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

Abiola Abrams | Posted 05.20.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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 06.18.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.10.2015 | 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 05.09.2015 | 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 05.05.2015 | 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 04.29.2015 | 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 05.03.2015 | 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.

In Solidarity: When Caribbean Immigrants Become Black

NBC News | Victoria Brown | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

listened with fascination as my Jamaican immigrant student enumerated the ways West Indians were superior to African Americans. Children from the C...

Natchez, Mississippi Up Close

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.02.2015 | Travel
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

I looked forward to my first visit to Mississippi. During decades of travel across the USA, I have covered much of the South, but had not wandered through or made any forays into the great State of Mississippi.

Black Futures Must Involve Environmental Justice

Keith Rushing | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.

Focus Movie Review

Dwight Brown | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Will Smith carries this film on shoulders. His cool demeanor and devil-may-care attitude are appealing. He has tremendous stage presence, and he knows how to work the camera.

Call It Western Supremacy

David Moore | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
David Moore

We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.

Freedom at Last From Discriminatory Lending: A Fairer Future With Technology

Jason van den Brand | Posted 06.08.2015 | Money
Jason van den Brand

Changing the way one applies for a loan doesn't simply mean stating for 28 pages that a borrower will not be discriminated against, or that we should depend solely on federal and state regulations to curb financial intuitions' racist lending practices.

Why America Needs Black History Month

Aryanna Prasad | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices
Aryanna Prasad

if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.