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Rinku Sen: As People Of Color, We're Not All In The Same Boat

The Nation | Rinku Sen | Posted 09.20.2014 | Impact

In the first campaign I ran as a young organizer, I worked with fifty homeless families, the vast majority of them African-American, who were trying t...

In Georgia, Politics Moves Past Just Black And White

The New York Times | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics

Georgia has seen major demographic shifts in recent years, with significant increases in African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American populations. Th...

An Open Letter To My Fellow White, Liberal Parents

Rachael Quinn Egan | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents
Rachael Quinn Egan

If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.

Hispanic Heritage Month: How Hispanics Are Defining and Redefining America

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Stephen Balkaran

What mainstream Americans have failed to realize is that Hispanics have played and will continue to play a crucial role in our nation. Hispanics have contributed to every avenue of American life since the inception of this country.

Wrestling With Race on Rosh Hashanah

Diane Tobin | Posted 09.19.2014 | Religion
Diane Tobin

As we head into the Jewish New Year, we take with us the challenges of an eventful summer punctuated by racial unrest. The death of Michael Brown, like that of Oscar Grant and Trayvon Martin before him, are tragedies that jolt us out of complacency.

2013 Census Data on Poverty, Income Tells a Story About Our Priorities

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Tiziana Dearing

It turns out, we get results in the places we invest. The question is, are we investing in the right places?

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 5 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we face the rugged terrain ahead, our marching orders must be the sobering words that speak presciently from the grave of the late Coretta Scott King: "Struggle is a never ending process. Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation."

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 4 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.

Is the Gender Gap Really About Race?

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 09.15.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

As the 2014 midterm election approaches the gender gap -- or in less polite terms, the Republican war on women -- will likely draw a fair amount of media attention.

How George W. Bush Benefited From Affirmative Action

Peter Dreier | Posted 09.13.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families reminds me that for over a century, most colleges have had an affirmative action policy for rich, well-connected white kids. It is called "legacy" admissions.

How A Race Riot During Childhood Stayed With Me Forever

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 09.13.2014 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

My mother's parting words were about tear gas. 'If you're hit by some and can't breathe and your eyes begin to burn, cover your face with this cloth,' she said. It was 1968 and my family was living in Washington, D.C., where I was born.

An Ethnicity Conversation Your Adoptive Child Wants You to Have

Elizabeth Connolly | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Connolly

My experience with being a transnational, transracial adoptee, for example, is not uncommon, especially among Asian American adoptees from China and Korea. For several summers during my childhood I attended Culture Camp (also Heritage Camp) for Asian adoptees.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 3 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

This move could result in the release of thousands of low-level federal inmates caught up in the drug war. For a president who, hitherto, had the most conservative pardon record in recent history (e.g. in Obama's first term, he pardoned 1 in 50 applicants, while Ronald Reagan pardoned 1 in 3), such a shift is noteworthy.

Tired of All the Talk About Ferguson?

Susan Naimark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Susan Naimark

You don't need to be a radical activist to model civility and fairness. You do need to commit to paying attention to the world around you, perhaps in new ways.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 2 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.11.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

What changes have come about since our #EndMassIncarceration petition? Well, there's been about 20 developments and victories in the way of criminal justice reform (not including changes at the state/local level), at least 6 of which that are having or will have measurable impact.

The Drug War and the Mass Incarceration It Caused: Where We Are and Where We Still Must Go (Part 1 of 5)

Renaldo Pearson | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Renaldo Pearson

At the core of all of this is an ignominious reality at odds with one of the nation's most (publicly) cherished ideals, and one of our Constitution's most sacred laws: the Fourteenth Amendment right to "equal protection of the laws."

Marina's 'Post-Racial' Brazil

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

Stating the obvious can have its merits, so I'll risk the inevitable criticism for stating the obvious: Two women, one white, one black, are the top contenders for the presidency of one of the world's largest democracies.

"Big Wheel Keep on Turnin'": Slavery, Capitalism, and The Economist

Jim Downs | Posted 09.10.2014 | Books
Jim Downs

The brouhaha surrounding Bapitst's book, nevertheless, offers an opportunity to consider what is at stake in this allegedly new move to consider the history of capitalism in the context of slavery.

A Reminder that America Is Not Colorblind, But It Can Be

Niyah White | Posted 09.09.2014 | Black Voices
Niyah White

We grasp tightly onto our dirty, old habits of prejudice by focusing on the surface issues of race, when instead I believe the world is much more dynamic and simplified if we infuse a larger dose of humanity back into it.

Yes, I Use Proper Grammar and No, I'm Not White: The Ugly Truth of "Acting White" in NYC

Jordan Houston | Posted 09.09.2014 | Latino Voices
Jordan Houston

I was naïve to the fact that in cities as diverse as Manhattan, distressed communities are continuing to provide minorities with their identities in a colorless way -- allowing the social costs of breaking free to remain high.

Wheels: How We Teach Latino Inferiority in Schools

John Paul Brammer | Posted 09.04.2014 | Latino Voices
John Paul Brammer

European history, it was clear, is living history. When it finally came time to learn about the ancient Mesoamerican cultures, I learned instead was what they didn't do. It began with their non-invention of the wheel.

Ferguson's Easy Answers

Ekow N. Yankah | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Ekow N. Yankah

We will all mourn Michael Brown's death and wait to know more about what happened that night. What is clear, however, is that platitudes about "starting a conversation" will not do.

Shit My (Non-Biological) Kids Say About Race And Gender

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 09.03.2014 | San Francisco
Sarah Gladstone

I am what I like to call a "Professional Child." I work with kids, and I take the business of play pretty seriously. I'm in the business of fun, but that doesn't mean all I do is giggle and supervise. When working with such raw flows of imagination, shit can get real.

Why is God White?

Marta Ibarrondo | Posted 09.03.2014 | Comedy
Marta Ibarrondo

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This Is How to Improve Race Relations in College

Andrew Prieto | Posted 09.02.2014 | College
Andrew Prieto

So for all the incoming students: if you want to make your respective colleges more welcoming and accepting places, treat each other, if not as friends, as classmates and peers. Fight for true equality and don't succumb to excuses to rationalize your disadvantages.