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Racial Justice

Colleges Trying To Find Ways To Deal With Racial Incidents

Reuters | Igor Bobic | Posted 11.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials were slow to handle racial incidents at the University of Missouri, and that contributed to protests, a student hun...

Prosecuting Officer Van Dyke Won't Change a Racist Police Culture

Jeffery Robinson | Posted 11.25.2015 | Politics
Jeffery Robinson

Charging Officer Van Dyke with murder is a critical step towards justice, but it can't be the beginning and end of this story. Some have used the fact that Officer Van Dyke has been charged with murder to advance the narrative that he was a "bad apple" acting outside the culture of the department.

Why I Support Ford Hall 2015

Matt Carriker | Posted 11.25.2015 | Religion
Matt Carriker

Last night I walked into Brandeis' Bernstein-Marcus administration building, site of the current Ford Hall 2015 sit in. Students had been occupying the space since Friday.

White Banker's Son Threatens to Shoot School Kids and Jews, Gets 'Get Outta Jail Free' Card

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

David Lenio of Kalispell, Montana, who is awaiting trial for threatening to shoot school kids and religious leaders, is active on Twitter again despite a court order that released him without bail into the custody of his investment banker father in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on condition that he stay off social media.

Rebuilding Baltimore

Now What | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics

As Baltimore cleans up from rioting over the death of Freddie Gray, many wonder how the city will recover....

Why the GOP Must Discuss #BlackLivesMatter in the Next Debate

Ekemini Uwan | Posted 10.21.2015 | Black Voices
Ekemini Uwan

Republicans must thoughtfully engage with Black Lives Matter if they desire to gain African American votes from the Democrats. Empty rhetoric will not suffice, and the silence of the GOP on issues that disproportionately impact African Americans cannot continue unabated without dire consequences for the future of the GOP.

In My African-American Family, Beatings "Out of Love" Were Frequent

YWCA USA | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women

When I was a child, the idea of beating someone or hitting them out of love was a concept that weighed heavily in my home. I witnessed my father beat my mother with heartbreaking regularity, and I saw this behavior in other African-American families as well.

Race in America: Changing Reality By Facing It

Randi Weingarten | Posted 10.18.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

The presumption of innocence, the benefit of the doubt, walking without worrying -- these should not be hallmarks of white privilege. They are human rights that should be enjoyed by all.

Trump or Treat: Lessons in Anthropology

Janet Mason | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Janet Mason

"It could happen. Trump could get elected. Hitler was elected, you know," said an older friend of mine. My friend and I were sitting in a college classroom where we are taking a class together in anthropology and photography.

Progressive Activists Protest For A Cause You Should Hear More About, But Won't

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

More than a dozen community activists picketed the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia this week, protesting what they say is the bank president&rsq...

Elizabeth Warren Goes All In On Black Lives Matter

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 09.28.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Sunday forcefully called for a renewed focus on the fight for racial justice, arguing that “we ...

Decision Points: Pursuing Innovation in Prosecution

David LaBahn | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
David LaBahn

Though complicated and varied factors contribute to the overuse of jails in our communities and the disproportionate jailing of people of color, prosecutors' actions can and should play a leadership role in addressing these problems.

Against Solitary Confinement

Michael Shammas | Posted 09.22.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

Don't get me wrong: The most immoral prisoner has earned his government-sponsored home. Quite thoroughly. But by treating him in an inhumane manner that extends beyond confinement, we too become all too human. We too commit a moral wrong.

A Respectable Outrage

Thomas Mariadason | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Thomas Mariadason

Though it seems downright impossible, nothing would be cooler than for our country's top leader -- our moral and political compass -- to tweet out with full frankness and honesty, "Hey, we've got a serious problem with racism and policing when it comes to young Black and Brown children in America."

Black Lives Matter Activists Meet With Bernie Sanders To Make Sure He's On Board

The Huffington Post | Dana Liebelson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders met with Black Lives Matter activists on Wednesday to discuss racial justice and polici...

Millennials Feel the Bern

GVH Live | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
GVH Live

Bernie Sanders made a campaign stop in Manassas, Virginia just hours after speaking at a convocation at Liberty University in Lynchburg. Liberty University was founded by the late-pastor, Jerry Falwell, and is considered to be one of the most conservative academic institutions in the country.

Hillary Is Sorry and Is Fighting Back -- for What and Against Whom?

Douglas Kmiec | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
Douglas Kmiec

For a little while America can view these early campaign months as what one of my dear friends puts it: "an incredible piece of [political] theatre!" But given the escalating threats against world order, the allowance for humor or tolerance of those who extol ignorance as virtue must be short.

Top Bishop Predicts Pope Will Address Racial Justice In U.S.

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion

Pope Francis is expected to address climate change, poverty and other hallmark issues during his first visit to the United States in late S...

The Brave New World of Discrimination

Dennis D. Parker | Posted 09.10.2015 | Politics
Dennis D. Parker

A patent recently acquired by Facebook could conceivably permit loan servicers to gain access to the credit ratings of a loan applicant's social network and then use that information to determine whether the applicant qualifies for a loan.

Sacred Activism: Mindfulness and Racial Justice

Marisela B. Gomez, MD, PhD | Posted 09.10.2015 | Religion
Marisela B. Gomez, MD, PhD

Sacred activism is available to all of us today and is as simple as taking a first breath in mindfulness, listening deeply to those around us, or fully seeing whatever is present before us.

Why Merriam-Webster Changed Its Racist Definition of "Nude" | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact

This may feel like a small win, but the language we use has an enormous impact on the reality we live. Plus, it shows that even a small but mighty army of young people can create racial progress. Here's hoping that army grows larger and mightier every day.

Why Social Conditions Matter to the Pope

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.28.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

In his statements and actions, Pope Francis reveals a commitment to emulate the earthly ministry of Jesus. This is particularly clear in the Pope's focus not only on the condition of humanity's inner selves, but even more so on the conditions in which so much of humanity lives.

Behind the Shiny Veneer of Seattle's White Liberalism

Gerald Hankerson | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices
Gerald Hankerson

If two people's actions cause someone to revoke their support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, it begs the question of whether their support was ever there to begin with. Black lives matter all the time. They don't just matter when it's convenient, easy, or popular.

A Tiered System of Justice, the Veil, & "Double Consciousness"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Maybe one day, we white people may escape from our self-imposed hermetically sealed worlds that cut us off from the realities of our neighbors of color, a day when we become fluent in the multiple languages of "race."

Black Lives Matter Has Helped Bernie Sanders' Racial Justice Agenda

Ben Spielberg | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
Ben Spielberg

Black Lives Matter protesters wanted Sanders' campaign to stop treating racial justice as an inevitable byproduct of economic justice. They wanted Sanders to instead promote a specific racial justice platform complementary to his economic justice agenda, and they had every right to demand that he do so.