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Michael Gordon Bennett | Posted 07.18.2016 | Politics
Michael Gordon Bennett

As long as the privileged aren't confronted with crime, poverty, economic deprivation or racism, it's far too easy to wash their hands of a responsibility all Americans should share, a more just society.

Hush, Child: A Black Mom's Tongue-Tied Attempt To Explain Cops Who Kill Us

Ylonda Caviness | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Ylonda Caviness

With all that I know and all that I have to say, right now words fail me. So I hug my babies close--closer than close. And as I cry myself to sleep, I whisper the words my granddaddy would use: Hush, Child.

21 Tweets That Show Why Saying 'All Lives Matter' Is Bulls**t

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.12.2016 | Black Voices

For every black person that declares his or her life matters, there are at least a dozen hurt white people shouting “all lives matter” at them ins...

Time For 'Good Trouble' Inside And Outside Congress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for silence and patience is long gone. Congressmen Lewis and his colleagues have vowed to keep going with their fight as soon as the House returns from its July 4th recess. We must stand with them as they continue to get into "good trouble."

Unpacking Trumpism In The Context Of American History

Van Gosse | Posted 06.13.2016 | Politics
Van Gosse

Historians don't seek models. We make comparisons and look for analogies. So don't expect to find a pattern of Trumpism in American history, as in candidates that sound or act like him. But American historians are certainly asking themselves "How new is Trump?"

Remembering, Reclaiming and Honoring Our Roots

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the past year, we have seen a welcome surge, prodded by new books on slavery, campus debates, and student protests, of new commitments by some universities and other institutions to confront the truth about their own histories, especially the ugly legacies of slavery and Native American genocide.

2016 Election Will Test Voter Intelligence

Murray Forseter | Posted 05.09.2016 | Politics
Murray Forseter

Whither America? Whither the conscience and soul of America? A campaign based on negativity leavened with bombastic claims without details of how we...

Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Trumpism Sucker-Punches America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

A President Trump would turn our country into a place where violence becomes a tool used by the government in order to maintain authority, just as it was, to cite the most egregious example, during the era of Jim Crow. We must not let that happen.

The Third Reconstruction Era

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.26.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Just as the progress of the first Reconstruction was followed by decades of retrenchment and reversal, many of the formidable threats millions of poor children and families -- of all races, but especially children of color -- face today are very dangerous steps backwards.

Swearing an Oath -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 01.31.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.

Why Hillary Clinton’s Take On Abraham Lincoln Is ‘Total Fantasy'

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 01.30.2016 | Politics

During a Democratic forum this week, Hillary Clinton gave an account of American history that glossed over the racist terrorism that dominated the Sou...

Bathroom Laws Policing Our Genitals

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

This sort of inaction by lawmakers makes it increasingly unsafe and difficult for our transgender denizens.

What's Missing From Our Thanksgiving Menus? Justice for Farm Workers

Jennifer S. Hirsch | Posted 11.26.2015 | Business
Jennifer S. Hirsch

How we eat is one of the central ways we show who we are and what we care about, but what's almost entirely impossible is to put food on the table that was produced by workers who enjoy the same rights as almost every other laborer in America.

An Interview With Carl Dix On: Racism, Police Brutality, Ferguson & Rise Up October

George Elerick | Posted 11.18.2015 | Religion
George Elerick

I had the opportunity to interview Carl Dix, the co-founder of Stop Mass Incarceration and who has been exceptionally busy since the events in Ferguson, working to demand equality on all fronts.

Wrongful Convictions Then and Now: The Tragic Case of George Stinney, Jr.

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old African American, was charged with murdering two young white girls: Betty June Binnicker, 11 and Mary Emma Thames, seven. Their bodies were found stabbed to death in the lumber mill town of Alcolu.

Gordon Parks' Photo Essay On 1950s Segregation Needs To Be Seen Today

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 11.03.2015 | Arts

In the American South in the 1950s, black Americans were forced to endure something of a double life. In and around the home, children climbed trees a...

The School-to-Prison Pipeline Is Institutional Racism

Alexander Reynolds | Posted 09.09.2015 | Education
Alexander Reynolds

The school-to-prison pipeline is a no-nonsense trend in American education, where children are directed straight from the classroom and into the bureaucratic clutches of the criminal justice system.

Newark's Art Scene Speaks Volumes in Glass

Isa Freeling | Posted 08.20.2015 | Arts
Isa Freeling

Some exciting things are happening in Newark, New Jersey. It is quickly becoming a new cultural hub. Its Gateway project located in the Gateway Center (built in 1932), is becoming the centerpiece of this extraordinary renaissance. The brainchild of two amazing women.

Julian Bond, Race Man, Poet, Movement-Builder -- and Friend

Roger Hickey | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Roger Hickey

America has lost a great leader, and many of us have lost a good friend. For those of us becoming active in the movement -- especially those of us in the South -- Julian Bond was an absolute hero.

Question: Why Must We Still Talk About Race? Answer: Twelve.

MaryAnn McKibben Dana | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
MaryAnn McKibben Dana

Whites often insist that they are not racist. But they're not the point. Twelve is the point. The institution of slavery persisted for twelve generations of African Americans. How long do you think it should take to dismantle twelve generations of racial oppression?

America in Black and White

Aaron Caleb Bardo | Posted 08.04.2015 | Media
Aaron Caleb Bardo

The process of change begins with us and ends with us. Through social media and grassroots movement we can unite our colors as we did on June 26, 2015. We can inspire American Dreams for generations to come before the riots begin, before the violence turns viral.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | 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."