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J. Phillip Thompson

J. Phillip Thompson is Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT. His most recent book is Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities, and the Call for a Deep Democracy.


Dr. King’s goal was full employment and universal health care.

J. Phillip Thompson

Forum Responses

Suzanne Berger’s analysis of the ill effects of finance on manufacturing is illuminating but not surprising. The effects are equally dire in health care, infrastructure, and housing. The question is how can...
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There is much in “Beyond the Civil Rights Industry” that I agree with. The persistence of poverty, ill-health, AIDS diffusion, and despair in poor black communities is evident. The ineffectiveness of black...
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Owen Fiss argues that the contemporary black ghetto is a product of jobs “leaving just as the most successful in the neighborhood were also leaving.” With a high concentration of jobless individuals...
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Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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