Theodore Johnson on the Trump administration and black protest.

Why One Black Scholar Misses the Days of Dog-Whistle Racism

Why One Black Scholar Misses the Days of Dog-Whistle Racism

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Nov. 7 2017 7:39 PM

The Paradox of Black Patriotism

A black former Navy commander considers peaceful protest in the age of Trump.

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K’Waun Williams, Arik Armstead, and Eli Harold of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem on Oct. 15 in Landover, Maryland.

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Theodore Johnson caught our attention for his tweets about how the White House reacts to protest from black Americans. He brings an interesting perspective as a black man in the U.S. with two decades of military service under his belt—identities, he writes, that stand “toe to toe.” Johnson is a fellow at New America and a former speechwriter for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.