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Incarcerated Black Youths

Addressing the School to Prison Pipeline: Why Education Is the Liberation of Black Youth

Jonathan Stith | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices
Jonathan Stith

In order to dismantle the school to prison pipeline and end the mentacide of Black youth, we need a radical transformation.

Not a Big Fan of My Brother's Keeper

César Vargas | Posted 05.06.2014 | Latino Voices
César Vargas

Poor people are under a great deal of stress. Their spirits are under a lot of stress. To tell them that they have no excuse is not just irresponsible. It's dangerous.

Booker T. Washington Inspires Barack

William H. Turner | Posted 05.04.2014 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

President Obama encouraged the likes of the young men of color staged behind him last week at the White House to turn adversity into advantage.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

Vincent Intondi | Posted 04.29.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Sixty-two years ago, Ralph Ellison, who would have been 80-years-old this week, wrote those words, and one cannot help but be reminded of them today. That is because, for many, including most mainstream media, black youth are still not seen as children, friends, or siblings.

Lent: A Reflection On The Sin of Juvenile Life Without Parole Sentencing

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.30.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When a life sentence stands between a child and redemption, it's a cross of sorrow we all bear. When we adults allow the penalty to get the best of an imprisoned child, we all lose.

Robert Graham and the Homies

Tom Hayden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Tom Hayden

Robert Graham's fear has come true; LA leads California, California leads America, and America leads the world, in the population of the incarcerated, most of them young men of color.

A Promise for Our Children

Carol Chodroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Chodroff

The Youth PROMISE Act Rejects "one size fits all" approaches that will funnel more youth -- particularly poor youth and youth of color -- into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.