Blacked Out: Black Marginality and American Politics

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for two cases that could have major ramifications for black and brown Americans. One, Fisher vs. University of Texas, is a more-or-less standard “affirmative action is reverse racism” case that could potentially bar or severely restrict colleges and universities from considering race in the application process. The…

Political Messages of The Dark Knight Rises

Like millions of Americans, I watched The Dark Knight Rises this past weekend. It was entertaining. A good good-guy, a very bad bad-guy, and lots of explosions, shooting and hand to hand combat. But I couldn’t fully enjoy all of the action and plot twists because the political undertones of the movie were extremely troubling.…