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Racism in America

Don't Just Blame The Cops: Who Is Responsible For America's Killing Fields?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 07.12.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

In a police state, you're either the one with your hand on the trigger or you're staring down the barrel of a loaded down. In other words, we're all in this together. The oppression and injustice -- be it in the form of shootings, surveillance, fines, etc. -- will come to all of us eventually.

Can Racism Be Eradicated?

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 03.31.2016 | Politics
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

In this current presidential campaign cycle, I see and hear racism. People keep talking about how Donald Trump's base is "angry," and truly, they are, but it feels like much of their anger is based in racism, and a fear that the white domination of others in America is being threatened.

An Open Letter to Black African Immigrants

Nadege Seppou | Posted 01.07.2016 | Black Voices
Nadege Seppou

People will hold stereotypes about you. Some might ask if you've lived on trees and or jungles and others won't even ask, they'll assume you did. Others will think your entire existence has been defined by hunger and poverty. In case you haven't noticed you sound different, you do.

Shades of Gray

Marceline Fleurilus | Posted 12.21.2015 | Black Voices
Marceline Fleurilus

A good friend, a doctor, was recently on trial. When he asked if I would come to show support, I asked if he thought it would help. He said, "I believ...

Don't Remove Wilson's Name From Princeton, Flip His Racist Legacy

Derrick Darby | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics
Derrick Darby

Instead of removing names from schools, residence halls, and monuments we should "flip" them by devoting the resources, spaces, and cultural significance they represent to address the enduring problems associated with the historical legacies of their namesakes

Why "Black Lives Matter" Because All Lives Don't Matter in America

David Theo Goldberg | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
David Theo Goldberg

The insistence that Black lives matter accordingly is necessary only because, unlike "all lives," in this society, black lives are too often taken not to matter. Black lives are presumed too readily in the U.S. not to inhabit the universal.

Stop Thinking About Racism!

Tina Lifford | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Lumping people together means you don't care about who they really are. You are not interested in getting to know them. If we don't take time to engage with one another, we can never dispel the erroneous assumptions we constantly make.

The Atticus We Don't Want to Know

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.20.2016 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 | 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 06.23.2016 | 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 06.22.2016 | 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 06.11.2016 | 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 06.10.2016 | 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 | 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 curator at t...

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 | 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.