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Sybrina Fulton And Ron Davis Discuss Policing And Race At UN Review In Switzerland

The Root | Breanna Edwards | Posted 08.19.2014 | Black Voices

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Our Nation Has a Problem (or "Imagine It Is Your Family")

Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry | Posted 08.18.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ruth Hawley-Lowry

What if we start to live into the promise and hope for liberty for everyone? What if we hope to believe and live like everyone is created equal? What if we actually lived like everyone is my neighbor?

Did Social Media Help Get #JusticeForRenisha?

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 08.11.2014 | Black Voices

Just last week, Theodore Wafer was found guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride. While the outcome brought so...

End the Open Season: On Black Folks, Violence and Remembrance

Jay Dodd | Posted 08.15.2014 | Black Voices
Jay Dodd

From cultural appropriation and media condemnation to the physical brutality and slaughter, Blackness in America, though mirrored globally, is unjustly marked by violence.

Deep In My Heart

Troy Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Religion
Troy Jackson

June 21st marked the fiftieth anniversary of the senseless slaughter and lynching of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner during Freedom Summer in Mississippi.

Yoga Activism At Work

Rob Schware | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

One day, Sheena plans to establish a healing justice community center -- a studio that will include yoga classes, a vegetarian restaurant, healing studio, and serve as a workshop space for communities to gather and organize.

For Mothers in Mourning: A Solemn Prayer

Michael W. Waters | Posted 07.09.2014 | Black Voices
Michael W. Waters

I awoke one recent morning with an overwhelming sense of grief and anguish. My heart was unusually heavy, the cause for which I did not know. After some still moments, my mind soon returned to my bedtime reading.

Bundy and Sterling Projected Through a Freudian Lens

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

It is easy for some people now to rest assured that the eruptions by whom they may see as these two "outliers" have been exposed and denounced, and that these individuals received their just punishments.

Black Dad Interrupted

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 06.07.2014 | 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 05.13.2014 | 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 05.11.2014 | 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 05.10.2014 | 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 05.03.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.30.2014 | 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 04.29.2014 | 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

HuffPost | Antonio Moore | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.28.2014 | 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 04.26.2014 | 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 04.25.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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 04.23.2014 | 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.