Ellis Cose

Ellis Cose, a columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek, is the author of many books, including Bone to Pick: On Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Reparation and Revenge and The Envy of the World: On Being a Black Man in America.

Recent Articles

Race and Redemption

As an attorney for the Youth Law Center, litigating largely over conditions of confinement, James Bell spent some 20 years in courtrooms across America. The scene was always much the same: Even in communities that were overwhelmingly white, those arrested, detained, and convicted were overwhelmingly black and brown. Nonwhites, as Bell saw it, were being “Velcroed in” as whites were “Tefloned out.”

Race and Redemption

As an attorney for the Youth Law Center, litigating largely over conditions of confinement, James Bell spent some 20 years in courtrooms across America. The scene was always much the same: Even in communities that were overwhelmingly white, those arrested, detained, and convicted were overwhelmingly black and brown. Nonwhites, as Bell saw it, were being “Velcroed in” as whites were “Tefloned out.”