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Race in America

Vox's home for coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight for racial justice in America.

The land of the free leads the world in incarceration. Why?

The Juneteenth flag, explained

Democracy in America is a rigged game

There’s no freedom without reparations

3 Black women couldn’t find a place their families felt safe. So they bought a town.

Juneteenth merch is American consumerism at its most crass

Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of freedom. It’s a monument to America’s failures.

The holiday observes the emancipation of enslaved people. Let it also be a time to consider the hypocrisies of the American experiment.

The case against SCOTUS

What happens when The Real World turns you into an “Angry Black Woman”

A new Supreme Court case makes George W. Bush look like a racial justice crusader

How Black North Carolinians pay the price for the world’s cheap bacon

What an anti-lynching law means in 2022

Clarence Thomas’s long fight against fair and democratic elections

The impossible task of truth and reconciliation

Commissions are a common tool to expose atrocities after war and genocide. Reconciliation is harder to come by.

The simplest, most revolutionary approach to ending poverty

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers convicted on federal hate crimes charges

The philosopher King

Can Whoopi Goldberg’s public history lesson actually do some good?

A new Supreme Court case could make it nearly impossible to stop racial gerrymanders

Retiring Justice Stephen Breyer’s nearly 28 years on the Supreme Court, explained

The Supreme Court will hear two cases that are likely to end affirmative action

A physicist’s lessons about race, power, and the universe

Lawyers left racism out of the trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s death. Here’s why.

The significance of the guilty verdicts in Arbery’s murder

Kyle Rittenhouse’s tears

The lofty goals and short life of the antiracist book club

After George Floyd’s death, many white Americans formed book clubs. A year later, they’re wondering, "What now?"

How Netflix’s adaptation of Passing reflects the novel’s time — and ours

Ahmaud Arbery and the case for getting rid of citizen’s arrests

The anti-antiracist

R. Kelly was convicted. Are we finally listening to Black women?

Why America keeps turning its back on Haitian migrants

Critical race theory bans are making teaching much harder

Arizona launches a bold new experiment to limit racist convictions

How Martha’s Vineyard became a Black summertime sanctuary

Cops at the schoolyard gate

Reckoning with the theft of Native American children

Why America’s story requires revision

“Race norming” and the long legacy of medical racism, explained

Movies like Summer of Soul can reclaim America’s important buried history

Chauvin’s prison sentence is still not justice

What the hysteria over critical race theory is really all about

Juneteenth, explained

Ibram X. Kendi on anti-racism, Juneteenth, and the reckoning that wasn’t

Is there an uncontroversial way to teach America’s racist history?

Why it took 100 years for America to learn about the Tulsa massacre