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'There Is No Place for Hate in the Immigration Debate'

Jonathan Greenblatt | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Greenblatt

There is nothing patriotic or admirable about hatred and hate-fueled violence. The only acceptable response to hate crimes is unequivocal, strong condemnation. And the same is true for the bias, prejudice and bigoted speech that have recently permeated the immigration conversation.

The Cosmic Mashup of Atticus Finch, Michael Brown and Bernie Sanders

Kimberly Krautter | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Kimberly Krautter

Little ironies and coincidences always amuse me. As I scanned my social media feeds this weekend, the juxtaposition of posts about Harper Lee's latest release with those about Michael Brown, and Bernie Sanders versus #BlackLivesMatter seemed like some sort of cosmic salvo.

Fear and Loathing at IHOP

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.06.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

So a woman approached the Vazquezes, and in the spirit of neighborliness, promptly snapped, "We speak English in America." She also offered the helpful suggestion that the mother and son should "go back to Spain," even though Ms. Vasquez is from El Salvador.

No, The Black Community Is Not Bankrupt

Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.31.2015 | Black Voices
Michael Gordon Bennett

My professor's perception was rooted in a common false meme that has followed black America since slavery -- the idea that we lack financial acumen, don't know how to build businesses, need to be told what to do with our finances, and are overly reliant on government handouts.

Fade to White: Examining the "Cultural Smudging" Effect On Black Music

EBONY.com | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices
EBONY.com

From blue-eyed soul to straight-up theft, Black music has long been imitated and acculturated by Whites. we take a look at the difference between flattery and misappropriation.

Look at All the Hispanics on Los Angeles' "Most Wanted" List!

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.01.2015 | Los Angeles
Jason Salzman

It's widely known that Donald Trump's angry comments about Mexican immigrants being rapists and horrible people generally are false. Recent immigrants...

Is It Okay to Out Someone?

James Owens | Posted 07.22.2015 | Gay Voices
James Owens

Over the course of my life I have come across a number of closet cases, each with their own range of reasons for hiding their true self; every excuse becoming more and more absurd with every step toward equality. Come on people, it's 2015!

Spewing Hate: I Support My Ex-Pastor's First Amendment Rights

Chris Sosa | Posted 07.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Chris Sosa

He's not being persecuted, we're just both taking part in a time-honored practice called free speech. It's protected, and there's not a single reason to believe anyone is going to stop you or me from stating exactly what's on our minds unless we cross into the zones of harassment or personal defamation.

Let's Get Rid of the Term 'White Privilege'

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The problem with white privilege is that the concept is painfully easy to refute. I'm referring to white individuals who hear the word "privilege" thrown at them and interpret it as an individual attack rather than as a societal fact.

Franklin Graham and Christian Bigotry

Kelly James Clark | Posted 07.20.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

Our prejudices and bigotry require very little attention. Only radical Muslims make the news and peace-loving Muslims do not. Few of us have Muslim friends. But lack of information is bigotry's best friend -- bigotry feeds on precious little (biased) information.

Donald Trump Has Been Located!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.21.2015 | Comedy
Warren J. Blumenfeld

"What planet is Donald on?" Well, wonder no longer. The Donald has been located!

Public Figures and Petty Hatred

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Abraham H. Foxman

Here at the Anti-Defamation League, we get it all the time. Most recently when we criticized Jarryd Hayne, a former Australian rugby star and now a running back on the San Francisco 49ers, for revisiting the ancient charge blaming Jews for the death of Christ.

Atticus Finch and the Emanuel Nine

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.15.2015 | Books
Barbara Falconer Newhall

I haven't even cracked open my brand-new copy of Go Set a Watchman. But already I've got opinions. I was wondering, what made Harper Lee put aside this original manuscript and rewrite it as To Kill a Mockingbird? Was the writing inferior in the original version?

The Gay Republican

Izak Pratt | Posted 07.08.2015 | Gay Voices
Izak Pratt

I refuse to accept the notion that being gay is not an important aspect that defines you. It touches everything that defines you. You could lose your job, wealth, reputation, status and family but being gay remains with you until you die.

And They Were Bigots...

Joseph Callahan | Posted 07.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Joseph Callahan

Tradition may tolerate bigotry for a while, may see it as socially acceptable, but over time, the human heart wins out, and decency and equality for everyone shows a new face.

B*got vs. F@ggot

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic Vote has created a video, "Not Alone," in opposition to last week's Supreme Court ruling granting same-sex couples the right to marry. On their website, they tell us that the video is about "6 courageous young people" who want to "tell the world" that they are not afraid to express their views against same-sex marriage. This video is offensive. Here's why.

Marriage Equality: Racism on the Side

Stephanie Mott | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

My heart is filled with joy. My heart is filled with pain. My heart is filled with purpose. My heart is filled with hope.

Confederate Flags: A Day Late, a Dollar Short

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Southerners claim a deep allegiance to the good old United States of America, but ironically celebrate their ancestors' efforts to dissolve the very union of states whose flag they now so proudly fly. You cannot simultaneously love the United States and love the idea of dissolving the bond between states that constitute the country.

The NAACP's First Trans-Racial Leader

Adrian Margaret Brune | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Adrian Margaret Brune

If Dolezal felt she might have an easier time of achieving her goals as a woman of mixed race, then cynically, she was likely correct. She need not look further than the example of Walter White.

Southern Baptist Compares Marriage Equality to Nazi Persecution

James Peron | Posted 06.17.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

To compare their anti-rights campaign to Bonhoeffer's pro-rights campaign is laughable. It merely indicates they are as prone to twisting history, as they do the Bible, to justify their own deep-rooted prejudices.

Accepting and Moving On in Post-racial and Post-tribal Societies

Washington Osiro | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Washington Osiro

Without absolving or equivocating on America's hypocrisy on matters of race, racism and abuse of civil rights, it is ironic and equally hypocritical that Africans, who have little compunction about hacking one another to death because of differences, physical or perceived, are some of the loudest decriers of racism and bigotry in America.

The Gay Conspiracy to Destroy Christianity -- Really!

James Peron | Posted 05.15.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The ancient, bland doyen of the religious Right, Phyllis Schlafly -- an anti-feminist, anti-gay mother of a gay son -- has been wheeled out yet again to pontificate about "Cakegate," that sad attempt by daft conservatives to turn cakes into the last battle of the culture war.

What Stories Help Us Fight Anti-Muslim Bigotry in America?

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The religious community tells a lot of stories. We tell stories from our sacred texts, we tell stories from our history, and we tell stories about what it's like to be a member of our community today.

I Don't Think Bill Maher Is a Bigot; He Just Can't Admit That Our Evolution Made Us Violent So He Blames Religion

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Frank Schaeffer

Maher's attempt to put religious belief in its place only reinforces the fact that for most people, one belief system is always replaced by another.

The Anti-gay Right Can't Run Forever From Its History of Bigotry

Alvin McEwen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

The anti-gay right seem to be painting a portrait of victimhood in anticipation of further progress by the LGBT community and the goal is most likely to stop this progress. But I have one question. How in the hell can anyone forget how we got to this point?