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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 t...

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 07.22.2015 | 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 07.20.2015 | 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."

A Culture of Dogma

Andy Schmookler | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Andy Schmookler

In a healthy democracy, differing points of view contend to shape the destiny of the society. What does it mean, however, when a major subculture of that society is perennially of but one mind?

The Uses and Misuses of History: On Jefferson Davis, Thomas More, Martin Luther, and Other Villains

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

If the Jeff Davis Highway is renamed, I certainly will not shed a tear, but the symbolism of such a renaming is meaningless unless it is followed by concrete action tackling today's racial disparities. History should not be allowed to weigh us down and distract us from the issues and problems of our time.

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

McKinney, Mississippi, and the Dangers of Celebrating While Black

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.09.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

It seems that Black kids enjoying their teenage years is now becoming illegal. White America has always had an irrational fear of Black displays of emotion regardless of how they manifest, whether through joy, pain or anger.

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!

Home Health Care Workers Aren't Guaranteed Minimum Wage or Overtime, and the Legacy of Slavery Is the Reason Why

Ariela M. Migdal | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Ariela M. Migdal

What most people don't know is that the exclusion of home health care workers from fair pay is a deliberate and racist wrong that stretches back to Depression-era America, where it was written into our nation's labor law to accommodate Southern segregationists.

Moment of Silence

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

What happens next? A serious movement for political and social change has to cohere around the endemic violence. The changes must include better-trained police, an end to racial profiling, the demilitarization of the police and a national embrace of community policing. This is just a start. We need a new civil rights movement. Let it begin with a moment of silence.

Looking at the GOP From the Outside

Byron Williams | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Byron Williams

The Republicans Party is aware of America's changing demographics, but insist on being a party that pushes the growing Hispanic population into the Democrat's column -- insane.

A Century of Progress

Marcel Pacatte | Posted 06.06.2015 | Chicago
Marcel Pacatte

Ever hear of Oscar DePriest? He made history a hundred years ago Monday. Few today remember him, but a hundred years ago, on April 6, 1915, Oscar DePriest made history, becoming the first African-American elected alderman in Chicago.

Rapper Killer Mike Says The Criminalization Of Rap Music Is The New Jim Crow

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.03.2015 | Black Voices

When rappers rap, they do so because it’s a form of artistic expression -- but police and prosecutors have proven to have a skewed interpretation o...

Why Does Racism Persist?

Robert Fuller | Posted 05.30.2015 | Politics
Robert Fuller

Racism is proving as stubbornly hard to eradicate as the mythical Hydra which sprouted two new heads for every one that was cut off. Until, that is, Hercules found and severed the beast's immortal head. What is racism's immortal head?

Chris Matthews Accuses GOP Of Keeping Jim Crow Alive

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 03.13.2015 | Media

The thought of Chris Matthews railing against Republicans isn't anything new. But during the final segment of "Hardball" Thursday night, the MSNBC hos...

Black History Is Labor History: How Jim Crow-Era Racism Is Impacting Homecare Workers Today

Doug Moore | Posted 04.19.2015 | Black Voices
Doug Moore

This Black History Month, let's celebrate and honor Black history by recognizing and committing to all of the work we have still to do. No one is equal until we are all equal.

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.