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Spike Lee on the Knicks, and Looking Back at a Year of Protest and Activism
May 28, 2021
Illustration by Golden Cosmos
As well as being an acclaimed director, Spike Lee is the Knicks’ most fanatic booster. The director speaks with David Remnick and Vinson Cunningham about this year’s basketball season—an uncharacteristically good one for his team. And we look back on the year since the murder of George Floyd galvanized the nation. Remnick talks with Vanita Gupta, the No. 3 official in the Justice Department, who is tasked with delivering on President Biden’s bold promises to address racial injustice. Plus, Hilton Als on why America finally rose up against long-standing abuses of Black people.
Spike Lee on the Knicks’ Resurgence
The acclaimed filmmaker is also the Knicks’ most fanatic booster. And this has been a very good season for his team.
A Year after George Floyd’s Murder, Minneapolis Activists Fight an Entrenched Police Department
Early in the uprising, the city council voted to abolish the police department altogether. What could be hard about that?
How Will the Biden Administration Deliver on Racial Justice?
Vanita Gupta, the No. 3 official in the Justice Department, is tasked with delivering on the President’s promises for racial justice.
Hilton Als’s “My Mother’s Dreams for Her Son, and All Black Children”
The writer recalls two days of unrest in his neighborhood that followed a police killing in 1967, and how they relate to this year’s protests for racial justice.
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My Mother’s Dreams for Her Son, and All Black Children
She longed for black people in America not to be forever refugees—confined by borders that they did not create and by a penal system that killed them before they died.
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.
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