Blog Profile / Slate: Jamelle Bouie

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For More Than 100 Years, Historians Doubted the Autobiographies of Slaves

This episode of the Academy is now 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 this bonus edition of The History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy, special guest Dr. Show More Summary

Bad Polls

Has Hillary Clinton just collapsed as a general election candidate? Judging from the most recent polls, the answer is yes. That is, if you ignore all the lessons of the last presidential election. On Wednesday, Quinnipiac University released “swing state polls” in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia. Show More Summary

Trump’s Not Done Yet

On Saturday, during a Republican presidential forum in Iowa, candidate Donald Trump questioned the heroic bona fides of former nominee and Arizona Sen. John McCain, a naval aviator who spent five years in a North Vietnamese prison camp. Show More Summary

More Than a Food Fight

If you were plotting a fissure point for liberals in the 2016 election, you might look to the divide between Hillary Clinton supporters and everyone to their left. But so far, that’s been a quiet divide. Clinton has refrained from attacks on her liberal critics, and the left-wing candidate in the race—Vermont Sen. Show More Summary

Made in Wisconsin

After six months of speeches, fundraisers, and cattle calls, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is making it official: He’s running for president. Unlike most other candidates in this overstuffed melee of a nomination fight—thus far, thereShow More Summary

The Audio Book Club Visits Station Eleven

To listen to the Audio Book Club discussion of Station Eleven, click the arrow on the player below. Subscribe in iTunes ? RSS feed ? Download ? Play in another tab This month Slate critics Jamelle Bouie, Hanna Rosin, and Katy Waldman discuss the award-winning post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven. Show More Summary

The GOP Base Loves Trump

There’s no world in which Donald Trump is a serious candidate for president. Republican elites don’t want him, Republican donors don’t want him, and if—through some cosmic fluke—he managed to win a major primary, every strategist and...Show More Summary

If You See a Chance, Take It

With his announcement Tuesday to a gymnasium full of supporters in the Livingston, New Jersey, high school he once attended, Chris Christie is the 14 th Republican to enter the presidential race. Americans, he said Tuesday, are “filled...Show More Summary

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

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