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White Supremacy

Two Gods, One Black, One White

Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith | Posted 09.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith

I have long been troubled by the way white and black people interpret the same Bible. There is one Bible, one God, one Jesus... and yet, white and black people interpret that book in entirely different ways.

All Threats Matter: The Selective Prosecution of Violent Speech

Torraine Walker | Posted 09.09.2015 | Black Voices
Torraine Walker

The efforts of Black Lives Matter protesters have forced a long overdue conversation about entrenched brutality and racism in American policing. It seems like opponents are using a handful of unfortunately worded expressions of black anger to avoid -- or destroy -- the discussion.

About That Racist Email Your Grandmother Got...

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 09.01.2015 | Black Voices
Vanessa Carmichael

Perhaps black people will focus exclusively on eradicating black-on-black crime when white people focus exclusively on eradicating white supremacy. Until then, black folks will continue to focus on both issues, and make changing the policies and practices that contribute to crime in the black community a priority.

White Supremacist Convicted Of Murdering 3 At Jewish Centers

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 08.31.2015 | Crime

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) -- The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges Mon...

Above the Keyboard Warriors' Din

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 08.27.2015 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Let us look at a few examples of activists and artists rising above the din of the keyboard warriors to propose useful reforms or tell their stories in ways that help us see differently.

Alabama Cheerleading Coach Dismissed After Reporting Racist T-Shirt Worn By Parent

The Huffington Post | Justin Block | Posted 08.28.2015 | Sports

An Alabama cheerleading squad has lost two of its coaches after a pair of racist T-shirts appeared at an August practice.  Brian McCracken, the a...

'Anchor Babies' and the GOP's Manifest Destiny Politics

Sikivu Hutchinson | Posted 08.23.2015 | Black Voices
Sikivu Hutchinson

Trump's call for a wall to protect U.S. borders from marauding Mexican criminals not only demonizes Latinos, but evokes toxic themes of Manifest Destiny that were used to justify American expansionism into Mexico. Themes that allowed white folk -- the U.S.' original "anchor babies" -- to be legitimized as citizens.

Kids Share Some F**ked Up Facts About The Confederate Flag

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics

These kids are decrying the Confederate flag in the best way ever: by telling us all the horrible stuff it represents. In a video posted to YouT...

The Race/War

Christian Gabriel | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Christian Gabriel

Non-white people uphold and participate and support racism every day simply by existing, but they will never experience the privilege of whiteness existing in a system designed to keep white peoples on top.

The War At Home: A Year in White Violence and Panic Since the Death of Mike Brown

B. Dolan | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
B. Dolan

We have witnessed a wide spectrum of dysfunctional and often deadly behavior by White Americans in the 12 months since Ferguson. There is a deadly serious problem with race in America, and it belongs to White People.

White Supremacy and Devaluation of African [Heritage] Lives

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.06.2015 | Black Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The philosophy and practice of white supremacy devalues all African and African heritage lives whether human or non-human animal. White supremacy links slavery in the "Americas" with the ongoing police killings of unarmed black people and to the killing of animals on the continent of Africa.

Confessing #BlackLivesMatter

Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div. | Posted 08.04.2015 | Religion
Pastor Renita Marie, M.Div.

When the counter-protestors began the chant #AllLivesMatter what they were really saying is that black lives do not matter more than theirs. If these people sincerely believed that #AllLivesMatter, we would not be forced to chant and declare that #BlackLivesMatter.

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 | 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 10.02.2015 | 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.