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It's Time We Loved All of Our Children

Katie Mgongolwa | Posted 04.20.2014 | Parents
Katie Mgongolwa

It's time we loved all our children. Of course, it would be better if we loved all our citizens, but loving our children is a good start. It's time to ask ourselves honestly if our cities value their children equally.

Why Stand Your Ground Laws Must Be Repealed, in One Infuriating Graph

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Research found that Stand Your Ground laws increase the likelihood that a homicide will be considered "justified," but only in cases where a white person is accused of killing a black person.

When a Pat on the Head Becomes Spit on the Face

Erwin de Leon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Erwin de Leon

It's perfectly okay to pat a dog's head. It's fine to pat a very young child's head. It is not acceptable, however, to pat another adult's head.

Not Again: One Black Attorney's Thoughts on the Michael Dunn Verdict

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 04.20.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

While Dunn is unlikely to ever experience life again as a free man, neither Martin nor Davis will experience life at all beyond their 17th year of existence simply because someone else decided that they were justified in using their gun to 'defend' themselves.

Michael Dunn's Letters From Prison: Culture, not Race?

David Palumbo-Liu | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
David Palumbo-Liu

This latest case of an armed white man killing a young, unarmed black male brings with it the by-now common disclaimer, "It's not about race."

What If Jonathan Martin Would Have Decked Richard Incognito?

Wayne Besen | Posted 04.19.2014 | Sports
Wayne Besen

People have said that the harassment may have stopped had Martin used his 6'5" 312 pound frame to body slam the bullies. But, let's be honest for a second.

Stand Your Ground (White Man)

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 04.15.2014 | Crime
Mark I. Pinsky

As difficult as it may be for those outside Florida to comprehend -- much less accept -- there is a slim but real possibility that a white software en...

It Happened to Me: There Are No Fat People in My Yoga Class, and I'm Suddenly Uncomfortable With It

Lauren Cahn | Posted 04.14.2014 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

I needed to catch up on my current events, so I went to my go-to source for all things relevant -- xoJane.com, which is how I stumbled upon this gut-w...

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.

Changing the Face of Ballet: Nashville Ballet's Kayla Rowser Speaks Out On Diversity

Rainesford Alexandra | Posted 04.12.2014 | Arts
Rainesford Alexandra

"It's not just about diversity racially; it is diversity in what you can do."

What Michael Sam Needs From Us

Jay Dodd | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

As Michael Sam enters the larger public stage, let us offer our support to an exceptional athlete, an eloquent speaker and captivating role model. He has the tools to be a new and impactful face for a cultural change in how we see our athletes, our black men and our queer icons.

Why Everything Actually Is About Race

Jonathan Jacob Moore | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Jonathan Jacob Moore

As Valentine's Day will soon come flying around the corner in a few days, I wish I could tell you that this week I want to talk about being a hopeless...

12 Years a Slave and the Questioning of Race

American Anthropological Association | Posted 04.09.2014 | Entertainment
American Anthropological Association

Here, anthropology reminds us that there is no biological basis for racial distinction but we understand that race and racism continue to exert an enduring and powerful force on outcomes for historically racialized minorities.

Does Being Latina Exclude Me From Being Black?

Icess Fernandez Rojas | Posted 11.12.2014 | Latino Voices
Icess Fernandez Rojas

Why, in this modern age, do I have to prove myself? Why do I have to prove my Blackness or my Latina heritage while denying the other exists? Being Afro-Latina doesn't exclude me from being everything else I am -- Black, Southerner, writer.

How Senator Vitter Lost His Food Fight

Jeremy Haile | Posted 04.06.2014 | Politics
Jeremy Haile

The purpose of the Vitter amendment was apparently to take a mean-spirited swipe at an unpopular constituency while putting opponents on the defensive. And at first it seemed to work.

Seattle Seahawks: Is Richard Sherman a Thug?

Dexter Rogers | Posted 03.30.2014 | Sports
Dexter Rogers

The Seattle Seahawks' outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman ignited a firestorm of controversy when he gave what appeared to be a thuggish rant of the ...

With Racial Disparities Aplenty, We Still Need Black History Month

Eric Cooper | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

We've made progress, to be sure. Americans have elected an African-American president not once, but twice. Yet stereotypes remain and we have cold, hard data -- on incarceration, poverty and educational attainment, among so many other things -- that prove the point.

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

New Year!! Still a N***a...

Gerard Kersey | Posted 03.19.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

So as 2013 made its exit, and 2014 came in what a great feeling it was. As I was bringing in the New Year in church with family and friends, it was a ...

I'm a Big Black Girl Around Small White People and I'm Suddenly Feeling Uncomfortable With It: My Response to xoJane

CeCe Olisa | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
CeCe Olisa

As a plus size woman of color, people are constantly "telling on themselves" in regards to how they see me. It could be as simple as calling me "girl" instead of my name or it could be something as nuanced as mentioning their own appearance in contrast to mine.

Tiger Mom vs. Brooklyn Dragon: I Hereby Challenge Amy Chua to a Barefist Kung Fu Duel

Jie-Song Zhang | Posted 03.23.2014 | Media
Jie-Song Zhang

I am curious if you have ever found a moment, undressed of your "Tiger Mom, celebrity author" costume and all of the salesmanship it entails, to sit in your natural skin as an Asian-American, and as a mother, to properly measure how the thoughts you spread might affect our community, and in particular our youth.

Are We Living Dr. King's Dream, Or Just Talking About It?

Kristen Howerton | Posted 03.23.2014 | Parents
Kristen Howerton

It's easy to give our kids lessons from a book, but if we really want to honor Dr. King's dream, then diversity should be reflected in our lives.

Shoring the Levy of Civil Rights

Stephen Henry Fox | Posted 03.22.2014 | Hawaii
Stephen Henry Fox

Let us not slumber silently as the state legislatures, the Supreme Court, and Congress actively undo what was so hard-won. Each restrictive law requiring a particular ID that is hard to get, each erosion of women's reproductive and health rights, chips at the levy protecting us all.

Dreaming King's Dream Forward: Reflections on America's Psyche

David Bedrick | Posted 03.22.2014 | Politics
David Bedrick

While there are fine essays and books written about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., detailing his words and his impact on American life, law and culture, few focus uniquely on the American psyche -- how "we" see, or don't see, Dr. King. Consider these six conflicting points of view.

5 Ways to Engage Youth in the Fight for Civil Rights

Christopher Emdin | Posted 03.21.2014 | Impact
Christopher Emdin

Many youth who know that they aren't treated fairly, and know that life isn't the way it should be, do not see themselves in a fight for their civil rights. They have been taught to turn a blind eye to institutional racism and structural inequity, and don't see that their civil rights are being violated in more subtle and dangerous ways than ever before.