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Racial Discrimination

Obama Has Outclassed the Grand Old White Establishment

Cody Cain | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

The experience of witnessing the first black President in the history of the United States has indeed been a wonderment to behold. As it turned out, the grand old white establishment revealed itself to be petty, obstructionist, vindictive, and incompetent. History will remember them as such, to the extent history will remember them at all.

No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.28.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

White people, no matter how nice, how good, how desirous of honest equality, can only understand so much of something they cannot viscerally experience. I know because I thought I knew... until I discovered how little I actually did.

Uphold This Law, Not That: Why Beyond #LoveWins and FHA Ruling, All Discrimination Needs Our Attention

Ramona Ortega | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Ramona Ortega

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent rulings on gay marriage and the Housing Discrimination Act are two enormously important milestones united by more than a shared timeline. They are bound together by a shared purpose to dismantle discrimination in this country. But is that feasible?

The SCOTUS Fair Housing Act Decision a Welcome & Needed Win Following Racial Tragedy

Jennifer Richeson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Richeson

It was in the wake of the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 1968 that President Lyndon Johnson signed into law a major pillar of U.S. civil rights legislation, the Fair Housing Act.

Is Charleston A Turning Point For America On Race?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Expect more of that from Democrats, and more talk from some in the GOP of racial matters as presidential campaign 2016 heats up. The Charleston memorial services may have marked the turning point for that.

Ecstasy And Despair On This Historic Day

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.28.2015 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I am rejoicing today, and ecstatic that in the years to come, the love that I share with my husband and the love that millions of other LGBT Americans experience will be honored and that LGBT people will have gained dignity and justice at last.

A Few Confederate Flags Down, But Thousands of Trappings Remain

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

No portrait in any house had ever shocked me more. I recently drove through Mississippi, and stopped in a town known for its extensive pre-Civil War architecture.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

What I Told My Children About Charleston

K.T. Sancken | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
K.T. Sancken

If I can't live in post-racial America, I want my children to. The only way this will happen is if parents like me teach their kids about the history of race in our nation, and make it clear that it should not be repeated. So I will keep telling my girls.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Color Blind Millennials in the Era of Black Lives Matter by Latasha Kinnard

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Adedayo Fashanu

In the past 12 months my brother has been harassed by police twice. Once with a gun pointed directly at his chest. He wonders why the color of his skin makes him a target when all he wants to do is play ball in his neighborhood.

"In Their Own Words," Part III

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.15.2015 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

Ideas and Answers- PART III of a 3-part series on the Black Classical Singer experience. "And in so many ways, that never-failing miracle -- the cons...

Bullied for Being Biracial | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Growing up in a small town Pennsylvania, Alexis Rydbom was bullied and faced racial discrimination because she is a biracial. She shares her story with Jimmy Nguyen, and talks about how she overcame her childhood challenges to become a confident young woman.

Many Men Still Fear Women With Public Power

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

If we learned that racism was not over with the election of Barack Obama as the first black president of the United States, we will learn that sexism is surely not over with the possible election of the first woman as president.

Whites Like Me

Michael Beyer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

I lived and studied with black people, I felt comfortable around them and felt they accepted me, but I never had a conversation about race that made me uncomfortable. That changed when I met Chala Holland.

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

John A. Tures | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."

Why Do Black Immigrants Have Lower Incomes than Other Immigrants?

Algernon Austin | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

If one examines the Pew Research Center's recent statistical portrait of black immigrants one notices a curious finding. Black immigrants have a median household income of $43,800, but overall immigrants have a median income 9.6 percent higher.

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Baltimore -- Riot v. Rebellion

Shermin Kruse | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

I am struck by the different lenses through which identical events unfold and the challenges involved in unification.

The Night I Was Ready to Riot

James Peron | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
James Peron

The night I was ready to riot was in the spring of 1979 in Chicago. Chicago's "finest" had been on the move for weeks, having fun attacking the gay community. Gay clubs were harassed regularly, almost one a week.

Stop Using "People Are Over-Sensitive" to Excuse Racial Bias

Toria Sheffield | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Toria Sheffield

Just because I don't see it day-to-day or have not experienced it first hand doesn't mean it's not very real.

Screw You, I Am Asian 'American'

Mason Hsieh | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Mason Hsieh

While it may not have been Tammy's intent, posing this seemingly innocuous question is a poorly disguised microaggression that perpetuates the belief that Asian-Americans are cultural and racial outsider within the American context. T

America's Deadly Denial of Racism

David Bedrick | Posted 06.10.2015 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

Regarding race, and many other of our deepest and most intractable problems (e.g., addiction, depression, and domestic violence), getting the bad guys, identifying and eliminating a few bad apples, is wholly insufficient.

An Open Letter to President Obama About Anti-Arab Racism in Israel

Amjad Iraqi | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Amjad Iraqi

If Israel's laws and policies existed in the U.S. today, many towns would be legally permitted to deny housing to African Americans because of the color of their skin; Arab and Muslim Americans would be forbidden from marrying and bringing their loved ones to the U.S. if they were born in the Middle East.

Big Data for HR: Can Predictive Analytics Help Decrease Discrimination in the Workplace?

Anne Loehr | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
Anne Loehr

After four months of rejection by employers, a man named Kim did one simple thing that changed his luck. He added "Mr." to the front of his name on his resume. And then he got a job. Discrimination and bias are still alive and well in the United States' workplace.

An Open Letter to Starbucks and 'USA Today'

Rinku Sen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Black Voices
Rinku Sen

While we applaud Starbucks for their effort to engage a topic that many seek to avoid, and while their efforts seem well-intentioned, we, as a national racial justice organization, with a name similar to the hashtag used in the campaign feel compelled to say: as a nation, we need more.