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Category: Essay

A View from Third Base?–Historian Karen Ferguson on Cory Booker and the Legacy of Racial Liberalism

Booker’s concurrent troubles in leading Newark and success as a political celebrity demonstrate how the rise of elite black figures in America is not the culmination of the fight for racial equality, as the story is often told, but is rather the consummation of an elite white strategy begun in the late 1960s to bring exceptional African Americans into the highest echelons of American culture and society with few benefits for those left behind.

Jean-Christian Vinel on The Irony of Vance v. Ball State University

To anyone who has followed American labor law in the last fifteen years or so, the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Vance v. Ball State University is full of irony. Indeed, the Court’s new, narrow definition of “supervisor” does not simply limit the liability of companies in discrimination cases. It also stands in stark contrast to the much broader definition that conservatives have pushed in the context of the National Labor Relations Act, where the designation “supervisor” can be used to bar workers from unionizing.

Authentic Mock Scrapple

Blinder Panhaas is a great dish for the frugal cook to have in her repertoire: the recipe is essentially a means to turn leftover cooking stock and some basic kitchen staples into a tasty accompaniment

School Reform Then and Now: Legacies of the Civil Rights Era

Revisiting the 1960s shows us that the civil rights era left a dual legacy in school reform, half of which echoes loudly today and half of which is too often ignored. The part that still echoes is an ethos of accountability: sixties-era activists and educators helped to pioneer the idea that urban schools should be held accountable for student achievement. The part that is being ignored is a recognition that achievement is also powerfully shaped by what goes on outside of schools—especially the effects of poverty. Unfortunately, neglect of the latter lesson is seriously undermining the potentially useful impact of the former one.