Race & Racism

150 years ago, 19 Chinese Angelenos were murdered in California
150 years ago, 19 Chinese Angelenos were murdered in California
In October 1871, a frenzied mob was responsible for the largest lynching in U.S. history.
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
Black entrepreneurs built beach havens in California. Racism shut them down.
The hidden history of Santa Monica’s Black coastal enclaves.
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
Indigenous college faculty and students lead the removal of racist panels in Colorado
A former Native boarding school turned liberal arts college in Durango reckons with its ugly history.
Black cowboys reclaim their history in the West
Black cowboys reclaim their history in the West
At an annual rodeo in Phoenix, the contributions of African Americans are finally recognized.
How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world
How anti-Indigeneity proliferates around the West and the world
Across the globe, anti-Indigenous organizations and sympathizers work to undermine the collective rights of Indigenous peoples.
Will Portland’s summer of unrest reshape city politics?
Will Portland’s summer of unrest reshape city politics?
November’s election will test how protests shift political power.
When home is next to an oil refinery
When home is next to an oil refinery
All I knew about Wilmington, California, was poverty, so I long hid my connection to it.
‘It’s still my history, even when I choose not to know it.’
‘It’s still my history, even when I choose not to know it.’
For as long as America has interned children, it’s chosen to look away.
The undeniable truths in literature
The undeniable truths in literature
Four Colorado writers discuss empathy, systems of oppression and ‘the moment.’
How racism adversely affects wildlife, too
How racism adversely affects wildlife, too
New research exposes how systemic racism physically alters ecosystems for the worse.
The failures of U.S. immigration policies
The failures of U.S. immigration policies
Three new books challenge the way we imagine the U.S.-Mexico border.
Indigenous and Black Lives Matter activists join forces in Oregon
Indigenous and Black Lives Matter activists join forces in Oregon
An acknowledged, shared history of oppression renews the fight for justice.
How big oil funds big brother
How big oil funds big brother
Some of the largest fossil fuel companies in the nation back police foundations that raise money for weapons, equipment and surveillance technology.
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
New Mexico’s thin blurred line
Police in the state have long flirted with radical right-wing vigilantism.
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
Tribal courts should abolish cash bail
A European justice model was forced onto tribes and should be done away with.
Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
Cherokee Nation adopted racism from Europeans. It’s time to reject it.
As our tribe debates Cherokee history and identity, Cherokee citizens with white privilege carry the most responsibility to move our tribe forward.
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
How the ‘only family’ argument is used against Indigenous families
The phrasing was once deployed to keep Native families together under the Indian Child Welfare Act. Now, the narrative has been reversed.
Am I an invasive species?
Am I an invasive species?
How COVID-19 and ‘murder hornets’ compelled a writer to rethink invasions.
El Oeste tiene un papel en la reinvención de los Estados Unidos
El Oeste tiene un papel en la reinvención de los Estados Unidos
Nuestra noción del ‘excepcionalismo Americano’ ha colapsado. ¿Qué lo reemplazará?
Reimagining nature poetry
Reimagining nature poetry
Benjamin Garcia’s ‘Thrown in the Throat’ uses plants and landscapes to think past oppressive structures.
Activists push for Black land ownership in Seattle
Activists push for Black land ownership in Seattle
Protests over racial equity prompt investments in the city’s Black community.
Voices from an uprising
Voices from an uprising
Portraits from Los Angeles’ Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
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