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Race Relations

White Privilege and the Deadly Effect of Silence

Linda Louden | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Linda Louden

Instead of choosing silence, we need to stay in the conversation and get even more vulnerable. We need to choose to tolerate our fear and discomfort, and hang in there with the ambiguity of not knowing what to do next. We need to choose to own our ignorance and mistakes.

In Search of Soul and Soulful Social Science

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

Soul is about human connection. Soul is about deep feeling, about self-knowledge and empathy. As my Songhay friends in West Africa like to say, a soulful quality makes life sweet, which, in turn, sweetens the quality of life in the world. My students remind me that without soul, there is no social contract and no social harmony.

Dear Fellow White People: This Is How You Can Respond to Baltimore

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Rachel Garlinghouse

My name is Rachel, and I'm white. I've benefited from white privilege my entire life, most of the time without knowing it. When I became a mom, things changed for me, dramatically. My husband and I decided that we could be great parents to a child of any race.

Baltimore -- Riot v. Rebellion

Shermin Kruse | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

I am struck by the different lenses through which identical events unfold and the challenges involved in unification.

Baltimore and the American Dream: A View From North Africa

Ahmed Charai | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Ahmed Charai

As a Moroccan national who visits the U.S. often, I have grown attached to the American people, their country, and the values they aspire to live by. And so it pains me to hear of incidents of police brutality, which violate the rule-of-law principles America stands for, and it pains me further when looting and assaults on police mar legitimate protests with further criminality.

Being a White Ally During Baltimore's Uprising

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Katie Mgongolwa

So you know a good cop? Great. I hope there are more out there. But racism is a system, not one person.

Why Baltimore Matters

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 04.29.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Balkaran

The national debate that should be taking place is not what threat do African Americans pose to police and society but more so how we can correct a history of exclusion, oppression, legal and systematic racism against a community that remains loyal to a country that treated them as outsiders.

Jaweed Kaleem

'Our Best Sermon Right Now Is Not Anything We Say But What We Do' | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion

As tensions and unrest continued Tuesday in Baltimore over the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, religious leaders took to the pews and the streets t...

Baltimore Protesters Defy Curfew With Thousands Of Police, Troops Deployed

AP | Posted 04.28.2015 | Politics

BALTIMORE (AP) — A line of police behind riot shields hurled smoke grenades and fired pepper balls at dozens of protesters Tuesday night to enforce ...

White House Sends Delegation To Freddie Gray's Funeral

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics

The White House sent its own delegation of officials Monday to the funeral service of Freddie Gray, the African-American man who died of a spinal cord...

The Bone Tree Is Part Two of a Sweeping Southern Saga

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

When The Bone Tree ends you immediately wonder when the third book will be published. It will be a while so just savor the sweetness of a good story brilliantly told.

Stop Using "People Are Over-Sensitive" to Excuse Racial Bias

Toria Sheffield | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Toria Sheffield

Just because I don't see it day-to-day or have not experienced it first hand doesn't mean it's not very real.

Andrew Maraniss' New Book Is a Captivating Read

Ken Reed | Posted 04.19.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

Strong Inside is the story of Perry Wallace, who was the first African-American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. It's part sports book and part sociological case study. Maraniss is able to emotionally insert the reader into the middle of the country's civil rights movement of the late 1960s.

Sam Stein

Mark Kirk Says People Drive Faster Through Black Neighborhoods | Sam Stein | Posted 04.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a little-noticed interview last week, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) described African-American neighborhoods as areas that people in his st...

America's Deadly Denial of Racism

David Bedrick | Posted 04.10.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

Regarding race, and many other of our deepest and most intractable problems (e.g., addiction, depression, and domestic violence), getting the bad guys, identifying and eliminating a few bad apples, is wholly insufficient.

Scott Conroy

Rand Paul, Martin O'Malley Weigh In On Walter Scott Shooting | Scott Conroy | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

Several 2016 White House contenders, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), on Wednesday commented on the South Carolina shooting death of an unarmed black...

Mindfulness in Policing

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Incidents of police violence and discrimination against people of color evoke our raw emotions -- pain, frustration, fear, hopelessness and anger. Sometimes our emotions overwhelm us. But they can also help energize us and fuel our work for social change.

Starbucks and Race Together... What's Next?

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 04.07.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

it's a bit of a red herring to go from a logoed sticker on a coffee cup meant to signify a company's support of racial dialogue, to publicizing that the Starbucks campaign was attempting to solve racism in America through its "ill-equipped" frontline service workers.

Race, Reforms Eyed As Ferguson Voters Head To Polls

Reuters | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics

(Adds comment on results, background) By Carey Gillam and Eric M. Johnson April 7 (Reuters) - Residents elected a black ...

Society Praises the Activist That Looks the Most 'Normal'

Charles Orgbon III | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Charles Orgbon III

As a young boy, I remember when my Grandma Dorothy gave me the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, but it was not until more recently that I learned that Rosa Parks was not the first to woman to deny her bus seat to a white person.

It Will Take More Than a Cup of Coffee to Address the Thorny Issue of Race in America

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Over the past couple weeks, much of the mainstream media and bloggersphere had been abuzz with frenzied commentary to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's efforts to encourage baristas to discuss the issue of race with customers.

You Want to Badmouth Schultz? Watch Out...

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 03.24.2015 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

At least Schultz is doing something. At least he's taken SOME sort of action. A step forward. I mean, here we are talking about it after all.

The Terrible 'Irony' Of Starbucks' 'Race Together' Campaign

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.19.2015 | Black Voices

Starbucks announced its "Race Together" campaign this week to intense backlash, much of which pointed to the terrible irony of the poorly-executed cru...

Mark Blumenthal

HUFFPOLLSTER: Poll Shows Uptick In Obamacare Favorable Rating | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

The Kaiser Family Foundation finds an uptick in favorable impressions of the ACA. Pollsters begin to explain what they think went wrong in Israel. And...

More Americans Worry About Race Relations, But It's Still Not A Top Issue For Most

The Huffington Post | Julia Craven | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics

Following months of protests and the telling of some hard truths about America, a Gallup poll found that worry over race relations in this country has...