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The Thing About White Privilege

Melanie Curtin | Posted 12.19.2014 | Women
Melanie Curtin

In my world, travel is easy, jobs are plentiful, and the police are on my side. It would be easy for me to think this is how it is for everyone. It's not. Fact: I am privileged in this country just because I'm white.

Ferguson: Riot or Rebellion?

Jack Schneider | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Jack Schneider

Race plays a significant role in how violence is framed for the public. And though such framing may begin informally in conversation or in popular media, it persists in what our children are taught in school and affects the way we understand each other.

Percent Of Americans Who View Racism As Top Problem Skyrockets

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

The number of Americans who identify racism or race relations as the nation's top problem increased dramatically to 13 percent, according to a new Gal...

No Real Conversation About Race

Marlene G. Fine | Posted 12.19.2014 | Media
Marlene G. Fine

The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.

Real Talk With Rob Smith: Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Being Black in America (VIDEO)

Rob Smith | Posted 12.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Smith

This episode of #realtalk tackles the Ferguson protests and the #blacklivesmatter movement.

Eric Holder On Racial Issues In America: 'We, As A Nation, Have Failed'

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.18.2014 | Black Voices

Attorney General Eric Holder, who in the past has spoken frankly about racial inequalities in the U.S. criminal justice system, will revisit the subje...

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...

A Brown Person's Guide to Enjoying 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

Gyasi Ross | Posted 12.17.2014 | Entertainment
Gyasi Ross

I'm not saying Moses looked like modern-day Egyptians or was black like some folks attest. No one knows that. Still, just given history and migration patterns, I think the one color that can be effectively ruled out is pasty white (e.g., Christian Bale).

An Open Letter to Penn's Phi Delta Theta Fraternity for Their 'Beyonce' Blow-Up Doll Holiday Card

Ernest Owens | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Sorry doesn't excuse ignorance. Sorry doesn't change rape culture, racist imagery, and misogyny on a campus that represents otherwise.

Sony Exec's Apology Following Prejudicial Emails Is Just Not Enough, and Here's Why

Sheena C. Howard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices
Sheena C. Howard

Pascal's defense, which essentially amounts to a pivot away from the significance of what those emails symbolize, is simply not enough. It does not excuse the magnitude of the prejudice on display in those emails, prejudice coming from a person who sits in a position of power in Hollywood, no less.

When a School Lets Everyone Down: The Myth of 'Men and Women for Others'

Miranda Richard | Posted 12.16.2014 | College
Miranda Richard

I used to spend a lot of time defending my school: "I love it here," "They don't enforce a lot of the conservative rules," but I now realize that the administration needs to start taking some responsibility for letting its students down.

4 Ways Meditation Can Empower Millennials At Work and in Life

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

From my meditation teacher/practitioner perspective, I see ALL of these aspects as incredibly good, good, good and believe that meditation, dear millennials, is not only something that gels with what you already got goin' on... but it can help you navigate some of your biggest challenges.

The Concern With Modern White Liberalism

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

The challenge must be to extend your liberalism to uncomfortable depths that not only speak to today's crises, but stand the test of time for equality in future generations.

When Love is Too Much But Not Enough

Gregory S. Parks | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Gregory S. Parks

Marie showed me my own anxieties and fears around commitment and marriage, shedding baggage and losing my own sense of self in an effort to be with someone else.

Poverty Remains A Huge Barrier To Developing The Potential Of Minority Youths

National Journal | RONALD BROWNSTEIN | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices

Of all the issues raised by the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, perhaps the most intractable is the challenge of restoring opportunity to the...

With Each Killing I Ask: Are You My Emmett Till?

Melanie Coffee | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices
Melanie Coffee

Our country needs all of us to chip in. Every day in your life you can push for change. I don't have enough room to list all the examples here, but educate yourself on what subtle, modern day racism looks like because its damage is real.

With Liberty and Justice for All

Joyce Kim | Posted 12.15.2014 | College
Joyce Kim

Regardless of our identities, what is irrefutable are the sheer number of bodies that are coming together to protest this injustice.

In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent

John Thatamanil | Posted 12.13.2014 | Religion
John Thatamanil

The Civil Rights Movement was itself the fruit of the shared spiritual yearnings of blacks and Indians. Therefore, South Asian immigrants are under historical, moral and spiritual obligations to refuse offers of white privilege and join in solidarity with African-Americans.

There Is Nothing Casual About Prejudice: The Popular Podcast 'Serial' and the Notion of Implicit Bias

Anita Sinha | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Anita Sinha

The racial and cultural identities of the protagonists have prompted some to criticize Sarah Koenig for not grasping many aspects of this narrative. While I agree with this analysis, I did not think it ultimately compromised Koenig's role as an effective storyteller. That is, until I heard Episode 10.

#WhiteCoats4BlackLives: 3 Things We Need to Talk About

Hammad Moses Khan | Posted 12.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Hammad Moses Khan

As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy.

The Police Shootings: A New Chapter in an Old Story of Racial Oppression

Andy Schmookler | Posted 12.12.2014 | Black Voices
Andy Schmookler

A very dark force in the American body politic -- an ancient and destructive component in the consciousness of the American collectivity -- is being expressed here.

ReThink Review -- Exodus: Gods and Kings -- Whitewashing Gets Biblically Bizarre

Jonathan Kim | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Jonathan Kim

Usually when a film depicting a story from the Bible is made, the main danger for a studio is angering religious groups who feel that the film is attacking their beliefs or strays too far from accepted (or at least favored) interpretations.

Black Officers Torn Between Duty And Race

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND and KRISTIN J. BENDER | Posted 12.11.2014 | Black Voices

Jorge "Jinho" Ferreira feels the tension between being black and carrying a badge every day as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County, California. "I f...

The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry: On Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Dean Rader | Posted 12.11.2014 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

The most talked about book of American poetry of 2014 is Claudia Rankine's Citizen. In fact, it is hard to think of a book of poems in recent memory that has received more acclaim.

Frustration With Police in Chicago Runs Deeper Than Ferguson, New York Protests

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.11.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Brian T. Murphey, a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, says these recent events are only the catalyst for conversations based on larger, deeper frustrations over a long period of time.