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Racial Profiling

Bill Aimed At Curbing Racial Profiling Signed Into Law In California

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 10.06.2015 | Politics

California police will have to publicly report race and other demographic characteristics of any person stopped by officers under a new law intended t...

Introducing The Perfect Smartphone For Filming Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.05.2015 | Comedy

Is your phone nearly dead because you've spent all day filming racially motivated activity by the police? Ours too!  But not to worry, Funny or D...

Regina and I Take It On, Part 3: Violence Across Communities, Media Complicity, and Finding Common Ground

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.02.2015 | Black Voices
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Learning how to talk to each other in ways that are productive and respectful seems an essential skill in our modern times, particularly on the subject of race.

I Don't Shave Because I'm A Woman. I Shave Because I'm Brown.

Nadya Agrawal | Posted 10.01.2015 | Women
Nadya Agrawal

If I have to sacrifice a lofty feminist ideal to feel more comfortable, I'm going to do it. It's not a perfect solution, and I hope one day I won't feel unsafe just because my body hair is visible. But until then, I'm going to keep tweezing, plucking, and waxing my way to acceptance.

Profiling and Ahmed Mohamed's Clock

Harry Leibowitz | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact
Harry Leibowitz

The Ahmed incident proves that the terrorists have won even though Ahmed was not one of them. It is time for us to take back our is time for us to relinquish our fears. It is time to end xenophobia and take back America from the terror they have planted on our soil.

Six Problems With Media Coverage on the Sex Trade

Katherine Koster | Posted 09.22.2015 | Media
Katherine Koster

Look -- we get that you're under time pressure and for last minute news overviews, it's easier to just cut and paste from press releases. But if repeated research and in-depth features indicate that the press release is not a complete or accurate description of what happened, this becomes dishonest reporting.

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."

Exclusive Interview With School That Had Ahmed Mohamed Arrested

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 09.22.2015 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

In a TMFS Sketch, we talk to the spokesperson for the Irving Independent School District in Irving, Texas, that had a 9th grade Muslim child, Ahmed Mohamed, arrested for bringing a clock that he made to school.

Regina and I Take It On, Part 1: Two Women -- One Black, One White -- Discuss Racial Politics, 'Good White People,' and #BlackLivesMatter

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

Somehow, and despite our distance and disparate backgrounds, we quickly ascertained a kindred spirit, a mutual respect, and she was enthusiastically on board.

Legacies of Limited Justice and the Sandra Bland Case

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 09.14.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case

James Blake Shows Poor Blacks Aren't the Only Ones Racially Profiled

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.13.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The susceptibility of even celebrated black men to be hauled off when there's even the slightest suspicion -- mistaken or otherwise -- of criminal wrongdoing has left many police officials red-faced with embarrassment when they realized their goof. This was the case with Blake.

20 Ways 9/11 Changed My Life as an (American) Muslim

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie | Posted 09.11.2015 | Religion
Shawna Ayoub Ainslie

On 9/11, my husband and I stood in our living room. The TV was on and I remember trying to turn my body to force my eyes to look away. The second plane hit. My husband's hand covered his mouth. One of us was saying, "Those people. All the people. Why would anyone do this?"

5 Things Trump's Lead Says About America That All People - Liberals and Conservatives - Continue to Ignore

Anurag Gupta | Posted 09.11.2015 | Entertainment
Anurag Gupta

I am going to be honest I am not the biggest fan of election years. Maybe I find it distasteful to watch adults my grandparents age engage in ruthless bickering and name-calling. Maybe I find the lack of authenticity and honesty in my potential leaders disillusioning.

Is Right Wing Extremism the Biggest Danger Facing America?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 09.06.2015 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Just after President Obama took office, a Department of Homeland Security report recognized that the combination of a tanking economy together with the election of America's first African-American president might trigger right-wing violence. The report was later withdrawn, given the headwinds of conservative criticism.

Black Lives Matter is Under Attack

Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders | Posted 09.02.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Tiffany D. Sanders

If Black Lives Matter is responsible for so much good, then why on Earth are they trying to link it to hate groups similar to the KKK? Because Black Lives Matter is working.

Why We Need a New Chicano Movement

Mike Leyba | Posted 09.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Mike Leyba

It's time for us brown people to step up. Let's begin reclaiming our history and our movement, and stand with others also fighting for liberation. We don't need a savior to come rescue us; we need to claim that which is rightfully ours - our history, our culture, our right to self-identify, and our united voice.

Let It Shine

Kathy Kelly | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Kathy Kelly

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna' let it shine! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." These lines, from a traditional gospel spiritual song...

Maryland Attorney General Issues Guidance Against Police Racial Profiling

Reuters | Mollie Reilly | Posted 08.26.2015 | Politics

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Blind People See Race Differently, And Perhaps More Wisely

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 08.25.2015 | Science

Most of us take note of another person's race. We check it off almost automatically, and we do it based on looks. But blind people can't make such sn...

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."

We Need Mobile Justice -- Not BART Watch

Zachary Norris | Posted 08.14.2015 | San Francisco
Zachary Norris

Last week, an investigation conducted by reporter Darwin BondGraham at the East Bay Express exposed how passengers are using the new BART security app, BART Watch, to racially profile fellow riders.

Obama Administration Must Take Action Against Rampant Racial Profiling, Rights Violations Near U.S. Borders

Christian Ramirez | Posted 08.13.2015 | Latino Voices
Christian Ramirez

Unchecked corruption within Customs and Border Protection must be part of any discussion regarding the US southern border. The time has come to talk about reforming the agency. The Obama administration has the means to move us forward and should do so immediately.

A State of Emergency

Dr. Michael Laitman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Politics
Dr. Michael Laitman

A year after the 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, the town is once again in turmoil. A lot has happened since Brown's killing last year.


Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

This #BlackLivesMatter movement was not the result of a mandate by Congress or laws set forth by State governments. It is merely a fierce grassroots movement that has created enormous awareness to a series of incidents that have involved police shootings and unarmed black males.

6 Times Black TV Shows Perfectly Portrayed Policing in America

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices

This post is part of a weekly series celebrating #ThrowbackThursday with reflections of our favorite childhood memories, past pop culture moments...