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Racial Injustice

'The Advocate's Daughter,' A Conversation with Anthony Franze

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Photo: Minotaur Books Anthony Franze has received praise for his work as an attorney, handling cases before the Appellate and Supreme Courts. Both th...

Secretary Clinton, Join Bernie Sanders & the Democratic Party: Oppose Capital Punishment

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.21.2016 | Politics
Michael Shammas

The story of the Democratic primaries is Hillary Clinton's leftward shift. (It remains unclear whether the story's a fiction.) Strangely, a key posit...

A Supreme Court Justice for the 21st Century

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 02.29.2016 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Memo to President Obama: We need a Supreme Court Justice and we need one now. That justice should be prepared to fight the great the legal battles of the 21st century. And those battles concern primarily wealth and race.

Dems Debate: Different Ears, Different Tune

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.13.2016 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

No, it wasn't just your imagination -- it was a very different message. Is that a good thing?

MLK Day and Campus Unrest

Daan Braveman | Posted 01.28.2016 | Education
Daan Braveman

I have come to the conclusion that one of the most important roles for higher education is to prepare students to live and work with people who are different from themselves--to make sure that difference is viewed as an enriching experience rather than a threatening one.

Our Judicial System: Ignoring Injustice or Colluding in It?

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 01.18.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Prosecutors have the power to prevent almost all wrongful convictions by seeking the truth, not just a conviction. If the pursuit of justice were the only goal, innocent men and women would not find themselves collateral casualties.

Why Policy Alone Isn't Enough To Change Racial Injustice In America

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.05.2016 | Black Voices

The close of 2015 brought with it decisions from grand jury not to indict anyone in the deaths of Tamir Rice and Sandra Bland, who both died in high-p...

Adults Are the Problem

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We tell our children to control themselves while slapping and spanking and ejecting them violently in our homes, child care centers, schools, detention facilities and prisons. Adults tell children to be honest while lying and cheating and not to be violent while marketing and glorifying violence.

Martese Johnson, Black Virginia Student Bloodied During Arrest, Files $3 Million Suit

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices

A black University of Virginia student bloodied during an arrest caught on video filed a $3 million civil lawsuit on Tuesday against the state Alcohol...

Racial Disparities Still Rage On In New Orleans, But It Isn't All Bad News

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices

It’s easy to miss. Drive too fast along the bridge connecting the greater New Orleans area to the city’s predominantly black Lower Ninth Ward -- o...

Note to Hillary: Hearts and Minds Must Be Changed on Race

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.25.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

Hillary's inability to envision changing hearts and minds shows she misunderstands history as it relates to racial struggle. She shows she doesn't get the moment we're in right now. Settling for simply a policy agenda, is, well, just settling. That's not what black people are looking to do.

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.

A Letter of Apology to My Grandson

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Stretch anything far enough and it'll begin to tear, fragment, break apart. That, I suspect, may be a reasonable summary of what's been happening in our twenty-first-century world. Under stress, things are beginning to crack open.

HRC and U.S. 'Exceptionalism'

Zillah Eisenstein | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics
Zillah Eisenstein

Where were you, Hillary? Why did you not offer Michael Brown's mother your arm to walk across the bridge together -- as mothers, and as women standing against racist bigotry and murder? Why don't more of us wonder this?

The Time Is (Still) Now

Rev. Winnie Varghese | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Winnie Varghese

From what I can tell these two officers were at the wrong place at the wrong time and took the brunt of a black man's armed psychosis. Terrible, but what does that have to do with police accountability?

The Post-Ferguson World: Rules for White People

Todd Paglia | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Todd Paglia

The racial division that is acutely visible in America today is an opening, an opportunity for partnership, and in this partnership my role is service. I will support the leaders at the forefront of one of the most important human rights flashpoints in our country's history.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings o...

Lilly Workneh

'Everyone Has A Stake In This': Tens Of Thousands Mobilize Across America | Lilly Workneh | Posted 01.27.2015 | Black Voices

As thousands of people rallied in the nation’s capitol and demonstrated through the streets of New York on Saturday, protesters in other cities acro...

We Are All As Blind To Racism As Men Are To Street Harassment

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 12.30.2014 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

The video left me with large question marks and quite a bit of discomfort about its unspoken racial bias.

Give us New Eyes

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other.

Study Finds Black Men Have Made Little Progress On Racial Equality Since 1970

Time | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomp...

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.

What Bait Car Can Teach Us About American Inequality

Jake Weissbourd | Posted 05.28.2014 | Media
Jake Weissbourd

Is a rich person who chooses, not out of necessity, but greed, to break the law less morally reprehensible than the poor person who is literally baited into stealing a car?

My Conversation With Professor Peniel Joseph on Stokely: A Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.

Mandela: 'While Poverty Persists, There Is No True Freedom'

Greg Asbed | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Greg Asbed

In those words lies the connection to the movement for Fair Food that prompted me to stop and reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in Immokalee. Farm labor poverty must be addressed so that workers can be freed from crippling fear and empowered to stand up for their rights.