Zak Cheney-Rice
Zak Cheney-Rice
Editor, senior writer, The Movement
April 30, 2018

Eugene Rice was lynched in 1918. This April, I drove to southern Georgia to learn if he was family.

My grandfather grew up just miles from where Rice died and had the same last name. Tracing their ties took me to Valdosta, Georgia, and a new lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, seeking answers.

April 5, 2018

My mother left Tennessee in 1968. Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, she came back.

The wound opened in America on April 4, 1968, has never been fully healed.
Feb. 6, 2018

Is Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ the endgame of the revolution that blaxploitation started?

Quantifying the debt that Marvel's 'Black Panther' owes to the low-budget black action movies that came before it
Feb. 5, 2018

Philadelphia Eagles players are already refusing to visit Donald Trump’s White House

This marks the second consecutive year in which members of Super Bowl-winning teams have refused to be honored by President Donald Trump.
Feb. 1, 2018

America is covered in Confederate statues. We can do better — and here’s how.

Mic’s latest editorial effort — the Black Monuments Project — aims to correct this sordid legacy through a blend of history and imagination.
Jan. 23, 2018

Martin McDonagh always used black characters as props. In ‘Three Billboards,’ it caught up with him.

Where 'In Bruges' and 'Seven Psychopaths' stumble almost imperceptibly, 'Three Billboards' plummets.

Jan. 18, 2018

A racist who only sees “green” is the oldest kind

American racism was invented, in large part, to preserve wealth.
Jan. 16, 2018

Iowa senator spends Martin Luther King Jr. holiday defending racist president

"I don’t think he’s a racist," Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said of Trump, the same day she tweeted praise for Martin Luther King Jr.
Jan. 12, 2018

Trump successfully goads the world into debating whether Africa is a “shithole”

"[The] very serious function of racism ... is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being."
Jan. 8, 2018

Not everyone you like has to run for president

Sometimes, it's OK just to like someone.
Jan. 2, 2018

Erica Garner’s legacy is already being co-opted

It all started when a spokesperson insisted that only black reporters reach out to Garner's family for comment about her death.

Dec. 13, 2017

Is this what black Alabamians died for?

Black voters have been credited with "saving" America from Roy Moore. But after years fighting and dying for the right to vote, they should not have had to.
Dec. 11, 2017

Mary Norwood denies she is a Republican. Her behavior since Atlanta’s election is hurting her case.

Even if the white Atlanta mayoral candidate truly isn't a Republican, she seems deeply comfortable using the GOP's race-baiting playbook.
Nov. 27, 2017

Why are media outlets so fascinated by how normal Nazis are?

The 'New York Times' was fascinated over the weekend by the tension between being a white supremacist and a normal human being. This tension does not exist.
Nov. 20, 2017

How LiAngelo Ball fell into Donald Trump’s race trap

Donald Trump has found new clout with his base by framing black athletes as ingrates. These three UCLA basketball players fell right into his hands.
Nov. 7, 2017
Nov. 6, 2017

A white man allegedly killed 26 people at a Texas church, and white Americans will be fine

Muslims and nonwhite people face large-scale punishment following crimes by people who look like them. But after Texas, white life will likely continue uninterrupted.
Oct. 31, 2017

Conservatives are outraged over Virginia attack ad that depicts Ed Gillespie’s campaign honestly

Ed Gillespie has race-baited his way to political relevance. Conservatives are mad that his opponents are using it against him.
Oct. 30, 2017

Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things 2’ is the perfect Trump-era villain

The anger and racism seething inside Billy parallels the white rage that fueled Trump's rise.