Pundits are obsessing over what black voters think about same-sex marriage. It's the wrong question. Strong, new coalitions are growing around a far broader social justice fight for all the relationships and families the right fears and demonizes.
From CeCe McDonald to Trayvon Martin, the question of whether black victims of violence are supposedly "innocent" is irrelevant. What matters it that black and transgender bodies are often under siege, and sometimes we must fight back.
James's personal and artistic journey has a lot to teach us about the shifting politics of race, class and feminist politics over the course of the last half century. Kenyon Farrow explores the late icon's history.