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Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Lions and Kings: Killing and the Abuse of Power

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | August 2, 2015 | Religion
There is certainly a lot of outrage over the killing of Cecil the Lion by an American dentist. Yet, as Americans have grieved and raged against the killing of Cecil, many have not put that same energy and empathy into grieving and raging against the slaughter of African Americans in the U.S., especially by police.
Clarence B. Jones

Be Careful What You Ask For -- What Time is It?

Clarence B. Jones | August 2, 2015 | Black Voices
Years ago, Rev. Jesse Jackson would open up several of his speeches by loudly asking, "What time is it?" He would answer his own question by responding, "Nation time!" Well, it's "Nation time" again. Only this time, it is more urgent.
Marian Wright Edelman

Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | August 1, 2015 | Politics
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."
Keith Rushing

White America, It's Time to Be Uncomfortable and OK With It

Keith Rushing | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
To white Americans who are uncomfortable, I say: welcome to our world. You may be uncomfortable for a while until we make America a truly fair and racially just society.
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Why What Happened to Cecil the Lion and Samuel DuBose Should Matter To Us All

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
Rather, I'm questioning why it is that the sanctity of some lives is not considered by others - as if they do not matter at all, or merely exist at another individual's discretion and not by their own agency.
Andre E. Johnson

Ray Tensing and the Myth of the "Good Cop"

Andre E. Johnson | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
This shooting speaks of the character of the officer because what kind of officer would shoot and kill an unarmed human, then lie about it, while all the time KNOWING that the whole thing was on tape because he was wearing a body camera?
Morris W. O'Kelly

Why I've Never Supported (The Hashtag) #BlackLivesMatter

Morris W. O'Kelly | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
In this generation, simply sending out a tweet with a trending hashtag is lazy, disingenuous and ill-conceived in generating momentum for a movement. A well-timed status update largely does nothing other than trick the person into believing he/she has done their part in the struggle.
Ursula Lauriston

These 8 Photos Show the Beauty of Being Young, Black, & Proud

Ursula Lauriston | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
Wouldn't it be great to celebrate black people, just for being black? Nothing is more positive than flipping the script. Where there is oppression, we will uplift. And where there is hate, we'll inject love.
Michael Gordon Bennett

No, The Black Community Is Not Bankrupt

Michael Gordon Bennett | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
My professor's perception was rooted in a common false meme that has followed black America since slavery -- the idea that we lack financial acumen, don't know how to build businesses, need to be told what to do with our finances, and are overly reliant on government handouts.
Clarence B. Jones

Remembering Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner: 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act

Clarence B. Jones | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
Next week on the date of the anniversary of the signing of the Act, Republican presidential primary contenders will be holding their first TV debate. Think about this for a moment: On the 50th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the Republican party today, along with Chief Justice Roberts' 2014 Shelby v Holder decision, has done more to dismantle the Act, than any other effort in recent memory.
Terrence Chappell

31 Things White People Should Culturally Appropriate

Terrence Chappell | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
Appropriators are doing themselves a great disservice if they think the Black experience is just limited to hairstyles and hip-hop. I decided to put together a list things White people really should be appropriating, so they can truly have a holistic, intimate grasp on Blackness.
j.n. salters

I Just Want to Be Held and Spun Around: On Black Life, Death, Love and Exhaustion

j.n. salters | July 31, 2015 | Black Voices
Fearing for your life every time you walk outside, every time you get behind the wheel, every time you see a police officer, every time you breathe, is exhausting. Living in a world in which your blackness and woman-ness makes you less than human -- a hypersexual, angry or subservient caricature, the constant target of catcalling, rape and assault -- is exhausting.
Bob Burnett

Black Lives Do Matter

Bob Burnett | July 30, 2015 | Politics
Black lives do matter. Nonetheless, as a result of liberal lethargy and conservative antipathy, in many parts of the US blacks are second-class citizens, at the mercy of local police and unable to gain access to decent jobs, housing, healthcare, and the other aspects of a middle-class life.
Philippe Ladvocat

Diary of an Ex-Bourgeois

Philippe Ladvocat | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
Just like in Blindness, by Jose Saramago, I realized I didn't see. And that contagious blindness is still getting spread around. As this continues to happen, there will be a surplus of selfishness and a lack of compassion, and Brazil will continue to be far from the country of the future.
Tiffany Griffin

8 Acts of Self-Love To Take After Consuming Racially-Charged Media

Tiffany Griffin | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
As countless stories of race-based killing fill my news feed, I find my reactions ranging from melancholy to anger to fatigue and back again
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

Wrestling With The Notion of a Good God

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | July 30, 2015 | Religion
As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

The Color of Hatred

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
America has always relied on black forgiveness to absolve itself of white guilt. The Charleston massacre was no different. By choosing to highlight the forgiveness of the black faith community, they shifted the burden of responsibility onto the oppressed in a classic display of deflection.
Courtney R. Baker

Outrage Over The Death Of A Lion, But Not Black Women And Men?

Courtney R. Baker | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
People of color are dying in custody on a regular basis in this country, but the clearest outrage is being directed against a lion dying at the hands of a hunter in Zimbabwe.
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Nelson Mandela and The Transformative Power of Service

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
"He that is greatest among you shall be your servant." The late Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, modeled servant leadership in action. His leadership focused on the importance of community-building and empowering others to lead social change.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

Black Lives, White Silence and the Second Reconstruction

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | July 30, 2015 | Black Voices
The tragic shooting deaths of nine African-American congregants in a South Carolina church and its juxtaposition with the ongoing debate about police mistreatment of African-Americans in a nation led by president who is part African suggests we are in a curious moment in U.S. history.
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