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Any Child I Have Will Be Brown: On Motherhood and Race

Ravishly | Posted 10.20.2014 | Black Voices
Ravishly

Being black or brown isn't the problem. Neither is my childhood dream of having a house full of black and brown babies. The problem is white supremacy. I don't mean the still-dangerous KKK or Aryan Brotherhood. The white supremacy I'm talking about is much quieter.

Black Savagery and "Voodoo" Horror at Universal Studio's Bayou of Blood

Saumya Arya Haas | Posted 10.17.2014 | Religion
Saumya Arya Haas

If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.

Why Ebola Isn't Stopping Me From Going to Africa Right Now

Ernest Owens | Posted 10.16.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.

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.

The Recession Isn't Over for Millions -- Does Anyone Care?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Preeti Vissa

That so many of our friends and neighbors face such profound financial insecurity after five years of supposed economic recovery tells me we have a lot of work to do if we're serious about America being the "land of opportunity."

Charles Smith: #HeStillDeservedLife

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Renaldo Pearson

By now, you've probably seen this controversial news out of Savannah, Georgia: On a Thursday morning nearly a month ago (September 18), 29 year-old Charles Smith was shot and killed, while handcuffed, by Savannah-Chatham Police Officer David Jannot.

Putting Implicit Racial Bias to the Test

Lecia Brooks | Posted 10.14.2014 | Black Voices
Lecia Brooks

Discovering these biases shouldn't make one feel ashamed or fearful that he or she is a racist. Uncovering implicit bias and guarding against it is a responsible and necessary step for anyone dedicated to eliminating bigotry and prejudice.

White Fragility and White Violence in America

Matthew S. Rindge, Ph.D. | Posted 10.18.2014 | 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.

Why the GOP Hates U.S. History: Inconvenient Truths That Freak Out American Conservatives

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Conservative hero Ben Carson is worried about American teenagers joining ISIS. But it's not because of 'radical Islam.' It's because of new high school history standards. American's right wing, you see, is terrified of history, because it is always sentimentalizing it.

Young Black Men 21 Times Likelier To Be Shot Dead By Police Than White Peers

ProPublica | Ryan Gabrielson, Ryann Grochowski Jones and Eric Sagara | Posted 10.10.2014 | Black Voices

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, accord...

Storytelling: The Most Human of Arts

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

In South Africa a national apology feels a lifetime away, but in the meantime one way to break down the continuing and sometimes seemingly insurmountable race barriers is sharing restorative stories in order to help people overcome their differences and defenses.

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.

The Racial Double Standard on Gun Violence

Josh Horwitz | Posted 10.14.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

The NRA fully understands the racial dynamic at play here. As long as we can blame something other than guns, America will not have to come to terms with the truth that violence is a complicated phenomenon that is made far more lethal by the easy availability and killing power of firearms.

So, You Say You Don't See Race? We Need to Talk

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
J. Mijin Cha

When you tell people of color you don't see race, you are telling them you don't see their history or their story. You don't see what they and their families have lived through. You don't see them.

What Prince Ea Wants You to Know

Shannon McDeez | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Shannon McDeez

Some may accuse Prince Ea of being too idealistic, having dreams of an impossible utopia. Those folks just weren't listening. All he is asking us to do is look up from our screens just long enough to rethink our choices.

Why Krugman's Vocabulary Needs to Be Refreshed

Gina Athena Ulysse | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Gina Athena Ulysse

Paul Krugman's "Voodoo Economics, The Next Generation" does not make any more sense today than it did back in 1980 when presidential candidate G. W. Bush used this term to criticize Ronald Reagan's claim that cutting taxes on the rich would actually -- "magically" lead to greater economic growth.

Reproducing Race

Dov Fox | Posted 10.07.2014 | Parents
Dov Fox

It's not hard to sympathize with parents' hopes to save a future child from racial taunts or confused identity. And yet it is troubling for donor services to accentuate race in ways that invite parents to exclude wholesale from their consideration all donors of a particular race.

Republicans, Try Progression -- Not Suppression

Courtney McKinney | Posted 10.06.2014 | Politics
Courtney McKinney

To remain relevant, Republicans must reach people in America now, not the people who lived here in the past. The current brand of conservatism may have worked for people historically (or not), but that was then, we need to progress to now.

Poems That Contain (and Critique) History: Three First Books

Dean Rader | Posted 10.07.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

Most civilians I talk to think it's pretty easy to publish a book of poems and are even surprised when I break the news that there are really no advances, no agents and no bidding wars.

White People Beware, Your Reign Is Almost Over

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 10.06.2014 | Comedy

White people of the United States, get ready. Because your reign is coming to an end. The satirical Saturday Night Live segment aired Oct. 4th wit...

Tragedy and Art: The Power of Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come'

Robert F. Darden | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Robert F. Darden

On the surface, "A Change is Gonna Come" doesn't sound particularly challenging, especially in light of the defiant freedom songs that rocked the movement in 1964. It quickly became one of the anthems of the movement and music historian Dave Marsh said that "A Change is Gonna Come" "ranks with Martin Luther King's best speeches as a verbal encapsulation of the changes black perspective underwent in the Sixties."

The Difference We Haven't Overcome: Why the Color Line Endures in America

Robert T. Carter, Ph.D. | Posted 09.30.2014 | Education
Robert T. Carter, Ph.D.

Before the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, recedes in the rear-view mirror, let's be straight with ourselves about what the events surrounding his death tell us about race in America.

Standing on Top at the Urban RAID Championship

Jane Seo | Posted 09.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Seo

I no longer have to wonder what it's like to stand on top of a podium. Receiving the medal around my neck, all that went through my head was, "Man, I could eat a juicy burger right now!"

Community Policing: The Importance of Trust

Ben Jealous | Posted 09.26.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

In Ferguson, Former Chief Brooks sees an opportunity for an effective community-policing program to emerge from the chaos and violence of the past few weeks. "Now, there is a chance for police and the community to hear each other," she said.

Black Bachelorette Hopeful Resigns Over Racial Discrimination

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 09.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ryan J. Bell

Even though the quality of Dr. Harris' work was never called into question and she was beloved by the community, she was forced out of her job because she is a black woman with opinions she doesn't mind expressing about the state of race relations in America.