Randall Kennedy


Randall Kennedy has been a contributing editor of the Prospect since 1995. He is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard University. His several books include The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency.


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The case of a black Army veteran that spurred a South Carolina federal judge to defy his state's white supremacist power structure Read more



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Whether by example or by strategy, Dr. King always looked for opportunities to build bridges. Read more

Housing and Transportation

Foes of hateful speech should remember how free expression was protected on campus in the first place—through the civil rights movement. Read more

Health and Social Policy


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The Trump presidency is not the end of the American story. Read more

Money, Politics and Power

Jim Crow was the descendant of Southern slavery. More shocking is the legacy of government-enforced racism in the North.   Read more

Working in America


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There is no common ground to be had with the Trump administration. Read more

Civil Rights in America


John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Ta-Nehisi Coates has written the race book of the year. Too bad it’s disempowering. Read more


As opportunists try to hijack the movement's legacy, let's remember what actually occurred. Read more

Law and Justice

Hope and pessimism have defined two traditions of American thinking about race. Fully acknowledging recent setbacks, the author makes the case for the tradition of hope. Read more

Civil Rights in America

The paradoxical reticence of America's first black president and how progressives must fill the vacuum Read more

Special Report

When diversity became a positive, race-based preferences overcame the backlash. Read more

20th Anniversary

Can't we all just get along? Not when "civility" is just a genteel way to mask the inevitable tensions and antagonisms of democratic society. Read more

Books, Arts and Culture


Guinier's critics were only half right. She is a political radical--but no quota queen. As a constitutionalist, she was neither separatist nor undemocratic. She would have gotten along nicely with James Madison. Read more

Law and Justice

Be afraid. Be very afraid. Read more

Money, Politics and Power