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Dear 'Others' in America

Bino A. Realuyo | Posted 09.21.2013 | Latino Voices
Bino A. Realuyo

I'm acutely aware of my atypical looks, one of those brown faces you can't put in a place. I get asked all time where I am from, as if my face can't possibly be American.

Matthews May Have Almost Forgot Obama Was Black, But Many Others Haven't

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Chris Matthews got a mini-version of the Harry Reid treatment for his honest slip that he almost forgot Obama was black when he watched him during the State of the Union Speech.

Does the Ivy League Turn You Into a Moron? Walter Kirn Critiques Princeton in "Lost in the Meritocracy"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Walter Kirn, author of the novels Up in the Air and Mission to America, has written the most enticing recent indictment of education in this country.

Final Thoughts on Beer Summits and Postracial Paradoxes

Jonathan Rieder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Rieder

Now that the dust from the Gates dust-up has settled, a bit of perspective is in order. Glib invocations of a color-blind society were always too breathless.

Whether Gates or Health Care, Race Matters

Abby L. Ferber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abby L. Ferber

Discussions of race are not merely a distraction from more important matters; they are essential to understanding political mobilization around many of the significant policy issues facing us today.

Sen. Adams Would Have Arrested Gates Immediately

Brooklyn Paper | Mike McLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

State Sen. Eric Adams inserted himself into the national debate over the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates in his own home last month by s...

Crunch Time: American Politics as Usual, Even for the "Transformational" Presidency

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

We are the "we" who can make ending racial profiling in America part of President Obama's here-and-now agenda, not just another slot in the portfolio of the presidency.

Georgetown Professor Richard America Joins the Conversation about the Gates Arrest

Emma Coleman Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Coleman Jordan

The Gates-Crowley controversy offers an opportunity to gain a takeaway that might be beneficial far beyond police-citizen relations, or even black-white relations: regular mental health checks.

The Case of Henry Gates

Hermene Hartman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hermene Hartman

What happened to Gates is a daily occurrence in American ghettos. Police officers sometimes unfairly stop black men while driving their cars. It's called a "DWB" incident: driving while black. .

Why Hasn't the Media Cut Through the Gates Nonsense?

Eric Deggans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Eric Deggans

Gates overreacted to a cop who was trying to make sure his home was safe. The police officer overreacted by arresting a guy just for yelling at him. So why are we still talking about this?

Late Night Comics Tiptoe around Gates Arrest...Until Beer Is Involved

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

NEW YORK — Late-night comics found a few things to laugh about in the racially charged arrest of a Harvard professor – once beer was added...

The Gates of Political Distraction

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Umbrage at a Harvard professor's class snobbery might derail this generation's greatest hope for actually mitigating the class divide.

Beer Summit

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Giles Slade

Nobody has the right to obstruct anyone else's pursuit of happiness. Have a brewski, and chill. For God's sake! Let's get the wheels back on the wagon.

Back to Black Man 101

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Anger, if you are a minority, is dangerous. If you are a woman, a person of color, gay, etc., your movements must be calm, your voice must be modulated, and your anger must never show.

My "Teachable Moments" with the Cambridge Police

Billy Kimball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Billy Kimball

The recent uproar about the arrest of the distinguished Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates called to mind my own experiences with the Cambridge police during my years in college, several decades ago.

911 Call In Gates Arrest To Be Released By Police

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The 911 caller who reported two men possibly breaking into the home of black Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. did not de...

Open Memo to President Barack Obama

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

A Presidential National Commission of Race and Reconciliation is something you should now seriously consider, President Obama. If not you, who? If not now, when?

Obama's Teachable Moment

Sheila Shayon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila Shayon

If the Relationship Age, coupled with the power of the media, is seized by leaders with intent to transform, teachable moments will become an ongoing part of our national curriculum.

Gates's Arbitrary Arrest: It Happens in New York Too

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Michael Henry Adams

Irrespective of how educated or rich one might be, to be a black man in America is still a condition in which one feels he has no rights that any police officer is bound to respect.

Mark Another Coup for David Axelrod

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

Why do economic and racial segregation still dog us in 2009 -- the forty-fifth anniversary of the Civil Rights Act -- and what, if anything, can be done?

Obama: His Own Best Crisis Manager

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

The president followed the classic, three-part standard of crisis management: acknowledge your mistake, do it as quickly as possible and, ideally, do it yourself and not through a surrogate.

The Re-Education of Prof. Henry Louis Diallo-Bell-Edwards Gates

Barry Michael Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Barry Michael Cooper

Countless black and Latino men need Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to tutor all of the U.S., in what President Barack Obama calls, this teachable moment .

July 27 2009 - News Update

Richard Valeriani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Valeriani

Senate Majority Leaders Harry Reid says no vote on Obama health care plan until after recess. If ever.

You Said What? Gates and Heated Speech to Police Officers During an Arrest

Emma Coleman Jordan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emma Coleman Jordan

The arrest of Professor Gates outside his house in Cambridge, Massachusetts is hotly disputed--in part because it brought about a murky interaction of three competing legal principles.

Why America Needs the Rage of the Privileged Black Class

Natalie Holder-Winfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Given the opportunity for improved police-community relations, it's actually a good thing that Sgt. Crowley didn't know who he was "messing" with.