Two new books take radically different approaches to these questions of race introspection — one academic, the other anecdotal. Both are mature and serious works that seek to get us past our laziest assumptions about race. Each managed to expand my notion of what it means to be black in America, and why it matters.
An August video of Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren on the campaign trail is heating up on the internet, and some commentators are pointing to the clip – in which Warren makes a case for progressive economic policies – as evidence that the newly minted Democratic candidate could give incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown a run for his money.
Roosevelt Institute Fellow Dorian Warren joined guest host Melissa Harris-Perry on The Last Word [08/18/2011] to discuss what she calls the “recession generation”: young people graduating into this economic morass. And what do they have to look forward to if things keep going the way they are? Dorian’s answer: “An American nightmare, not an American dream.”
A protest that began in utter dysfunction has given way to a fairly organized movement with a base camp for its most stalwart members, now numbering more than 300 people, who have slept in the park for 12 nights straight–and who say they intend to stay.