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Background Briefing: Race in America

Race powerfully shapes the American experience. Race will shape our lives and our sense of self whether or not we have the expertise to recognize and to question its influence. I'm a cultural historian: I study pressures like that. View The Video or click the "read more" link below

Can a Woman Beat Trump? The Cultural Structure of #SexistRidicule

As women line up to run against Donald Trump, we can expect a florid display of sexist ridicule and crude appeals to male supremacy, which the Republican Party has defended for generations. What do we need to know—and how can we respond? All women are at risk here, not just the candidates.  

The Calls of Conscience: Northam and Political Expediency

Ralph Northam should resign. By the same moral standards, so should Trump. What does it say that Republican leaders have not told him so?

The Saved, the Damned, and the Wall: A Background Briefing for Progressives

Trump's white-Christian base supports him—and his wall—in defiance of everything taught by Jesus of Nazareth. The progressive Christian Left understands why. And we know what to do.