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Racism in America

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Irene Monroe

For those who prefer Scout's hagiographic depiction of her father, then Jean Louise's Atticus you don't want to know. Harper Lee's new portrait of Atticus will undoubtedly reopen discussion about race and Atticus's hero status in "Mockingbird."

Just Another Instance of White Terrorism

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

A white man guns down nine black people in a church in South Carolina. The state's Confederate battle flag stays waving in the wind the next day. The white man is arrested. He is given a Kevlar jacket. Welcome to the United States of America in 2015.

Zeba Blay

Taking Down The Confederate Flag Won't 'Solve' Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Zeba Blay | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices

The people of Charleston rejoiced after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for the removal of the Confederate flag at the state capitol, and righ...

Will Charleston Be Another Missed Opportunity To Talk About Race?

Diana Montero | Posted 06.23.2015 | Black Voices
Diana Montero

Both political parties seized the opportunity to talk about how the love and generosity of the American people will conquer hate and intolerance. But still, neither party is talking about race in any real way. For both parties, playing ostrich to race and guns has solved nothing.

The Power of Forgiveness Should Not Be Confused

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

No one is more vested in seeking justice than the courageous family members of those nine innocent victims who were slaughtered in a place that was their sanctuary. Anyone who thinks that forgiving Dylann Roof is an act of weakness has no clue what forgiveness is all about, nor what kind of inner strength it takes to do such a thing.

Dixon White Is Back with Another Rant Against White Racism (VIDEO)

Dixon White | Posted 06.11.2015 | Black Voices
Dixon White

I was just an ordinary Southern guy that, when I wasn't working to pay the rent, I spent my free time trying to learn and grow in anti-racism and social-justice work. Then suddenly, my whole world unexpectedly was turned upside down when I made a couple of videos about race in America.

Making Mistakes in America

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Danielle Campoamor

We tell our children that everyone makes mistakes, but that isn't true. The truth is, if you're an affluent caucasian in America, you are afforded the ability to claim confusion or a temporary lapse in judgment.

Don't Feed the Race Trolls

Torraine Walker | Posted 06.19.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

If you've spent any time online you've seen them. They barge into every discussion about racial issues like belligerent drunks in a bar, arrogance emanating from them like a stench, armed with statistics "proving" that Blacks are the most violent ethnic group on earth.

Priscilla Frank

Profoundly Bizarre Drawings Confront The State Of Racism In America Today

HuffingtonPost.com | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.16.2015 | Arts

"I think for Trenton, being black and being male, to be an artist is sort of an anomaly for him," explained Valerie Cassel Oliver, senior cura...

Parker J. Palmer on Racial Injustice and the Standard of Faithfulness

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

Parker J. Palmer is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change, with nearly 10 books and countless articles to his credit.

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

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 05.27.2015 | 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...