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White Supremacy

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Wrestling With The Notion Of A Good God

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 07.30.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

As a child, I was taught that God was and is love. When I watched white police officers and firefighters spraying black people with fire hoses and setting vicious dogs on them, I can remember my mother saying, without batting an eye, "We are to forgive them, Susan."

The White Anti-Racism Tone Police: White Supremacy vs. White Privilege

Jesse Benn | Posted 07.24.2015 | Politics
Jesse Benn

White supremacy refers to a racial hierarchy in which whiteness sits atop of. The United States was founded on a system--legally, culturally, economically, and politically--of white male upper class supremacy. All of these remain today.

Comedy, White Supremacy and the Right-Wing Agenda

Dana Alexander | Posted 07.23.2015 | Comedy
Dana Alexander

Since leaving my white suburb at the age of 17 I have almost exclusively lived in "ethnic" areas and still do. Why? Because it's an opportunity to be something other than "the black girl."

It's Our White Culture's Fault That Black and Brown Folks Are Being Lynched By the Police

Dixon White | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Dixon White

This fight is about justice, truth, and humanity. Racism or white supremacy is really not that complicated to understand. Much of it is just uncomfortable truths made out to be complicated by racially fragile and defensive white folks.

Frederick Douglass and Southern Politics

Steven Conn | Posted 07.22.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

Nearly 170 years after Frederick Douglass published his autobiography, Ta-Nehisi Coates has published his own expression of what it is like to be black in these United States. As we read this book, it is worth remembering what Douglass taught us: Racial injustice, rooted in the very bones of the nation, has poisoned us all.

A Tale of Two Tragedies: Charleston, Chattanooga and the Acceptable Face of Terror

Torraine Walker | Posted 07.17.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

Yesterday something terrible happened in Chattanooga. A man opened fire at a military recruiting center, killing four Marines before dying himself. In our violent, gun-worshipping, on-edge culture, this sort of thing happens so frequently that it's almost become routine. What makes this particular incident unique are two things: the name of the attacker, and the reaction to that name.

Julia Craven

UNC Can No Longer Remain Silent On Silent Sam

HuffingtonPost.com | Julia Craven | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

When I first laid eyes on Silent Sam, he made me uncomfortable. As I looked up at the Confederate soldier who stands watch over students in the upper ...

It's Not Just the Confederate Flag: The Example of New Haven

Jes Minor | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics
Jes Minor

Yes, Confederate flags are coming down across the country, and we can cheer. But in the wake of Dylann Roof's shooting of nine black people in the Charleston African Methodist Episcopal Church, fires have blistered seven other southern black churches, even burning some to the ground.

KKK Posing as Victim of "Cultural Genocide"

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

For literally decades, calls have gone out by civil and human rights advocates to remove of the battle flag of the Confederacy from public sites like state capitol grounds and other government buildings.

We Need to Pay Attention to the Burning of Black Churches

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.02.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Whites often fail to recognize the significance of the black church, tending to believe there is nothing racial about the fires today. The attack on black churches is an attack on the heart of the black community, its political, social, educational and spiritual center.

"The Fierce Urgency of Now" Why Social Justice Must be Teachers' Mission

Daniel Katz | Posted 07.01.2015 | Education
Daniel Katz

The martyrs in Charleston -- The Honorable Clementa Pickney, 41, Tywanza Sanders, 26, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, Cynthia Hurd, 54, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, Ethel Lee Lance, 70, Susie Jackson, 87, Myra Thompson, 59, and Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr., 74 -- deserve our resolve and our dedication to social justice.

Confederate Monuments Don't Belong on the Landscapes of Government

Karen L. Cox | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Karen L. Cox

By removing these relics of the past to a space where those who wish to honor their heritage may do so, current state officials can help clear away the clutter of divisiveness so that all citizens may engage with their government unencumbered by the symbols of white supremacy.

Is It 'Sane' to Forgive Dylann Roof?

William Anderson, MA, LMHC | Posted 07.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
William Anderson, MA, LMHC

There is so much confusion about forgiveness. Some, even the family of the killed in Charleston, are forgiving the shooter Dylann Roof, seeming to sa...

Post-Charleston, Ferguson, Newtown: How "Advanced" Is America?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We Americans think of ourselves as advanced, at least technologically. The images of the first man on the moon, put there by American ingenuity and organization less than 200 years after the country's founding, can still thrill.

Charleston Is Testing the Soul of America

Jim Wallis | Posted 06.26.2015 | Religion
Jim Wallis

It remains to be seen if this racial atrocity will awaken the soul of white America and create a multiracial commitment against the lingering sins of systemic racism. Will the continuing racial injustice in America now be more forthrightly addressed -- by all of us? That will be the moral test of white America's soul.

Monuments to Mendacity

Mark Benoit | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Mark Benoit

The Southern states in American seem to have a propensity for erecting monuments to traitors, and by the fact that these various statues, reliefs, markers and other forms of memorialization exist, it also seems that those who should have stood in opposition failed at their duty to the truth.

The South Deserves More Than a Rebel Flag

Nicholas Pierce | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Nicholas Pierce

As a proud son of Dixie, I reject this symbol of oppression. Both on behalf of my African-American countrymen and on behalf of my fallen ancestors. The Confederate Flag must fall -- first from our hearts, and then from our capitols.

Racist Violence and Social Science

Chip Berlet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Right-wing hate groups do not cause prejudice in the United States -- they exploit it. What we clearly see as objectionable bigotry surfacing in Extreme Right movements, is actually the magnified form of oppressions that swim silently in the familiar yet obscured eddies of "mainstream" society.

His Soul Wrapped in the Confederate Flag

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The U.S. is enslaved by its past. That's what no one has said yet. An undead racism still stalks the American consciousness, and it will, once again, regroup, Confederate flag or no Confederate flag. What this moment of awareness calls for is true atonement for our history.

Challenging White Supremacy

Ted Alexandro | Posted 06.25.2015 | Comedy
Ted Alexandro

I have been a comedian for about 22 years. As a white male, I have undeniably been given advantages throughout that people of color and women are not afforded.

Lupe Fiasco Explains Why The Concept Of White Supremacy Is False

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 06.25.2015 | Black Voices

Lupe Fiasco has never been one to shy away from controversial discussions about race, from the death of Michael Brown to the place of Iggy Azalea in h...

Symbol or Solution?

Jan Millsapps, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Jan Millsapps, Ph.D.

The flag debate is seriously getting in the way of more pressing issues. As long as our focus is on the stars and bars, we are not talking about the nine Americans who were shot to death in their own church by another American.

Some Republicans Compare Taking Down Confederate Symbols To ISIS Destroying Cultural Monuments

The Huffington Post | Marina Fang | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics

Republicans opposed to removing the Confederate flag and other Confederate symbols in the South are falsely equating it to ISIS demolishing cultural a...

Partners in Crime

Jonathan Schmock | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
Jonathan Schmock

Someone had to take the fall.