Stories by Chauncey DeVega

Chauncey DeVega’s essays on race, politics and popular culture can also be found at He is a regular guest on Ring of Fire Radio and TV, and hosts a weekly podcast, The Chauncey DeVega Show. Follow him on Twitter. subscribe to Chauncey DeVega's feed

Posted on: Nov 24, 2015, Source: Salon

Minneapolis shooting is no surprise. Trump, O'Reilly and others have ratcheted rhetoric toward violence for months.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2015, Source: Salon

Some can never let a tragedy go to waste.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2015, Source: Salon

While most campaign coverage has centered on Donald Trump, Carson's rise arguably says much more about the GOP.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2015, Source: Salon

he latest gun massacre is a case study in how America is exceptional in all the wrong ways.

Posted on: Oct 4, 2015, Source: Salon

The neurosurgeon-turned-candidate has eagerly joined the GOP in its campaign against racial justice.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Donald Trump has written a virtual textbook about the worst aspects of right-wing American politics.

Posted on: Sep 18, 2015, Source: Salon

One of the 15 people on stage Wednesday will represent one of the two major parties next year. That's frightening.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Black people are expected to forgive horrors. Why aren't whites asked to do the same?

Posted on: Aug 9, 2015, Source: Salon

What began as a white supremacist slur, inspired by a genre of porn, has infiltrated the conservative mainstream.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The film is a scathing indictment of a culture of cruelty, austerity, classism, racism, and greed.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2015, Source: Salon

Toxic white masculinity, and the right-wing politics that nurture and protect it, are hurting millions every year.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2015, Source: Salon

In Cosby, Americans mourn the loss of an innocent part of their youths. But there's a problem with that nostalgia.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

White supremacy has forced black Americans to wear a mask that is used to hide the full range of our emotions.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2015, Source: AlterNet

If anyone thought that having a black president was going to make a difference in attitudes, think again.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2015, Source: AlterNet

A long, grotesque history of racist "games" helps reveal a lot about police brutality and white supremacy today.

Posted on: May 24, 2015, Source: Salon

The contrast in media narratives about Baltimore and Waco are undeniable—but many white Americans are blind to them.

Posted on: May 9, 2015, Source: Salon

Dog-whistle racism is a powerful reminder of how little has changed in the U.S.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2015, Source: We Are Respectable Negroes

If one persists in channeling Dr. King in conversations about urban unrest, it should be done with great care.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2015, Source: AlterNet

The protests are only mysteries to American policymakers and members of the public who live in a state of denial.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Decade after decade in America -- including today -- white elites get away with murder by turning blacks and whites against each other.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2015, Source: AlterNet

White racist paranoiac thinking invents a scenario that justifies the killing of minorities by police.

Posted on: Feb 5, 2015, Source: Daily Kos

The United States practiced a unique cultural ritual that was as least as gruesome as the "medieval" punishments meted out by ISIS against its foes.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2015, Source: AlterNet

Research shows a correlation between police behavior and authoritarianism.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2014, Source: AlterNet

While individual police officers may be courageous, the institution of policing in America is an authoritarian force.

Posted on: Nov 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Darren Wilson is not a monster; he is the mundane face of white supremacy.

Posted on: Nov 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet


Posted on: Oct 26, 2014, Source: AlterNet

"Thug" is a contemporary and more polite version of the ugly N-word.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The police ended their lives, but white racism actually killed them.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Unsurprisingly, race drives much of the political polarization in America.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The Pandora's Box of Hobby Lobby.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Watch as Fox and other conservative outlets purposely deflect or ignore this story.

Posted on: May 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

When an entire social structure has been erected to reinforce the lie that white folks are "normal" and "Others" are "deviant," it can be very difficult to break out of denial.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2014, Source: AlterNet

In the age of Obama, the phrase "white supremacy" is used in political discussions like an imprecise shotgun blast.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Terrorism is what "other people" do.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The question is not 'Is Ryan a racist?' but 'What type of racist is he?'

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The media does not acknowledge that black people should for reasons both historic and contemporary be terrified of white violence.

Posted on: Feb 16, 2014, Source: AlterNet

It's all about maximizing the self via consumerism.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2014, Source: AlterNet

The old racism of KKK members, skinheads, and overt bigotry is an anachronism.

Posted on: Jan 25, 2014, Source: AlterNet

No mainstream American film would dare to show the true range of white on black torture and cruelty that took place during slavery in the West because such depictions would not be believed by the general public.

Posted on: Jan 8, 2014, Source: AlterNet

Only liberals and progressives feel compelled to take the high road, never conservatives.