social justice

Put on a Zoot Suit: Modern-Day Xenophobia Rekindles a Chicano Theatre Classic

The Sleepy Lagoon Trial sprang out of a climate of strong anti-Mexican sentiment in 1940s southern California, and most of the astounding details of the defendants’ violated due process in Zoot Suit are true to life Read more »

Don’t Touch My Crown: The Failure of Decapitation and the Power of Black Women’s Resistance

In 2017, Afro-Colombian human rights activist Emilsen Manyoma was decapitated. Did you hear about it? Read more »

The Sugar of Black Cool: Pepsi’s Botched Commercial Is Just One Problem in the Web of Food Justice

If the primary response to the Pepsi commercial doesn’t center on youth of color, we’re all missing the point. Read more »

No One Looks For Black Girls

In the month of March, over a dozen Black and Latino teens went missing without any notice from the national news. Read more »

What Just Happened?: A Day Without A Woman

Don’t assume that one person’s strike bolsters another person’s freedom. Read more »

Material Acts: Chilean Embroiderers Record Memory Stitch-by-Stitch

From a piece of a baby’s onesie, one woman imagines a banner. From the ragged scrap of a dress, another imagines a downtown protest. Using bits and pieces of fabric, these embroiderers construct elaborate scenes from their everyday lives and their country’s history. Read more »

Fear of an Immigrant Nation: How Many Generations Until We Are Considered Americans?

When there are no imagined external threats left to blame a country’s problems on, who will count as American then? Read more »

My President Loves to Read

When Obama talks about the power and meaning that he has gleaned from books, I hear the words of every person I’ve ever known who loves to read. Read more »

Serena Williams Got Engaged to Reddit's Cofounder: Why Bigots, Black Men, and Feminists Care

At some point during the past decade, Hollywood decided that mixed couples just aren’t controversial anymore. The reality tells a different story. Read more »

Jeff Sessions is a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Jeff Sessions’s strategy at his confirmation hearing was to approach every question with a nice voice and a smile, praise for his questioners, careful phrasing, and a conveniently foggy memory. Read more »

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Politically Correct Language Isn't Just About Being Polite—It's About Survival

Photo by Phillipe Leroyer (Creative Commons). Two weeks ago, Jonathan Chait published the lengthy essay “Not a Very P.C.... Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Anti-Choice Hidden Camera Edition

Tool-in-pimp's-clothing James O'Keefe's laughable costume and douchebag seduction methods have mostly discredited his conservative... Read more »

Trans Women Are Women. Why Do We Have to Keep Saying This?

Caitlin Jenner posing on the cover of Vanity Fair This Sunday, the New York Times ran an op-ed by... Read more »