Graham Nessler, who has an awesome forthcoming book with UNC, just wrote a post for their blog! Here is an excerpt of the post:
As the Obama era nears its end, the politics of racial (and religious) difference seem to dominate the headlines. From theanti-Muslim violence and bigotry that have intensified following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015, to the heightening of the affirmative action debate to the festering controversies over racially charged criminal justice issues such as policing and mass incarceration, this appears to be a particularly polarized moment in America. As I finished my book this past fall, I often thought of parallels between these current events and my own area of historical expertise: the Haitian Revolution and the counterrevolutionary project that followed.