The American Prospect

A monthly political journal of liberal though. Contains articles that generate debate, further ideas, and set agendas; and provides a forum for working through the controversies and hard choices facing all Americans. Includes regular topics and features.

Articles from Vol. 22, No. 3, April

Are Twitter and Facebook Crucial for Social Change?
MONICA POTTS: With all the revolutions throughout the Arab world, one thing is clear: Facebook and Twitter are really as life-changing as we think they are. GABRIEL ARANA: There's no doubt that they've eased social interaction, but I don't see a...
Blind Spot: How Reactionary Colorblindness Has Infected Our Courts-And Our Politics
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne knows racism when he sees it, and he isn't afraid to publicly castigate the most recent agents of race hate. Horne is an outspoken opponent of racism in a state roiling with tensions about "illegal aliens" and "anchor...
Compromised Rights
For those of us concerned about women's health, the first few months of the 112th Congress have felt a lot like the early days of the George W. Bush administration. Republicans have introduced a cascade of anti-choice bills, each more appalling than...
CPAC: Infiltrated by Radicals? Grover Norquist Takes on the Right's Islamophobic Conspiracy Theorists
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Call it the theology of Grover Norquist. "The other side isn't stupid; they're evil," Norquist, chair of Americans for Tax Reform and board member of the American Conservative Union, told a crowd at the Conservative Political...
Home Disadvantage: A Small Seattle Community Battles Health Disparities That Disproportionately Affect the Poor and People of Color
Bill Owens, a 52-year-old small)business owner, loves his Seattle neighborhood of South Park for its racial and ethnic diversity. Owens has become close to his neighbors of Vietnamese, Korean, Mexican, Guatemalan, and Jamaican descent. Yet Owens and...
Immigrant Youth Activists Dare to DREAM
Ecuadorian-born Gaby Pacheco was brought to the U.S. by her parents in 1993, when she was 7. By the time Pacheco was 18 and a student at Miami Dade College in Florida, she had started advocating for education rights for undocumented youth like her....
Oakland Youth Groups Focus on Local Issues
In Oakland, California, the high school dropout rate is 40 percent. Nearly one-quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds live in poverty. The city's youth clearly faces daunting odds, but efforts to organize young Oakland residents demonstrate the power of local...
Our Town: A Chicago Suburb Proves That America's Neighborhoods Don't Have to Be Drawn across Racial Lines
Malaika Jenkins, a 36-year-old African American marketing director, recently moved from Southern California to Oak Park, a racially diverse first-ring suburb at the west edge of Chicago. It's a community where Frank Lloyd Wright's prairie-style homes...
Polling Prejudice: Public Opinion on Race Is Often Inconsistent. Does Political Science Have the Tools to Capture All Forms of Racism?
In the past 70 years, there has been a tide shift in the publicly shared attitudes of white Americans toward African Americans. Some of the earliest public-opinion polls in the 1940s found that an overwhelming majority (about two-thirds) of whites...
Race Talk in the Obama Era: The Paradoxical Reticence of America's First Black President and How Progressives Must Fill the Vacuum
"Race talk" has occupied a contradictory place in Barack Obama's political strategy. On the one hand, Obama has made it newly salient. The speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004 that elevated him to political stardom focused on his vision...
Reading Red: What the Now Books by Republican Presidential Hopefuls Tell Us about the State of the Conservative Movement
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In 1852, Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Life of Franklin Pierce about his friend and Bowdoin College classmate who was running for president. If they wished, Hawthorne wrote, Americans could elect Pierce's opponent and "retard...
Reshaping the Electorate
The story of the Democratic Party--at least during those times when the party has advanced progressive causes--has been a story of expanding the franchise. From the time of Andrew Jackson, when Democrats eliminated the property requirements for white...
Revisiting Race-Neutral Politics: The Sociologist and Scholar William Julius Wilson Revises His Stance on Whether Democrats Should Put Race on the Agenda
In 1990, sociologist William Julius Wilson wrote a provocative article for this magazine, Race-Neutral Politics and the Democratic Coalition," arguing that Democrats should de-emphasize race-specific policies like affirmative action in favor of race-neutral...
Signing Away Our Rights: Increasingly, Corporations Trick Workers and Consumers into Giving Up Their Legal Rights by Forcing Arbitration of Disputes-And They Are Getting Help from Friendly Courts
In 2007, Antonio Jackson, an African American worker at the Rent-a-Center store in Washoe County, Nevada, concluded that he had been repeatedly denied promotion to sales manager because of his race. He complained to his store manager, the corporate...
The Melting Pot: How Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Can Divide a Community-And What Can Be Done to Unite Residents
When 19-year-old Tyler Waltz was a child, Fairfield, Ohio, was a typical Midwestern town. In the small suburb 20 miles north of Cincinnati, life centered on sports and Catholic festivals. Teenagers hung out at the town's strip malls, its three bowling...
The Right Messengers: Can the Media Responsibly Cover Race? Only with the Guidance of a More Diverse Audience
In July 2010, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism released Media, Race and Obama's First Year. The white paper detailed what many already knew: The American media often does a terrible job of covering racial issues--and having...
The Serfs of Arkansas: Immigrant Farmers Are Flocking to the Poultry Industry-Only to Become 21st-Century Sharecroppers for Companies like Tyson
Shane Tawr doesn't remember exactly why he first decided to try his hand at chicken farming. Tawr had a government job in Milwaukee but wanted relief from the city's bustle. He decided in 2004 to head down to the Ozarks, buy a chicken farm, and work...
The White Fight: White Americans Must Embrace Racial Justice as Their Own Cause If We Hope to Achieve Widespread Equity
Fifty years ago, hundreds of young white and black Americans united to desegregate buses across the South. These Freedom Riders, as they came to be known, drew vivid attention to the inhumanity of segregation, and their collective action marked a turning...
Toward Racial Healing: We Must Work Together as a Nation to Confront and Defeat Racism
The following collection of essays offers a fresh assessment of the nature of racism in 21stcentury America and an examination of opportunities for healing it. The subject could not be more important. In many ways, race is a stain that runs across...
Whence the Revolution: For the Past Half-Decade, Egyptian Workers, Journalists, and Bloggers Have Increasingly, and Bravely, Been Standing Up to Their Government
After the policemen had sodomized the bus driver with a broomstick, and after one of the officers had sent a cell-phone video of the attack to other bus drivers in downtown Cairo to make clear that the cops could do as they pleased, and after someone...
Where Is the Party of Recovery?
The Republican-led House has passed a budget cutting more than $60 billion in domestic outlay this fiscal year, in a still fragile economy. Senior Republicans in both houses have also proposed slashing Social Security, setting up what should be a slam...
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