Brian Gilmore

  • Black and White World

    For all the history made in Barack Obama’s successful presidential run, the final Election Day ballot was about us, not him. We voted, stared into the face of American racism, and made our choice. As the African-American comic Paul Mooney said, this was the first national election that forced whites to enter the voting booth and confront race—something that blacks, Mooney noted, have been doing ever since they could vote.

    For most of the civic history of black America, that reckoning has been much more than a punch line—as historian David R. Roediger and law professor Ariela J. Gross make