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Are Democrats the Real Racists?

Chris Sosa | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
Chris Sosa

Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen, recently elected speaker of the assembly's Republican caucus, stepped down this week. His resignation comes after he claimed that the "relationship of Negroes and Democrats is truly a master-slave relationship, with the benevolent master knowing what's best for his simple-minded darkies."

8 Things We Can Learn From the Events in Ferguson, Missouri

Jeff Steinmann | Posted 11.26.2014 | Impact
Jeff Steinmann

We can look to politicians or the judicial system for change, but in a representative democracy, the government doesn't change until the people it represents change. Here are eight things we can learn from the current situation in Ferguson, Missouri and the surrounding region.

Ferguson, Racism and Pro-Law Enforcement Bias

James Meyerson | Posted 11.26.2014 | Politics
James Meyerson

Why didn't the grand jury do its job and issue a true bill of some form of homicide against Wilson, preferably an intentional homicide charge but, at the very least, a voluntary manslaughter charge? The grand jury failed to do so because the prosecutor failed to do his job.

A Time for Prayer, Thanksgiving, Discernment and Strategic Nonviolent Action

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2014 | Religion
Marian Wright Edelman

Through daily moral consciousness we must all counter the proliferating voices of racial and ethnic and religious division that are regaining too much respectability over the land.

What Your Black Friend Might Think but Not Say About Ferguson

Kristen Domingue | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices
Kristen Domingue

I was 21 when I consciously made the choice in my heart and mind: racism doesn't apply to me. My outcomes are my own. I convinced myself that by sheer...

Tragedy in Ferguson: What Will it Take to Move Forward?

Andrew Tarsy | Posted 11.25.2014 | Crime
Andrew Tarsy

The majority population, most of whom pollsters tell us did not believe Officer Wilson committed any crimes, may believe the country can afford to accept things as they are. People of color -- Black men and their families and those who depend on them cannot afford that luxury. They need us to get this right.

Does the UN See US "Institutionalized Discrimination" in the Wake of Ferguson?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.25.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The Ferguson grand jury decision not to criminally prosecute a police officer in the shooting of an unarmed young black man has reached the Geneva HQ of the UN Office of Human Rights Chief Prince Zeid, but the consequences will be felt globally and probably with indefinite impact.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Race

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 11.25.2014 | Parents
Lisa Page Rosenberg

We have talked about the current reality that our friends and family who look differently or worship differently or love differently are systematically devalued and marginalized. As always, he points out that this "isn't fair." We are angry together.

Riding and Waiting: A Response to the Non-Indictment

Charles Howard | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Charles Howard

I can't speak. My country has scarred me once again. How can I go to work in the morning on a train full of people who care not? At a workplace of people who missed the story because of football or reality television?

Does Ferguson Herald the End Times? Ptolemy Says No!

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Half of all Americans, including more than three-quarters of white evangelicals, believe the End Times are upon us! But, seeing as the clearest prophecy in the Bible, attributed to Jesus himself, went unfulfilled, maybe we need think harder.

As a White, Teenage Girl I Experienced a Kind of Privilege Michael Brown Could Never Imagine

Rachel Leibrock | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Rachel Leibrock

When I was 16 I was picked up for shoplifting some makeup from my neighborhood grocery store. I wasn't arrested though. The police officer lectured me on just how badly I had surely let down my mother. Today, I can't help but think of that night and now different it was for me than it was for Michael Brown.

The Significance of Race: Michael Brown's Death and Its Aftermath

Stephen Balkaran | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Stephen Balkaran

As we entered the 21st century, America continued to grapple with the issue of why race is still an important element in our society. Events in Ferguson, MO, remind America that we slowly need to confront the issue of race, and it becomes quite clear that race still matters in America.

On the Darren Wilson Grand Jury Decision

Ben Jealous | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

This is a sad day. The grand jury's decision is yet another sign that all of America's sons' lives are not yet valued equally in the eyes of our courts. All of America's fathers, mothers and children should stay outraged and in motion for progress until we are finally what we say we are: One Nation, Under God, Indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for All. The path to these goals is focused advocacy and, where necessary, non-violent direct action. Those are the strategies that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act and Civil Rights Acts 50 years ago and the outlawing of racial profiling in New York City just two years ago. Today we are all Michael Brown. Tomorrow we must ensure each of our lives is valued equally in the eyes of our nation's laws, law enforcement officers, and courts.

The World's Best Marathons

The Active Times | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
The Active Times

A great course with scenic views certainly adds value to an event. And when that course is lined with hordes of enthusiastic fans cheering you on, well that's definitely a big plus, too.

The End of the Innocence: A Letter to Dr. William Henry Cosby

Stuart Rhoden | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
Stuart Rhoden

Dear Dr. Cosby, I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s and am one of your children. Of course, not one of your biological children, but rather one of the millions of kids who were Black, Brown, urban, middle class or any number of diverse upbringings who were deeply influenced by your shows and your comedy.

"Did Somebody Say 'Mulatto'?" Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 11.24.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

'I Do Not Want My Son's Death To Be In Vain'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 11.21.2014 | Black Voices

In a video released Thursday, the father of Michael Brown called for calm and asked the public to act peacefully in the upcoming days when a grand jur...

Don't Tell This 'Scandal' Star He Isn't 'Black Enough'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices

While the black experience is diverse and multifaceted, films don’t always portray the various aspects of the African American life. Joe Morton echo...

Standing Your Ground in Journalism, Even When Diversity Isn't Valued

Farai Chideya | Posted 11.21.2014 | Black Voices
Farai Chideya

I know that as with race writ large, race in the newsroom will not change overnight. In fact, it may get worse before it gets better. But that knowledge in and of itself allows me to forge on.

Reflections on Ol' Dirty Bastard Ten Years Later: ODB as a Microcosm of American Inequality

Shaun Ossei-Owusu | Posted 11.20.2014 | Black Voices
Shaun Ossei-Owusu

Although rarely acknowledged, ODB's tragic life offers lessons into the complexity of black existence and the United States' turbulent history of hardwired social inequality.

Rick Santorum Wishes Obama Was More Like Jesse Helms

Erik Ose | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Erik Ose

The divisive political figures Santorum admires tell us all we need to know about how he would lead America if ever given the chance.

Hard Time: Lessons From a Maximum-Security Prison

Jade Chong-Smith | Posted 11.19.2014 | Crime
Jade Chong-Smith

Republicans argue that punitive sentences are essential to a tough-on-crime approach that keeps our streets safe. I see building stronger communities with adequate support mechanisms, not building stronger prisons, as the path to a safer society.

14 Questions And Answers About The Ferguson Grand Jury

AP | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri grand jury has been hearing evidence for months as it weighs whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in ...

National Guard Prepares For More Ferguson Unrest

AP | DAVID A. LIEB | Posted 11.18.2014 | Black Voices

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — As a grand jury weighs possible criminal charges against the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, Missouri's go...

Here's How The National Guard Is Used To Quell Racial Tensions

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 11.26.2014 | Black Voices

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) has declared a state of emergency in Missouri as the state and nation await a grand jury decision in the case of Michael Brown’s ...