A short story

Janelle was surprised when the butler asked her to come up to the bedroom. He looked disapproving, stiffly leading the way upstairs, as though he thought her unworthy to be allowed anywhere farther than the lowest floor where the gym was. Janelle followed him through the apartment; there was gold everywhere, on the floors and …

Why Obama shouldn’t have had to ‘show his papers’ – GOLDIE TAYLOR of THE GRIO

“Show me your papers!” Major Blackard, then just 19 years old, dug into his trousers in search of his wallet. He patted his jacket, but could not find his billfold. “Sir, I done left my wallet…” Blackard said. Before he could finish his sentence, the young man was posted against the brick wall, cuffed and …

The First White President The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy. This essay is drawn from Ta-Nehisi Coates’s new book, We Were Eight Years in Power.

IT IS INSUFFICIENT TO STATE the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office through the passive power of whiteness—that bloody heirloom which cannot ensure mastery of all events but …

Is ‘Make America Great Again’ Racist? Marissa Melton VOA

Daryl Davis, a black musician who has made a practice of befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan, says he knows exactly what racists hear in the slogan "Make America Great Again." Donald Trump "won the election on one word, one word only. And that word was 'again,' " Davis says. "When was 'again?' " …

Trump is emboldening racists. This will end disastrously. ThisWeek

Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesThe Trump presidency will end poorly. It's been evident from long before he officially announced his campaign that Donald Trump was catastrophically unfit for any government service, let alone the most powerful elected office in the country. The first seven months of his administration have been a cascading series of failures, scandals, and …