I believe it is important for heterosexual people and homosexual people to love and respect one another regardless of sexual orientation or transgender identity. However, it is also vital for LGBT communities to wield police power backed by the force of law.
Gov. George Wallace is a reminder that recognition of basic legal rights is an essential start but just a beginning and is insufficient on its own. Rosa Parks and Stokely Carmichael are reminders that the only way to forever remove George Wallace from our schoolhouse door is to marry the fight for legal equality with a vigorous fight for community strength and vitality.
Last Wednesday, Mississippi petitioned the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision that is keeping the state's only remaining abortion clinic open--for now. The clinic is under threat of closure, thanks to a 2012 state law that requires abortion clinic doctors to gain admitting privileges at local hospitals.
"Shame", "hurt" -- the emotional trigger words are being used to turn the clock back to the dark ages when women had no voice, no power, no control of their own lives. As one who has been hurt, not by abortion but by powerlessness, and who strenuously objects to shaming, I declined the invitation. Women deserve better.
The gains in marriage equality and LGBT rights come on the heels of decades of queer marches, demands and legal challenges. They did not come from trying to not offend hetero-normativity.
At first glance, one can be forgiven for thinking that a floral arrangement for a gay wedding doesn't carry much significance for the essential national security of the United States of America.
Graham Moore encouraged the kid out there who doesn't fit in to #stayweird in his Oscar's acceptance speech because he knows that his "weirdness" comes from a perfect and authentic part of himself; it's what makes him "different" and creative.
I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.
To further promote better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as people of different skin colors, it is imperative that media outlets highlight Muhammad's anti-racist ethos. Rather than being a divisive figure, Muhammad is an inspiration for those working to rid the world of the evil of racism.
Long before Mahatma Gandhi's activism inspired the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights leaders, another trans-Atlantic relationship would play a significant role in shaping African-American thought: the close friendship between W.E.B. Du Bois and Indian freedom fighter Lala Lajpat Rai, known by many as the Lion of Punjab.
As February winds down, one of the most overlooked aspects of Black History Month is how African Americans influenced and were influenced by global mo...
I taught for a decade at its law school in northwest Washington, D.C., as the first Asian-American law professor there. More than any academic study could have done, my time at Howard illuminated for me the prejudices I held despite myself, and the privileges I'd enjoyed while barely noticing them. I learned more than I taught.
From President Obama's calls for equal pay to the House Democrats' Women Succeed agenda to the nonpartisan National Women's Law Center to now Oscar night itself, this issue is gaining traction.
The point is: Sexual orientation varies amongst almost everyone. It's fine if you've known that you are straight for your entire life. But it's also fine for people who aren't straight to know that for just as long. Or to have just realized it the other day.
Whatever the reasons, many LGBT national leaders are nowhere on this terrible and potentially enormously impactful law.
The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.