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Michael Brown, Ferguson, and Why a Police Force Should Reflect the Community It Serves

Gyasi Ross | Posted 08.27.2014 | Black Voices
Gyasi Ross

I think about my teenage years: Broke. Confused. Horny. Doing stupid shit. Which brings us to Ferguson. Which brings us to Mike Brown. Which brings us to a militarized police force that enforces laws on a community that it doesn't know.

Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Ethan Casey

Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.

Try Looking Past The Elephant

Chris Dean | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Chris Dean

Why, you ask, isn't anyone talking about the class issue if it figured so heavily into it? Because people are more comfortable talking about things that are beyond their control.

Laverne Cox's Powerful Response To Street Harassment

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women

Leave it to "Orange Is The New Black" actress and advocate Laverne Cox to turn a painful personal story into a poignant teachable moment. In this v...

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

Ferguson, Missouri: Opening Up Old Wounds

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

What is needed is exactly what the Kerner Commission recommended to the country 46 years ago: a comprehensive shift in the priorities of our social spending away from the military-industrial-prison complex and toward widespread development of impoverished parts of America.

When a Bullet Came Flying Through the Window of My House, I Dialed 911

Nadine Smith | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Nadine Smith

It may be that police are no better or worse than the communities they serve, that there are as many bad eggs among short order cooks and cable installers. Or it may be that the nature of the profession has a corrosive effect over time.

The All-Too-Common Story of an Extraordinary Young Man

Tamara Duricka Johnson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Tamara Duricka Johnson

I've had a slew of thoughts rushing through my head these last few days. I've cried the mother's wail. I've scrolled through old pictures in disbelief of this new reality. Mostly I've sat in shocked silence.

Ferguson and Race From White America's Perspective, If It Switched Places With Black America

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

One possible way to empathize with the plight of my fellow Americans is to imagine a world where statistics from the Pew Research Center, NAACP, and other reputable sources are reversed.

22 Years After The Rodney King Riots, America Still Boils

National Journal | Posted 08.22.2014 | Black Voices

The 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the not-guilty verdict in the police beating of black motorist Rodney King were probably the last time the fr...

'Who's Looking for Me?': God's and America's Invisible Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

I hope every Black leader, parent, grandparent and preacher will mount a united and irresistible voice to end the structural exclusion of millions of children from the education and other opportunities required to keep them from dead-end lives.

Moving to New York Made Me Asian

Lisa Bernier | Posted 08.22.2014 | New York
Lisa Bernier

At first I was confused. Then I thought, "Wow, New York is really racist." But then I realized: The difference between New Yorkers and everyone else is that they say out loud what everyone else is thinking. Most of the rest of the country, including my hometown, need to catch up.

Ferguson And The Case For Creating A Special Prosecutor's Office For The Police

James Meyerson | Posted 08.22.2014 | Crime
James Meyerson

It is not surprising that a local prosecutor would believe that a local police officer was "entitled" to "the benefit of the doubt."

WATCH: These Guys Explain 'Diet Racism'

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.24.2014 | Black Voices

Have you ever heard someone say, "I'm not racist, but," and finish the sentence with a declaration that's totally racist? Thanks to the perfectly a...

Soundtrack for Ferguson: 10 Black Spirituals

Robert F. Darden | Posted 08.26.2014 | Religion
Robert F. Darden

In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

Let's Have Their Backs

The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
The Rev. Jacqueline J. Lewis, Ph.D.

I am praying today, with my hands raised high, for a nation in which black boys are not feared, a nation in which they also need not fear for their safety.

How White People Should Write About Ferguson

Julie Mannell | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Julie Mannell

Perhaps instead we should consciously endeavor to support the discourse about the experiences of people of color in 2014 written by actual people of color.

Everyone's a Little Biased

Dr. Carmen Cruz | Posted 08.22.2014 | Latino Voices
Dr. Carmen Cruz

As a diversity trainer and psychologist, I've heard how classism, racism/colorism, and homophobia hurt others. Given that understanding differences is a slow process in our self-development, I believe there are three steps to move yourself along the continuum.

The Death in Ferguson

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

May our own pursuit of racial justice and reconciliation begin with the death of the dishonesty in our own hearts and conclude in our own resurrection with the wild diversity of the people of God.

Incursion: Effects of Militarization of the Police in the United States

Andrea Lyon | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

There is an old saying; clothes make the man. That is the reason you might dress differently for a picnic than for a job interview. While the analogy isn't perfect, nonetheless, "dressing" our police as warriors makes them more likely to behave that way.

A Little White Girl's First Experience Of Racism

Amanda Smear Baudier | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Amanda Smear Baudier

"Mrs. W, hi this is Amanda. I strangled Jamie too. We were just playing a scene from The Simpsons. They only got him in trouble and not me because he's Black."

Genre Trouble: How the Music Industry Classifies Iggy Azalea

Emma Joslyn | Posted 08.22.2014 | Gay Voices
Emma Joslyn

Iggy Azalea is the new Miley Cyrus. In the same way that Miley served as a point of entry to many conversations about whiteness and cultural appropriation last year, Iggy is the latest example of how white artists snatch up elements of black culture, whitewash them, and then sell them to the mainstream as their own.

Racism: Who Is Guilty? Who Is Not Guilty?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

The point is that black American life and white American life stay rigidly separated at absolutely key moments of human communication. Do some people feel they are "better" than some other people? Or maybe it's not that at all. Does it, in fact, cut far deeper?

Ferguson -- The Return of the Chickens

B. D. Colen | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
B. D. Colen

Port-au-Prince -- From here in the nation birthed by the world's only successful slave revolt, watching and reading about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, is far beyond bizarre.

Six Bullets

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

We have very little time before the cumulative effect of socioeconomic inequality and racial bias take an irrevocable toll on the United States. Please, Mr. Obama, end your vacation not for Iraq but for America.