White supremacy asks us, on the Fourth, to consider ourselves one American people. But this too is an injustice, because it asks many to forget the ways in which the promise of America never applied to them and still remains largely incomplete. Perpetuating the myth of American independence, while it doesn't fully apply to all, cannibalizes the very hope of full emancipation and real equality.
NASCAR has urged its avid followers not to bring the Confederate flag to their races: "[W]e are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events." It will be interesting to see if the hardcore comply.
Charleston Church Shooting,
Crude Oil Trains,
Black Voices News
Little by little, we are getting closer to a deeper conversation about race -- and what we can do to correct our ugly history so that the actions of the future are not continuously bound by the racist policies and practices of the past. We are not there yet, but this issue isn't going away.
Cradle To Prison Pipeline,
John F. Kennedy,
Marian Wright Edelman,
Martin Luther King Jr,
Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,
Jim Crow Laws,
South Carolina Nine,
I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.
The fourth of July is upon us, a holiday that signifies a meaningful moment in U.S. history, a date that marks our official independence as a nation. Over time, freedom and independence have come to take on very deep meaning for me as a transracially adopted person.
I lived in America for the vast majority of my life, but I never thought of my country as defining or vital in my personal construction of identity. However, being a part of an international school community of people from different parts of the world does not dissolve the idea of nationality.
Obergefell v. Hodges,
Black Voices News
Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.
Blacks are expected in a few states to live in the shadows of flag that celebrated and promoted our enslavement under any means necessary.
Robert Glasper Trio,
Rhythm And Blues,
Tonight I'm joined by two-time Grammy-winner Robert Glasper. The talented and innovative pianist has reunited with his jazz trio on the hit new album, Covered, which was recorded in front of a live audience at Capitol Studios.
Emanuel A.M.E. Church,
Loving v. Virginia,
Otis Moss III,
Confederate Battle Flag,
Trinity United Church Of Christ,
Gay Voices News
The marriage victory required decades of work by countless people. More work remains, from transgender and immigrant rights to police reform, employment protections, and rebuffing the false pose of victimhood by religious bullies.
Devin Allen refuses to let the momentum for social justice subside after the city of Baltimore erupted in protests following the death of Freddie Gray. The photographer is keeping awareness alive.
The physical and psychological violence inflicted upon Browder from arrest to release by the same institutions which purport to keep us safe is a stain on the consciousness of every New Yorker as it was carried out in our name as the mangled byproduct of our collective democratic will.
As we celebrate the independence of our nation this week, I am comforted to believe, to hope and to pray that, in time, we might reflect on this heartbreaking event as a harbinger not of hate and division, but of a new era of unity and peace in our nation for all its people.
One day I hope to see more programs like those that have made San Francisco a success in the fight against HIV/AIDS go beyond the city's borders and provide hope for those who need it most -- not just those wealthy enough to reside in the city limits.
Through his intriguing and poignant pictures, Congolese artist and photographer Sammy Baloji confronts the Western portrayal of his country by linking old photographs from Belgian colonial times with contemporary ones. The result is captivating.
It's late on a Friday afternoon with lots of people rushing around at the beginning of their weekend and I was one of them too ... until I heard the delightful sounds of music coming from a singer who caused me to quickly stop and pay attention.
Even as I write this there are still family members of the Charleston Nine who have not buried their loved ones. Every flag in the state should be at half-mast until that has occurred. The Rebel flag that was once worn proudly by the confessed killer still waves at the statehouse.
You don't know me, and perhaps you never will, but I want to say Thank You. Thank You for giving my daughter and the daughters of this world something to look forward too.
Black Health Matters,
Black Voices News
The physical endangerment that intense hostility toward a group can produce is particularly unsettling when you consider the breadth of damage it can have on how the targeted group thinks about their safety.
How much worse is it going to have to get before we take accountability for our racism and actively engage in dismantling it?