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Since When Did Scapegoating And Taking Revenge Become American And Christian Principles?

David Mochel | Posted 11.27.2015 | Religion
David Mochel

I am tired of letting the loudest among us be those who call for un-American behavior in the name of patriotism. I am tired of letting the dialogue be monopolized by those who pass off prejudice as faith. Compassion matters. Dignity matters. Standing for something worthwhile is rarely easy.

The Only One in the Room: Rod McCullom on Covering HIV and Science as a Black Gay Journalist

JD Davids | Posted 11.25.2015 | Gay Voices
JD Davids

In his long career as a black gay journalist, Rod McCullom is known for his reporting on science and health (including HIV). As such, he says he has often been the only person of color in the newsroom or production studio -- and almost always the only gay black man.

Have You Ever Heard Inner-City Chicago Children Cry?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

As a child, I often cried in unison with other young children on the Westside of Chicago. Have you ever heard Chicago children cry? No matter how or why, it is hard to justify the continuous cries with blame and criticisms of their ties to an ongoing plight that has lead to the demise of countless lives for way too much time.

You Matter. Choose Love.

Sister Jenna | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion
Sister Jenna

The word, "Love" has been used so much that often its power is diluted. We use it as the right thing to say in a speech or the right weapon to use when you want someone to submit to us. Perhaps the real power in the word is that Love is so large. Which might lead us to question, "Why do I play so small?" Love is large and it has the capacity to remove any limitation of race, creed, religion, or language.

Gay Men and Racial Preference

Matthew J. Dempsey | Posted 11.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Matthew J. Dempsey

Some say it's a "preference" while others contend it's just another racist smoke screen for white gay men to hide behind.

Celebrate the Spirit of Hope in America

Stacey D. Stewart | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Stacey D. Stewart

Talking about race in America makes many people uncomfortable. The conversation is difficult and complex, and if the last few years have taught us anything, it's that there are no easy answers.

Still Think Our Society Is 'Post-racial'?

Jeffrey Ann Goudie | Posted 11.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ann Goudie

Perhaps the claim that we live in a "post-racial society" is an expression of hope, and maintaining hope is nothing short of a moral imperative in today's uncertain world. I suspect, however, that the term "post-racial society" is also an expression of denial, an invitation to turn away from reality.

Ben Carson's Self-Portrait in the White Racial Frame

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Leonce Gaiter

By adding thuggishness to his resume, Carson completes a white audience's bias-fueled expectation of him--poor, black, and violent--the stereotype trifecta.

Muslims Aren't A Race, So I Can't Be Racist, Right? Wrong.

Craig Considine | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Craig Considine

Racism is no longer about race (skin color) but culture. People are Othered and discriminated against not (simply) because of the color of their skin (or other phenotypes) but because of their beliefs and practices associated with some "imagined culture."

Hey Millennials! How Will Our History Read?

Rasheena Fountain | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Rasheena Fountain

History will be written, and instead of arguing amongst each other about what side of history we stand on, it is better to stand for making sure future generations only have to expand progress instead of inheriting current issues as they are.

How Money and Privilege, Not Humanity Nor Ethics, Drives Racial Equity Action on Campus

Keffrelyn D. Brown | Posted 11.18.2015 | College
Keffrelyn D. Brown

The problem with this progressive rhetoric is not simply that it is insensitive or naive which it is. What it also reflects is race-blindness, shrouded in theory and philosophical argumentation of how the social world should operate.

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

Sheril Antonio | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

Even when we earnestly discuss race, usually in the context of yet another revelatory event, we are still avoiding the larger issue, which is rooted in the profound lack of education and consistent access to a complete version of our country's history.

Dear White Professors: You Must Teach a Course on Race

Ken Schneck, PhD | Posted 11.17.2015 | College
Ken Schneck, PhD

Six years ago, I taught my first course focused on race at a small, northeast liberal arts college. The goal of the course was to explore how we talk about race in K-16 education, my academic field of study.

Why We Need Mindfulness More Than Ever: Race, Bias, and Inclusivity

David Mochel | Posted 11.16.2015 | Healthy Living
David Mochel

We can actively work to include "others" in this grand experiment that we call civil society. Of course, we also have the option of practicing denial, defensiveness, blame, and exclusivity. I guess it just depends on the kind of society that we are trying to create. Society is a result of collective individual practice, and what we practice at any given moment is a choice. Knowing this, what will we practice right now?

The Paris Attack and My Racist Facebook 'Friends'

Craig Considine | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Craig Considine

Let us count the civilian death toll in Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. The number is high. Shockingly high! These deaths occur in the face of imperialism. Our imperialism. It is our terrorism, but nobody thinks of it that way. That, in itself, is racist.

Dr. Ben Carson: The Most Dangerous Man in Politics

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Carson's popularity among white and black conservatives is a dire threat to racial and social justice. Like Clarence Thomas and other black conservatives, Carson advances the myth that we live in a post-racist society.

The Psychological Toll Of Racism In The Wake Of Mizzou

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices

When news of the incidents at Mizzou and then Howard University first broke, I was numb. As a writer, and a black woman, I felt a kind of obligat...

Ben Carson Says College Protests Against Racism Could Spark 'Anarchy'

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 11.13.2015 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson criticized college students for clampdowns on free speech this week, as racial tensions remained ...

Unsurprised by Missouri: Scholars on the Roots of Racial Unrest on Campus

The Conversation US | Posted 11.13.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

At the root of today's racial troubles on campuses, Emory University historian Leslie Harris argues, is the past, when most American universities were intimately connected to slave trade and slavery.

Is Blasian Dating an Answer For Single Black Women? | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices

Is Blasian romance the answer to Black women's dating woes? Absolutely not. But it is, at least, a fresh perspective to add to those conversations.

An Open Letter To All Black Students At Predominately White Institutions

Brandon Patterson | Posted 11.13.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon Patterson

Since you have now completed Being Black At A PWI 101, this means that I am able to be frank with all of you. I am hoping that I can give to you the Black Student Handbook that your orientation leader was unable to offer you on that glorious hot summer day.

Racial Tension Isn't About Them. It's About Us.

Danielle Ripley-Burgess | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Danielle Ripley-Burgess

It's hard. It's painful. To say it's complex is an understatement. But we need to keep talking about them. "Them" as in the issues. Not the people.

Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices

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Registration Games: Gender, Race, Age

Kimann Schultz | Posted 11.11.2015 | Women
Kimann Schultz

I get that stats are constantly being compiled for this n' that, and I get that this n' that is often a multi-nuanced gathering of positively skewed info posturing, when often the tabulation of who knows what is in the end financially founded, as are all things in this capitalistic land of ours.

Watch Toni Morrison Break Down Why Racism Is A White Problem

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 11.10.2015 | Black Voices

Toni Morrison is without a doubt one of the greatest novelists of all time, and one of the most profound thinkers on race and identity politic...