race

August Wilson’s 1990 Spin Essay on Fences: “I Don’t Want to Hire Nobody Just ‘Cause They’re Black”

"I don't want to hire nobody just 'cause they're black." Eddie Murphy said that to me. We were sitting in his house in New Jersey…
August Wilson / February 22, 2017

A U.N. Panel Just Advocated for Slavery Reparations in the U.S.

In 2014, Ta-Nehisi Coates published "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic, turning a political issue that had spent years on the sidelines into a…
Andy Cush / September 28, 2016

Ice Cream Truck Song Has Appallingly Racist Origins

The United States' benighted history on matters of race lingers in various subtle and not-so-subtle ways, but it can still be a shock to recall…
Marc Hogan / May 12, 2014