Jelani Cobb
Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2012, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice. He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.
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Letter from MinneapolisJuly 12 & 19, 2021 Issue
Derek Chauvin’s Trial and George Floyd’s City
Although many Americans see the former police officer’s conviction as just closure, many in Minneapolis view it as the beginning of a larger battle.
By Jelani CobbJuly 5, 2021
The New Yorker Interview
The Man Rewriting Prison from Inside
Quntos KunQuest has been in Angola for twenty-five years. But his début novel, “This Life,” isn’t the usual story of time behind bars.
By Jelani CobbJune 27, 2021
Daily Comment
The Republican Party, Racial Hypocrisy, and the 1619 Project
As the G.O.P. seeks to deny Americans knowledge of their own history, Nikole Hannah-Jones is denied tenure.
By Jelani CobbMay 29, 2021
Daily Comment
George Floyd, the Tulsa Massacre, and Memorial Days
The two tragedies make for easy inferences about the importance of commemoration. But this is not how trauma works.
By Jelani CobbMay 25, 2021
Daily Comment
The Shooting of Daunte Wright and the Meaning of George Floyd’s Death
How much has changed since the events of last spring?
By Jelani CobbApril 13, 2021
CommentMarch 29, 2021 Issue
The High Cost of Georgia’s Restrictive Voting Bills
Racist policies are bad for business, as the state’s own history can attest.
By Jelani CobbMarch 21, 2021
The Political SceneMarch 15, 2021 Issue
What Is Happening to the Republicans?
In becoming the party of Trump, the G.O.P. confronts the kind of existential crisis that has destroyed American parties in the past.
By Jelani CobbMarch 8, 2021
The New Yorker Interview
Shaka King Grapples with Hollywood and History
The director of “Judas and the Black Messiah” discusses what he owes to the Black Panther Party, and to the Black filmmakers who came before him.
By Jelani CobbFebruary 25, 2021
Daily Comment
Why Impeachment Doesn’t Work
Long before Donald Trump arrived, there was reason to be skeptical of impeachment’s power.
By Jelani CobbFebruary 22, 2021
CommentMarch 1, 2021 Issue
“Judas and the Black Messiah” and the Klan Act
A new movie and a lawsuit filed by the N.A.A.C.P. highlight historic disparities in the official response to radical groups.
By Jelani CobbFebruary 21, 2021
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