About US

Candid conversations about race and identity in 21st century America

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Why FEMA is denying disaster aid to Black families who’ve lived for generations in the Deep South.
Women at Virginia Military Institute describe an atmosphere of hostility and an expectation of backlash from male cadets if they report being groped or raped.
The academic framework has become a flashpoint as conservative politicians use the term as a catch-all phrase for nearly any examination of systemic racism in the present.
A new series on race in America, examining the movement to end systemic racism and police brutality. Each week, we examine the dynamics of race in our nation; we assess how identity and inequality define the lives of people of color in relation to business, healthcare, education, housing, and financial opportunity. The series features discussions with thought leaders, change makers and essential voices on civil rights and racial equality across the ideological spectrum.
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About US newsletter authors

Rachel Hatzipanagos is a staff writer at The Washington Post. A South Florida native, she is the child of immigrants from Honduras, Cuba and Greece.
Vanessa Williams has been a reporter and editor at The Washington Post for more than 20 years. She currently writes about national politics and news through the lens of race and gender.
In 2015, The Washington Post began to log every fatal shooting by an on-duty police officer in the United States. We want to know your questions about law enforcement and police accountability.