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Healing After Hate Crimes

Anna Nti-Asare | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Anna Nti-Asare

Knowing that we are not given the same opportunity to ever fully rest, we must keep faith and hope in an ultimate peace. We must keep faith and hope that things can change.

Let's Not Lose Our Pride Momentum

Rahsaan Chisolm | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Rahsaan Chisolm

While I do think the media is fully guilty of diversionary tactics quite often, I don't feel that's the case in all the media attention going to the SCOTUS marriage equality decision. We all have valid reason to celebrate the codification of something that should have been a universally given right ages ago.

Is America Becoming More Islamophobic?

Todd Green, Ph.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Todd Green, Ph.D.

Is America Islamophobic? Better yet, has America become more Islamophobic in the five years since the Park51 controversy? Much of the evidence points to a sobering answer.

Unfinished Projects

J Henry Fair | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
J Henry Fair

We all have unfinished projects. One of mine is the documentation of the churches and music of people of color in Charleston. I grew up in what was then a virtually unknown town on the South Carolina coast. The racial divide was so omniscient that it was invisible to someone growing up in it.

Man To Be Charged With Hate Crime For Allegedly Stabbing 'Faggots' Wearing Skinny Jeans

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices

Blake Abbey says he was walking home from a bar with two friends on Sunday when a knife-wielding man jumped out, yelled homophobic slurs and stabbed a...

Is Islamophobia real?

Maha Elgenaidi | Posted 06.25.2015 | Religion
Maha Elgenaidi

Some people ask the question, is there really such a thing as "Islamophobia," or are Muslims merely indulging in a culture of victimhood? While most Muslims may feel that even to ask the question is an impertinence, there really are people out there asking it. So let's look at some facts.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

Being a Trans Ally is a Verb

Ezak Perez | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Ezak Perez

In a world that is saturated in patriarchy and gender based violence, imagine how powerful and life saving it would be if men, masculine presenting people and cis-gender identified people started standing up as allies too.

Old, Racist Youth

Kim Kane | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Kane

We hoped racial bias and bigotry would die out with future, more enlightened generations. But time hasn't rendered racism extinct. It's just been tucked away for the sake of its survival.

After the Day of Mourning: Charleston Still Matters

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

At 10 a.m. this past Sunday, bells all over the city of Charleston rang out in memory and mourning of the nine people murdered last week. The bells may not be ringing today, but we have an opportunity to continue the commemorative spirit of unity by our actions.

Let's Be Honest About Race, America

Walker Bragman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Walker Bragman

We live in a society plagued by racial division, where the instigating half of the population actively ignores and denies the problem--evidenced by the slew of high-profile Republicans and FOX News pundits calling the Emanuel AME Church shooting "an attack on religious liberty."

Burning of Churches in the Jewish State? Impossible!

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Ron Kronish

Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening!

Dear White People (and Others): It Seems Like Some of You May Have Forgotten, So Again, Here's Why #BlackLivesMatter

Chevonne Harris | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Chevonne Harris

After 400 years of slavery, lynching, segregation and the complete whitewash of the word "swag" and all our best dance moves, haven't we suffered enough?

Charleston: 5 Things White Christians Can Do in Solidarity With Our Brothers and Sisters of Color

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and to revive love, compassion, and tenderness.

Is This Terrorism or What?

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 06.22.2015 | Crime
Deborah J. Levine

Consider hate crimes and domestic terrorism as sides of the same coin. We desperately need to organize and address the multiple elements of both. Understand what is happening online.

The Power of Forgiveness Should Not Be Confused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

No one is more vested in seeking justice than the courageous family members of those nine innocent victims who were slaughtered in a place that was their sanctuary. Anyone who thinks that forgiving Dylann Roof is an act of weakness has no clue what forgiveness is all about, nor what kind of inner strength it takes to do such a thing.

The Transparency of a "Incog-Negro"

Irene Monroe | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Irene Monroe

Dolezal's white-to-black "passing" is the complication of both white guilt and white rage in an era of Affirmative Action.

In Charleston, Echoes of Birmingham and a Call to Action

Riley Roberts | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Riley Roberts

"White Gunman Sought in Killing of 9 at Black Church in Charleston, S.C." It reads like a headline from another age. From 1963, to be precise -- the year another appalling hate crime was carried out against a strikingly similar target.

Please Take the Confederate Flag Down

Michele Hunt | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Michele Hunt

As I watch the television coverage of the families of those murdered, I am amazed by their faith and their commitment to forgive the man who took the lives of their loved ones. They should be an inspiration to all of us.

Jeb Bush Has Hit a New Low

Lev Raphael | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Lev Raphael

He's clearly not ready for prime time and is a lousy decision maker, too. Why did he show off his ignorance of foreign affairs at that foreign affairs luncheon? Unless he thought his Bush name absolved him of having to do research or prepare with consultants. Which means he's got as scary a sense of entitlement as his brother did.

Racism and Gun Violence Are Killing Us, Literally

James Zogby | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

When the U.S.' murder rate and mass shooting rates are stacked up against the rest of the world, it becomes clear that we not only have a problem -- we have a sickness -- and it is killing us, literally. And yet we go from mass killing to mass killing, numb for a day, and then we move on.

Grappling With Charleston: Are We Hardwired to Hate?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

After a massacre, so many difficult questions.

I Hate Him

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.19.2015 | Religion
David Katz, M.D.

I worry that this primacy of hate over love means he and his kind have won something. I worry that my unwillingness to find forgiveness means I am surrendering something. I worry that for evil to prevail in the world it may be enough for bad people to make good people hate.

Keeping Ourselves Honest In The Aftermath Of The Charleston Massacre

Cameron Blazer | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Cameron Blazer

As a white, nearly lifelong resident of Charleston, I feel obligated to say in defiance of my usual self-censorship. While they may and often do dwell together, hatred and mental illness are not the same. Hatred is not a mood disorder. Hatred is inert violence. And we are all susceptible to its intrusions.

Love And Beauty Always Win -- And Charleston Has Both

Chris Hill | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Chris Hill

This week, nine people were killed, senselessly, in the middle of a church, and in the heart of my favorite city in the world. But we can't forget the idea that love wins -- always -- and so does beauty. And Charleston has both running through it's veins.