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Racial Identity

What Accidentally Discovering I Was Adopted Taught Me About Religious Freedom

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
DaShanne Stokes

In the summer of 1998, only a month after I turned 20, I accidentally discovered that I was adopted. The experience threw me into an identity crisis. It also had the curious effect of teaching me about religious freedom.

I'm a Hyphenated-American and Proud of it

Bernice Kwan | Posted 08.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice Kwan

Many immigrants attribute their success in America to blending the old and the new, or to linking their past lives with their current one. However, Mr. Jindal calls on them to completely discard their old values for superior American ones, and to "learn English, roll up their sleeves and get to work."

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

The Electrifying Rachel Dolezal Story

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

But that's not the main reason parts of Black America are upset with her. People are upset that she CHOSE to live as black woman, and she can CHOOSE to live as a white woman with all rights and privileges restored while everyday black folks can't shed their blackness in favor of being white for a day.

Independence Day and the Dukes of Detroit -- Freedom, Race and Regionalism

Theresa Sirles | Posted 07.13.2015 | Politics
Theresa Sirles

Until we learn to confront the good, the bad and the downright absurd, we will keep having the same stale, worn out, going nowhere conversations.

Who Would Want To Be A Black Person?

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.09.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

I love being black. I don't really care what label you use -- African-American, negro, black. You can even call me colored, or change the label a few more times, and it won't matter to me. I love the creativity, style, resilience and heart of being black.

Yes, You Can Be Black And Wear Sperrys

Jared Hunter | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Jared Hunter

I would like to think I'm black. And at first glance, it's apparent I am. My skin and hair say so. And if anything, I've got a birth certificate that solidifies my heritage. I would like to think I'm black. But sometimes, I'm not sure if others of my race agree.

Yes You Can Be Black. And It Won't Cost You Much at All.

Algernon Austin | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Algernon Austin

You've always wanted to be black. Well now you can be with the Blackness Card™. The Blackness Card will grant any white person honorary black status and a certified black experience™ anywhere within the United States.

What It Means to Become 'BiRachel'

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

The timing of Dolezal's racial transition is extremely important. She benefitted from the inherited privileges of whiteness while growing up and through most of her adult life, then she later exploited light-skinned privilege while identifying as an ethnically mixed person.

Rachel Dolezal And The Trouble With Asking For 'Proof'

Sara Díaz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Sara Díaz, Ph.D.

I live and teach in the same community as Rachel Dolezal. "What are you?" is an anxiety-producing question for me and for many mixed people. Calls for "proof" of heritage overlook the oppressive histories people of color have with respect to documentation.

#RachelDolezal and the Meaning of White Privilege

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

Could it be that in light of the suit against Howard alleging racial discrimination when she was "white," Rachel Dolezal felt that Blacks somehow get more privileges than whites do?If so, then Dolezal presents another set of problems.

I Am The Real Rachel Dolezal

Amanda Oliver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Oliver

In college, I was turned away from attending a trip to work with youth in Jamaica because I was told I was "too white" to attend. In law school, different black student groups reached out to me to participate in their activities -- until they realized I was "white."

Priscilla Frank

'Black' Artist Dresses Up As Her 'White' Ancestors, Revealing The Complexity Of Multiracial Identity | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.14.2015 | Arts

"I grew up in a North American society where up until very recently there were very specific categories for where one is placed in terms of th...

A Look at Race as a Social Construct

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

For those of us from the "multiracial" or mixed race community, photos of our population -- our people, our families, our children -- aren't as shocking as they are an affirmation of what we have already known: Race is a social construct.

Don't Tell This 'Scandal' Star He Isn't 'Black Enough'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

While the black experience is diverse and multifaceted, films don’t always portray the various aspects of the African American life. Joe Morton echo...

Dear White People, Taylor Swift and Me

Isa Adney | Posted 01.04.2015 | College
Isa Adney

No matter how you identify yourself or where you happen to find yourself on the spectrum of power and privilege, think about one thing you can do or say or ask today that can make someone feel a little bit less alone, and a little bit more at home.

Reproducing Race

Dov Fox | Posted 12.06.2014 | Parents
Dov Fox

It's not hard to sympathize with parents' hopes to save a future child from racial taunts or confused identity. And yet it is troubling for donor services to accentuate race in ways that invite parents to exclude wholesale from their consideration all donors of a particular race.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

Are Latinos Really Turning White?

Manuel Pastor | Posted 07.29.2014 | Latino Voices
Manuel Pastor

Writing for The New York Times, Nate Cohn recently reported that more Hispanics are identifying as white. That's interesting (and colorful), to be sure. But as I often tell my data staff, when you discover a surprising fact, you could be on to something -- but you could also just be wrong.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

White Americans and 'White Consciousness'

Glen Browder | Posted 06.07.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Racism has proven to be a continuing and confounding reality in the story of America. Efforts such as this study help us realize that there is still much to learn and "fix" in American democracy.

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Mixed Race Couples & Children | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In 2012, a Pew Research Center study reported that 15 percent of all new marriages in the U.S. (in 2010) are interracial; there are now 4.8 million interracial marriages in the U.S., accounting for 1 in 12 marriages.

Striking Photos Challenge The Way We See Blackness

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.13.2014 | Black Voices

Who is Black? What is Blackness? In a country where the face of the future is becoming ever more ethnically ambiguous, Blackness must be recognize...

Elegba Folklore Society -- Race, Place & Identity Collaboration

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

Elegba Folklore Society is one of eight Richmond, Virginia art and cultural organizations taking part in a collaboration involving their respective ex...