Elwood Watson

Black Republican doesn’t know his Black history
Earlier this month, during an event in Philadelphia supporting Donald Trump and the Republican Party, Florida Representative Byron Donalds made the attention-grabbing assertion that Black families were stronger and more conservative under the Jim Cr..
After Trump conviction, Bragg becomes the target
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg deserves to take a bow following his undeniable victory...
On flags and fascism
Right-wing politicians have made no secret of their disdain for the rule of law as well as our current state of democracy....
A troll in Congress
To state the 118th Congress is an exercise in debasement, dereliction, and dysfunction would be an understatement. House Republicans were advocating for holding Attorney General Merrick B...
Republicans of color aren’t standing up to racism
Last week, right-wing commentator Ann Coulter told former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy to his face she would not have voted for him because he’s Indian...
The ghosts of Mississippi
Editor's note: This column have been updated to include the correct name of an individual identified as shouting racial epithets. Ghosts of Mississippi...
Republicans have no real interest in protecting Jewish students
To say that the following academic year has been riveting for higher education is an understatement. The result was a public relations disaster, shortly after which both Gay and Magill resigned...
Trump’s vileness on race is hardly new among Republicans
For almost a decade, Donald Trump has sent the Republican Party and much of the mainstream media into a political whirlwind. But it's nothing new for the Grand Old Party...
What you might have forgotten about OJ Simpson and his trial
For those too young to fully remember the OJ Simpson trial, it was a television spectacle with all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster...
Defending higher education against cynical politics
Thanks to the so-called culture wars, debates about events on college campuses are being employed as useful weapons for attacking the gradual democratization that has occurred in higher education since the 1950s...
One again, Republicans are politicizing a tragedy
Leave it to the right to make a cheap attempt to capitalize off human tragedy. Americans across the political spectrum expressed their sorrow and prayers toward the victims and their families...
Kamala Harris and the twin evils of ‘Jim Crow and Jane Crow’
From the minute President Joe Biden selected her as his running mate, Kamala Harris has been the subject of intense scrutiny. She can hardly sneeze without someone analyzing and dissecting her every move...

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Elwood Watson, Ph.D. is a professor of history, Black studies, and gender and sexuality studies at East Tennessee State University. He is also an author and public speaker.