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Racism in America

It Will Take More Than a Cup of Coffee to Address the Thorny Issue of Race in America

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Elwood D. Watson

Over the past couple weeks, much of the mainstream media and bloggersphere had been abuzz with frenzied commentary to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's efforts to encourage baristas to discuss the issue of race with customers.

Will Smith Comments On The 'Systemic Racism' In America

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 02.12.2015 | Entertainment

Minus cameos in "Anchorman 2" and "Winter's Tale," Will Smith hasn't appeared on screen since 2013's "After Earth." But Smith's return as leading man ...

Tyler Kingkade

College Student Survey Suggests We've Made Little Progress Eliminating Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.10.2015 | College

One-fourth of college students say racism is no longer a problem in the U.S., the most in the 25-year history of polling by the University of Californ...

Oregon Was Founded As A Racist Utopia

Gizmodo | Matt Novak | Posted 01.22.2015 | Black Voices

When Oregon was granted statehood in 1859, it was the only state in the Union admitted with a constitution that forbade black people from living, work...

Locked Behind Prejudice: Questions from a (Hopeful) Ally

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

One observation may be subjective -- often it's not completely -- but when millions speak, it's a greater truth, one no one can reasonably deny. No one wants to be treated poorly. We are all Americans. And more importantly, we are all human beings.

Who Wants to Talk About That?

Tom F. Driver | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Tom F. Driver

Racism is so ingrained in the American experience that no one who has grown up here is free of it -- white, black, or anyone else. Until we acknowledge that, describe it, and share it across the racial divide we are not free.

Still an American Dilemma

Robert Kuttner | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

So here we are, approaching Christmas 2014. Racism still taints the American dream. And unlike, say, in 1964 when there was a sense of a movement on the march with history on its side, it is hard to summon up optimism.

The Moment I Realized What It Means To Be A Minority

Nasir Fleming | Posted 01.31.2015 | Teen
Nasir Fleming

I discovered that I was black in the third grade. No -- not really. I have always known that I had brown skin, but I did not start to realize what having brown or black skin represented in a social, economic and legal context until halfway through elementary school.

One Hug Does Not End Racism: An Advent Message

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 01.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Individual acts of kindness are necessary, but not sufficient to address the deeply rooted, and widespread pattern of racism that results in lethal violence against unarmed teenagers, as well as in a lack of prosecution of police who kill unarmed teenagers.

What the Michael Brown Case Tells Us About Women, Fear, and Black Males

Eternity E Martis | Posted 11.01.2014 | Black Voices
Eternity E Martis

In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.

Young People and Racism

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 10.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

I didn't say anything when things were said to me. And that's the same as saying it was acceptable. There are a hundred reasons that I was quiet for too long, but the biggest of all, was because it happened so much.

Racism: Who Is Guilty? Who Is Not Guilty?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

The point is that black American life and white American life stay rigidly separated at absolutely key moments of human communication. Do some people feel they are "better" than some other people? Or maybe it's not that at all. Does it, in fact, cut far deeper?

Millennials and Racism: How We Can Change the Discussion

Ryan Chapin Mach | Posted 08.23.2014 | College
Ryan Chapin Mach

Why do Millennials, despite our fervent belief in equality and open discussion, seem so resistant to having a truly open discussion about equality?

Amanda Scherker

The 14 Most F#$%ed Up Things About America's Obsession With Putting People Behind Bars

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Scherker | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

You may know the U.S. puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other country, but that's just the start.

Donald Sterling, the Rules of Racism, and White Saviors: Our Word Will Never Be Enough

Gyasi Ross | Posted 08.04.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

Then this is a day of independence for all the munchkins And their descendants Yes, let the joyous news be spread The wicked old witch at last is d...

Racism & Bias -- Can We Pause and Be Honest with Ourselves?

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 07.27.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

We cannot continue to deceive ourselves that we are somehow 'post-racial'. It's going to take courage to be honest about our challenges and create resolutions that can truly move us towards greater equality.

Ryan J. Reilly

Eric Holder Names The Worst Kind Of Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 05.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Racist rants are much less of a threat to equality than the more subtle, everyday racism of the criminal justice system, Attorney Genera...

How Big of a Deal Are Donald Sterling's Comments, Really?

Jie-Song Zhang | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Jie-Song Zhang

The walls of social media roar in response to Sterling's comments. But if the nation is so offended by racism, why is there no consistent public outrage for the ongoing racist practices that deeply affect entire communities of Americans on a daily basis?

If The Supreme Court Says Racism Is Pretty Much Over, Why Are So Many People Still Being So Racist?

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing & Shadee Ashtari | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in June that a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act designed to prevent racial discrimination in certain votin...

The Real Danger: Donald Sterling, Racism and the USA

Mawuena Akyea | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Mawuena Akyea

It's easier to fight an individual than it is to fight an institutionalized system, but this is what is needed. Its always good to see a racist buffoon go down and feel righteous about it, but it serves little purpose, nor does it change much.

Saturday Night Live Writer Michael Che Revisits His Favorite Sketches

Julie Seabaugh | Posted 05.18.2014 | Comedy
Julie Seabaugh

I feel that a lot of racial sketches that I write should have a picture of me in the bottom left-hand corner smiling with thumbs up, saying, "Listen, it's okay! A black guy wrote this!"

Jackie Robinson and Race in America, Then and Now: A Tale of Two Movies

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

Recently I watched The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) (staring Jackie Robinson as himself) and 42 (2013) back to back. They tell the story of how Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball and changed race relations in America.

An Early Lesson on Race

Leigh Flayton | Posted 09.18.2013 | Women
Leigh Flayton

Ricky had never been on a bike, and as he learned to ride on my sister's purple Huffy, he zigzagged up and down someone's driveway. The owner confronted my mother, demanding to know why she had "brought him into the neighborhood."

I Am Not Afraid of Trayvon Martin

Joy Weese Moll | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty
Joy Weese Moll

Older women are practiced at confronting our unfounded fears. We are at the age when we lose our fear of what others think and challenge fears that keep us from pursuing our dreams. We know how to root out and overcome fears that have been planted in our minds by outside forces.

Racism, Injustice and Explaining America to My Daughter

Tim Wise | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Tim Wise

Those who deny the racial angle to the killing of Trayvon Martin can only do so by a willful ignorance, a carefully cultivated denial of every logical, obvious piece of evidence before them.