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Without Sanctuary?: On Lynching in the 21st Century

Nicole Brittingham Furlonge | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices
Nicole Brittingham Furlonge

As we wrestle with two Grand Jury decisions not to indict police officers for murder, I am reminded of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells. Wells, an African American journalist who often sent detectives to investigate individual lynchings and published their reports.

Family Of North Carolina Teen Says He Was 'Lynched'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

The family of North Carolina high school student Lennon Lacy, whose death this summer was ruled a suicide by a state medical examiner, is now saying t...

Learning White-American History

Courtney McKinney | Posted 12.03.2014 | Black Voices
Courtney McKinney

Being African-American in America means knowing the country was not made for you. I mean this literally, not figuratively.

Slavery, Hong Kong and Inalienable Rights: We've Got It Wrong

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

"American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later. So why can't Hong Kong wait for a while?" Recently Laura Cha, a Hong Kong politician, made this rather unnerving statement in reference to pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong who have been protesting having their election ballots limited to China-vetted candidates only.

Halloween 'Lynching' Display At Soldier's Home Removed

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices

A Halloween display showing what has been considered a "lynching" scene was removed from a home at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. A home on the Army i...

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D.

Just as sexual violence is a male problem, so too is racism a white problem. White Americans are complicit in -- and the primary beneficiaries of -- a system that dehumanizes and erases black lives.

If Time Were an Ocean

Broderick Greer | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion
Broderick Greer

Michael Brown and I are the same, because if I had been walking down Canfield Drive on August 9, I probably would have been shot dead as well. Because that is the story of our nation

California Death Penalty Ruling Is a Bellwether for the Nation

David A. Love | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime
David A. Love

Last year, executions in the U.S. dipped to a 20-year low. Jones v Chappell only further erodes confidence in the criminal justice system, as America travels down the path to death penalty abolition.

Two Girls in a Tree: Why the Indian Rape Photos Are Inexcusable

Sandip Roy | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Sandip Roy

Sometimes a picture is not worth a thousand words.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

Why the Symbolic Lynching at Ole Miss Matters

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Today's guest post was written by tonya thames taylor. The most recent transgression at the University of Mississippi, affectionately called "Ole Mi...

Georgia University Censors Art Addressing White Supremacism

Sally Hansell | Posted 05.03.2014 | Arts
Sally Hansell

Kennesaw State University President Daniel Papp ignited a firestorm in Atlanta's art world on Thursday when he demanded that an artist's work be remov...

State Champ Wrestlers Punished For Incredibly Racist Photo

The Huffington Post | Christopher Mathias | Posted 02.19.2014 | Black Voices

A group of New Jersey state champion high school wrestlers has been disciplined for a disturbing and racist photo that appeared on a social media site...

America Cannot Shake Off Its Legacy of Racial Violence

David A. Love | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Martin Luther King Day is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of certain inconvenient problems in America that are unfortunately not subjects for polite discussion. One of them is racial violence.

Disgusting New York Post Front Page Goes Full 'Hey, Where the White Women At?' on Obama

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.11.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

In a bodega last week morning, picking up bananas, I saw the man in front of me on line holding a New York Post. Too bad he wouldn't be reading any...

AIG's CEO Says Criticizing AIG's Bonuses Like Lynching African Americans During Jim Crow

Dennis M. Kelleher | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Dennis M. Kelleher

How could anyone five years after the crash have such disgraceful beliefs? It's the predictable outcome of trillions of dollars of no strings bailouts for Wall Street with no accountability for the financial crash and Wall Street's role in causing it.

Church That Stood Up To KKK Needs Help Standing

Posted 08.29.2013 | Religion

]On August 7, 1930, two black teenagers, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, were kidnapped from the Marion City, Ind. Jail by an angry mob and hanged from ...

The "N-word" Was the Last Word They Heard Before They Died

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

We have made tremendous progress as a society when it comes to racism. However, we have by no means conquered it. It would be a great thing if no one ever used that word to slur a black person again, if the use of all hateful slurs simply ceased.

'Nothing but a Northern Lynching': The Assassination of Fred Hampton

G. Flint Taylor | Posted 02.04.2013 | Chicago
G. Flint Taylor

While we will never know what heights Fred Hampton would have reached as a leader had he lived, we do know that the spirit of Fred Hampton continues to live on.

Voice To Voice: Laverne Cox And M. Lamar On Identity, Celebrating The Black Penis And More

Posted 02.08.2012 | Gay Voices

Last month we kicked off our Voice To Voice conversation series with a collection of interviews between LGBT authors discussing queer topics and issue...

Until We Have Faces: Stories of Violent Homophobia In Paradise

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Ryan J. Bell

To be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender in Jamaica is to take your life in your hands. I had no idea about this reality until I spoke to Leslie Foster, director of a documentary about violent homophobia in Jamaica.

Protester Arrest At Los Angeles Art Walk

Posted 01.16.2012 | Arts

Los Angeles' bi-weekly art walk recently got a taste of the confrontations between Occupy protesters and the LAPD. The video above begins in the m...

As Herman Cain Fights Sex Harassment Story, This Black Man Pleads: Enough With the Lynching Talk!

Eric Deggans | Posted 01.03.2012 | Black Voices
Eric Deggans

Coming from someone who has regularly accused liberals of alleging racism to silence critics of Barack Obama, it was a particularly cheeky turn of phrase. But, as always, Ann Coulter is willing to go there.

Killing to Govern

Jared Gardner | Posted 11.30.2011 | New York
Jared Gardner

We know the statistics because they are so very proud of them: Rick Perry, governor of Texas, has overseen more than 230 executions, the most of any g...

The 'Lynching' Of Troy Davis And White Christianity

Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D.

It is time to contend with our complicity in the enduring legacy of lynching in the contemporary practice of the death penalty. It contradicts our claims of being Christian and democratic.