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With Kamala Harris, Americans Yet Again Have Trouble Understanding What Multiracial Means

Written by Jennifer Ho, University of Colorado Boulder____News that Sen. Kamala Harris was Joe Biden’s choice for the 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee drove speculation and argumentation about her identity. The big question appeared to be, “Is Kamala Harris truly African American?”There were numerous articles and opinion pieces about whether Harris can...

Why Do Presidential Inaugurations Matter?

Written by Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut____As one president’s term ends and another begins, there is a ceremony. Its importance is one of symbolism rather than substance. The Constitution is clear: On Jan. 20, there will be a transfer of power. There is no mention of an inauguration.By definition, ritual acts have no direct effect on the world. A ceremonial...