Zak Cheney Rice
Zak Cheney Rice

Zak is a senior staff writer at Mic.

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. 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.
Oct. 26, 2017

What Netflix’s serial killer drama ‘Mindhunter’ teaches us about racial bias in hiring

In an all-too-brief scene you might have missed, 'Mindhunter' shows us that racism was a factor even in deciding who got to chase serial killers.
Oct. 23, 2017

America’s brand of patriotism has no room for Rep. Frederica Wilson’s honesty

Trump's attacks on Rep. Frederica S. Wilson reflect a deeper debate about race and patriotism.
Oct. 19, 2017

RZA’s story about the Azealia Banks-Russell Crowe fight hasn’t changed. Maybe the rest of us have.

Contrary to "new" reports, RZA admitted more than a year ago that Russell Crowe spat at Azealia Banks. So why do we care now?

Oct. 17, 2017

Will the NBA kneel?

The NBA regular season starts tonight, and the league has made clear that it expects players to stand during the national anthem.
Oct. 11, 2017

Eminem’s Trump freestyle is for white people

But if it takes someone who has reaped the rewards of whiteness as successfully as Donald Trump has to denounce him, then so be it.
Oct. 10, 2017

How ESPN got rolled by Donald Trump’s racist culture war and threw Jemele Hill under the bus

The great victory of the Trump movement was forcing America to debate racism and equality on such illogical terms.
Oct. 9, 2017

Mike Pence’s NFL walkout perfectly distills his views on racism and black civil rights protest

Mike Pence has a long history of denying that racism in law enforcement is a big deal.