When society uses groups or stereotypes to sort, it discards the very thing that creates value. It's a lazy man's approach to thinking. Or, maybe it's not thinking at all. This laziness denies the very best thing each of us have to offer: ourselves.
Only when we openly and truthfully speak to the roots of racism and inequality in our country -- white supremacy, white privilege, and the dehumanization and devaluation of black lives and bodies -- will we able to deal with the modern-day realities of that legacy.
Patting ourselves on the back for voting for racial minorities, women, LGBTQ individuals, or people with disabilities obscures the systemic discrimination these groups still face. The "friend" discourse masks deeper problems that scream for better understandings of diverse experiences.
As student journalists who hope to work in media, and as graduates who are already working in the media, it is often difficult to report with empathy and compassion when the emphasis for a successful media model is put on how many hits are garnered for a story.
If there was ever a time that the American Muslim community needed the words and symbolism of a sitting president's visit to a mosque, it would be now.
Four Horsemen are running loose: War, Poverty, Racism and Climate Change. They may have other names, but these are how they appear to me in my political nightmares. And the riders are human. They're the ones leading us right now, behind the façade of democracy. Confronting them -- stopping them -- will take a movement independent of politics as usual, but not independent of the political process itself.
Sometimes empathy could use a little boost. Suppose, when it comes to racism, that I as a white person had some glasses that would help me see the world, and be seen, as an African American. Would that help build empathy and the compassionate conviction to make change?
Dr. King challenged us to confront the urgency of our collective mission: "This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God's children." We cannot rest.
The debate over the Oscars, and the overarching debate over diversity in Hollywood, is vital, not just because it will give more black actors and actresses a trophy to hold or a film to promote, but because it will give less black parents a funeral to plan.
Look closely and you can find me in the picture below. It was taken last month at the National Press Club. The occasion was the release of the Black W...
Don't forget, no matter where I am in the world, people will ask where I am from, and my answer is, "I am Dutch, from Amsterdam." The reaction, as you can imagine, is "no way."
Another day goes by, another mainstream media report about domestic violence, mental health, substance abuse and the statistics. The big-ticket items ...
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm done with Richard Dawkins. As a teenager, the brilliant scientist was among the first to break through my bubble of petty fundamentalism and push me to think critically about the superstitions that envelope our cultures. I miss that guy and have no idea where he went.
When you speak to me in Arabic and call me "my sister," all you're doing is participating in the racism that you probably also suffer from.
This novel is as stunning as it is truthful, a narrative shaped by history and love that honestly explores racism, abuse and a young woman's tenacity to fashion a life on her own terms. Pérez has contributed an important, meticulously crafted book to young adult literature.
Focusing on what's wrong in black communities misses the point of how society reinforces those problems. The patient is not black people; it's the system of racial injustice.