Zak Cheney Rice
Zak Cheney Rice

Zak is a senior staff writer at Mic.

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.
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.
Oct. 5, 2017

The St. Louis protests are taking an “emotional toll” on police. That’s kind of the point.

Protests are designed to make people uncomfortable.
Oct. 3, 2017

The people telling you not to politicize the Las Vegas shooting have already politicized it

The right can only tell Americans to separate politics from gun violence because politics have established conservative values as the norm.
Sept. 26, 2017

The NFL protests were never about unity. That’s actually a good thing.

Americans don't need Donald Trump to prove they are divided over race. But in a protest for racial equality, picking sides is good.
Sept. 25, 2017

Americans disagree deeply over the NFL protests. History probably won’t remember it that way.

Americans have a tendency to rewrite history so that times of racial conflict get recast as moments of unity.

Sept. 20, 2017

There’s nothing surprising about a “clean-cut American kid” killing black people

A neighbor expressed shock that a "clean-cut American kid" like Kenneth Gleason could be a racist killer. But history should have prepared her.
Sept. 13, 2017

The Jemele Hill controversy is what happens when bigotry becomes partisan politics

Bigotry and conservative politics have become so entwined that it's hard to denounce one without implicating the other.
Sept. 9, 2017

Mike Hanlon, the black kid in Stephen King’s ‘It,’ has a remarkable backstory. The movie erased it.

The racial history behind the story's black character is one of the most interesting subplots in modern horror.
Sept. 5, 2017

Donald Trump doesn’t believe in “good” undocumented immigrants

The Trump administration's decision to end DACA shows how merciless Trump's immigration policy truly is.