Natasha McKenna called the police to report an assault and then died at their hands. Her last words before she was restrained were, "you promised me you wouldn't kill me." That promise was broken. Natasha McKenna's family, her 7-year-old daughter, and many victims like her, deserve better.
Once again the people of "Ferguson" and neighboring communities need the nation to stand up to injustice. As we demand justice and clean water as a right for the people of Flint, we need the help of a compassionate nation to ask our President to tell the EPA to step aside and make it possible for FUSRAP to remove the nuclear waste and avert more suffering and another disaster.
I am a passionate photographer and also an avid consumer of news - both online and in print. I am often fascinated by photos I see accompanying news s...
In the African American community, we can begin by strengthening, shielding, encouraging and honoring outspoken witnesses to crimes. This would be a major accomplishment for us.
I can be scared at the idea of a racist system that perpetuates violence against minority communities, but I cannot be scared of the very real consequences of this system on a personal level. I am not the one that will be harassed, beaten or shot.
It's pretty easy to understand. Unless you're trying not to.
We must deal with the reality that our society created both the trigger-happy cop and the boy he shot, who apparently thought it was cool to carry around a gun that looked like the real thing.
Tonya Pinkins publicly challenged a Classic Stage Company production of Mother Courage and Her Children in which she was to play the title character. The Tony-winning actress cited issues with the production's representation of people of color.
As a Muslim American who has repeatedly been called a terrorist and told "to go back home" as a result of the media's overdramatic coverage on the crimes carried out by "Muslims" that don't represent the teachings of my faith, my mind is filled with questions.
It's is fair for these ranchers to civilly protest federal laws but the fact that most people consider these men "peaceful" has me wondering what is considered violent, and what is considered peaceful in America, and maybe changing our culture of racism and violence should start to become bigger priorities.
Social justice and standing up to systematic oppression is a rich part of American Muslim history. If American Muslims are to reject #BlackLivesMatter, we are effectively rejecting the legacy of people like Malcolm X and Muhammad Ali, pillars of the history of Islam in America.
As we embrace with joy and hope a new year celebrated world-wide through art, it is important to remember what was sacrificed to get us here.
Are we headed for more conflict as too many in the shrinking white population try desperately to cling to the past? Or can we cross this bridge to a new America where we begin to see the "beloved community" that Dr. King envisioned?
It has been a tumultuous time on college campuses nationwide when it comes to issues of race and diversity. Students in my "Race in America" class hav...
I didn't know him, unfortunately. According to tearful family members, he was funny, wise, loving, caring. They were proud that he'd earned a licens...
Students from Pacific University and Lewis and Clark College gathered Monday in protest and solidarity as people of different races, different backgro...
There is recognition at the United Nations that people of African descent have been subject to a fairly specific kind of insipid global racism.
I had the opportunity to interview Carl Dix, the co-founder of Stop Mass Incarceration and who has been exceptionally busy since the events in Ferguson, working to demand equality on all fronts.
Rather than be source of creating false barriers between the U.S. and BiH, we must move beyond the Dayton Accords, regardless of how we judge it historically, to the next level of advancement of shared strategic interests and political values.
This past summer, I read Atlantic Media journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates' new book Between the World and Me. To say it had a profound impact on me and the way I understand race relations in the U.S does not do the piece justice. I finished it with a dropped jaw.