Blog Profile / Slate: Jamelle Bouie

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Archived Since:June 9, 2008

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Easy AA

In 2008, Abigail Fisher, who is white, sued the University of Texas–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

The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes

Usually, when we say “American slavery” or the “American slave trade,” we mean the American colonies or, later, the United States. But as we discussed in Episode 2 of Slate’s History of American Slavery Academy, relative to the entire slave trade, North America was a bit player. Show More Summary

What Was “Gradual Emancipation”?

This is a free excerpt of The History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. To listen to Episode 3 in its entirety, visit the show page. To access all features of this Slate Academy, and to learn more about enrolling, visit...Show More Summary

Eviction Notice

Three days ago, Republicans were struggling to answer questions on the Confederate battle flag, which flies on the South Carolina state capitol grounds in Columbia. Even under ordinary circumstances, national Republicans have a hard time with the flag. Show More Summary

The “I Would Build A Great Wall” Edition

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The Deadly History of “They’re Raping Our Women”

Amid his Wednesday night rampage at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina—killing nine people—21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof reportedly told churchgoers, “You rape our women, and you’re taking over our...Show More Summary

Criminal Neglect

You have a choice: You can have brutal, abusive policing. Or you can have no policing at all. That’s the implied message from the Baltimore police officers engaged in a deliberate slowdown, which started after prosecutors charged six of their colleagues in the death of Freddie Gray. Show More Summary

Is Rachel Dolezal Black Just Because She Says She Is?

Rachel Dolezal is president of the Spokane, Washington chapter of the NAACP. She chairs a city police oversight commission. She jokes about being watched for a “black” reaction at movie theaters, and she posts photos of her “natural” curls. Show More Summary

Poor Judgment

On Tuesday, we learned Sen. Marco Rubio is bad with money. When he entered public life in 2000, he had little to his name and a mountain of debt. “[H]e reported a net worth of zero, about $150,000 in student loan debt, and $30,000 in...Show More Summary

Our Segregated Summers 

On Friday, a group of black teenagers went to 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

This Week’s Worst Person in Westeros: Stannis Baratheon

After each episode in Game of Thrones Season 5, we’ll be discussing a crucial question: Who is currently the Worst Person in Westeros? This week, Slate assistant editor Miriam Krule is joined by Slate staff writer Jamelle Bouie. Miriam...Show More Summary

The Hawks Return

Among the first polls of 2009 was a postmortem of the Bush administration. On the eve of Barack Obama’s inauguration, pollsters asked where Americans stood on the outgoing president and his deputy, Dick Cheney. With an approval rating of 22 percent, Bush was the least popular president in Gallup’s seven-decade history of presidential polling. Show More Summary

Inside the Slave Ship

This episode of the Academy is available free to all Slate readers to preview our inaugural Slate Academy. Enroll now to access all features of the Academy. Visit to learn more. In episode 2 of The History of American...Show More Summary

Why Are So Many Republicans With No Chance Running for President?

No one will blame you if you can’t keep track of the Republican presidential field. It’s huge. If you count declared candidates, prospectives, and announced aspirants, you have 18 people from across the Republican ideological spectrum: Sen. Show More Summary

Our Best Presidents Are Flip-Floppers

Every presidential election cycle has its designated “flip-flopper,” the candidate attacked for his insincerity, inauthenticity, and lack of “resolve.” In 2004, it was Sen. John Kerry, who was famously for the Iraq war before he was against it. Show More Summary

All in the Family

Hillary Clinton is sprinting away from Bill. In the short month since she’s been an official candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, she’s renounced his criminal justice policies—pledging an end to the “era of mass incarceration”...Show More Summary

Clinton’s Immigration Game Changer

For the second time in two weeks, Hillary Clinton has surprised progressives. Last week, in the aftermath of rioting in Baltimore, she gave a strong speech on criminal justice reform, endorsing body cameras and police reform, and calling...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

Ben Carson Is No Herman Cain

As Ben Carson begins his run for the 2016 Republican nomination—he officially announced his campaign on Monday at a music hall in Detroit—it’s easy to compare him with Herman Cain, the last black American to play presidential politics in the GOP. Show More Summary

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