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Keith Rushing
Keith Rushing is a freelance writer and blogger who writes about racial and social justice issues.

Entries by Keith Rushing

Note to Hillary: Hearts and Minds Must Be Changed on Race

(1) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:53 PM

A couple of weeks ago, Hillary Clinton showed she is a cynic when she told a group of Black Lives Matter activists in a videotaped meeting: "I don't believe you change hearts," adding "I believe you change laws, you change allocation of resources, you change the way systems...

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

(622) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 6:40 PM

Rising activism among black people around unresolved issues of race in America seems to have left many of our lighter-hued brothers and sisters feeling uneasy. And that's a good thing.

Just days ago, rightwing talk show host Bill O'Reilly criticized the #BlacksLivesMatter movement for its "gestapo" tactics,...

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Three Myths Pushed by Polluters to Avoid Improving Air Quality

(3) Comments | Posted July 31, 2015 | 4:07 PM

Just days ago, the National Association of Manufacturers, an organization representing factories and other major polluters, launched a multimillion dollar TV ad campaign aimed at keeping the EPA from strengthening federal health protections from ozone pollution. Distortions and misinformation is a key tactic in their effort...

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Big Oil: Masters of Deception and Inhumanity

(4) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 8:17 PM

Last week, the American Petroleum Institute -- the primary lobbying group for the oil and gas industry -- hit a new low in their use of deceptive advertising.

The lobbyists launched a huge advertising campaign throughout the country aimed at stopping the U.S Environmental Protection Agency...

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Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 3:54 PM

Black Lives Matter leaders brilliantly reframed Black History Month, Black Future Month, to focus on a separate cultural or political issue facing African Americans every day in February.

It was so appropriate, so smart, to set aside time to not only grapple with a large set of issues--indelibly linked to...

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A Food Fight for Our Times

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 5:03 PM

Think of food politics as an increasingly complex, layered and controversial arena where people make decisions about food or food production based not just on the food itself but its impact on the environment, health, the treatment of animals, working conditions and pay, just to name a few factors.


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Mayor Bloomberg Should Learn From the Federal Court's Rejection of the NYPD's Stop and Frisk Policies

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 4:01 PM

A federal judge has ruled that New York City's stop and frisk practices were unconstitutional and amounted to an "indirect policy of racial profiling."

The decision is a significant step toward racial fairness in a city where black and Latino males have been targeted for years through...

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Obama's Historic Comments on Race Need to be Followed by Bold Action to Ban Racial Profiling

(26) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Last week, President Barack Obama did something unprecedented in his 18-minute speech on race by validating concerns about racial profiling, systemic discrimination and the need for systemic change in a way that no one else could.

He did this knowing that he would be criticized by conservatives and...

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The Need to End the War on Drugs Is Personal for Me

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 6:32 PM

I recently moderated a discussion of a new documentary called "How to Make Money Selling Drugs," -- produced by actor Adrian Grenier and writer-director Matthew Cooke -- at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The film showed how the War on...

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Race Is at the Root of the Divide Over Immigration Reform

(11) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 4:58 PM

Almost all the talk around immigration reform skirts the real issues: race and your vision of America. There are now nearly 51 million Latinos living in the United States and their population has grown astronomically. As their population has grown, so has their political strength.

The New...

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Black Immigrants Demand Humane Immigration Reform That Protects Civil Rights

(11) Comments | Posted March 25, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Overlooked in the national dialogue and media coverage of immigration reform are the lives and experiences of Black immigrants.

This week that changed a bit when hundreds of Black immigrants, mostly from Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America rallied at the U.S. Capitol, participated in a Hill briefing...

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Dissecting the Long, Deep Roots of Racial Profiling in America

(13) Comments | Posted March 1, 2013 | 7:54 PM

Many think of racial profiling as a relatively recent problem that manifested in the 1980s when news of African Americans being pulled over for "driving while black" began making national headlines. The problem, however, dates back centuries and is a fairly recent manifestation of discriminatory conduct by law enforcement and...

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How Is There Still Racial Profiling in the 'Post-Racial' Age of Obama

(66) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 8:00 PM

The election of Barack Obama, the nation's first African American president, just four years ago, signaled a turning point in the nation's struggle for racial equality.

Many of us who have spent years fighting for racial equality will never forget how overjoyed we were on Election...

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The Real Motivation Behind Arizona's Ugly SB 1070

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2012 | 9:30 AM

Those of us who support the right of immigrants to live normal lives free of the alienation, ghettoizing and fear that result from xenophobic policies drenched in racism are, of course, disgusted by the Supreme Court's decision to allow the racial profiling provision of SB 1070 to go...

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Trayvon Martin's Death Cries Out For A Reexamination of Race in America

(42) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 1:23 PM

The horrible death of Trayvon Martin has put the stereotyping of black men and racial profiling front-and-center in the national consciousness like no other case in more than a decade. Trayvon, a teen with great promise, who played football, loved video games and had dreams of going to...

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King's Dream is Far From Fulfilled

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2012 | 11:00 AM

What can one say about the state of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream of racial and social equality as we approach his 83rd birthday on Monday? A great deal. Volumes and volumes. Why so much? Because the work of achieving racial equality, ending poverty and ending war is so unfinished.

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Occupy Wall Street Offers Rare Chance to Address Economic and Social Inequality

(3) Comments | Posted November 14, 2011 | 8:38 PM

We are at a crossroads in American history. For many in the United States, the American Dream, the idea that the U.S. offers the chance to earn a decent living, buy a nice home and afford college opportunities for one's children, is fraying. The Dream, although often quite difficult to...

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Troy Davis Cannot Die in Vain; We Must Abolish the Death Penalty

(5) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 6:07 PM

I work for an organization that works to end racial profiling by law enforcement. Racial profiling, the practice of singling out people for stops, searches and investigations based on skin color and physical characteristics is, indeed, a major problem and a national disgrace. (If you agree with me then

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Alabama's HB56 Shows Racism Still Part of State Culture

(107) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 1:16 PM

Last week, a federal court's decision allowed parts of a law to go into effect that essentially requires police to racially profile people while criminalizing undocumented migrants for being without immigration documents. The law and the decision upholding it shows that Alabama -- in passing the harshest anti-immigration...

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Vermont State Police Engage in Clear Case of Racial Profiling

(3) Comments | Posted September 29, 2011 | 5:09 PM

Have you ever been a passenger in a car that was stopped because the driver was speeding or ran a light, and get asked what country you're from? And then get asked for identification documents? Well, that's what happened to two migrant workers, Danilo Lopez and Antonio Meza-Sandoval,...

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