It’s not the end of racism, any more that electing and re-electing Barack Obama was the end of racism. But it might just be the end of pretending that racism doesn’t exist, the end of pretending that somehow talking about race is the real racism, the end of the idea that all we have to do to end racial discrimination is just announce that we’ll stop discriminating.

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Another painfully public tale of throwing your daughter under the bus is Rachel Dolezal. While the national discourse instantly tee-heed and tsk-tsked at a white woman identifying herself as black, immediately branding her as a freak, a fraud and a phony—we all missed the real story. Why are her parents on TV at all?

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After watching the big Jeb! announcement, all I could think of was that Hillary Clinton must be ecstatic. Come on. Who else would she rather run against — I mean, other than Lindsey Graham or Ted Cruz? Or Ben Carson or Mike Huckabee? Or Chris Christie or Bobby Jindal? Jeb! has a lot of things […]

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In 1915, Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker bought a hot dog stand in Coney Island and went about undercutting the boardwalk’s other restaurants by half. These five-cent sandwiches were so much cheaper than other offerings consumers were leery of their content. To counter this, Handwerker famously hired actors to wear lab coats and eat his hot […]

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