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Racial Disparities

The Housing Market Isn't Fixed

Preeti Vissa | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

Millions of hard-working and responsible Americans risk being shut out of the opportunity to own their own home, with all that implies for building the wealth and assets that can help a family get through rough times and have something to pass along to their children.

U.S. Probes Racial Disparities In How Schools Discipline Students

Reuters | Posted 05.07.2013 | Black Voices

By Laura L. Myers SEATTLE, March 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Education Department is investigating whether Seattle's public school district...

How Mass Incarceration Threatens Public Health

Jason Silverstein | Posted 05.01.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

We have a problem, you know, and it's only getting worse. It doesn't strike us equally -- it's a problem that mostly affects young men, minorities, and people without high school diplomas.

Family Members in Need: Why Middle Class Blacks Can't Get Ahead

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.22.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

The gap between the household wealth of black and white families is massive. There are lots of reasons for this difference and a new study offers great data on one of them: the need to assist poor relatives.

Last Chance to Make History

Frank Jannuzi | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Frank Jannuzi

It is time to put human rights at the center of the United States' domestic and international political agendas. Ratification of all international human rights treaties and protocols is essential, as is taking concrete steps to help the United States live up to its human rights obligations at home.

How Do You Measure Expectations?

Susan Naimark | Posted 01.21.2013 | Education
Susan Naimark

You can't easily measure what's in a teacher's mind when she expects less of her students of color. However, research has identified a set of factors that are consistently present in high poverty schools that have high academic achievement rates. It's time to fund such factors.

Governors Who Refuse Medicaid Expansion Put Politics Ahead of People

Gordon Whitman | Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

Those of us who are mere mortals have to take into account the consequences of our decisions. Not so for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

Detours and Danger Warnings on the Road from Slavery to Freedom

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

How far have we come on the road from slavery to freedom isn't just a rhetorical question 150 years later. A people who don't know their history are more likely to repeat it. The resurgence of hate crimes and emergence of mass incarceration of males of color remind us that freedom requires constant vigilance and justice needs a fire that burns in all of us. I believe that we are in the second post Reconstruction era. Although some forms of continuing racial intolerance are overt, some forms are subtle, covert, technical, political, and very polite. Wrapped up in new euphemisms, better etiquette and clever political rhetoric, it's still, as Frederick Douglass warned, the same old snake. Let's call it out systematically, oppose it nonviolently, and move forward on becoming a free and just nation.

America's Biggest Lie

Kyra Nyman-Aggarwal | Posted 08.14.2012 | Teen
Kyra Nyman-Aggarwal

Americans are not "indivisible" by any means. If you were to look at American history as if it were a story, one motif crops up repeatedly: Division is always present and defines the American people.

The Brush Strokes of a Painting

Elaine Vilorio | Posted 07.18.2012 | Teen
Elaine Vilorio

I live in a very stereotypical low-income housing neighborhood. Most of the inhabitants are Hispanic, like my family and I, and African-American. But my street is more than that.

Blacks, Latinos, Lose Major Ground In Home Ownership

The Huffington Post | Gene Demby | Posted 03.13.2012 | Black Voices

According to a new report by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank, the housing crisis has eliminated large gains in home ownership am...

Don't Blame Judges for Racial Disparity

Julie Stewart | Posted 04.09.2012 | Black Voices
Julie Stewart

Members of Congress who believe offenders should be punished for their conduct and not the color of their skin should take heed.

America's Tomorrow: An Investment We Can't Postpone

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 02.11.2012 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Last Tuesday, President Obama made a major speech to set the record straight on our nation's economy and what he called the most "defining issue of our time": restoring growth and prosperity for all Americans.

What Can Be Done About Racial Disparities In Presidential Pardons?

Lois Beckett and Robin Respaut/ProPublica | Posted 12.09.2011 | Black Voices

ProPublica's Lois Beckett and Robin Respaut report: If the government wants to correct racial disparity in presidential pardons, it will require a...

Up With Stereotypes! Is Defining a Real Man Today Really Politically Incorrect?

Janet Carlson | Posted 01.09.2012 | Home
Janet Carlson

At pivotal times, stereotypes serve as just the platform we need -- something solid and obvious against which to rebel. Lucille Ball's antics on I Love Lucy were that funny because they were so not the proper behavior of a proper housewife in the 1950s.

Troy Davis Cannot Die in Vain; We Must Abolish the Death Penalty

Keith Rushing | Posted 12.10.2011 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

Troy Davis was wrongfully executed, but I hope he didn't die needlessly. I hope that his case will lead those who denounced his execution to fight on until the United States abolishes the death penalty.

Broadening Our Conversations

Michael Hanchard | Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices
Michael Hanchard

We have been both astonished and frustrated over the years by the isolationist cast of much commentary about the black experience in the United States and racism more generally as an international, rather than national phenomenon.

Where Are All The Black Scientists?

NPR | Posted 10.19.2011 | Black Voices

If you glance around university corridors or scientific meetings, it's obvious that African-Americans are uncommon in the world of science. A study in...

The Highlands and Harlem: Has Pollyanna Been Displaced by Gentrification?

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 10.17.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Wouldn't it be more moral, more satisfying if the definition of gentrification could embrace people along with physical locations?

Beyond Reason: The Debt Ceiling Debacle - How Brinkmanship Harms the US Economy

Linda Basch | Posted 10.04.2011 | Politics
Linda Basch

Many of us are still reeling from Congress's down-to-the-wire agreement on the debt ceiling that may have averted, at least temporarily, a catastrophi...

Greatest Racial Wealth Gap in Decades; Time for Immediate Action

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.26.2011 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We are now officially witnessing the largest ethnic wealth disparity in decades. For those who claim we are in some sort of 'post-racial' society, I have news for you: we are anything but.

A Step Towards Addressing Health Disparities In The Latino Community

Michael Rugnetta | Posted 08.30.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Rugnetta

The Latino community is both genetically and culturally diverse; and as gene-based medicine advances, Latinos will need to make sure that new medical technologies serve that diversity.

Racial Disparities In Stroke Treatment

John Whyte, M.D., MPH | Posted 07.15.2011 | Healthy Living
John Whyte, M.D., MPH

Unfortunately, many people dismiss stroke symptoms as minor or think they'll go away if they just rest -- but delaying care can result in denial of an important treatment.

Eliminate the "Health Gap"

James R. Knickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
James R. Knickman

When it comes to reducing disparities in health, New York State still has a long way to go. So what is the solution?