Jamil Smith
Senior Editor

You, Too, Can Prevent Police Brutality
The DOJ's Ferguson probe shows why we need to get proactive
March 04, 2015

The DOJ's report on Ferguson shows why we need to prevent, not just punish, law enforcement abuses.

Working on the Race Beat
The future of racial coverage at The New York Times and elsewhere
March 01, 2015

The future of racial coverage at The New York Times and elsewhere.

Black Storytellers Matter
Why it's important that August Wilson spoke about the black experience
February 28, 2015

A new documentary about playwright August Wilson evokes personal memories for a writer with shared Pittsburgh roots.

Bill Bratton's Rhetorical Reparations
The NYPD commish strikes the right note, but real reform still waits
February 24, 2015

What the NYPD commissioner's Black History Month remarks signify.

Obama Loves America, But Not the One Giuliani Does
February 20, 2015

The former mayor's softer brand of birtherism.

The Worst Way to Address Campus Rape
Two ideas that are so bad, they're dangerous
February 19, 2015

Two ideas that are so bad, they're dangerous.

The Kids Are Grown Now, Rev. Sharpton
Why the reverend was wrong to patronize younger activists
February 04, 2015

The Rev. Al Sharpton thinks young activists are being hoodwinked into hating him.

Who's Afraid of Marshawn Lynch?
Seattle didn't give the ball to their star running back—and some of his teammates say politics may have played a part
February 02, 2015

Seattle didn't give the ball to their star running back—and some of his teammates say politics may have played a part.

The Invisible Josh Gordon
The troubled NFL player's letter was a plea not for help, but to be seen
January 30, 2015

The troubled NFL player's letter was a plea not for help, but to be seen.

Republicans Are Still Trying to Redefine Rape
Only their tactics have changed
January 28, 2015

Their tactics have changed, that's all.

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