The Shout-Out That Never Came.

Meghan O’Rourke, a young writer over at Slate called “Where Hillary Clinton Went Wrong.” According to her, Hillary lost the votes of young feminists because she didn’t capitalize on the fact that she was blazing a historic trail in the same way that Obama has.

Wait. Did I miss something? Last time I [...]

Fetching Dr. King's Coffee

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I heard the most disturbing thing on the Tavis Smiley show a couple of weekends ago, during one of the many memorializations on the the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death. Dorothy Cotton, the educational director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and its highest-ranking woman, said during meetings the men, including [...]

The Sad Fall of James Bevel.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement, James Bevel organized Freedom Rides. He was with MLK during the “I Have a Dream Speech,” and also with him the night he was killed.

At a family reunion in 2004, his daughters began recounting childhood memories of their father, which included memories of molestation.

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40 Years Ago, Today.

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How History Shapes Our Views of Hillary and Obama.

Because they are both firsts, I’m afraid we might be holding Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to impossible ideals. Both possibilities come shamefully late. But, unless the impossible happens they decide to run together, we only get to choose one.

When Barack Obama gave his victory speech after winning the Iowa caucuses, he was, [...]

The Santa-fication of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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How does a man who was so deeply unpopular when he was alive become a universally beloved and toothless Christ figure? The holiday and the statues, for starters.

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