What Is Black America?
Each year as America toggles from Black History Month to March Madness, I find myself thinking of the Nigerian student who walked into my college office some years ago at around this time. This brilliant young man and aspiring academic told me of his discomfort with Black History Month, and
AWOL Black Fathers
When my mother called me in from play one afternoon to meet the man seated in our living room, her introduction was redundant—I immediately knew who he was. And, right off, I did not like him. His absence had been a painful matter in my life. The house that
How Social Justice Killed Anti-Racism
One of the early signs of trouble for the British anti-racism movement was a tweet sent by Lee Jasper in April 2013 [https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/04/07/lee-jasper-race-relations_n_3032829.html] , in which he declared that black people are incapable of being racist, and offered to publicly
A review of The Identity Myth [https://amzn.to/3skYmMJ] by David Swift. Constable, 320 pages (June 2022). In recent decades, anxieties afflicting Western democracies have arisen from new beliefs and conflicts about how citizens relate to each other—their relative status in society, notions of mutual respect, and the