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Scott Kurashige is professor of American culture, history, and Afroamerican & African Studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Shifting Grounds of Race: Black and Japanese Americans in the Making of Multiethnic Los Angeles (Princeton University Press, 2008), which received the American Historical Association’s 2008 Albert J. Beveridge Award “for the best book in English on the history of the United States, Latin America, or Canada from 1492 to the present.” He is also co-author of Grace Lee Boggs' The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century (University of California Press, 2011) He has over twenty years of experience as a grassroots activist and is a board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership based in Detroit, Michigan.

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Ronald and Me: How Michael Moore Shaped the Legacy of Vincent Chin

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 7:06 PM

Before Fahrenheit 9/11. Before Bowling for Columbine. Before even Roger and Me, Michael Moore was shaping the framing of Vincent Chin's murder. He wasn't at the forefront of any demonstrations or lawsuits. But as I learned while doing research for a forthcoming book on Asian-American community activism in...

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Dear America: Please Don't Ruin Jeremy Lin's Story

(44) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 6:41 PM

Dear America,

I'm sending you a plea on behalf of all Asian Americans. I know you're caught up in Linsanity just like we are. It's a beautiful thing to watch you gaze with jaws dropped at the exploits of the first Asian American marquee player in NBA history. But we...

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Egypt: The Epic Fail of the New York Times' Op-Ed Page

(55) Comments | Posted January 30, 2011 | 6:06 PM

Remarkably, the New York Times still (as of Jan. 30) has not run a single regular column or guest column focused on Egypt since the protests against the Mubarak dictatorship arose over the past week. This epic negligence and evasiveness speaks volumes about the poverty of public discourse in America....

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From Civility to Nonviolence: Honoring Dr. King

(0) Comments | Posted January 17, 2011 | 10:00 AM

In the aftermath of the Arizona shootings, there is a new call for civility in our political discourse. The crises of our time demand a common sense of purpose and collective action. On what would have been his 82nd birthday, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words ring as true...

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Meet Hansen Clarke: The Dems' Rising Star From Detroit

(10) Comments | Posted August 7, 2010 | 3:12 AM

Although George W. Bush and the Republicans partied hardest on election day 2004, one of the most far-reaching developments was the election of the previously obscure Barack Obama to the U.S. Senate. Most observers expect fall 2010 to bring more disappointment for the Democrats and their supporters. But the election...

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The Struggle of Hope vs. Fear Continues

(5) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 9:28 PM

I am listening to Barack Obama explain his order to escalate the war in Afghanistan. But I am really wondering how the millions of people who elected him, especially young people and communities of color, will respond.

2008 was a breakthrough year in American history. In part, this...

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Sever the Link Between Populism and Racism

(73) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 5:20 AM

David Brooks is a very clever and gifted writer. But his latest New York Times piece repudiating the role of race in the vitriolic backlash against Obama just doesn't pass muster.

At the core of Brooks's argument, which attempts to draw lessons from American history, is a false dichotomy...

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President Obama and the Work of Remaking America

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 10:18 AM

With tens of millions in America and worldwide breathlessly awaiting his words, Barack Obama spoke of the "gathering clouds" and "raging storms" of crisis brought on by our profligate ways.

The economic meltdown, he declared, is "a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our...

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Let's Invest in the Real Detroit

(11) Comments | Posted December 3, 2008 | 12:04 PM

Over the past month, "Detroit" has lurched to the forefront of headline news. The New York Times, for instance, has called for "Saving Detroit from Itself." "Just Say No to Detroit," retorted The Wall Street Journal.

It's long past time, however, that someone pointed out the obvious. Not only do...

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Don't Dis Community Organizers

(61) Comments | Posted September 4, 2008 | 8:19 PM

Amid all the hoopla and pressure, Sarah Palin took to the stage of the RNC convention, wowing the GOP delegates and winning over most of the media commentators. Her speech commanded that we stop viewing her as a curiosity, that we take her seriously as a politician and a leader....

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Obama's Crisis and MLK's Hard Truths

(204) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 1:18 AM

Millions of Barack Obama's supporters are asking, "What does he do now?" Everyone following the presidential campaign has heard sound bites of his pastor Jeremiah Wright condemning American racism and imperialism in the harshest tone possible. In response, Obama has once again been forced to distance himself from a close...

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Two Ways to View Change

(35) Comments | Posted March 2, 2008 | 4:30 PM

After 11 consecutive losses, Hillary Clinton renewed her efforts to win the March 4 primaries by declaring, "It's time to get real about how we actually win this election." It would be all too easy to mock her sentiment. Clinton's call to "move from good words to good works,...

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The Politics of Multiethnic Relations

(14) Comments | Posted February 26, 2008 | 3:27 PM

After Hillary Clinton won the California Democratic Primary with strong support from Latino and Asian voters, it was an accepted truism among some political pundits that Latinos and Asians were averse to voting for an African American. Within the next weeks, however, we witnessed Barack Obama winning Virginia while carrying...

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Anderson Cooper Explains Little About Asian Americans

(36) Comments | Posted February 17, 2008 | 4:17 PM

(Summary: Ending the marginalization of Asian American voices and stopping the monolithic portrayal of Asian American political attitudes would be great strides toward eliminating the conditions that sustain the "bloc vote" mentality.)

All this week, CNN has been hyping Anderson Cooper's special report on "Race, Gender and Politics." As...

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What's the Matter with Paul Krugman?

(132) Comments | Posted February 14, 2008 | 2:56 PM

On February 11, Paul Krugman touched off a mini firestorm with his New York Times column, "Hate Springs Eternal," which asserted that Obama supporters had been infected with the disease of Clinton-hating spawned by the right wing. "I won't try for fake evenhandedness here: most of the venom I...

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The Future is Now: California's Multiracial Challenge to America

(48) Comments | Posted February 10, 2008 | 7:45 PM

Sixty years ago, Carey McWilliams, the well-traveled writer/activist and soon to be editor of The Nation, described California as "our nation's racial frontier." As the West Coast's multiracial makeup posed new problems and challenges, it also offered America "one more chance, perhaps a last chance, to establish the principle of...

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