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FILE - IN this Tuesday, June 20, 2020 file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at city hall in Dallas. Just days before George Floyd's funeral in his native Houston, a flurry of racist and conspiratorial posts by GOP leaders in Texas are overshadowing Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to heal divisions and assure protesters and black leaders of their commitment to confronting racial injustice. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)by Michael Barajas

The Long Tail of Voter Suppression

As the growing number of Black and Latinx voters threaten the GOP’s stranglehold on power, attempts to limit safe voting options during the pandemic reveal a deeper sickness in Texas politics.

This article was published in partnership with The Nation. Founded by abolitionists in 1865, The Nation has chronicled the breadth and depth of political and cu...Read More

protesters outside the alamoby Rudy Ruiz

Short Story Finalist: ‘Oblivious’

“Whether it was one protest or the other it felt good to get the anger out. They had plenty to be pissed about, after all.”

Years from now, fiction writers will grapple with how to approach 2020 in the United States. With two very long months remaining, we’re still enduring a ragin...Read More

A Black University of Texas at Austin Adraint Bereal

Eye on Texas: The Black Yearbook

The Black Yearbook showcases the reality of Black students at the University of Texas at Austin.

The Black Yearbook is a fine-art piece that consists of more than 200 images and 50 interviews with Black students at the University of Texas at Austin. On a ca...Read More

Houston skylineby Evan Mintz

Houston, Let People Walk

When forced to choose between cars and people, the fourth-largest city in the United States has a long history of siding with the former.

This spring, in the early days of the COVID-19 lockdown, my family joined thousands of other Houstonians in taking advantage of the car-free streets to go for l...Read More

by Dutch Simmons

Short Story Finalist: ‘Solitary’

“There is no justice in being morally just. Not here.”

Bryan Washington, guest judge for our 2020 short story contest, is always on the lookout for stories displaying “a keen sense of place and a palpable intimacy...Read More