I. Several months ago a slender volume on slavery and the United States Constitution by my friend Sean Wilentz waded ashore in Massachusetts, courtesy of Harvard University Press, found a friendly reception at Harvard itself, fought its way inland,...
Conor FriedersdorfHere’s more specificity from me: which side of the crucial, long-running debate discussed in this article is Beto on, the Frederick Douglas/Barack Obama side or the other side?
Is it OK to be white? The question is at once disingenuous, facetious, satirical, and self-parodic. It is also one of the consequential questions being posed in earnest by the moral and political vanguards of our time. The question invites the...
On a clear night last winter, a man in Venice Beach broke the quiet of the wee hours by standing in the middle of the street in front of my house and shouting violent threats.
Conor FriedersdorfI'm at a coffee shop where, a few years ago, a mentally ill person w/ a tiny knife was shot and killed by the LAPD as I watched. Outside is an angry, wailing mentally ill person. I'm worried someone will call the cops. In L.A. call 1-800-854-7771 instead.
An authoritarian fear of difference best explains the intolerance sweeping the Republican Party.
Conor Friedersdorf“What If the Left Was Right on Race?” A timely question by @cjane87.
This is my answer, informed by the must-read research of Karen Stenner.
Conor Friedersdorf“... their intolerance of difference was much broader than racism, encompassing racial and ethnic out-groups, political dissidents, and people they consider moral deviants. Authoritarians display distinct traits across very different domains of tolerance.”
This is going to be an uncharacteristic departure for me. This story is deeply personal, for our family, and for our oldest son in particular. But it is a story he’s letting me tell, because it is a story he wants people to hear.
Conor FriedersdorfIf mandatory national service were in place today, it would be run by Donald Trump. How would the Trump administration marshal the nation’s youths if it were able to compel the labor of each young man and woman, “no exceptions”?
Baltimore’s chief brand officer Sarah Schaffer rallied her team at Visit Baltimore early Saturday, almost immediately after President Donald Trump punched “Tweet” on his electronic missive denigrating Charm City.