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The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

Post-Rachel: What Rachel Dolezal Taught Us About Race

Tyree A. Boyd-Pates | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Tyree A. Boyd-Pates

It's time to redefine what "Blackness" really is. If not, Black people will continue to get duped in our own spaces. I don't know about you, but my Blackness can't handle another Rachel Dolezal. Yours shouldn't have to either.

We Shall Not Overcome, Unless We Stop Living in Denial

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Not practicing pluralism in our institutional governance and allowing our dinner table conversations to stereotype people of other races and religions, serves as the genesis of our troubles. All of us need to do better. Only then we shall indeed overcome.

Why I Fight to End Inequality and Racism

César Vargas | Posted 06.22.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

I am is more of a realist and a lover of justice for all.People of color aren't really getting any so my focus is on them.

Let's talk about race

Shawn Justin VanDiver | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Shawn Justin VanDiver

In South Carolina, we expect our brothers and sisters of color to drive on roads named after Generals who fought to enslave their forefathers. We expect them to live in peace while a symbol of hatred flies at their statehouses. We expect that they stay at home while more and more of their children are being killed in the streets, schools and churches

Dave Jamieson

Black And Living Under The Confederate Flag

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.20.2015 | Black Voices

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. -- Annie Caddell proudly flies the Confederate flag in her front yard here in the Charleston suburbs. She maintains a cache of spare...

Yes, Seriously, It's About Race

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

Stunningly, and probably predictably, some right-wing politicians and pundits not only don't seem to get it, but are attempting to distract and confuse others about what was the obvious, real motivation of this massacre. Seriously?

White Male Terror: Where Is the 'War'?

Jennifer Danielle Crumpton | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
Jennifer Danielle Crumpton

Why does our society automatically assume white male domestic terrorists must simply be mentally ill instead of hateful racists -- as commentators are suggesting in the coverage - brushing murders off as if the guy just couldn't help it?

The Hope of a Better Day

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

The events of the past several weeks, including Charleston and here in the Dallas area, represent an unparalleled opportunity for us. A gift, even. A gift of reflection. A gift of looking in the mirror.

Why Rachel Dolezal's Identity Fascinates Those of Us Living on the Color Line

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

The Dolezal incident isn't about her, it's about a society that clings to that racial line.

Cultures Are Not Costumes to Be Tried On

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I lived with the Hopi Indians on their tiny reservation for about eight years. I married a Hopi artist and we have a beautiful half-Hopi daughter who is an enrolled member of the tribe. Even before my marriage, I was all but legally adopted by a Hopi family. But I have never claimed to "be" Hopi.

Trump Joins Narratives of Hate over Immigration Battles

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The gigantic cover banner headline, "CLOWN RUNS FOR PREZ," appeared on the New York Daily News the morning following real estate mogul Donald Trump's announced run for the office of the presidency.

What It Means to Become 'BiRachel'

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

The timing of Dolezal's racial transition is extremely important. She benefitted from the inherited privileges of whiteness while growing up and through most of her adult life, then she later exploited light-skinned privilege while identifying as an ethnically mixed person.

This Poet's Take On ‘How To Raise A Black Son In America' Is Incredibly Powerful

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices

In his April TED talk, poet Clint Smith, a PhD candidate at Harvard, shared important lessons his father taught him about the unsettling reality of b...

Rachel Dolezal And The Complex Politics Of White Privilege

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

The fact that Rachel Dolezal was able to get away with living as a Black woman, albeit precariously, for so long is ironic as well as troubling. Her entire life story is the classic definition of White privilege.

Documentary Review: 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

What the documentary the filmmakers have assembled is educational, eye opening, often emotional, sad and galvanizing. As the 98 minutes of footage roll by, it becomes apparent that Jordan's tragedy is a chapter within a much longer book.

A Message to The Black and Latino Youth

César Vargas | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

To the inner city Black and Latino Youth who feel alone, abandoned by their loved ones, by school administrators, and their communities: You are not alone. You matter.

I Sometimes Don't Want To Be White Either

Ali Michael | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Ali Michael

Rachel Dolezal's actions are a potential pitfall for any White people on the journey towards recognizing the truth of what it means to be White and accepting responsibility for it. But we cannot not be White. And we cannot undo what Whiteness has done. We can only start from where we are and who we are.

How to Be an Ally Without Committing Rachel Dolezal's Mistake

Christine Stoddard | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

White people can, and should be, advocates for non-whites as a way of healing the world's many social injustices. Playing "blackface" is not one of those ways.

The Stolen Dreams of NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal

Antonio Moore | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Antonio Moore

Rachel Dolezal's actions are now bringing an awareness to deal with a dereliction of our past. Not just by her, but by all of us for not digging deeper.

I Am Confuzzled by Ms. Rachel Dolezal's Identity Crisis So I Asked My Kids for Help

Tanya Young Williams | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Tanya Young Williams

What does it mean to be Black versus African-American? I grappled with this question years ago; for no particular reason other than to have clarity within myself.

Alice Goffman and the Future of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Paul Stoller

When scholars attract widespread public attention the news coverage about them and their works, which is often incomplete and filled with misconceptions, is not usually good.

LeBron James Is Making His Cleveland Ancestors Proud

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.15.2015 | Sports
Megan Smolenyak

Whether LeBron knows it or not, three generations of his family once called Cleveland home. LeBron has classic, Great Migration heritage, and two branches of his family tree made their way from the South to Cleveland.

NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal Allegedly Faked Being A Black Woman For Years

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 06.12.2015 | Black Voices

The race of a Washington state NAACP leader has come under scrutiny after the woman's family told the press she has been falsely presenting herself as...

Title I: Replace the 'Belle of the Ball'?

Jack Jennings | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

Why hasn't Obama, as the first African American president, more fully embraced Title I, which was so enthusiastically supported for decades by African Americans? Is this an indication of broader problems with Title I?