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What Happens When Transnational Adoptees Learn About Race

TPM | COLLIER MEYERSON | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents

She was the first person I spotted when I walked into the room. She sat behind a school desk, two thick black braids, denim overalls resting over a Ga...

Touching a Diverse Audience: A Conversation With Author Sharon G. Flake

Amanda Gorman | Posted 01.30.2015 | Teen
Amanda Gorman

In the 6th grade I was inspired to overcome insecurities about my dark skin because of Sharon G. Flake's 1998 debut novel, The Skin I'm In. The story changed my life and is one of my favorites to this day.

Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman Are Black Heroes

Jaleesa Jones | Posted 01.30.2015 | Black Voices
Jaleesa Jones

The systematic iteration of the word "thug" in reference to black bodies is problematic because it perpetuates white supremacist ideologies about black people, namely that we are pathological, violent and lawless.

Black Struggles and Achievements Black History Month: Why America Must Never Forget

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 01.30.2015 | Black Voices
Stephen Balkaran

As we reflect on Black History month, we must truly be proud of the contributions of the African Americans in every aspect of our society. African Americans, despite their history of oppression and exclusion, remain committed to America.

The Conditional Sanctity of the Office of the President

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.29.2015 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

We have to marvel at what Boehner did. No matter his personal feelings about Obama, he could only undermine his own president in foreign policy if he simply had no respect for the office of the president. Compare this with the GOP position during the Bush administration, when any criticism or effort to oppose Bush was tantamount to treason.

The New Republic Confronts Its 'Perceived Legacy Of Racism'

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 01.29.2015 | Media

An upcoming issue of The New Republic -- the magazine's first since a large number of its writers and editors resigned in December -- will grapple wit...

One View From the Black Middle Class

Rev. John H. Vaughn | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. John H. Vaughn

There is a commonly held belief among some that there is one black experience and one black community. Not only is this completely untrue, it's harmful. I am proof of this.

Most Southern Baptists Don't Go To A Racially Integrated Church

The Associated Press | TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Leaders in nation's largest Protestant denomination are preaching that integrated churches can be a key driver of racial jus...

Kids, Trauma, and Adult Jail

Marcos Barbery | Posted 01.26.2015 | Crime
Marcos Barbery

In the adult system, resource-poor kids are sitting ducks for prosecutors, who are notorious for overcharging the indigent. The adult jail conditions are so dire they place additional pressure on kids to give up and plead guilty to jacked charges.

How Star Trek Deepend My Support for Women in Tech

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.26.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

I started as a hardcore nerd whose wish for fairness and equality was deepened by watching Star Trek.

When You Say You 'Don't See Race', You're Ignoring Racism, Not Helping To Solve It

The Guardian | Zach Stafford | Posted 01.26.2015 | Black Voices

People love to tell me that they often forget that I’m black. They say this with a sort of “a-ha!” look on their faces, as if their dawning abil...

5 Real Ways to Actually Support Black-Owned Businesses

Ernest Owens | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

True, social justice and political activism can help solve many of the continuous problems facing our community, but what about economic growth and stability to help heal our struggling neighborhoods?

MLK Today: Taking the Blinders Off White Privilege

David Bedrick | Posted 01.23.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

How far have we really come since Dr. King's passing in 1968? Could those who argue that we now live in a truly post-racial society be wearing the blinders of white privilege? Consider the following.

Writers of Color Need Something More

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 01.22.2015 | Books
Vanessa Mártir

You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.

State of the Union/States of Fear

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

For this cultural critic, it is interesting to consider what was left unsaid during SOTU's repartee of call and response. Here are a few issues that are perhaps too socially, culturally and politically sensitive for discussion in the SOTU public sphere.

In the Debate Over Police and Race, We Can't Forget the Most Critical Issue

Toni Irving | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Toni Irving

The police are just one actor in a larger stage driven by our racial climate. Their roles are more visible and are attended to, accordingly. We must do a better job building bridges between law enforcement and people of color and roads to stronger communities.

Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.21.2015 | Crime
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Why does Chief J. Scott Dennis believe it to be good policy and practice to further target (literally and figuratively) people who have paid for their past mistakes? Does he think his policy has no real impact on the loved ones of those whose pictures his officers blast away?

Duncan's Scapegoat Ate His Homework

Michael Beyer | Posted 01.21.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

If the theory of action behind NCLB is that better education will lead to less disparity, the data suggest this theory is dead wrong.

The Gospel of Diversity: Personal Assumptions and Business Implications

BJ Gallagher | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
BJ Gallagher

While the Gospel of Diversity is being preached in press conferences, public speeches, corporate workshops and seminars across the country, little attention is paid to the conflicting values and faulty assumptions implicit these discussions.

Why the Story of Muhammad Ali's Rebellion Matters Today: Part 5

Dave Kreissman | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Dave Kreissman

If you've been following my historical view of Muhammad Ali, you've learned about his rise to prominence, his religious and political awakening and his repudiation by the boxing establishment and mainstream American culture.

On MLK Day, Our Kids Should Be In School

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

Today is a national holiday, and the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior certainly deserves our full attention. For that reason, our children should be in school today.

MTV's Bold MLK Day Move Will Be One You Won't Want To Miss

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

On Monday, MTV will air twelve hours of programming in black and white -- and no, this is no accidental glitch. The television network will kick o...

Is the LGBTQ Community Separated by Gender and Race? (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2015-01-17-20150116FemiRedwoodsmall.jpgFemi Redwood of Milton, Delaware, grew up in an environment that was accepting of both her sexuality and her race, despite the fact that she was one of the few minorities in town. This only made her more observant later in life as she encountered less-accepting people and communities.

Why "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival" Matters

Sarah Griffith Lund | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Sarah Griffith Lund

The target audience for "Get Home Safely: 10 Rules of Survival" is not just for the African-American community; the film is for everyone who believes that we can do better as a nation.

Last Year, America Discovered Race. Now What?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Just to speak the names of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Tamir Rice says more about pain and injustice than we should ever need to say, but these tragedies represent just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.