Gregory Shank (coord.)
This issue speaks to attacks on political justice in the form of resurgent racism at home, as well as genocide and patterns of “ethnic cleansing” abroad. With the realignment of power in the United States over the last two decades, the Democrats effectively abandoned the historic demand for civil rights. This demand had once been an integral element of its electoral base, including labor and people of color, but the collapse of the New Deal Coalition and liberal-inspired state redistributive policies created space for a mean-spirited assault on the gains made by movements supporting labor and civil rights. Contributors to this issue do an excellent job of analyzing the political initiatives that challenge any notion of equality as a fundamental norm in the United States, but also take halting steps toward elaborating a vision of socially just institutions fitting to the new global reality.
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Gregory Shank, Editorial Overview: Racial and Political Justice
Anthony M. Platt, No Easy Road to Freedom: Remapping the Struggle for Racial Equality
Nancy Stein, Affirmative Action and the Persistence of Racism
Nancy Stein, CrossRoads, Questions and Answers About Affirmative Action
Campus Coalitions for Human Rights and Social Justice, California at a Crossroads: Social Strife or Social Unity?
Elízabeth Martinez, Affirming Women’s Rights
Dave Broad, Globalization and the Casual Labor Problem: History and Prospects
Juan Valdés Paz, The Socialist Transition in Cuba: Continuity and Change in the 1990s
Jeremy Colwill, From Nuremberg to Bosnia: War Crimes Trials in the Modern Era
Nahzeem Oluwafemi Mimiko, Between Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia: The Abacha Coup, the National Conference, and Prospects for Peace and Democracy in Nigeria
Nancy Scheper-Hughes, Who’s the Killer? Popular Justice and Human Rights in a South African Squatter Camp
Asafe Jalata, The Emergence of Oromo Nationalism and Ethiopian Reaction
Ann Bar-Din, Refugees, Expelled Communities, and the Edge of War: A Chiapas Journal