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Pastor Pinckney Is a Martyr -- Build the Statue

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Forget the Civil War. It is over. It is killing us. We, all Americans, need statues and honors to the smartest and best children of the South.

Save Our Kids -- Call For a Season of Agitation

David Kanegis | Posted 06.24.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Let's hope the New York State Senate gets the message and protects one of our most vulnerable groups and the future of this great nation -- the children!

Diversity Is a Business Crisis in Silicon Valley

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Granted, Silicon Valley is investing in programs to attract women and minorities to the technology field, engender good will, and increase workforce diversity through pipeline development. But there continues to be a lack of urgency to change.

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Sometimes artistry and insanity are so intertwined you can't distinguish them. That was the challenge for singer Nina Simone; dealing with worldwide fame and a madness she couldn't shake.

Charleston Church Shooting is a Crime Against all of America

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Charleston newspaper on day after massacre featuring sticker with sale on guns and ammo. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families and ...

A Searching Moral Inventory: America's Opportunity to Avoid the Haunting Self-Destruction of Racism

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Healing the long-term, collective race-based wounds to the psyches and emotions of Americans will not be an easy or expeditious task. But it MUST be done if we are to have the type of healthy, strong and united nation needed to survive an otherwise volatile and unpredictable world.

Stars, Bars, and Unspoken Languages

María Carla Sánchez | Posted 06.22.2015 | Latino Voices
María Carla Sánchez

I wish that my black neighbors and fellow citizens in South Carolina did not have to live with seeing this flag every day. I have no doubt their families told them similar stories of its danger, in many cases stories far worse; and they too, comprehend perfectly what that flag tells them.

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

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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.