Will President Obama be Jack Johnson-ed? If he becomes a single-term President, will he become the symbol of why blacks can't be trusted with the office? Will it be like some sort of cultural experiment?
DOMA is not Jim Crow, but DOMA legislation is one of the principle moral and ethical issues of our time, and this is why it is important to name the specificity of this kind of harm.
The Affordable Care Act is the law that empowers nurses, doctors, and healthcare workers, who actually deliver care, to better manage care so patients have the best possible outcomes. Nurses will no longer be simply reacting to critical care situations.
The inconvenient truth about being the first Black president is the Black part. It seems America wants all of the credit for electing a man of color to the Oval Office but wants no part of the reality that race still matters in America.
As we reflect on the 20th anniversary of one of the most significant human events in recent history, many are asking if we are better off now than just two decades before. While I understand the impetus for this kind of thinking, the question is far too simplistic.
In 1958, winger Willie O'Ree became the first African American athlete to play in the NHL. Which team was responsible for breaking the color barrier? The Boston Bruins.
Are you in? It's the current battle cry of the 2012 version of the Obama Campaign, and though on its surface, it feels like a casual question, it's rife with deeper meaning three-and-a-half years after the historic election of President Barack Obama.
Public discourse is focused on allegations of bias regarding the initial police investigation of the Trayvon Martin case and Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, but the emphasis should be on the level of racial resentment that existed.
Like so many of you, I have read countless articles, tweets, attended demonstrations and signed letters calling for justice for Trayvon Martin. But in the end it is an email from my Mother that has stayed with me.
On Monday, a divided Supreme Court ruled in Florence v. Burlington that any person arrested can be subject to a strip search. This ruling provides the country with an opportune moment to reflect on our epidemic of mass incarceration.
Far too often, attention is only given to the failures of the foster care system. As necessary as this may be, only through greater awareness of both the system's failures and accomplishments can we better serve our children in need.
I was inspired to run for Congress in 2010 because I could see the ways in which our communities were being left behind. I knew then that it was within my power, and that of the people, to put our district back on track.
How do I tell my 12-year-old nephews that once the cute and childish features make way for more mature ones, for many people, they will instantly graduate to "suspect zero" status? How do I tell them that to be young and black in America is tantamount to being perpetually on probation?
I'm incredibly saddened by the passing of John A. Payton, head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF). Our nation has lost a brilliant warrior for justice, and I've lost a dear friend and colleague in the movement.
In the wake of the Sandra Fluke vs. Rush Limbaugh media frenzy, we've begun to ask some very interesting questions. The queries popping up over the Fluke-Limbaugh controversy has brought a question to my mind: What if Sandra Fluke were a woman of color?
I made Woke Up Black to document what Trayvon's story tells us -- how race can influence and override many other factors in determining the futures of African-American youth.