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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.

Jim Crow Lynchings More Widespread Than First Thought, Report Concludes

The Guardian | Lauren Gambino | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

In 1919, a black soldier returned home to Blakely, Georgia, having survived the horrors of the first world war only to face the terrors of a white mob...

Mary Cheney: What A Drag!

Walt Hawkins | Posted 04.06.2015 | Gay Voices
Walt Hawkins

Every so often, a member of the Cheney family has to publicly utter something patently off-the-mark, lest we all forget what truly awful people they are. This time, it was Mary Cheney's turn at bat and, in true-to-her-family form, she pretty much knocked it out of the ballpark of asininity.

Dear Mary Cheney: Here Are Reasons Why Drag Is Socially Acceptable and Blackface Is Not

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.03.2015 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.

Time for a Truce on Voting

Scott Arceneaux | Posted 04.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Arceneaux

If playing politics with the franchise is an unfortunate part of our past, it should be abhorrent to our modern democracy. At the start of a new presidential cycle, one without an incumbent, it is time to call a truce on voting.

Is America a Sheep or a Goat?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The national holiday celebrating Dr. King's birthday is over, but I hope we will heed and act on his 1967 declaration and work to win the first victory right here at home in the biggest economy on earth and end the shame of 14.7 million children being the poorest Americans by ending child poverty now.

Dr. Martin Luther King's Politics Are as Relevant as Ever

Morris Dees | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics
Morris Dees

Dr. King's speech at the conclusion of the Selma march is remembered for its soaring rhetoric, for King's declaration that segregation was on its deathbed and for his unshakeable belief that the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice.

Honoring the Dream: An Education Bill of Rights

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 03.20.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

I hope our leaders can, as iO's mission states, "think broadly" enough to let go of rigid, behaviorist notions of what education means. I hope they will heed the many stories like this one that prove the dramatic, turn-around impact of the arts on "under-performing" schools.

Ukraine's Donbass and Jim Crow -- A Poor Analogy

Lev Golinkin | Posted 03.15.2015 | World
Lev Golinkin

The overwhelming majority of eastern Ukrainians currently trapped in brutal winter conditions between separatist thugs and the Ukrainian army aren't Ku Klux Klan members, or fat cat bigots who delight in oppressing their ethnic Ukrainian neighbors. They are coal miners and steelworkers and children and pensioners. They are people who've watched their lives be shelled into oblivion by both Kiev's army and paramilitary brigades and Putin's warlords, and who are now isolated in what Amnesty and the UN describe as an unfolding humanitarian crisis. Painting them as a bunch of backward anti-Western hicks is neither progressive, nor tolerant, nor liberal, nor accurate.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

Jim Crow-Era Shooting Revisited In New Documentary

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 01.02.2015 | Black Voices

LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) — On a sticky hot Sunday in August 1952, a wealthy black woman named Ruby McCollum walked through the "colored entrance" of a do...

Jim Crow-Era Shooting Revisited In New Documentary

AP | Jason Dearen | Posted 01.01.2015 | Black Voices

LIVE OAK, Fla. (AP) -- On a sticky hot Sunday in August 1952, a wealthy black woman named Ruby McCollum walked through the "colored entrance" of a doc...

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 02.02.2015 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Jim Crow Justice--As Usual

Van Gosse | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

The Ferguson travesty recreated the basic features of Jim Crow justice: there is no justice, but rather a more elaborate farce (it is Missouri in the 21st century, not Mississippi in the 20th) to justify an official killing. Plus ca change.