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Reparations: Is President Obama Duping the African-American Community?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dexter Rogers

If President Obama can quietly provide Filipino soldiers and Native Americans back pay for their mistreatment why can't he produce dollars for African-Americans?

Pardon You: Racism, Reparations and the Politics of Blame (as Explained by Henry Louis Gates Jr.)

Tim Wise | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Wise

The claim for reparations is not merely rooted in assigning blame for an injustice. It is rooted in the belief that enslavement of African peoples led to the unjust enrichment of the West.

Short takes: 3D, yogurt, celebrity genealogy and more

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Things that have been bugging me lately but which aren't worth an entire post: Why is it that the first thing a 3D film does to establish its, well, ...

Henry Louis Gates Jr. Donates Handcuffs To Smithsonian Black History Museum

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. says he he's donated the handcuffs used on him during his arrest last year outside his home t...

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s Genes

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Believing that the triumph of American democracy is its melting pot, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. has been busy tracing the genes of some prominent Americans, among them Mario Batali, Eva Longoria and Yo-Yo Ma.

George Stephanopoulos, Hillary Clinton Related (VIDEO)

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

NEW YORK (Associated Press) — George Stephanopoulos has learned that he may be genetically linked to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clin...

Hillary Clinton And George Stephanopoulos Are Likely Related, Henry Louis Gates Reveals (VIDEO) | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Acclaimed author Henry Louis Gates is getting ready for the debut of his new show on PBS, "Faces of America," in which he explores the genetic history...

Arthur Delaney

Gibson Dunn Joins Battle Against D.C.'s Disorderly Conduct Law | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The fallout over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. for mouthing off at Cambridge police has culminated in high-powered global law ...

Gates Crowley Beer Summit! Part Deux

The Huffington Post | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Remember when Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Cambridge Police Sergeant James Crowley and President Barack Obama all sat down for the major news ...

HuffPost Game Changers: Who Is The Ultimate Game Changer In Media?

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

(VOTING IS NOW CLOSED) HuffPost's Game Changers celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 10 categories who are harnessing the power o...

Civil Discourse And The Intentional Conversation

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Hoyt Hilsman

What is an Intentional Conversation? Stated simply: It is a structured conversation with no purpose other than the conversation itself.

It's Better to Be Racist Than Color Blind

David A. Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Wilson

We give weight to the idea of race being negative by considering it taboo. The more we avoid the topic, the discussion, the word, the more power we lend it.

The Right Shoves Obama Even More Rightward

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The Right isn't just dominating the political debate. It has driven Obama -- not to the center; he was never really anywhere else politically -- but to the right of center on some issues.

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

Keeping Obama on Message

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

"Actually, Mr. President..." "David?" "One more thing before we move off the logistics."

Caption Contest: President Obama, Professor Gates and Sgt. Crowley

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rinku Sen

Two months later, the White House has released this photo, with President Obama, Henry Louis Gates, and James Crowley. So we're holding a caption contest. Bonus points if you make us ROTFL.

Whether Gates or Health Care, Race Matters

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Discussions of race are not merely a distraction from more important matters; they are essential to understanding political mobilization around many of the significant policy issues facing us today.

Bob Dylan, Skip Gates, and the New Celebrity Culture: Do You Know Who I Am?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Michael Wolff

What if there are no celebrities anymore? That is, nobody who's universally recognizable. No truly iconic figures. No absolute stars.

From 'Birthers' To Death Panels: Blame It On August

Dr. Judith Rich | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Judith Rich

Does life seem weirder and crazier than normal these days? Do you feel like you've fallen down a rabbit hole or gotten sucked into the twilight zone?...

The Death and Possible Rebirth of Racial Profiling

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cubias

Now that the Beer Summit has resolved any lingering issues over the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, we can get back to our perfectly harmonious post-racial society. I, for one, am relieved.

Sen. Adams Would Have Arrested Gates Immediately

Brooklyn Paper | Mike McLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State Sen. Eric Adams inserted himself into the national debate over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home last month by s...

GOP Sees Opportunity With White Voters After Gates Saga

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Two weeks after President Obama said that Cambridge, Mass., police had "acted stupidly" by arresting Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates for ar...

Think Again: The Mainstream Media Opens the Door to Hate

Eric Alterman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Alterman

Brooks Jackson: "As a former CNN reporter, I believe this episode is an embarrassment to CNN... They have an anchor on there saying one thing and their reporters saying quite another."

What to Do When You Don't Know the Answer

Jerry Weissman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jerry Weissman

It's perfectly permissible to admit that you are not the repository of every minute fact known to humankind. No one expects you to be a walking encyclopedia.

The Destruction of the Black Middle Class

Barbara Ehrenreich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barbara Ehrenreich

Left out of the commentary on race and class over the Gates affair has been talk of the increasing impoverishment -- or, we should say, re-impoverishment -- of African Americans as a group.