“Cash rules everything around me /
C.R.E.A.M. get the money /
Dollar, dollar bill y'all”

Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M."

“And we know that we have no future in a society in which 6 million black and white people are unemployed and millions more live in poverty. Nor is the goal of our civil rights revolution merely the passage of civil rights legislation. Yes, we want all public accommodations open to all citizens, but those accommodations will mean little to those who cannot afford to use them.”

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH, OPENING REMARKS, 1963 MARCH ON WASHINGTON

“My presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

Jay Z

WRITINGS

Ida B. Wells and the Economics of Racial Violence

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In the latest essay in our “Reading Racial Conflict” series, Megan Ming Francis draws attention to the extraordinary work of Ida B. Wells. In the late nineteenth century, Wells exposed the extent of racial violence in the United States by documenting lynching and then disseminating her findings through her books, journalism, and activism. Ming Francis emphasizes a further innovation by Wells—i.e., how she connected lynchings to the economic interests and status anxieties of white southerners, as well as the relevance of this connection to understanding contemporary racial conflicts.

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“My presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America is enough.”

Jay Z

“And we know that we have no future in a society in which 6 million black and white people are unemployed and millions more live in poverty. Nor is the goal of our civil rights revolution merely the passage of civil rights legislation. Yes, we want all public accommodations open to all citizens, but those accommodations will mean little to those who cannot afford to use them.”

A. PHILIP RANDOLPH, OPENING REMARKS, 1963 MARCH ON WASHINGTON

“Cash rules everything around me /
C.R.E.A.M. get the money /
Dollar, dollar bill y'all”

Wu-Tang Clan, "C.R.E.A.M."

CO-DIRECTORS

Michael C Dawson

Co-Director

Michael C. Dawson is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Political Science at the Univeristy of Chicago and the founder and current Director of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture. He is a student of race and politics, public opinion and black politics. His most recent books are Black Visions (2001), Not In Our Lifetimes (2011), and Blacks In and Out of the Left (2013).

Megan Ming Francis

Co-Director

Megan Ming Francis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She is the author of Civil Rights and the Making of the Modern American State (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her work sits at the intersection of race, law, history, capitalism, and civil rights. Francis earned a PhD from the Department of Politics at Princeton University.
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