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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.

Beverly Hills Back in the Hot Seat for Racial Profiling

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.

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.

The Faithful Shopper: Fall Fashion

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 08.27.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Yes, we technically have three weeks or so left of summer, but now is the time to get your fall wardrobe in shape for the fall season ahead. Fortunate...

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.

The Never-Ending Ben Carson Silliness

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.04.2014 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The silliness about a Ben Carson presidential bid just got sillier. With much fanfare, he recently gathered a flock of supposedly well-heeled donors, boosters, and political operatives in Palm Beach, Florida, and announced that he's formed a PAC with the presumptuous name One Nation to prep for his 2016 White House bid.

Why D.C.'s New Marijuana Law Will Help Blacks

Debbie Hines | Posted 09.17.2014 | Black Voices
Debbie Hines

While there are many more racial disparities that affect the number of blacks arrested and charged with various crimes, the new marijuana law is one step in the right direction.

How Do You See Me?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 09.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I was not dressed inappropriately, I wasn't loud or menacing, I wasn't posing a threat to anyone. I was just a regular teenager shopping in an outlet store. However, to her I was a black teenager in an outlet and that made the world of difference on her skewed perspective of the situation.

The New Mississippi? Black Sheriff, White Millennial Gun Store Owner and Former GOP County Chair Becomes Obama Fan

David Dent | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
David Dent

His last name is actually Sheriff. Yet, while growing up in Yazoo, Mississippi, Jacob Sheriff never thought he would one day wear the name as a prefix and actually become Sheriff Jacob Sheriff.

President Obama Keeps Hearing the Silly Charge He Has Failed Blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.30.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama has refused to say that any of his initiatives and programs were aimed at blacks. The absence of this frank statement and the longing of many blacks to hear him say that fuels the perception and frustration that he isn't doing enough, or even anything.

The Courage of Sacrifice: The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 50 Years Later

Charles F. Coleman Jr. | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles F. Coleman Jr.

Despite the gains made since the Civil Rights Act, we still remain woefully behind in a race so serious that the outcome threatens the very future of our freedom. There are still populations in this country who call themselves Americans but are yet denied the full benefits of American personhood. If there is any evidence of our need for continued progress, it is there.

What Time Is It? Not CP Time

Gerard Kersey | Posted 08.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

The instructor stated how crucial being timely is in business and personal matters, and we can never be on CP time if we want to be successful. I don't know what surprised me more: the fact that she said this or that it was said and not much of an uproar followed.

Making History, Undermining Stereotypes and Changing the LGBT Equality Movement

Ashland Johnson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Ashland Johnson

But athletes like Sam, Griner, Collins and Gordon are changing this. By boldly coming out in such public ways, they have become -- for many people -- the faces of the LGBT moment, and they are challenging assumptions about what the LGBT community looks like.

No Surprise Racism Lurked Underneath U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Murderer's Rage

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There was no surprise that in between U.C. Santa Barbara's mass murderer Elliot Rodger's warped, sick, and perverse harangues against women, he also laced in a generous dose of racist rage and stereotyping.

4 Tips From an Ethnically Ambiguous Stranger

Melody Moezzi | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Melody Moezzi

I'm used to people asking me where I'm from. Sometimes it's other brown people wanting to know if we share a heritage, and sometimes it's white people wanting to know... well, I'm not sure what.

Feds Can Undo Even More of the Damage They Did in the Drug War

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The majority of those who deal and use crack cocaine and other drugs weren't violence-prone gang members, but poor and increasingly female, young blacks. They clearly needed treatment not long prison stretches.

How Would Southerners Describe the South to Outsiders?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.19.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?

Wake Up: Economic Inequality Among Minorities No Longer Just a Minority Problem

Nia Hamm | Posted 06.04.2014 | Black Voices
Nia Hamm

Take economic opportunity away from the nation's largest minority groups and you literally sabotage the economy.

Black Players Get the Flag with NFL's 'N-Word' Ban

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 04.28.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The NFL might toss the flag on the N-word. Despite the effort to take the sting out of its proposed penalty flag by calling it a ban on racially offensive chatter on the field, black players will be the ones to get the flag tossed at them.

Black History Month STILL Needs to Go

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.21.2014 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

Let's forget about appeasing ourselves by "celebrating" Black History Month. We have not shattered stereotypes. We have not made progress. We just haven't.

Tackling Talent Bias On and Off the Field

Sylvia Ann Hewlett | Posted 03.31.2014 | Black Voices
Sylvia Ann Hewlett

Whether you admired or abhorred -- or simply ignored -- Richard Sherman's 15-second rant moments after his interception helped the Seattle Seahawks get to the Super Bowl, we should all be grateful for one thing.

Reflections on Amiri Baraka

Afaa Michael Weaver | Posted 03.16.2014 | Black Voices
Afaa Michael Weaver

The influence of reading him became the influence of knowing him. Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, and activist who died last week at the age of 79, embodied one of the most important periods in the evolution of American literature: Civil Rights.

Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The brutal truth is that Robertson speaks for the millions who have embraced him as their man on the proverbial white horse battling for free speech, against political correctness, and most importantly for an acceptable, no matter how crude, brand of bigotry, especially racial bigotry.

A New Year and a New Day: Freeing Our Communities From Shame, Fear and Stigma

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 02.18.2014 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Black communities continue to be ravaged by the spread of HIV, and complacency and denial are dangerous and unacceptable.

Is Bob Dylan Black?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I didn't know Bob Dylan was black. And knew what we thought or felt. I'm not offended that he said what he said, but I'm a wee bit miffed that he felt he had the right to speak for blacks, Serbs and Croats with such authority.