While America has taken huge steps towards equality, issues are still being fought over today. This month is Black History Month so it is especially important to celebrate how far our country has come and also address the shortcomings that remain.
We are historically and pathologically obligated to replay the dramas of the Spartans and Greeks against the "other." Feeling superior, we are free to disrespect their ways to sustain our own.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
Martin was more than just another young black male gunned down in an act of senseless violence. He became and will remain a challenge to the nation to do something about that violence.
Changing the way one applies for a loan doesn't simply mean stating for 28 pages that a borrower will not be discriminated against, or that we should depend solely on federal and state regulations to curb financial intuitions' racist lending practices.
Multiracial, intergenerational communities have proudly proclaimed that Black lives matter. But "Black lives matter" seems to be associated only with Black men. I want to tell you, Mom, that when I chant those three words, when I march, lie in the streets, or raise my hands symmetrically in the air, I do so to assert your humanity too. You are worthy.
When it comes to equality, I stand on one side of the struggle as a gay person, but on the other side every day as a white one. Both of these positions are hopeful, daunting, and powerful, on every shore I call home.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
It is foolhardy to reduce a complex human being to something as simplistic as race. Every child knows that one should not judge a book by its cover. Racial categories inevitably evaluate people based upon outward appearances.
True diversity is more than a studio spotlighting a few black mega stars in big production movies and then back-patting itself for its efforts to make diversity a reality. It means implementing meaningful programs and initiatives.
To further promote better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as people of different skin colors, it is imperative that media outlets highlight Muhammad's anti-racist ethos. Rather than being a divisive figure, Muhammad is an inspiration for those working to rid the world of the evil of racism.
She is unapologetic in her work, which shows that one's brilliance cannot be measured in Oscars and accolades, but in the impact you have on society.
Penn's unwarranted remark is as obscene as questioning, "who gave blacks the right to vote?" or "who gave women the right to pursue an education?"
It is tempting to dismiss Rudy Giuliani's recent judgment about President Barack Obama's love of country as a sign that America's Mayor will say almost anything to get back in the spotlight. We should not give Giuliani and his unapologetic lack of respect for a sitting president more attention than they deserve.
Why did being "skinny," "black" or walking in a neighborhood become perceived as the sign of a perpetrator or criminal? Why did a communication barrier give an officer the prerogative to throw a fragile grandfather to the ground?
Obama's not like you and me.