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The Culture Clash in Mississippi's Mosques

African-American Muslims who once preached black separatism have opened their mosques to all Muslims. It has been a bumpy ride.  

Is Racial Violence Part of Mississippi's Past or Present?

It depends whom you ask. Ten young locals have pleaded guilty to federal hate crime charges in Jackson, but white leaders don't want to talk about it.

Undocumented and Unaware: 'I Don't Know What I Am Anymore'

Lendy Velasquez has a thick drawl and a driver's permit--but unlike her classmates, the teenager needs DACA to stay in the country. 

Will a Black-Latino Alliance in Mississippi Change Politics in the Deep South?

On immigration and other issues, minorities are having success pushing back against the long-standing conservative white majority.

If Courts Halt Immigration Action, Los Angeles Will Keep Going

"We're going to move forward," says Mayor Eric Garcetti, of the city's commitment to helping undocumented residents gain legal status.

The Coming College Decline

Barring a policy change, the percentage of Americans with four-year degrees is about to drop. That's bad for everyone.

How to Close the Racial Achievement Gap

The Latino students in this Phoenix mentorship program all go to college. More importantly, 85 percent of them graduate.

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About The Next America

The Next America explores the political, economic and social impacts of profound racial and cultural change facing our nation. The initiative includes polls, national and local events with thought leaders, magazine supplements and this site. In 2010, Ronald Brownstein wrote a National Journal cover story, explained the impact of a shift to an older, more ethnically diverse America. “The Gray and the Brown: A Generational Mismatch” is the foundation of The Next America.