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Racial Stereotypes

If My Black-Sounding Name Offends You, Please Don't Hire Me

DaShanne Stokes | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
DaShanne Stokes

So, as I look ahead to graduation and re-entering the job market, I know that I'll continue to face discrimination because of my name. I only pray that Raven-Symoné and anyone who would discriminate against me, or anyone else, won't hire me. I've got much better things to do with my time.

'You Talk White:' Being Black and Articulate

Keith Powell | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Keith Powell

All of my black friends have been told at some point or another during their lifetime that they "talk white." The person who says it likely doesn't know many black people. Black people are generally seen as uneducated thugs. I do not appear to be an uneducated thug. Therefore, I must talk white.

African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes: Why Challenging the Status Quo Went Viral

Mama Hope | Posted 07.31.2015 | World
Mama Hope

We were tired of seeing the stereotypes: helpless children sifting through garbage with distended bellies and flies in their eyes or bloodthirsty warlords toting AK-47s, and not much in between. We saw how these stereotypes hurt everyone.

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.

'Are Fried Chicken And Watermelon Racist?'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.03.2015 | Black Voices

Yes, watermelon is awesome and chicken is arguably best when it’s fried. But not all associations with these foods are tasteful. As much as we'd...

Here's A Trick That May Help People Become Less Racist & Sexist

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.31.2015 | Science

Scientists have long known that sleep boosts the brain, helping us consolidate memories and learn new things. Now, a provocative new study shows i...

What's So Funny About Mocking Latinos?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.26.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

The problem is the adults. I'm taking about the parents who raised their kids to think it's hilarious to embrace racial caricatures. And yes, I'm aware that some of the students in the photo are Latinos. If anything, that's even worse.

Why Freddie Gray Matters to All of Us

Joseph M. Costa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Crime
Joseph M. Costa

Approximately a third of the residents we serve in the residential treatment program are African American. Every time an incident like that of the death of Freddie Gray occurs, I am reminded that the African-American residents we serve are as much at risk because of the color of their skin as for any of their behaviors.

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.

Tense Video Shows Native American Actors Confronting Producers On Set Of Adam Sandler Movie

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment

A recently released video filmed on the set of an upcoming Adam Sandler movie shows Native American actors arguing with producers that the script rein...

Macrina Cooper-White

When 'Deshawn' And 'Greg' Act Out In Class, Guess Who Gets Branded A Troublemaker | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 04.21.2015 | Science

Research has shown that young black students in American schools are expelled and suspended three times as often as white students. Now a disturbing n...

A Conversation About Hollywood and Diversity: Why It Matters

Patricia Leavy, PhD | Posted 05.31.2015 | Media
Patricia Leavy, PhD

We have come together to have a conversation about racism and the media industry. As scholars, we are concerned about systemic biases in Hollywood and how they influence people's ideas and behaviors in the real world, in ways that people may be unaware of.

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

Debunking The Myth That Black Men Are Immune To Harm (VIDEO)

Colorlines | Carla Murphy | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

It was difficult last November to ignore the language that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson used to describe Michael Brown. “The only way I can...

"It's The Blackness That Scares Everybody": Why White People Favor "African-Americans"

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 03.04.2015 | Black Voices

A new study from professor Erika Hall of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School suggests that white people have a far more negative view of the...

A New Era for Asian Americans in Starring Roles

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 04.23.2015 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

As more Asian faces star in American entertainment projects, they communicate an important message to everyone watching: Asian Americans are capable of playing any role -- not just on camera, but also in life.

Mike Epps Wants Us To Be Able To Laugh About Racism

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 02.18.2015 | Black Voices

Even at a time of heightened racial tension in this country, popular and well-traveled comedian Mike Epps is trying to make a lighthearted point about...

Your Name Says More About You Than You Think

Mic | Marcie Bianco | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

When it comes to stereotyping others, it takes no more than a name. That goes double for non-Anglophile names that carry a strong cultural currenc...

Why Brian Williams Got Away With Pandering to Racial Stereotypes about Black Gangs

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.11.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Now it turns out that temporarily defrocked NBC news anchor Brian Williams may have blatantly lied about being terrorized by gangs during the Katrina debacle in 2005.

Suge Knight Arrest Again Reinforces Thug Image of Black Males

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.06.2015 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

This is a hard and terrible price that many black males must pay for the thuggish image that rap exploiters such as a Knight have capitalized on. It's even worse when some go the extra step and become killers themselves.

12 Unforgettable Things Strangers Have Said to Me on the Sidewalks of New York

Lisa Bernier | Posted 04.05.2015 | New York
Lisa Bernier

As I look back at these words that have been seared into my brain, the reflection back is so distorted I can't even see myself.

Rebecca Klein

Why Teachers Need To Talk About Their Own Racial Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.06.2015 | Black Voices

As recent protests spur tough conversations about the racial bias of police officers, a national group of educators and policy analysts is urging teac...

How Mindfulness Combats Racial Biases And Stereotyping

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 12.09.2014 | Science

As the national conversation about racial prejudice -- and its role in deadly police confrontations with unarmed people of color -- continue, one poin...

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 01.21.2015 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

How the Jewish Boy Got So Nice

Moment Magazine | Rachel E. Gross | Posted 11.21.2014 | Religion

This article originally appeared in the November/December issue of Moment Magazine. For more go to Maybe you know one. Maybe you wan...