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Cornel West, Tavis Smiley and the Cattiness of Slandering President Obama

Ernest Owens | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As scholars and black men who have been in the media for many years, haven't they realized that their off-putting jabs at President Obama have garnered more attention and spotlight recently than their more notable causes?

What About Trayvon's Presumed Innocence?

Zhivargo Laing | Posted 09.24.2013 | Black Voices
Zhivargo Laing

George Zimmerman's defense suggested he presumed Trayvon guilty of something. He did not afford Trayvon the luxury of presumed innocence.The jury's verdict did nothing to dispel this view.

'I Don't See Race': An Open Dialogue Between Two Scholar-Mothers About the Unintended Consequences of Racial Blindness and the Importance of Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We came together in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy to talk honestly about racism because we believe the country is in the midst of a teaching moment. As scholars we believe all people have the potential to be lifelong learners, and as mothers we are concerned about racial inequality in our society.

Beyond the Petition: 4 Things You Can Do About Trayvon Now

Erica Williams | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Erica Williams

I know and work with dozens of brilliant leaders who are developing a coherent national advocacy strategy and polished, well-produced campaigns to share with the world. But that takes time -- and right now, it doesn't feel like we have any to waste.

Book Excerpt: He's a Different Kind of Black

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 09.23.2013 | Books
Bruce Reyes-Chow

As I mentioned in the opening chapter about Lorenzo, I attended high school in Sacramento, California, in the mid-1980s. The community of my upbringing was middle-class, Asian-American, and suburban.

Colbert Calls Out Fox News' Blatant Racism

Posted 09.23.2013 | Comedy

Ah, there's nothing quite like a good old-fashioned takedown of Fox News for its obvious racism. Stephen Colbert devoted some time to knocking down Bi...

In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War

Sharda Sekaran | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sharda Sekaran

From clothing to intoxicants, what is normal and innocuous in another context becomes sinister when associated with black men and boys.

The Conversation Will Not Be Televised

Theodore Johnson | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Theodore Johnson

The conversation that needs to take place is about how racism is woven into the fabric of all that prevents the union from becoming more perfect.

The Different Faces of Rebellion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 09.22.2013 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

We should be careful not to dismiss subtle forms of fighting oppression, for they are no less valuable than street fights and mass strikes.

Trayvon Martin Is History but I Wish He Were Still Here

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Malcolm Boyd

This is not simply a "black" cause. It is clearly a "human" one, a "moral" one, a "universal" one.

Poll: Views On Justice System's Fairness Increasingly Divided By Race

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics

Perceptions of the fairness of the U.S. justice system increasingly break down along racial lines, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. In t...

The Accidental Killer, the City of Refuge, and the Community: A Jewish Response to the Zimmerman Verdict

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

That the Torah maintains consequences even for the accidental killer implies an assertion that few if any violent deaths are ever fully accidental or unavoidable. More importantly, virtually none occur in a vacuum, sealed off from the broader community.

Trayvon, Morsi and B.S.

Sherman A. Jackson | Posted 09.21.2013 | Religion
Sherman A. Jackson

The whole point of providing reasons to justify privilege is to raise it beyond critique, take it out of the realm of politics and place it in the realm of nature, where it can be seen as normal, "nobody's fault," as natural as morning dew or death.

How Race and Racial Stereotypes Swayed the Zimmerman Trial Jury

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 09.19.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia A. Nelson

The verdict is in. And it is disturbing. We can argue all day about whether or not the prosecution made its case, or whether the defense distorted the...

It's Time to Acknowledge White Privilege

Catherine Wiley | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Catherine Wiley

I was introduced to the concept of white privilege in 1984, when I was 19, in college. I was having lunch with my first love, a black man, in a diner in central Ohio.

President Barack Obama Is 'The Man'

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

It took just 19 minutes for American history to be substantially altered this past Friday, July 19, 2013. As is often the case, some of the most poig...

Trayvon and the Fighting 54th

Max Skolnik | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Max Skolnik

A hundred and fifty years ago, 600 blue-coated infantrymen of the 54th Massachusetts charged over the Carolina dunes in the face of withering cannon and small arms fire. Was that daring charge meant to preserve a Union where young African-American boys could be hunted down and shot in the streets?

How This Boy's Story Would Have Been Told If He Were White

sociological images | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents

Editor's Note: Lisa Wade, PhD originally wrote this posted this piece on The Society Pages in 2010. In the wake of last week's verdict in the George Z...

Understanding Racism

Judith Ellis | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Ellis

The burden of the minority to explain to the majority the system under which power has been exercised to denigrate, humiliate and confiscate their very right to exist alongside others equally is most certainly not merely a thing of the past.

Minority Rights and the Killing of Trayvon Martin

William K. Barth | Posted 09.21.2013 | Los Angeles
William K. Barth

Race alone is not enough to explain the outcome of the Martin Zimmerman trial. We need also to understand the plight of minority groups qua groups if we are to prevent future tragic killings.

Tackling Our Prejudice

Diana Aviv | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Diana Aviv

I asked a young African-American colleague in my office: What advice would you give Americans to avoid tragedies such as these? Her advice was to wait a beat. Walk in their shoes and see how it feels, if you are threatened or upset. Count to ten.

How Trayvon Altered Public Space

Caryl Rivers | Posted 09.18.2013 | Crime
Caryl Rivers

When Trayvon Martin entered the space of the gated community where his father lived, he altered that space for George Zimmernan, making it a darker (no pun intended) and more dangerous place.

George Zimmerman: The Trial He Should Have Had

Mark I. Pinsky | Posted 09.20.2013 | Crime
Mark I. Pinsky

It is now clear to me that Zimmerman's prosecution for shooting the unarmed black teenager would have unfolded in a dramatically different way if a series of decisions, large and small, had been made.

What the Trayvon Martin Case Means for Middle Class Blacks

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

I cried when I heard about the Zimmerman verdict because I knew that it would tear the country apart on racial lines. I also knew that as a middle class black person that I was going to be called upon for my perspective by my white colleagues, friends and family.

Objectivity: A New Perspective on the Conversation About Race

Elizabeth R. Thornton | Posted 09.20.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Improving race relations in this country requires "attention density" -- a sustained focus and commitment by each of us to be more objective in our interactions with all people.