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The Value of Work -- Reflections on Building an Interracial Political Coalition

Harry Boyte | Posted 01.26.2016 | Politics
Harry Boyte

Last Sunday, January 17, in a sermon, "Prophecy and Politics," for Martin Luther King Day at Prospect Park United Methodist Church about my experiences as a young man in the civil rights movement, I addressed prejudices against working class whites.

It's Past Time to Tune Out the White Oscars

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 01.15.2016 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Academy has made promise after promise to mend its ways and make diversity more than just a dictionary word for its 2016 awards. It's now 2016. And those who will march up to the podium to receive their awards again this year will look exactly like those who marched up their a year ago.

Guns Make Anger and Despair Lethal

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.09.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

These new measures will not prevent every shooting that snuffs out the lives of nearly seven children to gun violence daily, but they will save many lives and help staunch the relentless plague of gun violence that terrorizes our nation's homes, schools and communities.

There Is No Justice Until We All Are Free

Alicia Nunn | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Laquan McDonald was killed in cold blood by a Chicago police officer on October 20, 2014. And, the murder was covered up until a court order demande...

How Progressives Aid Conservatives in Suppressing Campus Free Speech

Terry Smith | Posted 11.16.2015 | Education
Terry Smith

Liberals may have won the professoriate, but conservative doctrine, if not the conservative movement, has found powerful allies among university administrators, board members, donors, and not least of all, the courts.

New Rochelle, NY Leads Innovative Efforts to Meet "My Brother's Keeper" Challenge

Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Brian G. Osborne, Ed.D.

As part of our initial work on MBK over the last six months, we have created active partnerships involving more than 100 local agencies spanning municipal, corporate, non-profit, community, and educational resources.

President Obama: Please Include the Environment in Your Speech to the CBC!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Audrey Peterman

He will no doubt raise issues commonly identified as Black interests: crime and the justice system; voting rights and what's at stake in the upcoming elections. But if he also introduces the subjects of climate change and conservation of our clean air, water and parks, it could send shock waves through the Black community.

The Miseducation of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Torri Stuckey | Posted 09.05.2015 | Black Voices
Torri Stuckey

The Black Lives Matter Movement efforts and agenda are often misconstrued due to its name and structure. The name Black Lives Matter lends itself to an ideology of an all-encompassing crusade to save all black lives and speak out against every issue that negatively impacts black people.

A Hate Crime is a Hate Crime No Matter the Color of the Perpetrator

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Flanagan onslaught claimed innocent lives and caused monumental pain and suffering to the victims' families and friends. It dangerously heightens racial distrust and further poisons racial attitudes. This is all the more reason for blacks to quickly and vigorously condemn these attacks.

Touring National Parks: 'All This Beauty Is Wearing Me Out!'

Audrey Peterman | Posted 08.25.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

The agonizing state that our country is in shows that the majority of leaders and citizens neither feel love for ourselves nor for the world. You cannot love anyone until you first love yourself, and the place to discover a healthy helping of self-love is in our national parks.

Bigotry in Numbers: Why Academics Look Down on Evangelicals

David Briggs | Posted 08.25.2015 | Religion
David Briggs

The one finding I would most like to share after more than a quarter-century of traveling throughout this country reporting on issues of faith is how similar people are in their basic desires and ambitions.

Republican Illegal Immigration Policy Will Increase Crime

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

If we hope to prevent violent crime in the US, we cannot constantly blame our problems on newcomers to our nation.

Why America Needs Federal Legislation Protecting Black Citizens From Aggressive Law Enforcement Tactics

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

While police brutality affects people of all races and backgrounds in the U.S., it's important to note that black citizens face a unique experience within America's criminal justice system, just as they've faced a unique state of affairs for centuries in the United States.

America, What Do We Do After Charleston?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I am a native South Carolinian. Charleston is my maternal ancestral home. My great grandmother was born during slavery. My great grandfather I have been told was a plantation overseer. Never have I been more proud and more ashamed of my dueling ancestral heritages than right now.

Police and Prosecutors Still Foot Drag on Hate Crimes

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.18.2015 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The slaying of nine innocents at the Emmanuel AME church almost certainly will be classified as and prosecuted as a racially motivated hate crime. It is simply too shocking not to treat it as such. However, this will still be the rare exception.

Spokane NAACP President Proves Actions, Not Race, Is What Counts In Civil Rights Battle

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Rachel Dolezal's taken a small NAACP chapter in a neck of the woods that in times past has been near an area well-known as a hotbed of white supremacist and armed militia organizing, and made it a true fighting organization. She should ignore the criticism and keep doing the great job she's done.

How to Excel as the Only Black Employee in the Office

Matt Drayton | Posted 05.26.2015 | Black Voices
Matt Drayton

My experiences as the only black in the office have been mostly positive because of my attitude, and my desire to succeed. Most people only care about productivity, and the bottom line.

Racial Disparities in Health Care Access Magnified As More Gain Coverage

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

Many people have never had health insurance, or maybe not for years, and have trouble getting clear information about what's included in their coverage, such as preventive care, checkups and routine tests.

But They Don't Count, or Do They?

Gerald Landsberg | Posted 06.21.2015 | New York
Gerald Landsberg

That the Justice Department database does not include information on police killings makes it much harder for advocates to fight for change effectively. Those who are not counted should be counted so an accurate number of police killings is available.

The Second Slaying of Walter Scott

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.14.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Walter Scott was apparently unarmed and no threat to Michael Slager. But as in so of many of these cases, that means little as long as police officials, much of the press, and the public want and is prepared to believe otherwise when the Walter Scotts are killed.

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...

Nothing New in the Ape Crack About Michelle Obama

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.15.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Silly, sick, demeaning cracks made by such as the canned Univision host Rodner Figueroa likening First Lady Michelle Obama to a Planet of the Apes character are not new. The long, sordid and savage history of racist stereotyping of African-Americans has been the stock in trade of race baiting and racial ridicule for more than century.

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.

Racist Video Casts Ugly Glare on Colleges' Blind Eyes to Frat Racism

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Protesting Oklahoma students and a no-nonsense university president took swift and forceful action against the hate on their campus. But what happens when there is no over the top, outrageous racist video that goes viral to stir student and public wrath?

War Memorial Separates Dead By Race: 'Whites' And 'Colored'

AP | Jeffrey Collins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Black Voices

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) — Along Main Street in a small South Carolina city, there is war memorial honoring fallen World War I and II soldiers, dividing...