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Francis Levy | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Sometimes in a therapeutic situation, an analyst or psychiatrist will point out to the patient that an obsession actually performs a protective function to the extent that it eclipses a deeper fear or more profound desire or problem--such as fixating on sex instead of death.

Black Against Blue: What I Learned This Week in Baltimore

Vernā Myers | Posted 05.05.2015 | Black Voices
Vernā Myers

I realized as the tears ran down my face that I had adopted a stoic stance about these things; all week I hadn't allowed myself to feel the sadness of what Freddie Gray, his family and Black Baltimoreans, young and old had suffered.

What If Clark Kent Was Black?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

All of my favorite shows had white or white-ish characters. All of my heroes were white. All of the "people" that made me laugh were white. All of the people I looked forward to seeing on TV were white. I mean back then this was not really thought of as a big deal. It was the way of the world.

Rage, Race and Rebellion: Class Warfare and Frustration in African American Communities

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Balkaran

The recent riots only addressed police brutality but gone from the discussion that should be taking place are the continued economic class warfare that has plagued many of these inner city communities.

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.

Racial Diversity in the Workplace: Who Cares?

Marshall Cannon | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Marshall Cannon

There are always arguments and different opinions about hiring practices when it comes to racial diversity. Every position for and against has holes in it. However, the bigger hole is the one that we continue to fall into as we ignore the importance of racial diversity.

Where Is the World... ?

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

I love the black men in my life. They are my brothers, my nephews, my cousins, my best friends. When they hurt, I hurt. We hurt. And once again, we find ourselves deeply hurting from a socially-constructed wound of perpetual, centuries-long injustices.

I Have The Big Job Of Teaching My Black Children About Police

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Police, at this point in my children's lives, continue to represent and practice safety, assistance, respect and justice. But I know the day is coming when my children will stop being adorable little kids who garner high-fives and smiles and compliments from adults.

May Day Rallies Address Police Brutality, Race In Cities Nationwide

AP | Amy Taxin | Posted 05.01.2015 | Black Voices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hundreds marched and rallied in U.S. cities on Friday to demand more rights for workers and immigrants and an end to police bruta...

Native Americans, Why Not Make an Adam Sandler Movie?

Greg Schwem | Posted 05.01.2015 | Comedy
Greg Schwem

Coming soon to a theater near you: The Misadventures of Adam-Boy! No, that movie doesn't exist yet. But the Native American cinematic community might want to consider such a film, as it may be the best way to exact payback on Adam Sandler.

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.

Michael Eric Dyson's Hypocrisy

Nathan Robinson | Posted 04.30.2015 | Media
Nathan Robinson

In hindsight, Michael Eric Dyson might have been the person least well-positioned to attack Cornel West about a preference for celebrity over scholarship.

Why It's So Hard to Talk to White People About Racism

The Good Men Project | Posted 04.30.2015 | Black Voices
The Good Men Project

Socialized into a deeply internalized sense of superiority and entitlement that we are either not consciously aware of or can never admit to ourselves, white people become highly fragile in conversations about race."Getting it" when it comes to race and racism challenges our very identities as good white people.

The Mythology of Social Mobility

Sean McElwee | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Sean McElwee

While a majority of Americans might think that hard work determines success and that it should be relatively simple business to climb and remain out of poverty, the reality is that the U.S. has a relatively entrenched upper class, but precarious, ever-shifting lower and middle classes.

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.

We Are Capable of More

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

This is not just about policing. Not just about race. It is about the country we are allowing ourselves to become and the affront it is to the country we are meant to be.

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.

Rioting Has No Color

Randi Evans | Posted 04.29.2015 | Women
Randi Evans

Rioting has no color! It's not a "black thing," it's not a "white thing," it's an "injustice thing." When a group of people feel they are not being heard, they take alternative actions. Again, I do not agree with these actions, but I do have compassion for those feeling unheard.

Does Major League Baseball Look Like America?

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.29.2015 | Sports
The University of Central Florida Forum

It is imperative that sport teams play the best athletes they have available to win games. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport strives to emphasize the business value of diversity to sports organizations when they choose their team on the field and in the office.

That Thing That Connects Nepal, Baltimore and SCOTUS

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Ken Schneck, PhD

The key here is to see Nepal, Baltimore and marriage equality in a fuller context, one that is more infinitely more layered than what is being shared. But to get there, you have to take action.

Why the American Flag Is the Least of My Worries

Jared Loggins | Posted 04.27.2015 | College
Jared Loggins

If the American flag should be a metaphor and a symbol of anything, it should be of radical possibility -- where the black and brown citizens at the margins are central to America's care and concern, where calls for patriotic response is not the mask of those who refuse to admit the nation's terrible truths.

What My 10-Year-Old Daughter Taught Me About the Death of Freddie Gray

Charles Howard | Posted 04.27.2015 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I'm always wary of the argument that all problems can and should be solved at home. I think that takes some of the responsibility off of other institutions that can bring about social change yet drastically need reform. But the role of parents and families is an important one -- particularly in the prevention of racial discrimination.

Women's Political Aspirations and Reproductive Rights Remain Destructively Tethered

Michele Goodwin | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

This week, pro-life advocates in Congress struck another heavy blow against equality and reproductive justice by contaminating an otherwise uncontroversial anti-human trafficking bill, which had strong bipartisan support, with anti-abortion restrictions.

Toni Morrison On The Conversation We Need To Be Having About Race

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 04.23.2015 | Black Voices

When Toni Morrison writes, we read. And when she speaks, we make damn sure to listen. In a wide-ranging interview with The Telegraph, Morrison -- ...

Another Charlie Brown Election?

Carlos R. Moreno | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics
Carlos R. Moreno

The middle class is shrinking, good-paying jobs are scarcer, and providing for a family is ever more challenging. Expanding the number of real opportunities is something we expect our leaders to do something about without screwing it up.