The Shroud of Objectivity

Racialized immigration has reentered the contemporary national discourse following Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and his “Muslim Ban.” Trump’s immigration policies, like “family separation” and the Muslim Ban, call for the exclusion of “undesirable” immigrant groups with appeals to order and national security; this exclusion, he argues, is a logical and impersonal precaution which serves the nation’s best interest. However, these appeals to order prove insincere when he and others effectively describe the citizens of the targeted nations as “lesser,” “untrustworthy” racial groups. Trump’s immigration policies and corresponding justifications echo the…

Historical Revisionism and Racial Assuagement: In Defense of Yale’s Response to Inveterate Racism

In a recent article, FPR columnist Paul Ingrassia shrewdly addressed Yale University’s decision to rename a residential college bearing the namesake of former Vice President John C. Calhoun. Ingrassia made a clear and concise argument positing that historical revisionism is dangerous. I sincerely agree with Paul: history’s importance is second to none and politicizing it is damaging to future generations. As the late, Democratic Party intellect Arthur Schlesinger argued in The Disuniting of America, history should not be subject to “current political fads.” Yet, Yale’s recent decision is not the…

The Racial Paradigm: Ostensible Egalitarianism in France

Incoming editor-in-chief Matthew Santucci sat down with Dr. Pap Ndiaye after his talk on French Republicanism and blackness in France. Dr. Ndiaye is considered to be one of the pioneers of ‘Black Studies’ in France and founded the Circle of Action for the Promotion of Diversity in France (CAPDIV) with Patrick Lozehe. He is also a professor at Institut d’études politiques de Paris and has authored numerous books and articles. Let me start off by thanking you very much for taking the time to sit down with me today – it’s an…

Beyoncé: Getting in “Formation”

With record-breaking songs, catchy lyrics, impeccably-produced music videos and a fan bases that transcends color, gender, and locale, Beyoncé Knowles has become a modern-day icon for people of color not only in the United States but also across the world. A successful artist, actress, and businesswoman, one could make the argument Beyoncé is the most influential African-American of her generation, and, apart from Oprah Winfrey and President Barack Obama, in the history of the United States. However, in February 2016 when Beyoncé debuted her latest single, “Formation,” I asked the…