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Race in America

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Commends Michael Jordan For Discussing Police Violence

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.04.2017 | Black Voices

NBA Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has always been vocal about hot-button political issues, so the former basketball star was thrilled to see Micha...

I Don't Know Much But I Know Why Black Lives Matter

Michael Winship | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Michael Winship

I can never ever understand what it is like to be black in America, can never know what it's like to be discriminated against or abused or pulled over and hassled, maybe even killed, just because of the color of my skin.

The Conflict Of A White Trauma Surgeon With A Black Husband

Jamie Jones Coleman | Posted 07.13.2016 | Healthy Living
Jamie Jones Coleman

I am married to an amazing man. Although I know him to be the wonderful husband and father that he is, that he has so many accomplishments both from the football field and now in law school, I also know he is "just" a black man to the police.

Why I Don't Call Other Black People The "N" Word

Towanda Bryant | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
Towanda Bryant

I was taught, by my parents, that the "N" word is an ignorant person -- male or female, and of any race. And I accept that to be its definition. Even though I don't believe the word is interchangeably related to all Black people, I know I would not like someone calling me that word in a negative way.

Why The Cops Who Shot Alton Sterling Will Go Free

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

It's unfortunate that the law protects cops who escalate tense situations instead of de-escalating them and using non-lethal force. But this is not only 1 percent of police officers or just a few bad apples -- it's systematic and routine.

Confessions Of Someone Who Isn't Black

Michael LaMasa | Posted 07.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Michael LaMasa

As a gay man, I used to think that I knew. I had experienced discrimination from people on the streets and in my family. I had to march in the streets for the right to get married and for equal protection under the law -- I thought that being a part of a minority gave me some insight into what other minorities felt. Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong.

The Monumental Role Of Photography In The Fight For Racial Equality

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts

Complexity, interiority, subjectivity: these are qualities that every human being possesses by virtue of living in a tumultuous world full of obstacle...

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 11.05.2016 | 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 09.14.2016 | 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 08.14.2016 | 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 07.21.2016 | 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.