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America's Greatest Lie

Dorian O. Burton | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Dorian O. Burton

Sometime between the times our beautiful black baby boys start to grow into young black men, we forget about the genius in their short stories or the Picasso like masterpieces they are able to create with a minimal pallet of water colors and crayons. We start to see our beautiful black baby boys as broken and objects that need to be fixed.

My Five-Year-Old Black Son Is Color Conscious

Nicole Lavonne Smith | Posted 05.13.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Lavonne Smith

The reality is, our son shouldn't and doesn't have to hide his enthusiasm for positively identifying with blackness.

Slaves to the Past: The Bundys and Sterlings of 'Post Racial' America

Courtney McKinney | Posted 06.29.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

When we talk about slavery in America, we talk about it from the perspective of black people as victims, and white people as perpetrators of evil. Con...

With Racial Disparities Aplenty, We Still Need Black History Month

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.

A Cure for the N-Word

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

The next time, you hear someone call themselves by this term, try not to engage in respectability politics. Because simply being "respectable" won't save us and never has. Instead, if the person is open to it, use it as a learning moment.

Unavoidable Year-End Challenges to Redeeming the Soul of America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

No issue is more central to the redemption of the soul in America in 2014 than that of gun violence.

Southern Poverty Law Center Investigates Founder Behind 'White Student Union' in Georgia

Jason Stanford | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Jason Stanford

The news that a freshman has founded a White Student Union at Georgia State University has come across like a harmless college prank. But the Southern Poverty Law Center is keeping the White Student Union on its watch list because of its founder's ties to white supremacist groups.

Building a Racial Justice Movement

Rinku Sen | Posted 10.28.2013 | Politics
Rinku Sen

We cannot solve a problem that no one is willing to name, and the biggest obstacle facing Americans today is that, in the main, we don't want to talk about race, much less about racism.

To Stop Dreaming Would Be Folly: Inequality in America 50 Years Since MLK Jr.

Rana B. Khoury | Posted 10.25.2013 | Politics
Rana B. Khoury

Poverty and inequality remain the greatest demarcations of race in America today. In that vain, I am offering a snapshot of two black youths in Cleveland who embody the challenges facing blacks and lower income Americans off all colors.

From Slavery to Obama: Race in America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

The seemingly impromptu (though apparently planned at the last minute) statement by President Obama on the Trayvon Martin case last Friday may be the most important statement he has made on race relations during his presidency.

What the Trayvon Martin Case Means for Middle Class Blacks

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

I cried when I heard about the Zimmerman verdict because I knew that it would tear the country apart on racial lines. I also knew that as a middle class black person that I was going to be called upon for my perspective by my white colleagues, friends and family.

Why Am I Afraid of Trayvon Martin?

Daniel Weeks | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Daniel Weeks

On Friday, President Obama challenged the nation to "do some soul-searching" in the aftermath of Trayvon Martin. I am a well-meaning white person. I am married to a beautiful black woman from South Africa. But for all my bona fides in brotherly love, I regularly fail to meet the president's test.

Beyond Paula Deen: Why Multiculturalism Has Failed Us and Why We Need an Intercultural Dialogue

Samuel Autman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Samuel Autman

We can't begin to get along entirely if we don't seek answers from each other about the roots of our biases. In fact, that's one issue I have with the Paula Deen episode. So far I haven't seen in any of her interviews questions as to why she felt it was OK to use the "N" word.

The Bruises You Get From Hitting Someone Else

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Derek Penwell

My five-year-old is in training to be a ninja. Part of that training requires hitting me. One of the problems is he misses sometimes and hits something hard. And if I say, "Ha! Serves you right!" I only compound the original offense. It occurs to me that I see this same kind of dynamic in politics

On Being a Good Black Man

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2013 | Black Voices
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

We live in a world that assumes the worst of young black masculinity to the point in which it causes concerned citizens -- even those of color -- to act as 'race vigilantes' who enforce preventative measures with the hopes of keeping black men from acting out our criminal nature.

Remembering Four Little Girls

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.28.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

As I watched the news footage of the Congressional Medal of Honor being awarded to the deceased young girls, I couldn't help but tear up, for a moment, as I watched America's first African-American president of the United States sign his name next to theirs.

Murder, Mayhem and Memphis: Lessons From My White Neighbor About Blacks

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

Living in a society where citizens are conditioned to believe that being black and male is synonymous with crime is severely misguided, out of context to centuries of brutal oppression recorded in history.

Rosa Parks: Angry, Not Tired

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.05.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

In the popular legend, Rosa Parks is portrayed as a tired middle-aged seamstress who at the spur of the moment decided to resist the Montgomery's segregation law. That popular legend is misleading. Parks' defiance of Montgomery's segregation laws was not an isolated incident.

From Slavery to Obama: 'Heed Their Rising Voices'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 01.19.2013 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

I wonder whether Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are aware of some of the very profound issues that are the subjects of major concern by the Millennials. Conservatives need to "heed the rising voices" of this new generation of Americans.

Election 2012: A Second Referendum on Race?

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Notwithstanding the importance of the economy, the historic issue of race and race relations in America continues to be the common denominator in the elections of 2008 and again today in 2012.

White, and in the Minority

Victoria Foyt | Posted 08.28.2012 | Books
Victoria Foyt

I like to imagine a caramel-colored future where racial lines are indistinct and issues of prejudice a thing of the past. Perhaps, because I'm in the majority, I can ponder such issues with what some may say is naïveté. I would call it hope.

President Obama and the 2012 Presidential Election Provide a Unique 'Teachable Moment'

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Whether prompted by moral conviction or political expediency, the president's support of same sex marriage is still causing reflection among several diverse communities throughout the U.S. and it has impacted a college course I am teaching later this year, "From Slavery to Obama."

The Amazing Grace of America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.12.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

How many more Trayvon Martins have to occur to mobilize us to national action? Unless we have the courage and the grace to publicly confront the issue of race in America, it will remain the sword of Damocles hanging over our country for the 21st century and beyond.

Reflections on the 44th Anniversary of the Assassination of Dr. King

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Is the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin under disputed circumstances part of the "promised land" of which Dr. King only got a glimpse as he looked over from his "mountain top"? Is the wanton gun violence perpetrated by blacks principally against other blacks in several of our major urban communities throughout the United States also part of what Dr. King saw from his mountain top? Most important of all, other than appropriately protesting the killing of Trayvon Martin, what are we, in real time, doing about materially changing the landscape of gun violence that may or may not have been visible from Dr. King's mountain top?