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Derrick Darby
Derrick Darby teaches philosophy at the University of Michigan. He writes on topics related to rights, race, social justice, and inequality in philosophy, law, and public policy. He is the author of Rights, Race, and Recognition, and co-editor of Hip Hop and Philosophy: Rhyme 2 Reason. For more information go to:

Entries by Derrick Darby

Flipping Wilson's Racist Legacy

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 5:42 PM

Co-author John Rury, Professor of Education and History (by courtesy) at the University of Kansas

Student protestors at Princeton want Woodrow Wilson's head to roll, and apparently the New York Times agrees, calling him "an unapologetic racist." Students elsewhere have garnered national attention calling for changes on campuses. At Princeton...

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LBJ's Unfinished Race War

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 3:26 PM

Fifty years ago, during his first State of the Union address, Lyndon B. Johnson -- the president from the last state to emancipate black slaves -- declared an "unconditional war on poverty in America." Its objective was to "open the gates of opportunity" to everyone, but especially to those living...

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Why We Still March on Washington

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 11:20 AM

Marchers came to Washington from near and far and from all walks of life on August 28, 1963. They came with courage and conviction and with hope for change and a better tomorrow.

As they witnessed violent resistance to desegregating public schools and to stamping out voter discrimination, some weary...

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Winning Can't Fix Everything

(1) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 12:53 PM

After Tiger Woods reclaimed the ranking of world's top golfer, Nike captured the moment with an ad unveiling a crouching Tiger stalking a putt with the slogan: "Winning takes care of everything." It's a slick ad with a false slogan.

Winning certainly cannot fix...

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Whose Vision of Freedom? Ron Paul or MLK

(76) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Ron Paul -- the same guy that was burned up by having a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr. -- declared in his New Hampshire second place finish speech that he wants to restore freedom to America. This sounds great until we realize that the kind...

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Hall of Fame Disses Conscious Rap

(29) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 3:49 PM

Did you know the Beastie Boys made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, but Eric B. & Rakim didn't? I know it's the "rock and roll" hall of fame not the "hip hop" hall of fame. Still, that's unbelievable to me.

I doubt that the...

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Education Run by the States? #ABadIdea

(44) Comments | Posted December 8, 2011 | 12:56 PM

Shifting power from the federal to state governments isn't the solution to education reform in America. It's a bad idea and it will only make a quality K-12 public school education for all children an unreachable ideal.

Steve Jobs attended public schools in a poor California neighborhood. He had the...
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