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Race Relations: Forgetting Ferguson, Remembering 1967, Contemplating the Future

Frank Islam | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Frank Islam

Since the shooting and killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson by a police officer and other tragic incidents between African Americans and police in face-to-face encounters and the subsequent protests, a national dialogue on race relations has begun once again.

Let's All Breathe Again

Robert E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Robert E. Johnson

As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 02.15.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 02.14.2015 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

James McBride: That's the America I Live In

Louisiana Channel | Posted 02.15.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

"When you glorify violence, then it comes back to bite you." In this short video, writer James McBride reflects on the riots in the city of Ferguson and America's refusal to take a long critical look at itself.

The Nation Is Not Listening

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The fact is that the nation has been having a conversation about race for centuries. There is no need to wait for the next impassioned response to a tragic, racially polarizing event to renew calls for a national dialogue. The problem is not that the conversation has yet to begin; it is that the nation is willingly ignoring the one that's long been underway.

More Police Accountability Just One Piece of the Puzzle

Murali Balaji | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

One of the most encouraging signs in the wake of nationwide protests urging an end to police brutality has been a concrete, substantive discussion on how to move forward.

The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry: On Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Dean Rader | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

The most talked about book of American poetry of 2014 is Claudia Rankine's Citizen. In fact, it is hard to think of a book of poems in recent memory that has received more acclaim.

Reflections on Race, Power, and Science

T.A. Ridout | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

With the current news cycle highlighting police brutality against African Americans, it is hard not to contemplate the continuing role of race in American life. Despite our progress as a nation and more broadly as a human race, we still struggle with seemingly antiquated modes of thinking that lead to unnecessary frictions between people.

'My Country, 'Tis of Thee'... and Then There Was Ferguson... and Staten Island

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 02.08.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Instead of arguing about whether Mike Brown had stolen cigarillos, or whether Eric Garner should have allowed himself to be arrested, we should adopt the language of "Black lives matter -- all of them." We all have a stake in creating a better system. But for that to happen, we have to be in this together.

No Work, No Justice

Areva Martin | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
Areva Martin

While everyone has their eyes on the U.S. Department of Justice with hopes it will launch federal civil rights actions against Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, the two police officers involved in the Brown and Garner matters, it's actually equally important for us to focus on local politics. It's there that the power for change lies.

'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 4

Dave Kreissman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

Recently, several St. Louis Rams players protested the Ferguson non-indictment, pantomiming "hands up, don't shoot" as they came on the field. But in the '60s, the intersection of sports, politics and religion reached its zenith in the person of Muhammad Ali.

Statement on Grand Jury's Decision in the Death of Eric Garner

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.07.2015 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

In the tragic killing of Michael Brown, while there appear to have been credible witnesses, there were no cameras or videos. If we cannot believe our own eyes with what we witnessed on the Eric Garner video, who or what can we believe?

I Can't Breathe

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Helene Cohen Bludman

There are things most white people can't imagine, she told me. When black people walk into a store, she said, they are often eyed suspiciously by store clerks. White people cross the street to distance themselves from black people. The distrust, if not fear and hatred, is palpable.

A Dance Celebration in Chicago at the Auditorium Theater

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

The return of the company to Chicago after almost 17 years was a gift to lovers of dance.

Lend Me a Breath

Satpal Singh | Posted 02.04.2015 | Religion
Satpal Singh

The issue is still larger than Mr. Eric Garner and Mr. Michael Brown. What we saw in New York City and Ferguson are just symptoms of a cancer that has metastasized all over humanity.

Eric Garner's Death Was 'Legal' in the United States. America Killed Him, Not Police.

H. A. Goodman | Posted 02.03.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The manner in which law enforcement protects this country is a reflection of the values within our society, and everything from "stop-and-frisk" to racial profiling speak volumes of who we are as a nation.

The Fear of Black Bodies in Motion

Wallace Best, Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Wallace Best, Ph.D.

Throughout our history black bodies in motion have been deemed a threat. This is the common denominator in every case in this recent reign of terror on black bodies.

Black Lives Matter

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

"Black lives matter." "I can't breath." These are the words that have been chanted by protestors from New York to California. Demonstrations continue nationwide against the deaths of young black men at the hands of police officers.

The Second Civil Rights Movement

Michael Yaki | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Michael Yaki

A Second Civil Rights Movement can bring together millions of Americans in unison to protest the inequities that not only divide our society, but are creating deeper, possibly insurmountable rifts in our national fabric.

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Love and Letting Go

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

I think what I've written as a law scholar has been consequential but probably not as important as what I say here, because it deals with the most important aspect of the human experience: love.

Top Five

Dwight Brown | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Andre Allen (Rock) is a hip New York-based stand-up comedian who has stretched his talents thin. He's in a plethora of movies; none are particularly good, though they have brought him fame and fortune.

World AIDS Day 2014: Young, Old, Black, White, MSM

Matthew Ebert | Posted 01.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew Ebert

This is a conversation started over a dinner table, a glass of red wine, a chocolate mousse, in a luxurious hotel neither one of us could afford. On the dime of some charity--we talked about AIDS. I will admit I wanted to kiss him. So I didn't.