The case vividly illustrates how hate crime laws punish people for the views they express.
The U.S. incarcerates people for petty crimes at an alarming rate.
Also: the politics of recession, Bernie's criminal justice plan, and stanning for Barry Manilow, all on the Reason Podcast
If your neighbor were unbalanced, armed to the teeth and busy posting social-media messages about how much he hates you, you'd certainly support measures to disarm him. But you'd feel more secure if he didn't hate you in the first place.
Prosecutors are looking into a framed KKK document found at a house belonging to Charles Anderson, a Michigan police officer of over 20 years.
People are important as individuals, not as extensions of some faceless mass.
The El Paso shooter's combination of anti-capitalism, bigotry, and xenophobic nationalism highlights the dangers of zero-sum thinking on left and right. His worldview resembles that of the perpetrator of a similar attack in New Zealand earlier this year. Sadly, these ideas are not confined to a few extremists.
The Republican senator has increasingly aligned himself with President Trump.
The debate over Donald Trump's "go back" tweets regarding four minority Democratic members of Congress has centered on the unmistakably bigoted words that he wrote, but has missed the deeper point.
A trivial encounter between two irate grocery shoppers becomes a viral story, then a hate hoax.
Lindsey Graham, who once called Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot," seems to agree.
This historian and online-education entrepreneur says runaway slaves, ladies of the evening, bootleggers, and other dropouts and discontents made America free.
Plus: Planned Parenthood's CEO is terminated, the Trump administration drains the swap, and Chelsea Manning is hit with more fines.
Trump Tells His Critics to 'Go Back' Where They 'Came From.' His Love-It-or-Leave-It Attitude Is Totally Wrong and Arguably Racist.
Is the angry reaction to the president's incendiary comments "all about politics"?
American discourse is careening in an ugly, anti-individualistic direction.
The White Nationalist Who Drove His Car Through Charlottesville Protesters Gets Another Life Sentence
James Alex Fields Jr., who killed Heather Heyer in the fatal Charlottesville car attack, is sentenced to life plus 419 years.
Administrator at California's Southwestern College tried to use government transparency law on journalists.
Biden misrepresented his own views, while Harris implied that opposition to busing is inherently racist.
University of Minnesota Food Service Worker Says 'Hello' in Japanese to Asian-American Student, Who Files a Bias Report
"These type of microaggressions occur too often on campus."
Scuffling GOP primary challenger, meanwhile, defends his assertion that the president would prefer an "Aryan nation"
But their attitudes toward poor blacks remained unchanged, according to a study.
Historian Daniel Okrent looks back at the bigoted "intellectual justification" for anti-immigration policies.
Historian Daniel Okrent's new book, The Guarded Gate, recounts the history of bigotry, eugenics, and the "intellectual justification" of anti-immigration policies.
The Columbia University linguist discusses the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.
Columbia linguist John McWhorter on the Jussie Smollett hoax, Donald Trump, and "antiracism" as a new secular religion.
The awful ideology of the perpetrator of the recent terrorist attack in New Zealand is one of many examples of how far-right nationalists and far-left socialists have more in common than we often think. Both worldviews rest on the dangerous assumption that the we are locked in a zero-sum game in which some groups can only succeed and prosper at the expense of others.
Journalists Treat Obscure Australian Senator's Racist Post-Shooting Remarks As Representative of Nation's Views on Immigration
Fraser Anning is a totally discredited gadfly, not representative of Australians' popular will.
Ilhan Omar's Israel Remarks Prompt Politicians to Bicker Over Who the Real Bigots Are: Reason Roundup
Plus: outrage over water bottles, and Cory Booker introduces the "next step" on criminal justice reform
In a New Yorker interview, the would-be primary challenger compares the president to Charles Lindbergh.
The perils-and profits-of being identity-focused in business, content, and audience
We make a mistake when we think outliers somehow represent who we are as a country.
As the investigation turns on the Empire star, it's important not to confuse "reality" with "narrative."
Plus: Lionel Shriver on cultural erasure and Stormy Daniels on strip-club labor laws
The Manhattan Institute's Howard Husock debates Economic Policy Institute's Richard Rothstein at the Soho Forum.
Covingtongate, Buzzfeed's bomb, Baby Hitler, Kamalamentum…maybe it's time to pull the plug.
Some are incapable of viewing the MAGA-hat-wearing teens from Covington Catholic as anything other than pure evil.
The Media Wildly Mischaracterized That Video of Covington Catholic Students Confronting a Native American Veteran
Journalists who uncritically accepted Nathan Phillips' story got this completely wrong.
The Iowa congressman and his nativism are deeply at odds with the essential promise of America.
The next Reason/Soho Forum, in New York on January 14, pits Richard Rothstein vs. Howard Husock on how to correct a historic wrong.
The most bigoted tree in Minnesota?
Watch the Oxford-style debate hosted by the Soho Forum.
Debate: 'The Message of Anti-Racism Has Become as Harmful a Force in American Life as Racism Itself'
A live Reason/Soho Forum debate featuring John McWhorter and Nikhil Singh in New York on Wednesday, November 14