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Racism in America and Islam: Remembering Bilal

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion
Muqtedar Khan

The personality of Bilal captures the American black experience, as I understand it, in a nutshell. His story is a narrative from slavery to freedom, from darkness to faith, from obscurity to historic centrality.

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.02.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

In response to this dark side of gentrification, some Latino community leaders in Los Angeles launched the "gente-fication" movement ("gente" is Spanish for "people," but you already knew that).

Black Folks, Let's Talk About Homophobia

Jacob Hood | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices
Jacob Hood

Is it really possible for such a historically marginalized group to harbor such hatred? With all the tireless social activism efforts spearheaded by the black community, it is easy to forget about this skeleton in the closet.

Retain or Retire the Vestavia Hills Rebel Mascot: A Conversation on Race and Tradition

Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH | Posted 07.03.2015 | Education
Henna Budhwani, PhD, MPH

Conversations on race are occurring nationwide, and in an Alabama city of 34,000, Sauron's gaze has landed on the Vestavia Hills Rebels. Vestavia was established in 1950. The median household income is about $87,154, and 90.4% of the population is White.

Confronting Slavery on Independence Day

Honor Sachs | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Honor Sachs

Every year on Independence Day, we celebrate the fact that the past is not past, coming together as a nation to celebrate the past, to revere the past, to honor the collective ideals upon which our nation was founded. We pay tribute to the ideals of freedom and liberty and remember that "all men are created equal."

Black Women Share Their 'Degrading' Encounters With Police

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 07.02.2015 | Black Voices

From excessive use of force to unwarranted -- and often sexual -- searches, black women are no exception from the ongoing encounters of police brutali...

Is Anywhere Safe? Finding Psychological Safety In A Dangerous World

Dr. Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D. | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Isaiah B. Pickens, Ph.D.

The physical endangerment that intense hostility toward a group can produce is particularly unsettling when you consider the breadth of damage it can have on how the targeted group thinks about their safety.

It's Impossible to Lie About Your Race

Ann Morning | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
Ann Morning

There's an important question being left out of the furor over charges that Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the NAACP's Spokane chapter, has been "lying" about her race: How can you lie about something that doesn't have any objective truth to it in the first place?

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

The SCOTUS Fair Housing Act Decision a Welcome & Needed Win Following Racial Tragedy

Jennifer Richeson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Richeson

It was in the wake of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968 that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a major pillar of U.S. civil rights legislation, the Fair Housing Act.

The Surprising Science of Race and Racism

The Huffington Post | Eliza Sankar-Gorton | Posted 06.30.2015 | Science

What causes racism? And what can be done to overcome our nation's legacy of intolerance and hatred? Americans were struggling to answer those b...

Tavis Smiley: Killer Mike on Why Blacks Should Stop Forgiving and Start Demanding Action

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

Tonight, I'm joined by Michael Render, a.k.a. "Killer Mike." The prolific rapper and influential activist is one half of the popular hip-hop duo, Run the Jewels, whose critically acclaimed album, Run the Jewels 2, was hailed by Rolling Stone as the "best rap album of 2014."

Nick Wing

21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist' | Nick Wing | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

"You know who talks about race? Racists." That was an actual line delivered in August by Jonathan Hoenig, a wealthy, white hedge fund founder, as h...

My Nickname: A Cautionary Tale About Racism

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the hate embedded within it festers in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don't know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question.

Am I Really Privileged Simply Because I Am White?

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Natalie Holm

It is on us, white folks, to show our minority friends, acquaintances and even strangers over and over that we can be trusted. It does not matter whether we want this power dynamic to exist--it's there.

'Be Nice to People' - Grandmother's Advice Could Fix Many of World's Problems

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.26.2015 | Black Voices
The University of Central Florida Forum

As I began to write this column, my ears were ringing with the news story of another senseless shooting. This time it's of nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

"These White Folks, They Think the World Belongs to Them": Charleston, Race, and Forgiveness

Mark Santow | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Mark Santow

In the wake of Dylann Roof's racial terrorism in Charleston last week, many Americans were profoundly touched by the forgiveness extended to Roof by the victims' families at his bond hearing. I was too.

Who's in Charge? Our Assumptions About Race and Gender

Frank H. Wu | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Frank H. Wu

In service of this cause, I offer a series of true stories -- acknowledging that for almost all of us our understanding of complex social phenomenon comes down to our own anecdotes.

Before We Have an Honest Discussion About Race

Galanty Miller | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Galanty Miller

Slavery happened because of a burning racism whose flames extended well beyond even the southern states. And then it ended. And nobody talked about it. Now it's time.

Southern Whites, Let's Admit Our Privilege And Do Something About It

B. Shaw Drake | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
B. Shaw Drake

Generations of my family have profited from political and social white supremacy in the South. I admit that I have benefited greatly from my position in the hierarchy, and therefore understand what I can do to break from it.

A Southern White Woman's Response to the Charleston Massacre

Natalie Holm | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices
Natalie Holm

Much of what made up the air I breathed as a little white girl growing up in lower Alabama was revisionist history. The "South" that I love and have been desperately homesick for doesn't really exist.

The Temperature of Black America

Junius Williams | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices
Junius Williams

In situations like these, it's always an individual act, somebody's loose screw, and never an examination of the institutions that created him and so many other racist policies and practices.

Symbol or Solution?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The flag debate is seriously getting in the way of more pressing issues. As long as our focus is on the stars and bars, we are not talking about the nine Americans who were shot to death in their own church by another American.

Yes, You Can Be Black And Wear Sperrys

Jared Hunter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Jared Hunter

I would like to think I'm black. And at first glance, it's apparent I am. My skin and hair say so. And if anything, I've got a birth certificate that solidifies my heritage. I would like to think I'm black. But sometimes, I'm not sure if others of my race agree.


Robert Slayton | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Robert Slayton

South Carolinians claim that the Stars and Bars represents "heritage not hate." But the "heritage" this flag stands for is one of continued racism. It is time for the South to do what other entities, places like South Africa and Germany, have done to move beyond a troubled past.