What if I told you the single most important solution to economic inequality isn’t an economic policy, it’s tackling racism? For the past 40 years, the right wing has peddled a winning strategy. It sells the economic agenda of the 1% to working- and middle-class white voters through a hidden...
In my latest at Salon I explore a new working paper by political scientists Stephen Ansolabehere and Brian Schaffner, the most comprehensive examination of voters and nonvoters that has ever been performed. As I note my piece, studies of non-voters have been difficult because of small samples and...
In the wake of higher  voter turnout in Ferguson, the city council now has three Black council members, up from only one before the election. This is a welcome change. As Demos has noted, the Ferguson city council is one of the many across the country in which Blacks are severely...
There’s a lot going down with policing these days. The flurry of action this week included an interim report from the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. It bears both good and bad news.  One weakness in the report is overarching and unavoidable: the federal government is limited...
What I learned from an Al-Jazeera America news segment last night: 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina could be arrested and charged as adults, in one of just two states in the nation where this is law. I also know that in North Carolina, as of last year, this same age group can no longer pre-...
Race. Racism. Politics. Critical race theory. Demos Senior Fellow and Constitutional law. Professor Ian Haney-López is the John H. Boalt Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, where he teaches in the areas of race and constitutional law. 
Nikole Hannah-Jones has written an important article for ProPublica about how the Fair Housing Act has failed to reduce racial segregation in America's housing market since its passage in 1968 -- or more accurately, how the FHA has been failed by a bipartisan political consensus against...
As the chart above shows, a remarkable and hopeful trend within the youth vote is the rise of the black youth vote.  In 2008, a greater share (63.9%) of black citizens under 30 overcame the unnecessary hurdles of registration than any other youth demographic, and a record 58% voted...
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The United States Student Association (“USSA”), the nation’s oldest and largest student- run, student-led organization, is comprised of more than four million students with diverse backgrounds who are currently enrolled in American colleges and universities.2 USSA submits this brief as amicus...
“People look at me like I should have been like Malcolm X or Martin Luther King or Rosa Parks,” Rodney King told to the Los Angeles Times this year. “But it’s hard to live up to some people’s expectations.” King’s brutal beating by police officers, and the riots provoked when white officers were...
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