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White Supremacy

"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.

Now More Than Ever, We Must Talk About Slavery's Continuing Legacy in America

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices
Clarence B. Jones

In the aftermath of the racist murders of nine African Americans in a venerable church in Charleston, South Carolina, Americans are beginning to talk more openly about the issues of race and race relations in our nation. But a common denominator of much of this discussion is the absence of factual historical information about American slavery.

Just Another Instance of White Terrorism

Eoin Higgins | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Eoin Higgins

A white man guns down nine black people in a church in South Carolina. The state's Confederate battle flag stays waving in the wind the next day. The white man is arrested. He is given a Kevlar jacket. Welcome to the United States of America in 2015.

Pastor Pinckney Is a Martyr -- Build the Statue

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Forget the Civil War. It is over. It is killing us. We, all Americans, need statues and honors to the smartest and best children of the South.

Why Take Down a Historic Flag?

Mark Boslough | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Mark Boslough

Whatever the Confederate flag may have represented in the past, it is now understood by most people to stand for hate and racism. There is no reason to treat it any differently than we treat the Nazi Swastika.

A Searching Moral Inventory: America's Opportunity to Avoid the Haunting Self-Destruction of Racism

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Healing the long-term, collective race-based wounds to the psyches and emotions of Americans will not be an easy or expeditious task. But it MUST be done if we are to have the type of healthy, strong and united nation needed to survive an otherwise volatile and unpredictable world.

The Problem With White America

Kim Simon | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Kim Simon

Dear White People, "Sending prayers to Charleston!" "Holding space for my brothers and sisters in Charleston!" "Hugs!" "My heart is so broken. ...

Republicans Return Donations From White Supremacist

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics

Several Republicans are returning political donations given to them by Earl Holt, leader of a group that allegedly inspired the man charged with killi...

After Charleston, The Time Has Come For Republicans to Denounce Hate Peddlers or Be Stained By Them

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.22.2015 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Too many prominent Republicans have long danced with the devil. The time has come for them to choose between those who would tear our country apart, and those who seek to make our country a better, more just place.

A Break in Time: 5 Ways White Christian Theology Needs to Change After Charleston

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 06.22.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

A crisis of racism as an idolatrous ideology is upon white Christian theology. White Christian theology needs to decisively break with this ideology, or lose the right to call itself Christian.

War, Murder and the American Way

Robert Koehler | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Today, our national numbness is wrapped in a Confederate flag. The young man who killed nine members of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night was an old-school racist.

Nick Baumann

Dylann Roof Had A Rhodesian Flag On His Jacket -- Here's What That Tells Us | Nick Baumann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, wore a jacket w...