Race & Racism

The fight for racial justice in Montana, one year out
The fight for racial justice in Montana, one year out
From Havre to Bozeman, the push for equity persists.
Five shots in Denver
Five shots in Denver
In 2013, anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts shot a man in the Holly, a historically Black neighborhood in Denver. What really happened that night?
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
The West’s Asian Americans arm up for self-defense
Once denied their Second Amendment rights, Asian Americans are heading to gun shops in droves.
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.
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.
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