Elizabeth Dwyer (Georgia State): A Group-Based Approach to Reparations. Why are people still defending slavery in America? Victoria M. Massie on 5 common excuses, debunked — from Bill O’Reilly’s “slaves were well-fed” to the myth of Irish slaves. Tyler Parry and Charlton Yingling on the canine terror: Since slavery, dogs have been used to intimidate and control African Americans. First black heroes: William Wan on on how being first is never easy — living with the label can be just as hard. Black protest writing, from W.E.B. DuBois to Kendrick Lamar: Precious Rasheeda Muhammad on a rich tradition of literary resistance. Dwight Garner reviews The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, ed. Jesmyn Ward. Melissa Harris-Perry interviews Mychal Denzel Smith, author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching. For black America, absolute love of country is impossible: Colin Kaepernick's protest reflects our contentious relationship with the U.S. flag and national anthem.

Making a home for black history: Vinson Cunningham on the vision and the challenges behind a new museum on the National Mall. Lonnie Bunch on the definitive story of how the National Museum of African American History and Culture came to be: From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating one. Graham Bowley on how the fight for a national African-American museum was won: The doors open soon — to reach that point, the museum had to raise $270 million, navigate Congress and claim land on the nation’s front lawn.

Gary James Jason (CSU-Fullerton): Whence Did German Propaganda Films Derive Their Power? To launch a nuclear strike, Clinton or Trump would follow these steps. Spencer Ackerman goes inside the fight to reveal the CIA’s torture secrets. New York Times Public Editor Liz Spayd writes disastrous defense of false equivalence (and more). Students don’t mind studying dead white men, but they want dead women too: It is time to revisit the higher education syllabus — who is in, who is out, and why. Gary Johnson’s hard-right record: Gary Johnson spent his time as New Mexico’s governor championing private prisons and austerity — he’s not worth a protest vote. The 21st century is a wild time to be alive: Alison E. Berman reports from Singularity University’s first-ever Global Summit. You can download Juris Materiarum: Empires of Earth, Soil and Dirt by Bronwyn Lay.

From GQ, in such a polarizing election, who is having a hard time making up their mind? Rebecca Nelson goes inside the mind of the undecided voter. What’s going on with America’s white people? Trump’s rise put a sudden spotlight on the troubles of white working-class Americans. David Corn on the time Donald Trump dismissed half of America as losers. The American people agree with Clinton: Trump is a bigot — this new poll confirms it. Polls show many — even most — Trump supporters really are deeply hostile to Muslims and nonwhites. We broke down Trump’s supporters — we needed more baskets. Yes, most Donald Trump supporters are deplorable and irredeemable. How Breitbart conquered the media: Political reporters were taken aback by Hillary Clinton’s charge that half of Trump’s supporters are prejudiced — few bothered to investigate the claim itself.

The truth about this alleged “basket of deplorables” and the truth about the 2016 election: It’s being graded on a curve. Why Donald Trump gets a pass: Clinton laments a media double-standard but it’s the voters who are grading on a curve. Mike Pence refusing to label David Duke as “deplorable” is a good example of why “deplorable” was always far more of a double-edged sword than the Trump crew seemed to realize. “If Trump is going to make this week about the ‘deplorables’ comment the media better push hard on him about his racist supporters”. Anti-Trump conservatives have a “basket of deplorables” on their hands.