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Closer to the Finish Line

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.24.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

For the first time in 13 years, the DOE now makes clear that states, school districts, and schools must make education resources equally available to all students without regard to race, color, or national origin. This is some of the unfinished business of the civil rights movement and a giant step forward for poor children, often children of color.

The Bill O'Reilly/Jon Stewart Brouhaha: Denial Is a River in the Right-Wing Mind

Andy Schmookler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Media
Andy Schmookler

People like Bill O'Reilly call upon people to raise themselves up while helping keep a foot on their necks.

Black Colleges: Stop Discriminating Against LGBT

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.

White Parents Should Talk to Their Kids About Discrimination

Jennifer Keys Adair | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Jennifer Keys Adair

Parents of white children should not wait to talk about race until their children bring it up.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Bill Maher's Statistics

Timothy E. Kaldas | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion
Timothy E. Kaldas

What Bill Maher, Sam Harris and many others like them fail to realize is that religion as it is practiced is a product of a wide array of factors, the official texts being only one of them. People of any faith are more shaped by the norms of their cultural context, interpreting their religious texts to comport with those norms rather than the other way around.

Unequal Treatment? Race, Ebola and the Tragic Death of Thomas Eric Duncan

Judy Lubin | Posted 10.09.2014 | Black Voices
Judy Lubin

Why was Thomas Eric Duncan sent home when he first sought treatment at a Dallas hospital? Duncan's death and the current Ebola outbreak point to broad and systemic racial disparities in treatment and access to care in the U.S. and abroad.

Noah's Ark Theme Park Plans To Only Hire People Who Believe Biblical Flood Actually Happened

Reuters | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business

By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct 8 (Reuters) - The developer of a Noah's Ark-based theme park in Kentucky said on Wednesday ...

How Your Rights Get Lost in the Fine Print -- and How to Fight Back

Nan Aron | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Nan Aron

Facing off against a powerful company in arbitration is like playing a baseball game in which the other team hires and fires the umpires. So it's no wonder that, in consumer disputes, one study found that arbitrators rule for companies over consumers 94 percent of the time.

More Than a Label

S. L. Young | Posted 10.06.2014 | Black Voices
S. L. Young

Remember that a word can only be a limiter if it's believed to be a true descriptor of you; therefore, define and live by your own positive words to help make your dreams and others come true.

LGBT Rights: Let's Quit Waiting on the Supreme Court

Brian Stone | Posted 10.03.2014 | Gay Voices
Brian Stone

Are we really so naive to think that a SCOTUS ruling is going to solve all our problems? Well, if not -- why is everyone waiting for the "Mission Accomplished" banner to appear?

Living at the Intersection of Sexism and Fatphobia

Erin McKelle | Posted 10.02.2014 | Women
Erin McKelle

I live at the intersection of sexism and fatphobia. This is my daily reality, so in all honesty, I expected the backlash I received. It's what keeps many fat women quiet. But I'm here to give all of us a voice. I will not be silenced.

When Bad News Gets Really Really.......Good

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.01.2014 | Business
Olayiwola A. Alara

No matter how bad any situation is that affects us personally or professionally, it is always the catalyst that fertilizes a fresh opportunity.

"Normal" Is a Dryer Setting: We're All More Alike Than We Are Different

Debra Jenkins | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Debra Jenkins

I was honored to be a presenter at TEDxHuntsville on September 7 and am thrilled that the video of my talk has now been posted.

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Olympic Plan to Bar Discrimination in Host Cities Is Just Lipstick on a Pig

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Cyd Zeigler

Forgive me if I'm not popping the champagne. In reality, this is nothing more than a publicity ploy to quiet critics some of whom, by all accounts, are buying it hook, line and sinker.

Did The Restaurant Owner Actually Say That To A Rabbi?

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

A Mississippi rabbi and a restaurant owner have agreed to sit down and talk about a salad order gone wrong. Very wrong. Rabbi Ted Riter, of Jac...

Women and Wages: Is the Pay Gap Smaller Than We Think?

LearnVest | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
LearnVest

When it comes to the topic of gender equality, there is usually one issue upheld as an indicator of progress, or lack thereof: the wage gap.

Embracing Your Roots

Heather Deason Zynczak | Posted 09.24.2014 | Women
Heather Deason Zynczak

While the ability to triumph does come from within, be proud of where you came from. Use your background to your advantage.

Civil Rights and Social Media Made Me Resign From My Job

Dr. Misee Harris | Posted 09.23.2014 | Black Voices
Dr. Misee Harris

I am part of Black America; I was born into it by virtue of the color of my skin. No matter where I am in my life, that part of me will always be my first identifier.

Is Workplace Bullying the New Discrimination?

S. L. Young | Posted 09.23.2014 | Business
S. L. Young

It's time to ensure that workplaces, individuals, and societies are guarded against any actions, behaviors, policies, procedures, or laws that prevent anyone from having a fair and unrestricted opportunity for success.

Why This College Senior Is Protesting Ladies' Night At His Local Bar

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.22.2014 | College

Some University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill students are protesting the "patriarchal culture" within the party scene at their campus. On Sept. 16...

The Cause of Homosexuality Is Irrelevant

Mark Baer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Baer

Many people seem fixated on the fact that the actual cause of homosexuality has not yet been established with any degree of certainty. As someone who likes to understand the reasons things occur, I respect and appreciate the curiosity. However, the ultimate result remains the same, regardless of whether the cause is genetic, environmental, or some combination of the two.

Am I Transphobic?: My History With Transgender Women and Effeminate Men

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 09.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

If transgender people want to be respected and accepted for who they are, then the same courtesy must be extended to cisgender men. One's sexual gender preference deserves as much respect and acceptance as one's gender identity. This realization helped me come to terms with my general lack of attraction for trans women.

Open Letter to Kanye West, From a Kid Who Gets 'Special Parking and S**t'

Harshada Rajani | Posted 09.19.2014 | Entertainment
Harshada Rajani

I'm in a wheelchair and though I can stand, I wouldn't waste even half a breath of energy standing up for you.

How the Cub Scouts' Exclusion Impacts Our Fourth Grader

Fred Swanson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Fred Swanson

For all of the good that scouting did for me, I don't want to have either of my sons participate in a club that actively excludes people. I hope to teach my kids love and integrity and not to judge others, which is something they cannot learn from scouting as it stands.