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Racial Disparities

Study: How Long You Wait To See A Doctor Is Linked To Race, Employment

Reuters | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.06.2015 | Healthy Living

(Reuters Health) - Minorities and the unemployed spend more time traveling to and waiting for medical care, according to U.S. data from 2005 to 2013....

Pretrial Justice Demands Accused Have a Lawyer for Initial Bail Hearing

Ginny Sloan | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
Ginny Sloan

To have a fair and even playing field for all who face the criminal justice system, it is essential that indigent defendants have access to an effective lawyer at their bail hearings. The federal and state governments must recognize the critical importance of a lawyer's presence during the pretrial stage.

Erin Schumaker

Lead Poisoning Has Devastating Health Consequences And Primarily Affects African-Americans | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living

Before Freddie Gray died of spinal injuries he received in police custody, sparking weeks of protest in his native Baltimore and around the country, h...

African Americans Killed By Cops Are Twice As Likely to Have Been Unarmed As Whites

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.04.2015 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

This is a complicated piece of data, but it reveals something relatively simple. An unarmed black or brown person in America is much more likely to be killed by a police officer than an unarmed white person.

Celebrating Our Heritage By Ensuring Health Equity for Our Future

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

We still have work to do to fulfill our goal of health care and coverage for every community. We must remove the barriers to care for immigrants, who despite paying into our system, are locked out of affordable health programs. We must also enforce federal protections for language access so that no matter what language you speak, you can access the information you need.

It Takes More Than a Village

Michael Meade, D.H.L. | Posted 05.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael Meade, D.H.L.

A society is playing with fire when it neglects the needs and desires of its young people; not only are natural talents wasted, but a sense of despera...

Racial Disparities in Health Care Access Magnified As More Gain Coverage

LeeAnn Hall | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
LeeAnn Hall

Many people have never had health insurance, or maybe not for years, and have trouble getting clear information about what's included in their coverage, such as preventive care, checkups and routine tests.

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.

Disparate Impact

Roger D Barris | Posted 06.09.2015 | Business
Roger D Barris

Please, Attorney General Eric Holder, tell us how the doctrine of "disparate impact" is supposed to help any court decipher the rights and wrongs of these exams?

African-Americans Receive Heart Transplants at Hospitals With Poor Performance Track Records

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

So how do patients decide where to have their heart transplants performed? And wouldn't a person who needs a heart transplant choose to go to a top center? Quality is obviously a major factor. But there is another big consideration in deciding where to get a transplant: accessibility.

Among Low-Income Working Families, a Sharp Racial and Ethnic Divide

Brandon Roberts | Posted 05.31.2015 | Politics
Brandon Roberts

Despite the U.S. economic recovery, low-wage jobs have accounted for almost 60 percent of the employment gains since 2010. As a result, the number of low-income working families has been growing and now represents almost a third of all U.S. working families.

Obamacare at Five

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 05.23.2015 | Politics
Kathy Ko Chin

Thanks to the ACA, millions of AAs and NHPIs now have access to critical cancer screenings, preventive health care services, such as birth control and diabetes screenings and much more.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Reducing HIV Among African American Communities

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Each February 7, we mark National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). It's an opportunity for all of us to honor the memory of those we've lost, and to call attention to the fact that HIV continues to disproportionately affect African American men, women, and youth.

How Kevin Costner Plans To Address Racial Disparities In Hollywood

Posted 01.22.2015 | Black Voices

In the midst of Hollywood making headlines about its failure to recognize African Americans leading into this year’s annual Academy Awards, a new fi...

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

Wrestling With 'Justice While Black'

John Thompson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
John Thompson

Perhaps the best thing about Justice While Black, by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles, is the way that it puts individual faces on the persons, disproportionately African-American males, who are systematically abused by the criminal justice system.

Black-White Wealth Gap Has Reached A 24-Year High

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 12.12.2014 | Business

The economy is recovering, but not the bottom line for black Americans, according to new figures from the Pew Research Center. The median wealth of...

Black Girls With Dark Skin 3 Times More Likely To Be Suspended Than Black Girls With Light Skin

The New York Times | TANZINA VEGA | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

For all the attention placed on problems that black boys face in terms of school discipline and criminal justice, there is increasing focus on the way...

Whose State of Emergency?

Minister Leslie Watson Malachi | Posted 01.25.2015 | Black Voices
Minister Leslie Watson Malachi

We are in a state of emergency, a time of challenge and controversy, but not because of the protestors. That state of emergency will continue until we stand, become uncomfortable, and demand a justice system that addresses the manifestation of pain in protest, the further chipping away of respect, and the real state of emergency our country faces.

Race Matters, Even Though It Shouldn't

Jessica S. Henry | Posted 01.14.2015 | Crime
Jessica S. Henry

Even though a person's skin color does not have anything whatsoever to do with whether or not they are guilty of a crime, it matters. Race matters in ways that it shouldn't. And a recent Sentencing Project report about racial perceptions of criminal justice emphasizes just how much.

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

#AfterFerguson: Faith-based Organizing's Approach

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia-Ashley

While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."

The Roots of #Ferguson

Laura Barrett | Posted 10.19.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.

Ferguson and the America We Need to Build

Michael Keegan | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

If our commitment to equality and human dignity is to have real meaning, we cannot continue to tolerate conditions that require so many parents to teach their children how to live through a chance encounter with law enforcement.