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Nelson Mandela: A Hero to Hindus

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

For Hindus in South Africa and across the world, Mandela symbolizes a path guided by dharma -- a commitment to righteous action without consideration of consequence. For showing us that path, we are truly indebted to a great soul.

Making Televisions in America and Watching "I Love Lucy:" Apple, Samsung, and Judge Lucy Koh

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology
Frank H. Wu

In the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, the lawyers have suddenly started arguing about race. An attorney for the former made a reference in his closing...

(WATCH): I Didn't Know I Was Biracial

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.20.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

As a child, Rebekah Borucki questioned why she didn't look quite like the rest of her white family. But it wasn't until she was an adult that she lear...

Identity and Dissemblance in an Art Hotel

Frank Browning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Frank Browning

Hotels, etymologically speaking, are a French invention, sheltering structures whose function was to provide care and nurture--as in the famous and endangered Hotel Dieu in Paris beside the Seine.

University Of Alabama Sorority Makes History With First Black President

Posted 11.15.2013 | Black Voices

Following recent allegations of racial discrimination within the Greek system at the University of Alabama, one of the majority white sororities elec...

MMLP2: Best-Selling OS Update, Not Sequel

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcia Dawkins

MMLP2 is one rapper's statement on growing up alongside a diverse, tech-oriented and multi-generational society that's going through profound growing pains.

What You're Not Allowed to Talk About in Washington (VIDEO)

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Why is there such strident opposition when the vast majority of the country is now in favor of immigration reform? When I asked a Republican senator this question, he was surprisingly honest: "Fear," he said. Fear of an American future that looks different from the present.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

I Adopted a Black Kid and I'm Not Black -- So?

Matthew Bailey | Posted 11.08.2013 | Chicago
Matthew Bailey

Four months ago, after three long-ass years of waiting, I adopted a nice little half-black, half-Polish boy called Cameron. Despite the near-constant ...

A Good Samaritan

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

The experience deepened my faith in the human spirit and the potential goodness of people. Lincoln gave everything so this nation had an opportunity to survive as one nation, under god, indivisible, for liberty and justice for all.

The Myth About Black Intelligence

Vashthi Nepaul | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Vashthi Nepaul

In South Africa, the state set black people up for failure and hamstrung black advancement, while using the under-education of black people as evidence for why they required subjugation and guidance instead of the vote. So how well did it work?

Not Caste in Color: Dispelling Myths in Our Classrooms

Murali Balaji | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Murali Balaji

Colorism, as it turns out, is a deeply rooted issue among many within the Indian Diaspora, and it's not limited to one particularly faith tradition or ethnicity.

Private Schools and Diversity

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 11.11.2013 | Education
Frank Ligtvoet

It is time that diversity is lived, not only by the diverse people themselves, but by all the others in the same way. We need a little more action and a little less conversation. The difference between what our kids see and what they should see, will tell us what to do.

Renisha McBride: Knocking While Black

Khanh Ho | Posted 01.23.2014 | Crime
Khanh Ho

I'm not black. I'm Asian American. But late at night, in a certain slant of light, I'm just a spook, a boogey man, a creep. I could see how a wary homeowner in hunting country could over-react to a stranger at the door.

Finding My Voice: Growing Up Asian and Adopted in the Midwest

Jennifer Flaa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Jennifer Flaa

The "ching chang ching chong's" and "Where are you from's?" may never stop, but hopefully, within the next 29 years, it will be easier to find the balance between hanging my head in shame and completely losing my s**t.

The New York City Marathon: 26.2 Miles of Inspiration and Self-Discovery

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

The events I had just witnessed, combined with my own exhausted state, and the triumph of finishing my first marathon were almost too much. What a glorious world we live in and how thankful I am to be alive to experience days like this.

After LAX Shooting, Young White Males Fear Racial Profiling

El Guapo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
El Guapo

One can only hope that Chip is able to stand strong and bear the coming backlash with grace and dignity. One day we will live in a society in which being white does not carry such a heavy price tag.

Avoiding Offending Stigmatized Persons: The Matching Strategy

Troy Campbell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Troy Campbell

You might find yourself picking up lunch for yourself and an overweight friend. Do you get her fries or salad as a side dish? What do you get for yourself? What will she think when you return with your selections for her and for yourself?

Why I'm Not Here for #WhiteGirlsRock

Olivia Cole | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Olivia Cole

What it comes down to is that black girls are missing representations of themselves in positive contexts. When they turn on the TV, they are missing. When they are looking at the cover of magazines like Vogue and Elle, they are missing.

Safe Classrooms, Safe Kids

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

Educators can be allies. They can guide their students in respect for one another's differences. They can make hotlines and resources accessible. And by teaching, loving, and leading each day, they make change.

The Black Photographer: Race and Photography (a Conversation With Brent Lewis)

Suchitra Vijayan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Suchitra Vijayan

"I have a reason to do this. I represent a branch of people. When I go somewhere, I represent them. They are not just a story. They know I care, because their story is my story. The light that they are cast on, gets cast on me. I have a responsibility."

Offensive Halloween Costumes: Not That Big of a Deal?

Search for Common Ground | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt is more complex than just a handful of people wearing costumes that other people don't like. It's about collective ignorance, privilege and trauma.

A Hindu Halloween Lament

Vineet Chander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Vineet Chander

Behind the compromises and negotiation of clashing cultures, there lie important questions about assimilation, accommodation, and appropriation; minority communities growing and evolving in a multi-faith world; the interplay of power, normativity, hegemony, and identity.

Redskins and Respect: A Lifelong Washington Fan On Tradition

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

I am a lifelong Washington Redskins fan. I love them. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Washington Redskins loyalist. And I want them to change their name.

8 Comments That Make You a Horrible Person

Valerie Alexander | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Valerie Alexander

Ask yourself if what you're about to say will benefit anyone other than you, and if the answer is, "no," swallow those words and find a way to be as loving and harmless as possible. Do your best not to be horrible. That will make the world a much happier place.