Race, Class, & Immigration

The intersectionality of racism, classism, and immigration policy is as pertinent today as in the past. Who is deemed legal and illegal, afforded full citizenship rights or not, is almost always determined by master-class politics and race.

Charleston and Donald Trump

By Lisa Brock, Senior Editor and Academic Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina (Darryl Brooks/

Like many, my heart was broken upon hearing that 21 year-old Dylann Roof staked out the historic Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and after sitting in prayer with the elderly and welcoming parishioners, yelled, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country, and you have to go.” On that tragic day, June 17, 2015, he methodically murdered nine people with the intent to kill more.

Because Roof was seen in photos linking his racist beliefs to the Confederate flag, because he slaughtered people in a church and because he killed a known and respected member of South Carolina’s State House of Representatives, the state’s politicians were finally shamed into heeding the four decades old call by black and progressive residents to remove the flag from the capitol grounds. After two days of emotional debate in the State House the flag was brought down on July 10, 2015 at 10 am.

State Representative Jenny Anderson Horne, a descendant of Jefferson Davis, leader of the Confederacy, said this in a raw and tearful plea as she pointed to black state representatives in the House Chambers:

“This flag offends my friend Mia McCloud, my friend John King, my friend Rev. Neal. I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful, such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday.”

And she continued in her appeal, if this “is not done now, one is telling the widow of Senator Pickney and his two children that they do not matter…” (more…)

Rethinking Truth-In-Sentencing in Illinois

By Joseph Dole We are all aware of the dire fiscal state that Illinois currently finds itself in. One of the main causes of this has been years of passing laws without any consideration of the financial costs of their … Continue reading

Urban Planning in the Era of New Jim Crow

By Ryan Lugalia-Hollon | Next City 1996, the year the War on Poverty was to be won, nearly one of every three young black men in America was under correctional supervision, whether in prison, on probation or on parole. Starting … Continue reading


Praxis Center gives thanks to the educators who conceived of #Charlestonsyllabus, compiled the list of readings, and disseminated this rich inventory of resources. #Charlestonsyllabus is reprinted here with permission. #Charlestonsyllabus was conceived by Chad Williams (@Dr_ChadWilliams), Associate Professor of African and … Continue reading

Charleston and American Values

By Denise Miller “…it is not permissible that the authors of devastation should also be innocent. It is the innocence which constitutes the crime.” ― James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time It is important for me to be able to write … Continue reading

Digna and Me: Cuba, Race & Transnational Solidarity

By Lisa Brock, Senior Editor and Academic Director, Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced to great excitement that he planned to modify the 55-year-old US blockade against Cuba. Given that Congress passed major … Continue reading

Youth Resistance Unleashed: Black Lives Matter

By Bernardine Dohrn “Those who kill their own children and discriminate daily against them because of the color of their skin; those who let the murderers of blacks remain free, protecting them, and furthermore punishing the black population because they … Continue reading

Michigan in Color: “Your people”

By Allana Akhtar Originally published on Michigan in Color A few weeks after 9/11, I remember walking down the playground with my best friends, Maureen and Kathleen, after a tiring day of first-grade arithmetic and grammar. I was a timid, … Continue reading