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Race in America

Here Are The States Where It's Hardest To Be Black

24/7 Wall St. | Chloe Angyal | Posted 12.08.2015 | Black Voices

Racial tension in the United States is at a high point not seen in decades. Increased outrage at incidents of police violence against black Americans ...

A Conversation with Freeway Ricky Ross on His Latest Run-in with Police and Race Relations in America

Seth Ferranti | Posted 11.05.2015 | Crime
Seth Ferranti

When I read that Freeway Ricky Ross, a former Los Angeles crack kingpin, was arrested late last month with $100,000 cash, my heart skipped a beat.

President Jimmy Carter: 'I Was The Only White Child In The Neighborhood'

OWN | Sasha Bronner | Posted 09.25.2015 | OWN

Jimmy Carter was born James Earl Carter Jr. on October 1, 1924. He grew up in the rural town of Archery, Georgia. When he wasn’t helping his father ...

12 Essential Books About Race in America

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Off The Shelf

Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.

Ferguson Forward: Resistance is Black Tradition | Posted 08.14.2015 | Black Voices

This year, since August 9th , 2014, has deepened my understanding of our collective responsibility to resist. Resistance is Black tradition. I will be forever indebted to Michael Brown, Jr. for reviving my spirit and revealing our strength.

Have You Seen 'The Wire?'

Paul Achter | Posted 07.21.2015 | Black Voices
Paul Achter

For Whites, saying we loved The Wire may earn us some social capital among more progressive-leaning friends, but unless that social capital is mobilized somehow--unless our attitudes, our voting rates, our actions change--little else happens.

Black Former Cop: Here's The Truth About Race And Policing

Vox | Redditt Hudson | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices

On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent ...

Baltimore Riots Remind Us We Are Not a Multicultural Nation

George Elerick | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
George Elerick

America, as a nation, is part of the problem, it represents itself to be united, when in reality, it is not. America is an idea, not a nation. The idea is far from being realized. We have a long way to go.

What Parents Need To Tell Their Kids About The Baltimore Riots

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

The riots in Baltimore are all over the news. As a parent, it would seem like the best thing to say to your kids is that riots are bad, that violence isn't the way to solve anything. But that would be missing the point -- and missing an opportunity.

What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.

Rethinking the Legacy of President Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

As I begin to rethink and review the Obama presidency, I think history will judge it based principally not on Obamacare but on two other matters: his foreign policy and the consequences of his presidency on the unfinished business of race relations in America.

To The Lady Who Called My Toddler A Thug

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

I was running errands with my youngest two children in tow when an acquaintance of ours spotted us and came over to say hello. She looked at my son, marveling over how much he had grown. "Yes," I smiled, "He's a big boy!" She replied, "Such a cute little thug." My son is 2 years old.

On This Day In 2008, Obama Grabbed The Nation's Attention With A Speech On Race

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

On March 18, 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) gave a speech on race that grabbed the attention of the nation and helped define his 2008 president...

12 Reasons Black History Month Totally Solved All Of America's Problems With Race

Mic | Zak Cheney-Rice | Posted 03.06.2015 | Black Voices

Congratulations! We've made it through another Black History Month. This year, the mission to celebrate the contributions of black Americans was a res...

Once White in America

Jane Lazarre | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Jane Lazarre

Am I black in a cop's hands when he is pushing, pressing hard for dope or a gun or a rope or a knife or a fist? I am not a black body, yet my body is somehow, somewhere, theirs -- Trayvon's, Emmett's, thousands more at the end of a rope's tight murderous swing.

Tyler Kingkade

College Student Survey Suggests We've Made Little Progress Eliminating Racism | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.10.2015 | College

One-fourth of college students say racism is no longer a problem in the U.S., the most in the 25-year history of polling by the University of Californ...

'People Are Awake': Public Figures Discuss The Reality Of Race In America

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | Black Voices

Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream for racial equality in America has certainly made progress towards becoming a reality. However, while some believe th...

A Mother's Wish for Her Son: Just Stay Alive

Kim Keating | Posted 03.18.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Keating

My son turns 14 today. I'm sure he's wishing for all sorts of stuff: an Xbox, Beats headphones, maybe even good grades. However, my wish for my son on his 14th birthday is much more fundamental. I wish for him to be able to walk to the grocery store without being harassed or gunned down. I wish for him to live.

Why I Am Optimistic About The Future Of Race Relations In America

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 01.01.2015 | Black Voices

On race relations, President Obama is feeling optimistic. At least, that’s how he comes across in an interview with NPR’s Steve Inskeep, who as...

Breathe: Raising the Voice of Justice

Lauren Harris | Posted 03.01.2015 | Politics
Lauren Harris

Violence is its own barrier. Violence closes minds to the opinions of others, violence darkens the public discourse with the pall of fear and violence silences voices tragically and permanently.

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

The Day My Faith in America Died

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 02.03.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I didn't cry. But a part of me died. When I heard the news about Eric Garner, my casual 'faith' in America died -- and I am thankful for its death.

An Invitation to White People

Ariana Blossom | Posted 02.02.2015 | Politics
Ariana Blossom

Perhaps you've read about the St. Louis County grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. Maybe you don't know what to think, or you've already picked a side. Wherever you stand on this issue or any of the many issues facing African Americans, let's try an exercise in empathetic imagination.

The Moment I Realized What It Means To Be A Minority

Nasir Fleming | Posted 01.31.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

I discovered that I was black in the third grade. No -- not really. I have always known that I had brown skin, but I did not start to realize what having brown or black skin represented in a social, economic and legal context until halfway through elementary school.

Black Lives and Black Stories Matter

Donna Hardwick | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices
Donna Hardwick

Black lives matter. Despite what we're seeing in media headlines, the actions of our courts and legal system and police departments everywhere -- black lives matter and black stories help shed light on history of race in America and beyond.