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The Syrian Refugee Issue: How Easily Fear Trumps Morality and Reason

David Ropeik | Posted 11.30.2015 | Politics
David Ropeik

It would be great to hope for that kind of rational self-awareness. But it would be naïve. Emotions almost always trump reason, and there is no more powerful emotion than fear. We have done this before, and we will do it again, and again.

Trump Says Out Loud What Republicans Think

Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba | Posted 11.23.2015 | Entertainment
Joschka (Yoshi) Tryba

we need Trump to make it painfully obvious to everyone what the Republican Party truly stands for: classism, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia. Trump really is just saying out loud what most Republicans are thinking and saying in private.

We Have Gone Temporarily Mad, Again

James Zogby | Posted 11.22.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

There have always been two voices competing for the soul of America: one has been welcoming and respectful of diversity, while the other has been intolerant and fearful of those who were different. The tension between them has defined our nation's history from its beginning.

Think It's Fun to Be Politically Incorrect?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Deborah J. Levine

College campuses are lively explorations of just how far youthful exuberance can take rebellion against political correctness. While we diversity professionals emphasize that slang and snarky jokes do not translate across cultural boundaries, we're fighting an uphill battle.

Casual Transphobia in My Media?

Delia Melody | Posted 11.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Delia Melody

You might not want to harm trans people, but that's the thing about casual transphobia; It doesn't need to have true hate behind it to be real and harmful.

Why Bernie Deserves the Muslim-American Vote

Atif Choudhury | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Atif Choudhury

I fully trust Bernie to both a President and Commander-in-Chief who will use might for right and do the right thing--and while I certainly do not speak for this immensely vibrant and diverse family of communities--I call on my fellow Muslim Americans to entrust him to do the same.

Overcoming Bigotry With Grace

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 10.22.2015 | Religion
Arzu Kaya Uranli

At a time when never-ending bigotry is overwhelming us, we should keep reminding ourselves and others that it doesn't matter how ugly the idea we are dealing with is, we should always do everything with grace and good manners.

I Am Your Protector: Creating a New Reality Through Stories of Real-Life Heroes

Wardah Khalid | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Wardah Khalid

The "I Am Your Protector" campaign was organized by people of various religious, racial, ethnic, and belief backgrounds who yearned to create a community of people who speak up and stand up for each other across all sides of the conflicts.

Can We Talk? Some Tough Love Steps to Ending Racism in Our Time

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

Ultimately, this is the first important step on the way toward ending racism: recognizing that every person born of any race or background is created in the image and divinity of God, and their lives matter to God and must matter to me.

ABC Producer Opens Up About Bigotry She Encountered While Reporting

The Huffington Post | Judah Robinson | Posted 10.13.2015 | Media

Jasmine Brown, a  producer for ABC's "Nightline," recently worked on a story that put her on the receiving end of racial hatred from self-procla...

The Difference Between "Anti-Islam" Patriots and Real Patriots

Craig Considine | Posted 10.07.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Now think about the following question: Whose side would George Washington be on: the Muslim citizens serving in the U.S. military, or the mob of bigots who threaten American citizens with violence at their place of worship?

A Message For The Republican Party (From A Former Republican)

Tammy Bleck | Posted 10.02.2015 | Fifty
Tammy Bleck

I am sickened by your bigoted intolerance of gay and lesbian people marrying. It's not all about you. It's about humanity and doing the right thing. And stop blaming God for every narrow-minded thought you cannot suppress. God, my friends, is about love, acceptance and forgiveness.

The New Catholics

Robert Slayton | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

In 2015 Muslims are the target of Americans' bigotry, replacing Catholics of a century ago. Neither episode represents the better ideals of this country; every citizen -- then and now -- should be evaluated on his actions, not with prejudiced, preconceived tests.

Becoming Un-American: Political Othering and Proving Carson Wrong

Attiya Latif | Posted 09.29.2015 | Politics
Attiya Latif

I'm going to pursue my dreams in the hopes that some day soon, the world will not second-guess, doubt, or make judgments on my identity. I am going to own my complexity, my love of America, and my love of the religion that has been a guiding buoyancy in the toughest of times.

Marriage Equality Opponents Need to Admit Actual Reason for Their Loss

Alvin McEwen | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Alvin McEwen

It is well beyond time that the lgbt community recognize and call out this ridiculous Kim Davis drama for what it is - merely a sideshow to cover up the fact that the overall case against marriage equality was nothing more than a pitiful delusion.

#IStandWithAhmed: Or When Islamophobia Jumped the Shark

Atif Choudhury | Posted 09.23.2015 | Religion
Atif Choudhury

Are schools not supposed to be institutions of education and learning, complete with a welcoming atmosphere for all in the hopes of serving as a beacon of light for the next generation?

Is Education Bigotry a Thing?

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

I've come to the troubling realization that people have found yet another bias that only serves to divide us. This bias lies in a new form of exclusionary bias or soft bigotry -- education bigotry.

The Phony Martyrdom of Kim Davis

James Peron | Posted 09.01.2015 | Gay Voices
James Peron

Kim Davis, as county clerk, is engaging her personal prejudices by refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. That she claims her bigotry is religiously based is immaterial to whether or not she has to do her job.

Democracy, Journalism and Civic Education

Fernando Reimers | Posted 09.01.2015 | Education
Fernando Reimers

Electoral campaigns are important events in the life of a democracy, and provide rich material for civic education. Since educating students to engage as democratic citizens is one of the main goals of educational institutions it is important that these lessons are fully and deliberately examined with the depth that the health of this democratic republic requires.

'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 | Posted 07.28.2015 | Black Voices

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...