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Articles from Vol. 267, No. 20, December 14

A Tale of Two Movements
FROM THE NAACP TO BOSTON'S ELLA J. BAKER HOUSE, SEARCHING FOR INSPIRATION. To reach the headquarters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in northwest Baltimore, you turn onto Ben L. Hooks Drive, park in the lot outside...
Beyond Color-Blindness
RACE IS NOT AN OBSTACLE BUT A STARTING POINT FOR PROGRESSIVE ORGANIZING. In Chicago this past June, some 2,000 African-American activists came together for several days to map strategies for rebuilding the black freedom movement. The Black Radical...
Decline of the West?
Get rid of no-fault divorce. Legalize covenant marriage. Let schools ban students who are pregnant or "who impregnate someone" from extracurricular activities. Favor married couples over single parents in the distribution of public housing and give...
Enemy of the State
You might describe Enemy of the State as a two-hour chase sequence in which nobody goes anywhere. There's no place to go. Gone are the walking-around, driving-through spaces of your waking experience; vanished, the chutes and ladders of the dream world....
History of an Idea
IMPROVING LIVES, NOT RACIAL MIXING, IS THE MOTIVATING IMPULSE OF BLACK POLITICS. Today, "integration" is either a bloodless construct measured by statistics, which can hide as much as they reveal, or a statement of an ideal that floats above actual...
Integration: What's Left?
BLACK RADICALS BEGAN THE ASSAULT ON WHITE PRIVILEGE. NOW IT'S TIME TO FINISH IT. The term "racial integration" has always sat rather uncomfortably in left circles, especially among black radicals. Antiracism, racial justice, desegregation, even...
Loving Thy Neighborhood
INTERRACIAL BARBECUES WON'T SOLVE ALL OUR PROBLEMS. BUT THEY'RE A GOOD START At 39, I'm finally learning how to Double Dutch. My patient instructors are LaPorcha and Toria, two 14-year-olds who live around the corner and are clearly amused by my...
Postmodern Daze
FOR A NEW BLACK PROFESSIONAL CLASS, IDENTITY IS EVERYTHING--AND NOTHING. As the millennium approaches, the color line is everywhere a shambles. The public sphere is racially diverse and African-Americans are part of the power elite. Black generals...
Reclaiming Integration
Integration, the ideal that once inspired an interracial mass movement to dream of a better America, has lately fallen into disuse or disfavor. Books continue to appear with the word in their titles, but most seem resigned to integration's failure,...
The News from Quinn-Broderville
In this country's last great debate on American democracy, Walter Lippmann decided it was more trouble than it was worth. Writing in the early twenties, Lippmann famously compared the average citizen to a deaf spectator sitting in the back row. He...
Was George Orwell a Snitch?
There is a reason people persist in reading even the occasional journalism of George Orwell, as opposed to the roughly contemporary output of (say) Walter Duranty or Mike Gold. This continued interest has to do with Orwell's apparent prescience about...
Where We Live, in Black and White
Despite impressions to the contrary, in America today blacks and whites continue to live in separate neighborhoods, and residential segregation remains a powerful force undermining the well-being of African-Americans. Stephan and Abigail Thernstrom,...