Race & Racism

Voices from an uprising
Voices from an uprising
Portraits from Los Angeles’ Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
Western police are geared up for war
Western police are geared up for war
But who’s the enemy?
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
The West has a role in reimagining the U.S.
Our notion of ‘American exceptionalism’ has collapsed. What will replace it?
Porqué las protestas por George Floyd iniciaron tan temprano en Denver
Porqué las protestas por George Floyd iniciaron tan temprano en Denver
Después de años de presión comunitaria para reformar la policía, la ciudad estaba lista para las protestas.
Democrats also gain from the border wall
Democrats also gain from the border wall
The militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border was always a bipartisan effort, with symbolism that’s useful to both parties.
Seattle volunteers look out for Black Lives Matter demonstrators
Seattle volunteers look out for Black Lives Matter demonstrators
As protests continue, mutual aid networks have sprouted up to provide food, medical assistance and rides home.
Why George Floyd protests resonated so early in Denver
Why George Floyd protests resonated so early in Denver
After years of community pressure for police reform, the city was primed for protest.
What really is antifa?
What really is antifa?
Effie Baum, an ‘everyday anti-fascist,’ talks about President Trump’s threat to designate the movement as a terrorist organization, and corrects the record.
Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
Report: Indigenous voters face racism and suppression
‘Native Americans just face really unreasonable obstacles when it comes to voting.’
#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism
#BlackBirdersWeek takes on systemic racism
‘The whole purpose is to highlight and showcase Black birders, and anybody can do that.’
American violence in the time of coronavirus
American violence in the time of coronavirus
Author Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz puts armed ‘reopen’ protests in their historical context.
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
The Gadsden flag is a symbol. But whose?
How a Revolutionary War-era flag evolved into an anti-government symbol.
The road to ecofascism is paved with green intentions
The road to ecofascism is paved with green intentions
Why fusing nationalism and naturalism is a bad idea.
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
In Washington, COVID-19 quarantine plans disrespect communities of color
‘In the end, among the most lasting symptoms of COVID-19 will be the layers of inequity it exposed in our society.’
A particular kind of immigrant journey
A particular kind of immigrant journey
Tope Folarin’s coming-of-age story recounts the transformations of a Nigerian-American family in Utah.
How Andy Warhol painted the West
How Andy Warhol painted the West
The artist challenged ideas of masculinity but fell short of addressing racism.
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
A problematic symbol of the West gets a reboot.
When post-9/11 racism haunts an American family
When post-9/11 racism haunts an American family
In Laila Lalami’s new book, a Moroccan-American family seeks a sense of belonging in California.
Arizona volleyball team faces harassment
Arizona volleyball team faces harassment
Native American athletes continue to experience racism.
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
Una comunidad indígena de México encuentra su hogar en los campos de Colorado
La cultura, las costumbres y las personas están cruzando las fronteras y alimentando dos economías.
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
George Takei recounts internment’s long shadow
The actor and activist remembers his childhood detainment by the U.S. government during World War II in a new graphic novel.
A Western author wades into murky political waters
A Western author wades into murky political waters
The blind spots, omissions and caricatures of ‘Deep River’ fail to contend with the historical realities of the Northwest or the current political climate.
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
From the Bundys to cheap burgundy: How myths shape the West
Novelist Frank Bergon meanders through a changing West and traces old stories refreshed.
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