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Whites Like Me

Michael Beyer | Posted 05.27.2015 | Chicago
Michael Beyer

I lived and studied with black people, I felt comfortable around them and felt they accepted me, but I never had a conversation about race that made me uncomfortable. That changed when I met Chala Holland.

Baltimore Left Behind by Capitalism

Cody Cain | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

If we wish to get serious about helping the poor underclass instead of just policing it, then we must be honest about what is causing it. We must be willing to face our own imperfections as a society. It's time. And we can handle it.

Mitt Romney Says Hillary Clinton Politicized Baltimore Tragedy To Get Support From The Black Community

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, said 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's remark...

I Found My Blackness: I Didn't Know It Was Missing Until It Came Back

Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson | Posted 05.04.2015 | Black Voices
Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson

During my childhood I was aware that I was different in color from the majority of people around me, but my father and mother emphasized brainpower, not color. Color was what you were, but not using your brain was a choice.

Baltimore -- Riot v. Rebellion

Shermin Kruse | Posted 05.01.2015 | World
Shermin Kruse

I am struck by the different lenses through which identical events unfold and the challenges involved in unification.

The Radical Politics of Mister Rogers: 10 Fascinating Facts

Michael G. Long | Posted 06.15.2015 | Politics
Michael G. Long

Fred Rogers was a gentle soul who liked us just as we are. But if we place him in historical context, we can see that he was also politically progressive and fiercely dedicated to sharing his values of radical nonviolence and justice.

What Do the 'World's Most Beautiful People' Have in Common? They're All White

Summer Noblé | Posted 06.15.2015 | Black Voices
Summer Noblé

Experiments like Dr. Solomon's aim to create a visual representation of what beauty means, but instead it just reinforces Eurocentric beauty standards that have long been valued over other traits.

The Weird Racial Politics Of Online Dating

The Kernel | Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.18.2015 | Black Voices

We’re in the midst of a cultural sea change to one of the most central institutions in the life of the nation. American attitudes on interracial ...

No One Is Talking About the Source of Our Racial Divide

Dianne Collins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Dianne Collins

As well intentioned as we are in our dialogues and in our actions, the truth is as a society we haven't yet focused on the source of what has engendered the racial divide in the first place.

Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Erik Ose

The divisive political figures Santorum admires tell us all we need to know about how he would lead America if ever given the chance.

Reflections on Justice After Ferguson, MO: When Will Youth of Color Receive the Same Due Process as Officer Darren Wilson?

Marsha Levick | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics
Marsha Levick

It turns out that justice, like so much of what happens in America, has two faces. Michael Brown's shooting -- and the image of his young black body left lying for hours in the summer sun -- has become a symbol of the many forms of unfairness suffered by youth of color across America.

Ferguson and America's Hatred of Democracy

Heather Gautney | Posted 10.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Gautney

Ferguson was not just an event in which police overreacted to heated demonstrations; it's a symptom of a generalized hatred of democracy in this country -- the hatred of the truly bold idea that politics should be the work of everyday people and that power should not be concentrated in the hands of a few.

Who Do Americans Hate During Economic Downtimes? It's Not Who You Think

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

On top of devastating the country, wiping out many people's savings, and increasing the obscene gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, the Great Recession may have had the side effect of increasing racial tension.

Do Economic Downturns Make People Racist?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

It's no secret that when the economy takes a turn for the worse, racial minorities often take a disproportionate hit. But why? A new study may prov...

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Says He Wasn't Playing Race Card When Decrying GOP Opposition

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Attorney General Eric Holder said he wasn't referring to race last week when he strayed from prepared remarks during a speech befo...

The Next 50 Years: Time for Culture Change on Racial Justice

Deepa Iyer | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Deepa Iyer

Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.

Why This New Teacher is Going to the Supreme Court

Molly Nestor | Posted 12.04.2013 | Politics
Molly Nestor

Without an ability to attract and train a diverse student body, future teachers will continue to be largely homogenous, entering classrooms without cultural competence.

The Queer Politics of Writing on Race

Irene Monroe | Posted 10.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?

Can Social Media Predict Behavior?

Jane Adams Ph.D. | Posted 09.14.2013 | Media
Jane Adams Ph.D.

Social media has gotten the credit -- and, in some quarters, the blame -- for inspiring social and political revolutions around the globe.

Muslim Groups Respond to False Claims by Congressman Pompeo

Anai Rhoads | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Anai Rhoads

While on the floor of the U.S. House, Pompeo stated that American Muslim leaders have failed to speak out against terror attacks. The largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the country is calling the remarks "false and irresponsible."

It's Not Just a Latino Priority: Seeing the Truth About Immigration Reform

Gerry Hudson | Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices
Gerry Hudson

There are about 3 million black immigrants who comprise approximately 9 percent of the nation's foreign-born population. Some of these immigrants have traveled here from poorer countries seeking opportunity; others have sought asylum.

Race, Money, and Inequality: Time for a New Affirmative Action

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 02.08.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

The idea of using economic hardship as a determinant for socially progressive programs is not new and was even considered by President Lyndon Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but has never been entertained seriously due to a lack of political will.

Are African Americans Changing Their Mind About Gay Marriage?

Lisa Wade | Posted 03.20.2013 | Black Voices
Lisa Wade

Last month, Jet -- a magazine marketed to African-American population -- featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around.

Romney and Obama: Can We Talk? America's New Majority Has Some Questions

Preeti Vissa | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Preeti Vissa

One of the things we try to do at The Greenlining Institute is ask questions that others are too polite to ask and that some would prefer not to answer.

Thoughts On Race Relations Under A Black President

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 07.30.2012 | Black Voices

-- How some in the U.S. view race relations nearly four years after the nation elected its first black president, Barack Obama: "I don't know that h...