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September 30, 2020

Autistic Criticism

Gorman Beauchamp

It is one thing when critics insist that racial identity is socially constructed and therefore acquired or discarded as one chooses. But it is quite another when they read black characters and racial......

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July 2, 2020

“Racist and Proud”: The Awful Legacy of Ta-Nehisi Coates

Mark Zunac

Ta-Nehisi Coates received a MacArthur Fellowship for “[i]nterpreting complex and challenging issues around race and racism through . . . nuanced historical analysis.” But nuance......

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January 2, 2020

Separatism vs. Integration: Can Separate Ever Be Equal?

Gene Dattel

In the first article for our Distinctions feature, Gene Dattell explains how the integrationist goals of the postbellum civil rights movement, emblematized by the effort to integrate schools......

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November 23, 2018

Race, Crime and Culture

Barry Latzer

How to discuss the tedious relationship of race and crime as a serious academic study.

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September 23, 2016

Boston Latin Besmirched

Jeff Zorn

Jeff Zorn reminisces about his own fruitful education experience at the famous Boston Latin School and discusses how recent racial protests are unfair to the school.

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