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The New Jim Crow

Ava DuVernay's 13th: It's About Hope, Not History

Martha S. Jones | Posted 12.06.2016 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

Once it has your attention, 13th mobilizes the power of the visual and the sonic, along with human stories, to teach about hope and our capacities to make change in a way that no historical text could.

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Discriminatory Provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's North Carolina "Omnibus" Election Law

Harold Lloyd | Posted 08.08.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down provisions of Gov. Pat McCrory's "omnibus" election law requiring photo identification in form bla...

Before We Say 'No More Drug War,' We Need to Shout 'Black Lives Matter' and 'Not One More'

Maritza Perez | Posted 06.22.2016 | Politics
Maritza Perez

If the drug war were truly about going after drug users and eradicating consumption, white communities would see the same levels of criminalization as communities of color -- but they have not.

Why I Left My 'Ex'

Glenn Martin | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Glenn Martin

May 4th was a day I'd been anticipating for some time. That was the day Assistant Attorney General Karol Mason, who heads the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice, publicly announced a new agency-wide policy directing her staff to stop using "disparaging labels" like "ex-convict" and "ex-felon" in all their communications.

Bill's Comments Expose Why Many Black Voters Don't Trust Hillary

Joshua Adams | Posted 04.08.2016 | Black Voices
Joshua Adams

This week, former President Bill Clinton spoke at rally in Philadelphia to offer his wife Hillary Clinton support towards her campaign. Clinton speech...

Stolen Lives: Oppressed, Exploited, and Innocent in Prison

Lorenzo Johnson | Posted 03.31.2016 | Crime
Lorenzo Johnson

Judge H. Lee Sarokin wrote: "The Guilty Have a Better Chance for Parole or Pardon Than the Innocent." As an innocent prisoner, I've witnessed this myself for the last two decades (and counting). The only thing that has changed over time is that more and more corruption is being exposed. The

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: Women Write Important Books, Too

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 02.22.2016 | Arts

When Mark Zuckerberg announced last year that he was launching a book club, responses were cautiously optimistic. Because it’s arguable that Faceboo...

13 Powerful Books for Our Political Leaders

Off The Shelf | Posted 02.12.2017 | Books
Off The Shelf

Written in the form of a powerful letter to his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates reflects on a series of revelatory experiences that helped him to understand America's racial history, its current inequalities, and his visions for the future.

A Time Without Judges

Trey Lyon | Posted 12.30.2016 | Religion
Trey Lyon

We are at a crisis in our country whenever a trained adult with authorization to use deadly force deploys it on a 12 year old with impunity. Wherever the fault lies, the only way any hope in the police force or the governing process can be restored is for wholesale condemnation of the officer's actions.

Matt McGorry On The Book That Opened His Eyes To White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Black Voices

Matt McGorry, co-star of "Orange Is The New Black" and "How To Get Away With Murder," just showed why more white people should recognize the everyday ...

African American Poetry in the Age of the New Jim Crow

Jonah Raskin | Posted 10.28.2016 | Books
Jonah Raskin

"Bastards of the Reagan Era" might save lives. It exudes intensity and authenticity and prompts self-reflection and self-exploration. Eldridge Cleaver and Huey P. Newton would dig it. James Baldwin and Richard Wright would welcome it into the field of African American literature.

12 Essential Books About Race in America

Off The Shelf | Posted 09.14.2016 | Books
Off The Shelf

Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.

From Teens in Jail to Teens Onstage: The Odyssey Project

Ming Holden | Posted 08.12.2016 | Education
Ming Holden

The Odyssey Project, now in its fifth year, is using the arts to combat recidivism for juvenile offenders in a completely unprecedented way: by creating an arts-based "intervention" at that critical point near the end of a juvenile offender's teen years, when, like Odysseus, they have life choices to make that will indelibly determine their future's path.

Is the Black Lives Matter Movement Sabotaging Itself By Disrupting Bernie Sanders Rallies?

Marvin Meadors | Posted 08.11.2016 | Politics
Marvin Meadors

Perhaps this emphasis on real world events instead of abstractions about economic justice will help Sanders with the activists in the Black Lives Matter movement and people of color in general. However, it would be remiss for such activists to let the perfect be the enemy of the good!

Fashion As Activism : The Jidenna Story

Ingrid Vasquez | Posted 08.07.2016 | Entertainment
Ingrid Vasquez

In a world where designer clothing reigns supreme and labels create hierarchy, Wonderland Records' newest addition, Jidenna, has reincarnated the meaning of what fashion is supposed to be -- a form of nonverbal expressionism.

Solitary Confinement: 'It's As If We Want Them to Fail'

Sean Larner | Posted 07.17.2016 | Politics
Sean Larner

Evan Ebel was worried about leaving prison -- and reasonably so. His last couple years were spent by himself in a cinderblock cell the size of two queen mattresses.

Welcome to Baltimore! Welcome to America!

John R. Burbank | Posted 05.13.2016 | Politics
John R. Burbank

If you live in Baltimore, or anywhere in the United States, you shouldn't be surprised by the anger, the poverty, the police violence, and the hopelessness. All you have to do is sing the national anthem, written after witnessing the bombardment of Baltimore Harbor by the British during the War of 1812.

The Achievement Gap vs. The Justice Gap: Race vs. Redemption

Kanene Holder | Posted 04.21.2015 | Education
Kanene Holder

The achievement gap will never close until we as a society, especially educators, tackle the justice gap head-on.

Racism, Crime, and America's Faith in Punishment and Violence

Derek Flood | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Derek Flood

Rather than approaching crime from the perspective of restorative justice and public health, seeking to help people to reform and re-integrate, our country has instead not only continued in a model of punishment that can only be described as "medieval", but has grown it to a scale unprecedented in world history.

Jim Crow Justice--As Usual

Van Gosse | Posted 02.01.2015 | Politics
Van Gosse

The Ferguson travesty recreated the basic features of Jim Crow justice: there is no justice, but rather a more elaborate farce (it is Missouri in the 21st century, not Mississippi in the 20th) to justify an official killing. Plus ca change.

Call It What Is Is: White Hegemony

Trey Lyon | Posted 01.29.2015 | Religion
Trey Lyon

Perhaps you remain unconvinced that White Hegemony exists at all. If that's you, or someone you know, please consider the following.

It's Time for 'Freedom Summer 2015'

Mary Buffett | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
Mary Buffett

We need to have a national effort to counteract what has taken place in the last decade. We need to restore the millions of names that have been purged from the voter rolls.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

Citizens United? Latinos, Blacks, Wage Earners and All of Us

Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D. | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Maritza Stanchich, Ph.D.

Beware the thinking that the midterms draw a lower voter turnout and that recently won seats will be up for grabs come 2016. For those remotely left of center, whatever that means anymore, who think that this day after the election was a mighty hangover, just wait.

Incarceration or Redemption?

Jim Burklo | Posted 11.24.2014 | Religion
Jim Burklo

We ask God to forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. One of our trespasses has been the unprecedented mass incarceration of mostly black and brown people for insufficient causes.