in for the Voting Rights Act since his 20s.
Bulldozing Homes and Civil Rights How a small town in New Jersey razed its only majority-minority neighborhood and almost killed the Fair Housing Act.
How Sonia Sotomayor undermined the NSA Last year Sonia Sotomayor wrote a concurrence that clears the legal path to striking down NSA data-gathering.
Are the NYPD’s Stop and Frisks Violating the Constitution? A collaboration with MoJo’s Jaeah Lee. People still link to this, in part I think because the data is so clear.
The Radical Histories of Mandela and MLK On not turning radical heroes into Hallmark cards.
Meanwhile, the Internet is speculating about Michelle Obama’s mind-set, her motivations and the state of her marriage because if a married black man, always on the prowl even if he is the commander in chief, is seen smiling next to an attractive white woman, well, that’s curtains for the marriage. The white she-devil strikes again! The first lady can’t win. Last month, Michelle Obama was a “feminist nightmare.” Today she is angry and on the verge of losing her marriage. We can only imagine what tomorrow will bring.
I later read on social media that Michelle Obama seemed to be rather peeved on seeing the Danish prime minister take the picture. But photos can lie. In reality, just a few seconds earlier the first lady was herself joking with those around her, Cameron and Schmidt included. Her stern look was captured by chance.
As Roxane writes, none of that stopped any of the major media outlets who inserted their own version of what was happening in the pictures. Sometimes race is just the stories we tell ourselves about other people in our heads when we see them.