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Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 04.07.2014 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

I haven't even barely started this fatherhood thing yet, and I already feel powerless in my ability to accomplish my main duty -- keeping my child safe.

Yes, It Is About Race

Lisa Bloom | Posted 03.13.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

We're in the midst of a series of high-profile trials of white Americans who fatally shot unarmed African Americans, which we are constantly told are not about race. Not only is this a losing strategy for the prosecution, but it's dishonest.

Standing on Shaky Ground

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

No longer can we ignore the reality that our children are dying. No longer can we close our eyes to the immense pain and suffering of these grieving parents, siblings and loved ones. No longer can we act as if this doesn't impact us.

Using Social Media to Spark On Campus Dialogue

Catherine Okafor | Posted 03.10.2014 | College
Catherine Okafor

For quite some time many have warned of the dangers of abusing social media by posting all the wrong things, however, some are using it the right way....

While We Celebrate the Oscars, We Can't Abort the Flight to Equality

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 03.03.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

The road to equality and justice is paved with the tireless work of countless individuals that opened doors so that others could kick them down later.

Twice as Good

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

When an All-Pro cornerback from the NFL's best defensive squad needs to have his 3.9 GPA from Stanford cited to stop white people's quivering, we have a problem.

On Innocence and Black Boys in America

Antwaun Sargent | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Antwaun Sargent

I started to think about the kinds of black men who make American history and those who don't. I thought about Martin Luther King Jr. and about Trayvon Martin. I thought about how, increasingly, young African American boys displays of mundane freedoms are costing them their lives.

Time for Black Parents to Update 'The Talk'

Mike Green | Posted 02.28.2014 | Black Voices
Mike Green

"The talk" we inherited from the 20th century was based upon fear. The talk of the 21st century should include vision, encouragement, enlightenment and awareness of the new economic game and how to compete in a knowledge-based, tech-driven, globally competitive innovation economy.

Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man, and Humanizing Our Black Youth

Vincent Intondi | Posted 02.27.2014 | Black Voices
Vincent Intondi

Sixty-two years ago, Ralph Ellison, who would have been 80-years-old this week, wrote those words, and one cannot help but be reminded of them today. That is because, for many, including most mainstream media, black youth are still not seen as children, friends, or siblings.

Can Black Boys Cry? Tears Of Trayvon Martin And Jordan Davis: The Shadow Of Mass Incarceration

The Huffington Post | Antonio Moore | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics

America as a nation has become a tale of two cities: one for young black men and one essentially for everyone else. While we can argue with this blank...

Tracy Martin: This Country Values Guns More Than Our Children's Lives

Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices

It has been two years since Tracy Martin lost his son Trayvon, who was shot and killed following a confrontation with neighborhood watch volunteer, Ge...

White Christians: Please Stop Denying Your Privilege

Emily Timbol | Posted 02.27.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

My privilege smacked me in the face when Jordan Davis was killed. It was in my city... on a street I drive often... at a gas station I've been a patron at. This wasn't something I was removed from. It happened in my hometown.

When Your Color Is a Threat

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 02.26.2014 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

African-Americans are often assumed to be a threat by virtue of their existence. In Dunn's testimony, it's clear that on the day he shot and killed Jordan Davis, he didn't see four teenagers who declined to heed his request that they turn down their music. From his eyes, they were a threat.

Justice for Jordan: What the Dunn Verdict Says About Our Culture -- and the Value That We Place on Young Black Males in America

Marc H. Morial | Posted 02.24.2014 | Black Voices
Marc H. Morial

On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into a parked SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers inside.

Race and Murder in America from the Time of Jefferson Davis to Jordan Davis

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.23.2014 | Black Voices
Ian Reifowitz

Every life matters. When someone is murdered, the loss cannot be measured. Hearing the grief, the real despair about the future in this country for African Americans expressed after the announcement of the Jordan Davis verdict made me think about the past.

When Did You First Feel Your Race?

Antonia Opiah | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Antonia Opiah

The first time I had any inkling that my color was something that estranged me from others was when I was in primary school in London.

Killed by a Gun

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed black teenager he thought seemed "bad" -- this time, because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to music the grownup didn't like. In this outrageous Florida case, a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music -- coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to -- and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car's black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away from him.

Juror In Michael Dunn Trial: 'Race Was Never A Factor'

CNN | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices

One of the jurors in the trial of Michael Dunn said that race played no part in the case. The Florida jury on Saturday convicted Dunn, 47, on three...

To Wake Up Dangerous: on Thugs and the Criminalization of Black People

Jay Dodd | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

The war has become so complex and intersected that Black America is constantly fighting for survival across all classes and identities. The latest buzzword in the war is this concept of the "thug."

4 Reasons Why Stand Your Ground Made a Difference in the Michael Dunn Trial

Lisa Bloom | Posted 02.21.2014 | Crime
Lisa Bloom

Sure, he'll be locked up (at least 60 years for Michael Dunn), but true justice requires a conviction for murder. This did not happen. The reason? Stand Your Ground.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

'Dunn Should Understand The Victim Is The One That Had A Bullet Go Through His Lungs'

Posted 02.20.2014 | Black Voices

Earlier this week, prosecutors released audio of jailhouse phone calls placed by Michael Dunn, the man who fatally shot Jordan Davis after a confronta...

I'm Dunn (But Not Really) With This: A Few Notes on Strategic Apathy and White Supremacy

Javon Johnson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices
Javon Johnson

Many people have asked me how I feel about the Michael Dunn case and the troubling verdict. I am quite vocal about race issues and general human equality so these inquiries come as no surprise.

Have Guns Made It Harder for Americans to Walk Away From a Fight?

Mike Weisser | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

We can talk and argue all we want about whether Americans are safer if everyone walks around with a gun. But somehow, don't ask me how, too many of us just can't seem to walk away from a fight.

Michael Dunn and the Victim Mentality

Thomas Alter | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Thomas Alter

What separates the Michael Dunns and George Zimmermans of the world from your average killer is their insistence that they are not only innocent but wronged.