On Aug. 26, 2020, the NBA players made a clear statement. They were in control and the decision to play, or not to, was theirs and theirs alone. When the Milwaukee Bucks decided that they weren’t going to play a Postseason Game 5, expecting to forfeit, they told the world that their values and the needs of their community took precedence over the...
The Austin City Council’s recent decision to reduce the police department’s budget by about 5 percent represents an opening salvo in national efforts to reimagine public safety in the wake of the May 25 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests that have gripped the nation since. Efforts to transform the criminal justice system have grown since the Black Lives...
In this wide-ranging conversation, Urbānitūs Associate Editor Robert Brehm and Professor Harvey J. Kaye thumb through the pages of Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. The book, a collection of Kaye’s speeches and essays, is author and historian Kaye’s manifesto to remember, redeem, and embrace the American radical story from the nation’s founding to the Emancipation Proclamation, the New Deal...
In March 1956 the elected leaders of the Southern states pledged to defend school segregation, despite civil rights pressures and Supreme Court rulings demanding racial reforms. The authors of the “Southern Manifesto” pressured elected officials to sign on to its Jim Crow rhetoric, promising to mobilize angry mobs of White voters against anyone who defied. Nineteen U.S. senators and 82 members of the...
What follows below, synthesized and condensed, are brief, one-minute clips of the arguments made by a broad spectrum of panelists from an online discussion recorded Sept. 4. Also, we include here brief, edited text summaries of the insights offered by our eight panelists and our moderator, Dr. Richard J. Reddick of the University of Texas at Austin.
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Not so fast, argues the head of iconic Austin City Limits to those who fear the pandemic will sweep away both the city’s claim as the world’s live music capital and the artists who make it happen.
Yes, the pain that has shuttered venues, cancelled festivals and devastated incomes of artists and so many others in Austin’s creative economy is...
Review: The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, by Katherine J. Cramer, 2016, 281 pp., University of Chicago Press
With just over sixty days between now and the most consequential election of our lives, there is no shortage of commentary on the fact that the decision will not really be made at the...
The 57th anniversary of the March on Washington, the most heralded civil rights demonstration in American history, takes place against the backdrop of police and white vigilante violence against Black people.
The police shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday, August 23 has catalyzed nationwide protests calling for the reimagining of public safety in...
Healthy moms, healthy dads, a healthy birth and having a strong, healthy foundation in the earliest years of life are essential for children’s long term success. As a state and nation we were failing the youngest even before COVID-19. But now, the pandemic has thrown these challenges into high relief, argues Stephanie Rubin, CEO of Texans Care for Children, a statewide advocacy group.
The border of Mexico
1,006 miles away
from the hospital
where I was born.
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had I been born,
to the south
my destiny would be
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