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Racial Justice

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.

5 Reasons Black Lives Matter Should Also Protest Hillary Clinton's Events

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.11.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Black Lives Matter is a noble organization that has brought much needed attention to profound issues; however, recent protests ignore the fact that Clinton's political career runs contrary to many of the organization's stated objectives.

"The Hope of How": A Prayer for Tisha B'Av

M. Dove Kent | Posted 07.23.2015 | Religion
M. Dove Kent

This is my first contribution to the Huffington Post so let me introduce myself. I am the Executive Director of Jews for Racial & Economic Justice (JF...

How White is Your World?

Karen Fleshman | Posted 07.14.2015 | Black Voices
Karen Fleshman

White people of conscience, we hold the key to healing our country of racism. White people originated racism in America, and the power to stop it resides in our hands. We can unlearn this behavior, work with people of color to dismantle institutionalized racism, and influence others until the culture shifts.

The Charleston Imperative: Why Feminism and Antiracism Must Be Linked

Kimberle Crenshaw | Posted 07.09.2015 | Politics
Kimberle Crenshaw

We can no longer give mere lip service to intersectionality and the indivisibility of social justice. The struggle against patriarchy and racism must be substantively robust and inextricably intertwined.

Yes, Racism Is Still A Problem in America

Karen Fleshman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Black Voices
Karen Fleshman

Americans are not at all on the same page when it comes to race, and from what I can observe, at a time when it is crucial we come together, we are drifting even further apart.

When We Fully Claim Black Lives Matter, We Move Closer to All Lives Matter

John A. Powell | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices
John A. Powell

All lives should matter but in this America, we are constantly reminded that blacks lives have not mattered as much as whites lives. And by proclaiming our target of fully embracing that black lives matter, we come closer to our aspirations of a society where all lives matter.

Hate Symbols Are Barriers to Progress

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal | Posted 06.25.2015 | Latino Voices
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

Preserving a symbol of slavery and black subjugation sends a threatening and terrifying message that black lives -- and the lives of other oppressed individuals -- do not matter.

Meet the Press Should Have Axed Gun Violence Segment

Jennifer Farmer | Posted 06.22.2015 | Media
Jennifer Farmer

Just days following the horrific killing of nine unarmed African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina, Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, aired a video on gun violence featuring only African Americans.

Charleston: 5 Things White Christians Can Do in Solidarity With Our Brothers and Sisters of Color

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

Irregardless of our faiths, our ethnicities, where we are from, together we come in love. Together we come to bury racism, to bury bigotry, and to resurrect and to revive love, compassion, and tenderness.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Color Blind Millennials in the Era of Black Lives Matter by Latasha Kinnard

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Adedayo Fashanu

In the past 12 months my brother has been harassed by police twice. Once with a gun pointed directly at his chest. He wonders why the color of his skin makes him a target when all he wants to do is play ball in his neighborhood.

How To Talk To Kids About Racism In America -- With A Picture Book

The Huffington Post | Colton Valentine | Posted 06.09.2015 | Arts

How do you start a conversation with children on America’s legacy of racial injustice? You tell them the story of an artist who confronted segregati...

What Catholic Writer Thomas Merton Can Teach Us About Racial Justice

Religion News Service | Renee K. Gadoua | Posted 05.20.2015 | Religion

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (RNS) If the influential Catholic writer Thomas Merton were alive today, he would likely have strong words about police brutality and ...

Strength in Cross-Collaborations From #BlackLivesMatter to Dallas Faces Race

Kamilah Collins | Posted 05.19.2015 | Black Voices
Kamilah Collins

From tweeting about social justice causes to creating and signing online petitions, if done well, online activism can be an effective form of organizing. But what makes online activism the most powerful is when it is collaborative and supplemented by or leads to offline activism.

A Black Freedom Rider's Assessment of Whites

John A. Tures | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

Hank Thomas, one of three living Freedom Riders still alive from the May 14, 1961 bus firebomb attack in Anniston, Alabama, spoke before a mixed audience at a Georgia college recently. His message wasn't just one of racial reconciliation. It was about "allies."

Crisis and Turning Points in the Fight for Racial Justice

Laura De Palma | Posted 05.08.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

These protests, this rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement is demanding the actualization of racial justice in this country and is causing a shift of the national consciousness and discourse on mass incarceration and PIC. This is a turning point.

Why Latinos Should Speak Up for Black Lives

Alberto Retana | Posted 05.22.2015 | Latino Voices
Alberto Retana

It's time that we, as Latinos, boldly speak out in support of justice. If we are to truly deal with racism in America impacting Latinos, we need to understand what is happening right now with Black America.

Take the Racial Justice Pledge

Donna P. Hall | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Donna P. Hall

One valuable action is to contribute to community organizations working to address the inequities and outrages of the criminal justice system, as well as economic inequality, racial health disparities and structural barriers to building political power for people of color. At this moment, more than ever, if you believe that #BlackLivesMatter, you should support a stronger movement for racial justice.

#BlackWorkMatters: 'It's A Fight For The Dignity Of Workers'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Black Voices

Police brutality is not the only issue concerning black lives in America. #BlackLivesMatters is a hashtag that has taken the Internet by storm and ...

Black Clergy Call for Prayer for Black Lives

Rev. Dominique C. Atchison | Posted 05.27.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dominique C. Atchison

The deaths of unarmed black individuals at the hands of law enforcement and the shootings of members of law enforcement has forced America to take a deeper look at the legacy of our problematic racial history.

50 Years Later... Once More, Nonviolence

Bernice A. King | Posted 05.27.2015 | Politics
Bernice A. King

Once more, we must courageously embrace Nonviolence 365, which is based on my father's nonviolent philosophy and methodology, as the answer to the "crucial political and moral questions of our time," and not as a mere response to incidents but as a lifestyle and a force for good that permeates our culture, including our media and entertainment.

We Can't Stop Now

TNTP | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
TNTP

Today, we live in an America that has yet to live up to the constitutional rights granted to all of her citizens. What feels like a spate of young black men's deaths at the hands of police is only a relatively small -- and recent -- example of this. The fight for racial equality in this country continues. Teachers -- as they always have -- stand on the front lines.