John McWhorter
America in 2018
Starbucks and the Swimming Pool

Of course racism still exists in today’s America. But that doesn’t mean the emerging orthodoxy on racism is a healthy corrective.

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race and admissions
Affirming Disadvantage

The old rationales for racial preferences in admissions no longer make any sense. It’s time for enlightened America to hit the reset button.

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The Great Awokening
Atonement as Activism

Today’s consciousness-raising on race is less about helping black people than it is about white people seeking grace.

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The Best Words
Trump and the Future of English

The President’s language usage reflects less how we will use language than ways that we actually already do.

Music History
The Rag Man

Revisiting America’s master musical miniaturist, Scott Joplin.

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Mutatis Mutandis
Change Is Now

The uses and abuses of time in contemporary theater.

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