Theodore R. Johnson, Washington Post

Theodore R. Johnson

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Past articles by Theodore:

Three columnists talk about why Deion Sanders isn’t just a football story

“The two Whitest positions on the football field are head coach and quarterback,” said Theodore R. Johnson during a podcast conversation. → Read More

Tolerance is a muscle. Use it or lose it.

An integrated military increases racial tolerance. Unfortunately, it doesn't last. → Read More

Celebrate Black history. All of it.

Some GOP leaders want to celebrate good news during Black History Month while erasing what came before and what remains to be done. That leaves us poorer. → Read More

Essential Reads for Juneteenth

Five books (plus one) that highlight the importance of Juneteenth and the journey of Black America. → Read More

The Real Story of the Politics of Juneteenth

Politicians took the easy way out for a day that's about America doing the hard things. → Read More

Memorial Day—for All Americans

We may disagree with one another about our vision for our country, but so did the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines we honor today. → Read More

The Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings put patriotism on trial

Competing visions of how to love our country were on display → Read More

What I’m Thankful For: Learning Across Generations

A new Brennan Center report explores the value of civic intergenerationality. → Read More

Yes, anti-lynching laws are mostly symbolic. That’s what makes them important.

For over a century, the U.S. has failed to formally ban lynching. What does that say about us? → Read More

Book review of Facing Reality: Two Truths about Race in America by Charles Murray

To try to disprove systemic racism, Charles Murray recycles claims from “The Bell Curve.” → Read More

America can still choose solidarity. The Black experience shows the way.

Or we can accept that our professed love of country is only skin-deep. → Read More

How Punitive Excess Is a Manifestation of Racism in America

The criminal justice system’s past and present is intertwined with its use as a tool against people of color. → Read More

Romney says he cares about racial justice. Now’s his chance to vote that way.

H.R. 1 and H.R. 4 will test his willingness to buck his party on voting rights. → Read More

Tuesday proved that racial groups don’t vote as a bloc — with one exception

The Black electorate is not the model for voters of color. → Read More

Trump’s message to Black voters: Vote for me. (But really, don’t vote.)

He’s updated an old GOP strategy. Flatter Black voters, then depress turnout. → Read More

If Democrats want to win, they need a black politician on the ticket

An African American vice-presidential candidate would increase enthusiasm and voter participation. → Read More

Trump’s outreach to black voters could actually work

His State of the Union and his Super Bowl ad were meant to move the dial only slightly. → Read More

The New Voter Suppression

Over the last decade, states have enacted voter restrictions that disproportionately disenfranchise racial minorities and distort our democracy. → Read More

Five myths about black voters

No, black voters are not uniformly liberal. → Read More

Why do black voters support Biden? They just want to beat Trump.

The pragmatic politics of race. → Read More