Blog Profile / Slate: Jamelle Bouie

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The “The Living Will Envy the Dead” Edition

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Slavery Myths Debunked

A certain resistance to discussion about the toll of American slavery isn’t confined to the least savory corners of the Internet. Last year, in an unsigned (and now withdrawn) review of historian Ed Baptist’s book The Half Has NeverShow More Summary

The “Giving Tree” Bonus Segment

Last week, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced that he would resign from his post and leave Congress by the end of October. In this Political Gabfest extra, hosts Emily Bazelon, Jamelle Bouie, and David Plotz gather to talk about...Show More Summary

Our George Wallace

In Dallas, Donald Trump was a rock star. When he slammed “illegals,” his audience of 16,000 whooped. When he promised to build a wall on the Mexican border, they hollered. And when he closed his event—“You’re going to say to your children,...Show More Summary

The Black American Holiday Everyone Should Celebrate but Doesn’t

Last year, Jamelle Bouie explained the significance of the underappreciated holiday of Juneteenth, which is celebrated today. The article is reprinted below. Officially, the Emancipation Proclamation freed “all persons held as slaves...Show More Summary

Republicans Are Not on the Edge of Extinction

The Republican Party controls Congress, the majority of governorships, and the majority of statehouses. But, argues Daniel McGraw in Politico Magazine, it’s dying. Literally. “Since the average Republican is significantly older than the average Democrat, far more Republicans than Democrats have died since the 2012 elections,” he writes. Show More Summary

A Living Landmark

On Wednesday night, a gunman—identified as 21-year-old Dylann Roof of Columbia, South Carolina—murdered nine people at a weekly prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Among the dead is 41-year-old Rev. Show More Summary

White Out

There’s no question that white Americans prefer white neighborhoods. As I noted in a Wednesday column, “20 percent of whites said their ideal neighborhood was all white … [a]nd only 25 percent of white respondents said they would live...Show More Summary

A Tax on Blackness

In 1934, Homer Hoyt wrote a dissertation—“One Hundred Years of Land Values in Chicago: The Relationship of the Growth of Chicago to the Rise of Its Land Values, 1830–1933”—that ranked various races and nationalities by order of “desirability.”...Show More Summary

Two Americas

On Monday, if you were paying attention, you caught a glimpse of our ultrapolarized future. Specifically, you saw two speeches from two candidates on opposite ends of the ideological divide. First was Hillary Clinton’s marquee speech...Show More Summary

Cheap Talk

Thus far, the Democrats’ anti-inequality agenda has focused on redistribution. Barack Obama wants free community college and tax credits for child care, congressional Democrats want a $12 minimum wage, and Hillary Clinton has endorsed paid family leave. Show More Summary

Easy AA

In 2008, Abigail Fisher, who is white, sued the University of Texas at Austin for race discrimination. The school rejected her, and she blamed its affirmative action program, which considers race and ethnicity in a “holistic review” of certain candidates. Show More Summary

A New Southern Heritage

Midway through his eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the slain pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama spoke on the Confederate flag, which still flew at the state Capitol in Columbia. Show More Summary

Our Segregated Summers 

On Friday a group of black teenagers went to a community pool in McKinney, Texas. They were there for a pool party, advertised on social media. At some point, not long after they arrived, nearby residents—who were white—began to harass the swimmers. Show More Summary

A Swing and a Miss

There’s a certain rhythm to Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, the most recent tome from conservative writer Peter Schweizer. Take his chapter on the Clintons...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Hits the GOP on Voter Suppression

On Thursday, Hillary Clinton received the Barbara Jordan Public-Private Leadership Award at the historically black Texas Southern University in Houston. A former member of the House of Representatives, Jordan was the first black congresswoman...Show More Summary

Democrats, Don’t Freak Out!

George W. Bush is popular again. According to a new poll from CNN, the majority of Americans—52 percent—have a “favorable” view of Bush, versus 43 percent who still aren’t keen on the former president. And while he isn’t as popular as...Show More Summary

Balancing Act

There’s no question that, after almost eight years of President Obama, the Democratic Party is more liberal than it’s been in a generation. Today’s Democrats support same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, favor universal health care, endorse criminal justice reform and Wall Street regulation, and want stronger action on climate change. Show More Summary

Left Field

Looking at the Democratic primary as a movie, a film critic might say that Sen. Bernie Sanders is a little “on-the-nose” as an antagonist to Hillary Clinton. He is her reverse. Where Hillary is well-known (and to many women, an icon), he is obscure. Show More Summary

A Rand for All Seasons

For four years, Rand Paul has been running for president. And for those four years, he’s tried to be a different kind of Republican. He went to Howard University to win over black Americans, to Silicon Valley to win the technology set,...Show More Summary

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