The U.S. Supreme Court last month reversed decades of legal precedent by striking down affirmative action and ending educational institutions’ ability to consider an applicant’s race as one factor in a holistic review process. (Rich Hundley III/ Governor's office)

The end of affirmative action is as American as chattel slavery | Opinion

BY: - July 14, 2023

We have an obligation to move our reality toward one that perfects the promises of our nation’s most hallowed documents for all.

Replica of the United States Bill of Rights (Getty Images).

The 13th Amendment didn’t end slavery – but it did fuel mass incarceration | Michael Coard

BY: - December 6, 2022

Black people are still being enslaved in 21st century America. This is how

A Texas law says slavery cannot be taught as part of the ‘true founding’ of the United States (Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images/The Conversation).

How politicians are seeking to control classroom discussions about slavery | Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2022

A Texas proposal to refer to slavery as 'involuntary relocation' is part of an ongoing effort to hide its horrific and brutal nature.


The U.S. has a long and shameful history of treating women like property | Michael Coard

BY: - June 28, 2022

Free white women's bodies have it bad in the U.S. History shows that enslaved Black girls' bodies had it worse.


Slavery never really ended because the 13th Amendment still allows it | Michael Coard

BY: - April 12, 2022

People think the 13th Amendment repealed slavery. It didn't. It just created slavery by another name.


Will the U.S. Supreme Court ever get around to overruling the shame of Dred Scott?| Michael Coard

BY: - March 8, 2022

Language in a Kansas case reminds us that this shameful judgment has never been overturned.


Marking a shameful anniversary & the U.S. Supreme Court’s racist failure | Michael Coard

BY: - March 1, 2022

180 years ago, the highest court in the land ordered a free Black woman and her children back into slavery. And Pa. played a role.


How the brutal trade in enslaved people has been whitewashed out of U.S. history | Opinion

BY: - October 6, 2021

Americans continue to misunderstand how slavery worked and how vast was its reach – even as the histories of race and slavery are central to ongoing public conversations.


Five things you didn’t know about slavery’s birth 402 years ago | Michael Coard

BY: - August 27, 2021

Slavery was a key component of daily life here in Pennsylvania generally and Philadelphia particularly.


This is why reparations are always about more than money | Opinion

BY: - July 12, 2021

Past atrocities do not end when the physical violence comes to an end. The violence continues to affect the social, cultural and economic lives of those targeted far into the future.