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The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

The Broader Vicious Circle Behind the Ferguson Crisis

Mugambi Jouet | Posted 08.28.2014 | Politics
Mugambi Jouet

The profound division of American society along racial lines is part of a vicious circle exacerbating a host of social problems, from excessive use of force by the police to mass incarceration and wealth inequality.

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Help Save My Vocation

Benjamin Brenkert | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Benjamin Brenkert

I ask you to instruct the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to tell Catholic institutions not to fire any more LGBTQ Catholics. I ask you to speak out against laws that criminalize and oppress LGBTQ people around the globe. These actions would bring true life to your statement "Whom am I to judge?"

Dating With Disabilities

YAI | Posted 08.28.2014 | Impact
YAI

At the end of my last blog, which was about Seeing Beyond Disability, I mentioned a social connection of mine that might progress. Since that post, my relationship has done just that, and I have spent some time thinking about dating and disability.

Women of Color in Ministry: Ending Discrimination

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

The battle to end the rampant and persistent discrimination against women of color in ministry in the American religious community can be won.

Young People and Racism

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Alexandra Rosas

I didn't say anything when things were said to me. And that's the same as saying it was acceptable. There are a hundred reasons that I was quiet for too long, but the biggest of all, was because it happened so much.

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

When a Bullet Came Flying Through the Window of My House, I Dialed 911

Nadine Smith | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nadine Smith

It may be that police are no better or worse than the communities they serve, that there are as many bad eggs among short order cooks and cable installers. Or it may be that the nature of the profession has a corrosive effect over time.

Deaf Rights: What You Need to Know

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Working in the deaf community, I've noticed a great deal of confusion surrounding the legal rights of the deaf. Both deaf and hearing individuals have difficulty understanding what accommodations deaf people are entitled to, and how exactly those needs get met.

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.

This 1950s Photo Essay On Racism In America Is As Relevant As Ever

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts

Going to church. Playing around the house. Window shopping. These are the types of everyday, seemingly innocuous activities that wound up before the l...

What Ferguson and the Middle East Really Have in Common

Danielle Higgins | Posted 08.19.2014 | Media
Danielle Higgins

Ferguson and the Middle East do have one striking commonality, but it has less to do with armored vehicles in the streets than with the way in which the media assigns culpability to black and brown bodies for the violence perpetrated against them.

Can This Southern Restaurant Prove It Isn't Biased?

Lester & Charlie | Posted 08.15.2014 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Unlike those big corporations, Mary's doesn't hate! Mary's simply wants to reward its favorite customers with a 15% discount. What could be wrong with that?

Blood Donation, Legoland and a New Kind of Blood Drive

Rich Meyers | Posted 08.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Rich Meyers

Our 9-year-old son had come home excited that his school was having a blood drive. If we donated blood, we'd be rewarded with tickets to Legoland. As two dads, we suddenly found ourselves thrust into an unexpected conversation with our son about the FDA ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

Presumed Unworthy

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 08.14.2014 | Politics
Mary Anne Franks

The possibility of being imperfect -- of making mistakes -- without dire consequences is in some respects the very definition of privilege. For only some groups need to fear that they may trip the wire of state-sanctioned violence at any moment.

New Report Shows 'Stark' Racial Inequalities In Service Jobs

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.13.2014 | Black Voices

A report released by labor union UNITED HERE last week has revealed serious racial employment inequalities at Baltimore-Washington International (BWI)...

Against All Odds: From Iraq to Silicon Valley

Kirk-Anthony Hamilton | Posted 08.13.2014 | HuffPost Home
Kirk-Anthony Hamilton

Imagine a life where you are not allowed to be creative and you have no idea that you are not living up to your full potential or that a better life is attainable? Despite our daily challenges, few reading this would ever be able to fully understand such a reality.

What's in a Name? What Happened When I Changed My Name on My Resume

Jillayna Adamson | Posted 08.14.2014 | Women
Jillayna Adamson

In 1987, my father was newly 30, and in the ripe of his moderate obsession with philosopher and writer Ayn Rand. I was baby number three, and in the dead of winter, just six days before Christmas in a town outside Toronto, my father would insist on a little spelling homage in my name. Jillanna, how it is to be said, would be come Jillayna.

Diabetes and the WWII Pilot

Peg Abernathy | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Peg Abernathy

Before insurance coverage, my diabetes treatment was compromised solely due to the fact that I couldn't afford my supplies just to stay healthy. But once my access to health insurance opened up, I was able to have better control that resulted in me feeling so much better.

No Easy Victories

Eric Cooper | Posted 08.08.2014 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Today the challenge of de facto segregation in schools -- not only by race, but also by poverty concentration, native language and disability -- requires coordinated local, state and federal action.

Not Fit To Lead

Jeffrey Simon | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey Simon

I'm a filmmaker, an Eagle Scout, and I'm creating a web series, Camp Abercorn, inspired by my time working as a closeted staff member at Scout Camp. And it's pro-Boy Scouting.

Can Telenovelas Put An End To Homophobia?

Roberto Perez | Posted 08.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Roberto Perez

The fact remains that LGBT people are only properly portrayed in a staggeringly few novelas. The majority of the melodramas simply fail the LGBT community and larger Latino community with either two-dimensional, frequently disparaged LGBT characters or a world simply not inhabited by LGBT characters at all.

'Sorry, I Don't Do Asians': The Dangers of Racial Discrimination in Dating

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 08.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

Like so many men with the no-Asians dating and hooking-up policies, Nolan hid behind the old "That's just my preference" excuse. He compared his not being attracted to Asians to his preferring men over women. I let that one slide because it was such a ridiculous argument.

GOP Congressman Claims It's Legal To Discriminate Against Caucasians

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) stood by his recent remarks that white people are the ones who are truly suffering in America, arguing Tuesday that it's curre...

Federally Funded Discrimination -- Did Obama Go Far Enough?

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics
Shayna A. Pitre

Religious organizations receiving federal contracts can no longer discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. Some question whether President Obama has gone too far. Others question whether he has gone far enough.