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Institutional Racism

Why White Politicians Should Say Black Lives Matter

P.G. Sittenfeld | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
P.G. Sittenfeld

It's time for white politicians to acknowledge institutional racism.

Was Jesus Racist?

Trudy Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Trudy Smith

It's a strange encounter, one that I have never heard discussed in a sermon. Christian doctrine professes that Jesus is fully God and fully human, but getting into the messy implications of the Messiah's human side can make for an uncomfortable Bible study

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

What Do the Ferguson Movement, the Charleston Killings and Oil Trains Have in Common?

Todd Paglia | Posted 07.03.2015 | Black Voices
Todd Paglia

Little by little, we are getting closer to a deeper conversation about race -- and what we can do to correct our ugly history so that the actions of the future are not continuously bound by the racist policies and practices of the past. We are not there yet, but this issue isn't going away.

Nick Wing

21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist' | Nick Wing | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

"You know who talks about race? Racists." That was an actual line delivered in August by Jonathan Hoenig, a wealthy, white hedge fund founder, as h...

Police Brutality Against Black Men, Plausible Outcome of Structural Racism

Alev Dudek | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Alev Dudek

The protests for "Ferguson" and Staten Island have not been about single incidents of one black man getting killed by one (white) police officer. They are about institutional racism in the United States, and about excessive use of police force that ends only in its most visible and extreme form.

Juvenile Justice and the War on Teens

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.04.2015 | Crime
Robert Koehler

Despite the enormous investment by governments at every level in court and penal systems, they don't work. That is to say, they make matters worse.

Zero Tolerance

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

"As I walked down the hall, one of the police officers employed in the school noticed I did not have my identification badge with me." The speaker is testifying before the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He was a high school freshman at the time. Ah, school days!

The Baltimore Uprising and the Civil Rights Movement of the Millennial Generation

Hettie Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices
Hettie Williams

The racial state formed as a result of the institution of slavery, as predicated on white supremacist beliefs illustrated in segregation after 1896, has been transformed into a structural crisis faced by urban black communities today.

Understanding the Baltimore Protests Over the Death of Freddie Gray

Udoka Okafor | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Udoka Okafor

Like most people, I condemn violent protests, including what took place in Baltimore. However, the violence ought to be seen as occurring within the institutional context that has bred it.

South African University Removes Statue Of British Imperialist

Reuters | Wendel Roelf | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

South Africa's University of Cape Town removed a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday to cheers from students, a symbolic move that ...

In Brazil, Racism Can Wear A Friendly Face -- But It's No Less Insidious

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices

Racism in Brazil often wears a friendly face -- those who practice it are familiar to us, it is part of our social fabric and our institutions. Discri...

Next Steps on the Ferguson Front

Kevin Cokley | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Kevin Cokley

My heart goes out to every officer and their families killed in the line of duty. That is a pain I wish on no one. But like Fannie Lou Hamer famously said, I am also sick and tired of being sick and tired -- of the denial of institutional racism, even in the midst of overwhelming evidence.

5 Questions for Anyone Who Thinks They Are a Victim of 'Reverse Racism'

Dain Dillingham | Posted 05.10.2015 | Black Voices
Dain Dillingham

There's a difference between having your feelings hurt and being systemically denied access to the things you need to succeed in life. You can ask someone five easy questions.

In Memory of Officer Liu: What Buddhism Offers to Police and Race Relations

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Buddhism, one of the world's great religions, teaches respect for life and affirms the dignity of each human being. This core teaching can help daily police-community encounters, even when police must do the difficult job of apprehending criminals.

America Needs to Rewrite the 3 R's

Suzan Johnson Cook | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Suzan Johnson Cook

I contend, 50 years later, that what America needs to function in this world today are three new R's: Race, Religion and Respect for women. From Trayvon Martin to Eric Garner to Michael Brown and ISIS, a new movement needs to be created.

Weeping at the Manger

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 02.07.2015 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

As we move toward Bethlehem this Advent season, in the wake of the grand jury rulings in Ferguson and Staten Island, I'm reminded of the rarely preached upon section of the story of the Wise Men.

Ode to Eric Garner From the City of Shiva

Caleb Brooks | Posted 02.04.2015 | World
Caleb Brooks

I've been sitting here trying to process it all and I don't claim to have any answers. I don't always know where I fit into the narrative of humanity that only becomes grander the more I walk down its many passages.

Racism: It's the Law

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Not even minimal justice was in the cards for the loved ones of Michael Brown or the occupied community in which he lived -- because that's not how it works. Officer Wilson, whatever he did inside or outside the state's rules on the use of lethal force when he confronted Brown on the afternoon of Aug. 9, was on the front line of a racist and exploitative system.

White Privilege on the Streets of Ferguson

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

The evidence of white privilege isn't so much the thought, "I'll be safe just because" but more so the fact that it never occurred to me to think about my safety. As the mother of black children I feared daily for their safety as they left home.

Ferguson and Beyond

Stephen Wyse | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Stephen Wyse

As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

Education, Institutional Racism, and the Conservative Response to "My Brother's Keeper"

Vincent Intondi | Posted 05.03.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Clearly, making education equal will not eliminate all of the structural racism in our society. But equal education would certainly provide our black youth a better chance at survival and success, which is what President Obama is trying to do.

A Bug on the Windshield

Robert Koehler | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Chicago, Chicago! My kind of town, but not this. Young black men in Chicago have to know their legal rights; that's simply the way it works. These guys obviously did.

White on White: We All Have a Role in Working for Racial Justice

Susan Naimark | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

We have a critical role to play in ensuring equal opportunity for all in this country. And we have an inspiring model to look to for that role, a small yet mighty grassroots organization in Boston that celebrates its 45th anniversary this week.