The current issue The Oxford American about the “Past, Present, and Future” of Race .  There’s a lot of good stuff in it; sadly most of it is not available online.  Guess that means if you want to read the short stories by John Holman, Jamey Hatley, Randa Jabbar and Solon Timothy Woodward, you’ll have to buy it.  You should!  It’s really interesting.  

Here’s ZZ Packer on “Barack Obama as the fulfillment of Reconstruction” to get you in the mood.