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Strengthening the Connections Between African Americans and National Parks

Michael Sainato | Posted 03.27.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Sainato

The arches of Yellowstone National Park at the park entrance displays the Theodore Roosevelt quote, "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." Despite Roosevelt's rhetoric, the national parks' missions have lacked focus towards African Americans for decades.

Note to Stephen A. Smith, Stick to Sports -- Not Politics!

Carl Jeffers | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics
Carl Jeffers

We all have our areas of specific and recognized expertise, and to that end it is always advisable to maximize our credibility and stature within our area of expertise as we are then subject to far less questioning and challenges than when we venture outside of that area.

The Call For A National Crime And Justice Task Force

Jamira Burley | Posted 03.25.2015 | Crime
Jamira Burley

The creation of the National Crime and Justice Task Force will be a step in the right direction to ensure that the United States government does more to protect human rights nationwide and ensures that policing policies are in line with international human rights standards.

Don't Give Away Your Power on April 7

Andrea L. Zopp | Posted 03.23.2015 | Chicago
Andrea L. Zopp

From now until April 7, we have the power to push both candidates to give specific answers. After you get the questions you want answered, you must take the final step and cast your ballot.

Top 5 Reasons to Celebrate Obamacare's 5th Anniversary

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Health care is a human right and fundamental for a moral society. The ACA and its many provisions are important steps on our journey to health justice, a path that requires all of us (healthcare providers, elected officials, public health experts, and "ordinary" people) to do our part for our fellow Americans.

Hillary Clinton Ready to Take the Next Step to Forging a 'More Perfect Union'

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

We live in a complex world and it's one Clinton knows well. There are no easy answers on how to deal with ISIS, the Iranians, the Israeli/Palestinian question, race relations, etc. Anyone who suggests there are easy answers to these and other thorny issues should be regarded as a fool.

Next Steps on the Ferguson Front

Kevin Cokley | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kevin Cokley

My heart goes out to every officer and their families killed in the line of duty. That is a pain I wish on no one. But like Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, I am also sick and tired of being sick and tired -- of the denial of institutional racism, even in the midst of overwhelming evidence.

I Just Don't Understand Why White People Want to Use the N-Word

Abiola Abrams | Posted 03.20.2015 | Black Voices
Abiola Abrams

The n-word has the blood of thousands of lynchings, beatings, and other horrific crimes melded between its letters, meshed in its very fibers. So, why do some white people want the right to use this abhorrent word again?

Ben Walsh

Why Inequality Is Up, But Support For Doing Anything About It Isn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Ben Walsh | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

Something strange is happening in the U.S. economy: Inequality has risen, but there hasn’t been a rising demand to do anything about it. A new B...

Gabriel Arana

Blacks Better Off 'When Whites Were Still Lynching Blacks,' Says Wall Street Journal Writer

HuffingtonPost.com | Gabriel Arana | Posted 03.19.2015 | Media

According to the Wall Street Journal's Jason Riley, blacks were doing a lot better back in the days when lynchings were common. In a column on Tues...

Why Racist Tweets and Frat Songs Elicit Greater Outrage Than 39 Percent of Black Children in Poverty

H. A. Goodman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
H. A. Goodman

Americans today aren't racist people, but we live in a country where vapid outrage masks grandiose systemic racism.

The White Person's Guide to Eliminating Racism

Dale Hansen | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Dale Hansen

Luckily, conservative whites have spent an awful lot of time recently telling other races and cultures how they can go about fixing their issues, so there is already a guide for white people to follow to help with their racist tendencies.

Police Shootings and Mental Health

Lauren Carson | Posted 03.13.2015 | Black Voices
Lauren Carson

This is not just the all too familiar headline focusing on a young unarmed African American male shot dead by police, but also the story of a man who needed mental health assistance and instead of receiving the professional assistance he so desperately needed, he received fatal bullets.

Why Would You Call Them 'Miracle Schools'?

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.13.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A recent online kerfuffle raised the question -- yet again -- of whether it is possible for schools to help children of color and children from low-income homes learn to high standards. I'm always a bit surprised that it's still necessary to have this conversation, but I guess it is.

Kate Sheppard

'Green The Church' Seeks To Mobilize Black Churches On Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.13.2015 | Green

Leaders of the "Green The Church" movement launched a new effort this week to help 1,000 African-American congregations take action on climate change....

'Black Bottom' Brings Audience to Their Feet

Aleeka Kay Edwards | Posted 03.11.2015 | Hawaii
Aleeka Kay Edwards

The superlative performances in The Actors' Group production of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom were so convincing during opening weekend that when Ma Rainey halted the recording session to demand Coca-Cola from her white producer, a theatergoer left his audience seat to hand her his personal soda can.

Not Too Dark Please!

Gerard Kersey | Posted 03.10.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

Growing up I remember I was so eager to meet, date and begin relationships with light-skinned girls. I don't know how it started or really why, but six of my seven closest friends all agreed with me.

Cuts to Liberal Arts Education Threaten Our Future and Our Past

Thomas A. Foster | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Thomas A. Foster

Cuts to the humanities and social sciences threaten the broader Liberal Arts project that is so vital to our society.

Deepening Our Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Bonnie St. John | Posted 03.10.2015 | Business
Bonnie St. John

"Disability is represented in all other dimensions of human difference including race, faith, and sexual orientation. Almost everyone will experience a temporary disability at some point in their lives and likely end up with one or more life-long disabilities as they grow older."

The Story We Don't Tell About Selma

Cassandra Jackson | Posted 03.09.2015 | Black Voices
Cassandra Jackson

On March 7 2015, the 50th anniversary of Selma, the president recounted the awe-inspiring story of what happened in Alabama in 1965: Despite their seeming powerlessness, African-Americans and their allies engaged in nonviolent protest that compelled a nation

AIDS and African-American History

NOTCHES | Posted 03.05.2015 | Black Voices
NOTCHES

Black inequality--inaugurated under slavery and maintained by protean forms of white supremacy--has been central to American society, through to the present day. But where does AIDS fit into this story?

"It's The Blackness That Scares Everybody": Why White People Favor "African-Americans"

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the...

10 Ways White People Are More Racist Than They Realize

Salon | Kali Holloway | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it’s that there are no racists in this country. (In fact, not only do mul...

The Woman Who Has Played Harriet Tubman 200 Times

Chris Taylor | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices
Chris Taylor

In the theatre world, there are ordinary roles, and then there are roles of a lifetime. Harriet Tubman is among the latter.

Medical Myths Are Killing Us

Ace Robinson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Ace Robinson

In the past few months, I -- and many of my colleagues in the field of Public Health -- have been absolutely horrified by the seemingly growing number of preventable illnesses in this country.