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Embedded Racism

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.17.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Our present legal system has evolved from legal and social structures that regarded certain categories of human beings as chattel. That immorality has never been officially disowned. It has never been fully and courageously addressed.

10 Ways the Black Community and Their Allies Can Transmute Pain Into Power

Kanene Holder | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Kanene Holder

"You were born into a society which spelled out with brutal clarity and in as many ways as possible that you were a worthless human being." -- James B...

Stop Honoring Rebel Generals

Jamie Malanowski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Politics
Jamie Malanowski

In the build-ups during World Wars I and II, the army had to quickly construct dozens of new forts across the country. Most were named for military heroes, and most of the ones in the south were named for Confederate generals.

What Lincoln and Jefferson Can Teach Us About NSA Surveillance

Brian Levin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Brian Levin

Sometimes, upholding the Constitution and protecting the country it set out to establish might involve acts that appear to violate bits and pieces of it. We should talk about transparency, oversight, and striking a balance between liberty and security.

Washington Watch: Week 23 - "The Greatest"

Linnie Frank Bailey | Posted 09.05.2013 | Black Voices
Linnie Frank Bailey

This past week we celebrated the 237th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence. Yes...our issues are many, and our Congress is in gridlock, an...

Thankfully, America Is Still Young

E. R. Shipp | Posted 09.03.2013 | Black Voices
E. R. Shipp

As we mark the Fourth of July weekend, let's pause amid the frolicking to ponder the meaning of independence and freedom -- and consider what Frederick Douglass had to say when called upon to give a widely publicized and much-anticipated oration on July 5, 1852.

Celebrating America the Startup

Robert Peake | Posted 09.01.2013 | Politics
Robert Peake

Having lived in the Old World for a few years now, I have heard my country compared to an adolescent, with all the attendant charm and hubris implied. America was not born and raised like a child; it was founded and developed like a start-up company.

An Open Letter to the Founding Fathers and Mothers

Janus Adams | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Janus Adams

Founding Fathers, you got it together by making a few compromises. How's it working for you now? The bargaining chips you played then -- slaves, women, Native Americans -- are still being played today.

Gettysburg and Gridlock

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What I will be remembering -- and which I sincerely urge that today's politicians and media personalities read up on -- is the fact that the Civil War was actually postponed for decades by the most fierce ideological divide in our history.

Massive Mexican Slavery Operation Underscores Need for Market Consequences for Human Rights Violations

Greg Asbed | Posted 08.31.2013 | Business
Greg Asbed

Earlier this month, a horrifying story of human rights abuse and exploitation broke when Mexican authorities rescued nearly 300 workers from brutal forced labor conditions on a tomato farm in the state of Jalisco.

The Bronze and the Spirit: A Sculptor's Vision of Legacy

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.31.2013 | Black Voices
Robert J. Benz

Sculptor Steven Weitzman was confronted with the same, nearly impossible, challenge that artists have faced repeatedly for thousands of years: How does one capture the eternity of a subject in a single image that allows the viewer to better understand and feel the subject?

The Naked Empire

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image -- the American brand -- with its irresistible combination of might and right.

Obama Shares Thoughts On Visit To Senegal Slave Island

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 06.27.2013 | Black Voices

GOREE ISLAND, Senegal -- President Barack Obama is calling his visit to a Senegalese island, from which Africans were said to have been shipped across...

Obamas To Confront Ancestry On Senegal Slave Island

Agence France Presse | | Posted 08.26.2013 | Black Voices

When Barack and Michelle Obama visit Goree Island, a potent symbol of the slave trade off the Senegalese coast, it will be a moment to reflect not jus...

Finding Common Ground -- Are There Enough Grownups Yet?

Susan Rhea | Posted 08.12.2013 | Politics
Susan Rhea

So what does work? Short of going to war and wearing everyone down with death, misery, grief, infrastructure and economic ruin, what works? Negotiation. Mediation. Education that you will never get exactly what you want, and I won't either.

The Role of Religion in Anti-Slavery Efforts

Cameron Conaway | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Cameron Conaway

For collaboration to be possible, many groups with different beliefs must work together. This seems to make it particularly hard for those working within faith-based groups to speak out about the problems they've watched religion create.

Education: The First Step to Ending Slavery

Robert J. Benz | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Robert J. Benz

Modern forms of slavery are now commonly referred to as human trafficking. This rebranding of slavery happened in earnest about two decades ago perhaps as an attempt by experts to better represent the contemporary attributes of this illicit industry.

Half the Sky Movement Diary

Robert Hanna | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Robert Hanna

2013-04-23-theraiseforwomenchallenge300x60.jpgThe story began with an image. Somaly Mam had snuck into the brothel and took a snapshot of a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl.

"You're Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl": The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in "the Black Community"

j.n. salters | Posted 07.30.2013 | Black Voices
j.n. salters

While all African Americans are subject to certain kinds of discrimination and second-class citizenship, the intensity, frequency, and outcomes of this discrimination vary drastically by skin tone, and there are far greater "benefits" that come with lighter skin.

Will Smith and the Misunderstanding of Black Parenting

Ernest Owens | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black parenting isn't child abuse or slavery, Will Smith. It is a more invested interactive experience fostered to prepare children for the world they will face.

Is Jon Stewart Getting Soft?

Alan Singer | Posted 07.16.2013 | Media
Alan Singer

In one swoop, Hutchinson managed to eliminate Native Americans, Mexicans, and enslaved Africans from Texas history -- and Jon Stewart let it go.

South Carolina Slave Cabin Heads To Washington, D.C.

AP | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. -- A slave cabin on Edisto Island in coastal South Carolina will be preserved by the Smithsonian Institution. The Post and Courie...

The New Pharaohs?

William H. Lamar IV | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
William H. Lamar IV

Here we are, Black American church folk and Shabbat observing Jews. We are the children of those who suffered in the sweltering house of bondage. And many of us have become Pharaohs.

We Have a Dream: Farmworkers Organize for Justice

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Beverly Bell

For decades, farmworkers have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. Today, a recent string of victories by a farmworker group, together with the steadfast work of other groups, have taken the movement to a whole new level.

Historians Battle To Save U.S. Slave Burial Sites

Reuters | Posted 07.06.2013 | Black Voices

By David Holmberg BEDMINSTER, N.J., May 5 (Reuters) - The slaves buried here are identified only as Richard and Zaff. A third person, ...