Reading Time: 3 minutes A solid majority of Americans agree that blacks in the US are still suffering the consequences of 250 years of slavery. But what should be done about it? The House of Representatives is taking a look today on how a historic wrong can be righted.
Reading Time: 5 minutes A small group of states, mostly in the South, have a question on their voter registration form about race/ethnicity. Why? And what effect does it have?
Reading Time: 2 minutes Fifty years on, the promise of the Fair Housing Act is largely unfulfilled: blacks and whites still predominantly live in different neighborhoods. Is it time for fair-housing advocates to go back to the drawing board?
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy podcaster Jeff Schechtman gets the lowdown on the federal investigation into the death of Michael Brown at the hands of a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. What was that really about? Was there more to it than an isolated event? In short, yes. Find out in this interview with an NAACP official what systemic issues played a role in generating the deep anger in Ferguson—and throughout the country.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The South Carolina church shootings are no anomaly. Americans are senselessly gunned down—at a rate of 30 per day (excluding suicides and accidents). Gun advocates who want no meaningful restrictions, ostensibly to protect themselves, put all of us at risk. Yet those advocating universal disarmament are not practical. But here’s a third way.
Reading Time: 1 minute WhoWhatWhy Founder and Editor in Chief Russ Baker, author of the definitive book on the Bush dynasty, Family of Secrets, offers some insights into Jeb Bush you may not hear elsewhere.
Reading Time: 6 minutes From time to time, WhoWhatWhy will bring you unusual perspectives you probably won’t find elsewhere. You may agree or disagree, but you can be sure it’ll be thought-provoking. This piece from Victor Wallis, who teaches history and politics at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, argues that putting forth a token person or effort to mark progress in issues of gender, race or environment may hamper advancement.
WORTH READING: The Censorship Business, US Still Segregated, Don’t Shoot (Your Camera)!, No Cars Allowed
Reading Time: 2 minutes The Censorship Business You may have heard how the revolutions across the Middle East were spurred by Facebook and Twitter. You probably also know that the governments blocked these websites to counter the protestors. But you probably didn’t know that the technology used to censor these sites comes from US based company McAfee. Read more Read More