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Racial Prejudice

Can We Talk? Some Tough Love Steps to Ending Racism in Our Time

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner

Ultimately, this is the first important step on the way toward ending racism: recognizing that every person born of any race or background is created in the image and divinity of God, and their lives matter to God and must matter to me.

Racism Is Not Isolated

Kate Kenski | Posted 09.08.2015 | Parents
Kate Kenski

Racism happens more than many people realize. When we are not the individuals directly targeted, we may not recognize it. But racism happens in our own backyards.

Do the Police See Shades of Black?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.30.2015 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

This belief that a light-skinned man is less likely to be harassed than a man of a darker shade is ignorance at its worst. The hashtag we all use these days says #BlackLivesMatter -- last time I checked, that wasn't shade specific. They don't see shades, why should we?

My Nickname: A Cautionary Tale About Racism

Joel Peterson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

We have seen the devastation that racism can perpetrate when the hate embedded within it festers in silence at the margins of our society. But where does this sort of racism come from? I don't know that I have the answer, but I do have a particular, firsthand experience that may give some insight into the question.

Why Jesus Would Say 'Black Lives Matter'

Derek Flood | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Continually Jesus drew our attention not to loving people "in general" but to specifically caring for those we would tend to discount or condemn. Black lives matter is exactly the kind of thing Jesus would say.

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.

This Gay Couple Shows How Love Can Overcome Bigotry

HuffPost Brazil | Diego Iraheta | Posted 05.06.2015 | Gay Voices

Thorsten Middelhof and Naparuj Mond Kaendi have been in a long-distance relationship for two and a half years, bridging the gap between Thorsten’s h...

The Problem With Black Women

Kim Lute | Posted 06.21.2015 | Black Voices
Kim Lute

My French Creole features speak to a long history of miscegenation: green eyes, skin the color of a white peach and a sharp Puritan nose to match my thinly drawn Vermillion lips. Still, my blackness is always in question because of my lightness, especially among my darker sisters.

Bloody UVA Arrest Exposes Microaggressions Black Students Face At Universities

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.23.2015 | Black Voices

Martese Johnson won't soon forget the bloody head injury he sustained at the hands of law enforcement officers just blocks from his university last we...

Prejudice: A Reflection on Incident of Sureshbhai Patel

Richa Gandhi | Posted 04.23.2015 | College
Richa Gandhi

Why did being "skinny," "black" or walking in a neighborhood become perceived as the sign of a perpetrator or criminal? Why did a communication barrier give an officer the prerogative to throw a fragile grandfather to the ground?

Anti-Semitism -- The Facts and the Hope

John Gerzema | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
John Gerzema

Our research team, which usually focuses on consumer-related issues, conducted an international survey of attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish people. This work was done in mid-August in Paris and Lyon, Toronto, New York, San Francisco, London, and Madrid.

Honesty Please Regarding Obama's Presidency

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics
Steve McSwain

I know many people just assume that I am a lost liberal and, while my personal theology might be so described, you might be surprised to know I actually voted for Bush. I'm not at all proud to admit that today, which explains why I voted for Obama twice.

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

Shopping, Dining, Using a Credit Card While Black

Newsweek | Bernard J. Tyson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

With the entire country seeing demonstrations following the Ferguson decision, I’ve had colleagues and business partners ask me my thoughts—not fr...

On Raising a Mixed-Race Son in a Time of Fear

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 02.08.2015 | Parents
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

I am afraid of what my son will and will not look like because in a lot of ways, this will determine how I will have to parent him, to prepare him for the world. Will he "pass" as white, as Jewish, as his father is? Or on a dark night coming home from a party, will his face betray him?

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

The Tipping Point for Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Abandoned by his base and set adrift, the President trudges forward. He is weary, beleaguered, and beset with problems of the ages that span the Holy ...

DOs and DON'Ts of Black People Shopping In Your Store

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Phoebe Robinson

Allow me to try on clothes in peace. Don't get me wrong. You can be attentive, but knocking on the dressing room door as if you're sending morse code to an American ally in the Ukraine is not meant to be helpful; it's meant to make your presence known and me nervous.

10 Things I Learned #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In no particular order of importance here are 10 things I learned during the 39th Annual National Association Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair held in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

6 Things to Learn About Microaggressions

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

I have developed a hate/love relationship (yes, in that sequence) with the term microaggressions. I hate it because of the negative effects created by these small events. But I must confess that I love the fact that the term makes visible and real the experiences so many of us have endured because of being perceived different.

What People Think Of NBA Owner's Ideas On Bigotry

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

Mark Cuban's mouth has gotten him in trouble before. The Dallas Mavericks owner is known for voicing his opinions, and after being heavily criticiz...

Southern Whites, Non-Southern Whites, Racism, and Obama

Glen Browder | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

At the most recent conference this spring, Jonathan Knuckey (University of Central Florida) presented a particularly blunt characterization of citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Immigration Is Down, but the Latino Population Is Still Surging

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.

So Much for a 'Post-racial' America

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.