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Institutional Racism

Dismantling the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 05.27.2016 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

Until fairly recently, mass incarceration was a fringe subject that no one gave two hoots about. Nowadays every vote grubbing statesman, media rent-a-...

Raising Bertie: Their Stories Are Our Stories

Brian C. Bush | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices
Brian C. Bush

In communities built on the ruins of slavery, where the rate of poverty soars, America's forgotten victims quietly face issues centered around mass incarceration, institutional racism, and inequality in education, mirroring those of their urban peers.

White Privilege Seems Like an Abstract Idea Until You Remember It Kills Black People

Damon Young | Posted 04.06.2016 | Black Voices
Damon Young

White pain is just taken more seriously than Black pain. If my mom's race affected her medical treatment and, ultimately, shortened her life, she wouldn't have been the first and won't be the last Black person that happens to. And that is not an abstraction.

Racist in Seattle: What the Country Can Learn From the Region's Shifts

Rebecca Saldaña | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Rebecca Saldaña

What can the rest of the country learn from this region's move to shift its racist legacy? Cities all over the country are facing challenges of homelessness and housing affordability at the same time they are wrestling with what compliance with HUD's affirmatively furthering fair housing means. The case of Seattle illustrates what is at stake.

Trustees Confirm, Black Lives Don't Matter At Occidental College

Olivia Davis | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Olivia Davis

Occidental College boasts a mission to educate a "gifted and diverse group of students"; but when those diverse students demand the education they were promised, they are met with unresponsive administration and bureaucratic abuse.

Woman Says She Endured 8 Days In Psych Ward Because Cops Didn't Believe BMW Was Hers

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Kamilah Brock says the New York City police sent her to a mental hospital for a hellish eight days, where she was forcefully injected with...

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'

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.04.2016 | 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 05.21.2016 | 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 05.06.2016 | 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 05.01.2016 | 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.