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How Would Jesus Read the Difficult Verses of the Qur'an?

John Barton | Posted 02.08.2016 | Religion
John Barton

Fairness toward our Muslim neighbors requires fair treatment of the Qur'an, including its difficult passages. This can be done by considering mainstream Muslim interpretations and exploring context.

10 Things You May Not Have Known About Frederick Douglass

Karim Gilliam | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Karim Gilliam

Frederick Douglass is one of the most important figures in American history, but many know little about the legendary abolitionist. In honor of Black History Month let's remember or newly discover the incredible life and achievements of Frederick Douglass.

Who Is More American Than Donald Trump?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 01.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Without absorbing that the Constitution is the foundation of the United States, it is pointless to claim to be an American, except perhaps by coincidence of birth.

Bernie Sanders Struggles To Say Why He Doesn't Support Reparations

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 01.24.2016 | Politics

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George Washington's Birthday Cake

Alan Singer | Posted 01.20.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

By the time George Washington died in 1799, the enslaved population on his Mount Vernon planation included 318 people, 123 who were "owned" by Washington himself and the rest who were part of the estate of his wife's children from a previous marriage. Instead of freeing the people he claimed to own in his will, Washington transferred ownership to his wife. Some of these people were freed in 1801.

13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.20.2016 | Arts

This week, after severe criticism, Scholastic pulled a newly published picture book entitled A Birthday Cake for Mr. Washington. The book, wh...

Five Harmful Myths About Human Trafficking

Hon. Judy Harris Kluger | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Hon. Judy Harris Kluger

Human trafficking is complicated. It's kept under wraps, overlooked, and often ignored. Few reliable studies exist about its prevalence. As a result, it's often hard to separate myth from fact when trying to understand this horrific abuse of human rights.

Under Pressure, Scholastic Recalls Racist Children's Book

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 02.03.2016 | Books
The Zinn Education Project

The protests over A Birthday Cake for George Washington are part of a longer and larger campaign for children to learn the truth about history and the world today.

Human Trafficking and Racial Justice

Juhu Thukral | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Juhu Thukral

Even as there is greater understanding of these issues of coercion, there is still a basic confusion over how to describe trafficking, and how to convey the experiences of victims and survivors.

Scholastic Pulls Children's Book About George Washington And His Slaves After Outcry

AP | Jade Walker | Posted 01.18.2016 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — Scholastic is pulling a new picture book about George Washington and his slaves amid objections it sentimentalizes a brutal par...

It's Time To Take Note and Take Action Against Human Trafficking

Dr. Michael B. Brown | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Dr. Michael B. Brown

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time for realizing that slavery actually did not end with the Emancipation Proclamation. As a matter of fact, the U.S. State Department tells us that there are 12.3 million "trafficking slaves" around the world today.

Think Out of the Box!

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

'Think Out of the Box!' implicates that you have ever thought of such a thing like a box existing and to respect it, either because you have ever been...

Village Seal and Sports' Mascots Representing Racist History

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 01.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I believe this so-called "honoring," taking "pride" in, and "respecting" Native Americans by the cultural descendants of those who engaged in land theft, forced evacuations and slaughter strikes me as justification for further misappropriation of cultural symbols.

Racism Is a Faith Issue

Jim Wallis | Posted 01.08.2016 | Religion
Jim Wallis

To put this in a religious context: overcoming the divisions of race has been central to the church since its beginning, and the dynamic diversity of the body of Christ is one of the most powerful forces in the global church. Our Christian faith stands fundamentally opposed to racism in all its forms, which contradict the good news of the gospel.

A United States Without Muslims Has Never Existed

Carla Gardina Pestana | Posted 01.06.2016 | Religion
Carla Gardina Pestana

The idea that all Muslims should be blocked from entering the U.S. plays well with people who think adherents to Islam are relatively recent arrivals on the American scene. Yet Muslims have been in this country from its inception. Far from being a foreign element, Muslims have been here throughout American history and indeed longer than some Christian religions.

Haiti and Sam Sharpe: The Self-Emancipation of Africans on the Plantation

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

This Holiday season marks the anniversary of two significant events in Caribbean and African Diaspora history; the revolt of Sam Sharpe in Jamaica w...

Celebrating the 153rd Anniversary of Freedom's Eve: A Call to Action

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 12.31.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

This year-on the 153rd Anniversary of Freedom's Eve, African Americans across the Nation will come together for a time of fellowship, prayer and reflection; and offer tribute to our ancestors for their courage and strength.

15 Years of Fighting for Freedom Timeline

Free The Slaves | Posted 12.30.2015 | Impact
Free The Slaves

By Terry FitzPatrick Free the Slaves Communications Director This year marks our 15th birthday and two important milestones. In 15 years, Free the Sl...

Picturing Frederick Douglass

Robert J. Feldman | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Robert J. Feldman

This landmark coffee table tome, Picturing Frederick Douglass, proves that Douglass was over a century ahead of his time by permitting himself to be photographed, canonized and ultimately loved by photographers' lenses.

Instead of Honoring Slaveholders, Slave Traders and Racists

Alan Singer | Posted 12.21.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

A campaign to honor the struggle to end slavery in the United States is an excellent social studies project to engage students as active citizens responding to racism and in shaping the future the United States.

The Bible Doesn't Say Anything

Ryan Austin Fitzgerald | Posted 12.18.2015 | Religion
Ryan Austin Fitzgerald

Reading is an act of interpretation. You are right now interpreting symbols that I have placed in a particular order on the internet.

The World Bank's Role in Uzbek Slavery Lights Up Washington D.C.

Joanna Ewart-James | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Joanna Ewart-James

On International Human Rights Day, Walk Free and International Labor Rights Forum, both members of the Cotton Campaign coalition, projected striking images of Uzbekistan forced labour onto the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

There Is No Justice Until We All Are Free

Alicia Nunn | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Alicia Nunn

Laquan McDonald was killed in cold blood by a Chicago police officer on October 20, 2014. And, the murder was covered up until a court order demande...

The President and the Park Ranger Show Our Democracy Shining Bright!

Audrey Peterman | Posted 12.15.2015 | Green
Audrey Peterman

On December 3, I saw a woman who grew up embracing her great-grandmother, a former slave, embrace the President of the United States on the biggest stage in the land.

If Islam Is Un-American, so Are Christianity and Judaism

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 12.14.2015 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For Donald Trump or anyone else to single out the negative, destructive, and, yes, evil passages of the Quran (or how some sects or cults within Islam co-opt, distort, and attempt to hijack the overall messages) without doing so as well with the holy books of Judaism and Christianity demonstrates a hierarchical double standard.