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Ferguson and the Dilemma of Black Journalists

Sofiya Ballin | Posted 09.12.2014 | Black Voices
Sofiya Ballin

It seems there hasn't been this many black journalists on TV since Trayvon Martin and therein lies the problem. Diversity in the newsroom is not only a necessity but needs to be constant.

Lies My Corporate Ed Reformers Told Me: The Truth About Teacher Tenure and the Civil Rights Movement

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.12.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

When so called "reformers" like Campbell Brown try to make the case that tenure extends teachers an unfair guarantee of employment unlike other public servants, she is more than stretching the truth.

Dear White Folks

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Marybeth Gasman

What I know is that unless you are black in America, you can't possibly understand what it's like to be black in America. You can ask questions and you can be empathetic but you can't truly understand being black in America unless you are black.

The Perils Of Online Dating While Black

Literally, Darling | Posted 08.29.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.

The 'Perfect Crime' in America Is Killing an Unarmed Black Man and Claiming Self-Defense

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.

Dr. Aaron Bruce Urges Students of Color to Prepare to become International Leaders

Monica Medina | Posted 08.27.2014 | College
Monica Medina

Studying abroad contributes to global, regional and national economies in a significant way. It opens up doors for international trade, commerce and understanding, as well as for peace building, communication, and national security.

American Money: Are You Getting a Fair Auto Loan?

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

The majority of borrowers are unaware that auto dealers have the discretion to increase their interest rate for compensation, but it's far too common. According to a recent survey, 68 percent of all consumers did not know that car dealers could increase the interest rate. Of borrowers of color, 75 percent were unaware.

The Real Reasons Many White People Can't Empathize With Ferguson, Racial Disparities, or Black Suffering

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.

Ferguson Is All of Us

James Zogby | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

This is the year in which we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Bill. Instead of being able to reflect on the distance we have traveled since 1964, the horrific events unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri only served to remind us of how far we still have to go.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

Soundtrack for Ferguson: 10 Black Spirituals

Robert F. Darden | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Sorbo's Ferguson Rant: 'Oh Well...'

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Kevin Sorbo's rant about Ferguson and... American history in general (I can't say "African American" anymore, according to Sorbo) doesn't really deserve a response.

The Changing, Militarized Face of Policing Shatters Public Trust and Confidence

Gary Pieters | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Gary Pieters

I am still trying to deconstruct why the Ferguson community's outpouring of grief, loss and anger was met with such an impersonal, aggressive and unrelenting show of militarized police use of force uncharacteristic of peacetime policing.

Michael Brown, Son, Student 'Thug'?

Ama Yawson | Posted 08.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ama Yawson

The politics of respectability in the black community may not only hinder us from acting and engaging in the constructive protest, lobbying and collective action needed to create a more just society, as it has with respect to the Ferguson protests, but it may also prevent us from simply being and living freely.

Ferguson and Israel

Rabbi Menachem Creditor | Posted 08.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Since none of us are sleeping, perhaps we can be anxious in solidarity, navigating our ways through unending night.

Let's Stop Whistling Dixie: Missouri's Toxic Political Culture Must Change

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

It's time for Missouri's right-wingers to leave the nineteenth century behind. It is time for all Missourians -- indeed, time for all Americans -- to start building a more just and equitable world, one free of institutional racism and yawning racial disparities.

Obama: Ferguson Highlights Need For More Black Youth Mentorship. Here's Who Is Stepping Up

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact

President Obama delivered remarks addressing the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, on Tuesday, using the volatile situation to discuss initiatives aiming ...

I'm Black and 'Well-Behaved,' but I'm Still Mike Brown

Tiffany Aliche | Posted 08.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tiffany Aliche

I hate the fact that people pretend that if you're black and keep out of trouble and do the "right" things, you'll be protected. That's a lie! I've never been in trouble, yet I'm almost always afraid of law enforcement. I've seen too many things to feel safe.

Is It True That Everybody Uses Racist Language?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

I must be the most serene dude on the planet, because I swear to you that I have never hurled a racial invective at someone. No, not even when I was a kid. And no, not even when I was drunk. I'm not boasting, because it would be pretty sad if I wanted kudos just for avoiding hateful insults. To me, that should be basic behavior.

The Problem Is in the Hyphen

Courtney McKinney | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

I am American. Some of my ancestors were born here and knew no other land, some of my ancestors journeyed here from Europe, and some of my ancestors were brought here from Africa. I don't know the complete stories of any of their lives, but I know their stories merge to create mine. One that is very specifically American.

Behind the Veil: Ferguson and the Reign of God

Trey Lyon | Posted 08.19.2014 | Religion
Trey Lyon

There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.

What Is the Kerner Commission and Why It Should Be Revisited in Light of Ferguson

James Meyerson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
James Meyerson

What we must remember always -- and something I have told many juries in the past -- is that the most powerful person in the world, on a day-to-day basis, is not the president of the United States. No, it is a police officer.

Inner-City 'Barbarians'? Calling Out Racism on the Airwaves

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

When you work on issues that directly affect people's lives, it's easy for passion to overcome politeness. That said, there are some lines you just don't cross. Recently, on Tallahassee radio station WFLA, Florida Family Policy Council president John Stemberger crossed one of the most basic lines we have: racism.

Desegregation in New Orleans Rooted in 1960s Dryades St. Boycott

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Susan Buchanan

(This article was published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the August 4, 2014 edition.) The former Dryades Street below Jackson Avenue in Mid-City New ...

Tariq Nasheed on the Current State of Affairs in the Black Community

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices
Bryan Cain-Jackson

Hidden Colors 3: The Rules of Racism, directed and produced by author and documentary filmmaker Tariq Nasheed, explores racism in a way it previously hasn't been explored.