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Racial Profiling

Experiencing Police Brutality Made Me An Activist

Monica Raye Simpson | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices
Monica Raye Simpson

No one I knew ever trusted the police. We never believed that they were there to protect and serve us. This became abundantly clear when I was 14 years old.

Snoop Dogg Claims Swedish Police Racially-Profiled Him

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 07.27.2015 | Black Voices

Rapper Snoop Dogg performed in Sweden on Saturday before he was pulled over by the police in Uppsala on suspicion of being under the influence of ille...

No, White People Will Never Understand the Black Experience

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

White people, no matter how nice, how good, how desirous of honest equality, can only understand so much of something they cannot viscerally experience. I know because I thought I knew... until I discovered how little I actually did.

10 Rules to Help Black Boys Survive

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.25.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Justice cannot breathe when Black men and boys and women and girls are routinely profiled, abused, arrested, and killed with impunity by police officers. We must stop this. We must protect the lives of our young people -- all of them.

Will Sandra Bland's Case Finally Make Black Women's Lives Matter?

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 07.23.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

It is terrifying to consider that it takes the body of a black woman hanging dead in a jail cell -- over a traffic violation no less -- to finally get national attention on the issue of racist, police brutality against us.

How to Keep Our Black Boys Alive: Channeling the Rage

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The recent spotlight on systematic racial profiling and police brutality against Black boys and men has exposed a painful truth long known in the Black community: just about every Black youth and man seems to have a story about being stopped by the police.

5 Fallacies Poisoning U.S. Politics

Hal Donahue | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Hal Donahue

The last thirty years have seen private sector dominance of government. The results are disastrous and clearly seen. Tax codes and laws were established to benefit specific corporations and industries, while creating barriers to entry for new technologies and small companies.

Nas Shares Passionate Instagram Post About Racial Inequality

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 07.01.2015 | Black Voices

Rapper Nas has recorded music addressing social issues that affect the black community, so it’s no surprise that the veteran lyricist has chimed in ...

Unequal Justice

Teresa C. Younger | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Teresa C. Younger

Our criminal justice system is not just. If you are a person of color, the very people who are supposed to protect you are often the greatest threat. It is worse for women of color, the fastest growing prison population.

Charleston Massacre and Anti-Black State Violence Fueled By the Same Racist Beliefs

Kali Nicole Gross | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Kali Nicole Gross

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.

DOJ Shouldn't Wait for the Next Crisis in Policing

Alan Jenkins | Posted 06.18.2015 | Black Voices
Alan Jenkins

Cleveland is not isolated. Many police departments were receiving COPS funds as they were being investigated by DOJ or entering into settlements in order to comply with constitutional and civil rights law.

Trading Places

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

Rachel Dolezal has appropriated the black skin of those she came into her political maturity hoping to help. This woman grew up in relative affluence and privilege and confused a genuine political awakening with a shift in identity.

What Do You Call White Rioters? Anything But Thugs

Robert Greenwald | Posted 06.16.2015 | Media
Robert Greenwald

Young white people are seen as "kids," prone to make mistakes, well into their twenties. But a 12-year-old black kid is seen as a dangerous criminal once he is old enough to play alone in the park.

It's Going to Be a Long, Hot Summer in America

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Steve Nelson

America is a deeply divided nation. While the outcry against events in places like Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island, Baltimore, and now McKinney, is loud and clear and a patchwork quilt of protest is growing (Black Lives Matter), a great many white people refuse to attribute any of it to racism.

Muslim Woman May Pursue Legal Action Against United Airlines After Discrimination

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion

After claiming she faced discrimination on a United Airlines flight on May 29, Muslim passenger Tahera Ahmad told HuffPost Live that she has not ruled...

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

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.

40 Reasons Why Our Jails Are Full of Black And Poor People

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
Bill Quigley

We are far and away the world leader in putting our own people in jail. Most of the people inside are poor and Black. Here are 40 reasons why.

Teach Your Kids To Talk To Strangers

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 05.24.2015 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

We may think we're teaching safety when we tell them to disregard the unfamiliar, when we tell them to turn away from strangers, but what we're teaching is intolerance and indifference.

WATCH LIVE: Ending Mass Incarceration in America

Aspen Institute | Posted 05.21.2015 | Crime
Aspen Institute

We are at a pivotal moment. Supporters of mass incarceration have argued that locking people away is needed to fight crime, but the imprisonment rate has climbed regardless of fluctuations in crime rates, giving the United States the highest incarceration rates in the world.

Amateur Videos Reshaping Police Use of Deadly Force

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur | Posted 05.20.2015 | Black Voices
Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur

Over the past year, countless amateur videos have flooded the internet involving alleged accounts of police misconduct towards citizens.

UN Issues Scathing Assessment of U.S. Human Rights Record

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

While in some areas, like LGBT rights and freedom of speech, the United States' human rights record fares far better than that of other parts of the world, in many areas -- including national security, criminal justice, social and economic rights, and immigration policy -- the U.S. has an abysmal record compared to other liberal democracies.

ACLU Says Two Black Men Were Victims Of Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 05.06.2015 | Black Voices

DENVER, May 5 (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent two African-American men who were stopped by police and detain...

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.