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Race in America

What Is Freedom, Anyway?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Patrick Stephenson

What happened? How did "freedom" go from being all you can be to carrying an assault rifle into Chipotle? It's the idea that if somebody different from you is getting their rights then yours are being taken away.

The Problem With A Culture Of Excellence

Pacific Standard | Bettina Chang | Posted 06.19.2014 | World

Speak with anyone about student success in America and race will either enter the discussion early or be the increasingly difficult-to-ignore elephant...

Reparations and Obama

Robert Kuttner | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

The story that troubles me is what occurred under America's first African-American president, in our own time. I refer to the preventable catastrophe of the wipe-out of black home equity. Beginning in the 1970s, when the Federal government finally stopped colluding in racial redlining, black families at last got a reasonable shot at accumulating wealth via the dream of homeownership -- assets for one's old age and something to pass along to one's children. One of the most disgusting slanders by the right against low-income people and especially African Americans is the claim that the subprime collapse resulted from the government pressuring lenders to loan to unqualified borrowers. The vast majority of subprime loans were written by mortgage companies not even covered by federal law. Subprime was a scheme originated on Wall Street to profit from deceiving borrowers.

A Study On The Changing Racial Makeup Of 'The Next America'

VOXXI | Danielle Restuccia | Posted 06.23.2014 | Latino Voices

By 2042, so-called racial minority groups will make up the majority of the U.S. population. That’s according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest...

Gone With the Wind: Another Missed Economic Opportunity To Re-position History

Desiree Michael | Posted 05.04.2014 | Business
Desiree Michael

In 1965, Dr. King asked a crowd in Selma: How long? Obviously, the audience was lying when they retorted with him: Not long! Many years later, the arc of the moral universe is taking a bit too long to bend towards inclusiveness.

What Letters From Prison Tell Us

Steve Mariotti | Posted 04.02.2014 | Crime
Steve Mariotti

If they were given financial guidance and entrepreneurship education, could the fate of these men been different?

What Congress Looks Like When You Average All Of Their Pictures Together

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 01.29.2014 | Politics

The 113th Congress is the most diverse in history -- but how diverse is that, really? Looking at this composite image of the 535 members of Congres...

Are You Tired Of People Being 'Outraged'?

Kia Makarechi | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Kia Makarechi

Outrage fatigue is like anti-intellectualism for conservatives and liberals (and especially neo-liberals) alike.

Christopher Mathias

New York Still Asks Prospective Jurors If They're 'Negro'

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Mathias | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Raeana Roberson doesn't think of herself as "Negro." So when the 25-year-old New York City teacher, who is black, was asked to identify herself on...

Michael McAuliff

Trayvon Martin And 2013 Revealed Harsh Reality Of Racism In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Verdis Daniels Jr., the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer in 2013 showed that maybe America hasn't come so far since Daniels was ...

A Distraction From the Greater Mission

Cody Lyon | Posted 02.03.2014 | New York
Cody Lyon

In 1962 Rev. Stell had led a group of parents, on behalf of their children, including Ralph, in a federal court suit with the goal of forcing the Savannah-Chatham County to follow federal law and desegregate its public schools.

Henry Louis Gates' Next PBS Documentary

AP | FRAZIER MOORE | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — After a tragedy like the Trayvon Martin killing, calls routinely arise for a conversation about race.But Henry Louis Gat...

WATCH: Obama Continues Candid Conversation On Trayvon Martin And Race

Posted 08.07.2013 | Black Voices

Last night, President Barack Obama spoke candidly with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" about Trayvon Martin and the importance of continuing the conver...

One Year After Oak Creek: Changing America's Racial Landscape

Deepa Iyer | Posted 10.02.2013 | Crime
Deepa Iyer

In the wake of the tragedy on August 5, 2012, when a gunman stormed into the gurdwara and killed six people, Sikh Americans around the country asked: "What do I tell my children?" and "How do I protect them?"

Why White Evangelical Churches Don't Wear Hoodies

Rev. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 10.02.2013 | Religion
Rev. Mae Elise Cannon

The Zimmerman verdict was not only about race, but is race still an issue in America? As Martin Luther King, Jr. once claimed, Sunday morning continues to be the most segregated hour of the week. Race is absolutely an issue. White privilege continues to be a reality.

‘The Talk' Has a Double Meaning for Black People

Ron Thomas | Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices
Ron Thomas

What's most unsettling about Martin's fate is that no black parent -- no matter how watchful or even paranoid -- would have thought to issue a warning against "walking with Skittles."

The Professional Sports Paradox

Maura Cheeks | Posted 09.22.2013 | Politics
Maura Cheeks

As a professional athlete my father experiences the ultimate paradox almost on a daily basis. When he is seen in the context of sports, he is a hero. When the wrong people see him as simply a black man in America, he is a suspect.

As the Nation Continues to Mourn Trayvon Martin: Understanding Racism in America With Tim Wise

Ginnie Love | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Ginnie Love

Upon hearing the verdict of not guilty, my spirit sank and stomach became sickened. That was my personal initial experience at the end of the George Z...

President Barack Obama Is 'The Man'

Michael A. Hardy | Posted 09.21.2013 | Black Voices
Michael A. Hardy

It took just 19 minutes for American history to be substantially altered this past Friday, July 19, 2013. As is often the case, some of the most poig...

'Still Not Free': A HuffPost Original Series

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.28.2013 | Black Voices

Fifty years ago this summer, at the March On Washington, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech that forever altered the national ...

What's Race Got to Do With It?

Sally Steenland | Posted 09.17.2013 | Religion
Sally Steenland

We have got to get over our racial sensitivities and denials, as well as our resistance to addressing the biases and assumptions that fuel and sustain racial injustice in America today.

Judgment Day

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.15.2013 | Crime
Ian Reifowitz

Today, about 36 hours after I heard that George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, I was running -- not sprinting, it is 90-plus degre...

Finding Justice for Trayvon: 7 Action Steps for Our Outrage

Kristen Howerton | Posted 09.15.2013 | Black Voices
Kristen Howerton

'Now, I want you to realize... Black boys turn in to Black men. Are you prepared for that?' I remember feeling so disgusted by his question, as if he were speaking some kind of prophecy into the character and potential of my new son. My son who was six months old.

WATCH: Why President Obama Never Talks About Race

The Huffington Post | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact

In the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin verdict, Ta-Nehisi Coates' interview with The Huffington Post at the Aspen Ideas festival last month is strange...

Riding Race

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.14.2013 | San Francisco
Frank H. Wu

I would like to share a little story about race. It is nothing and everything, merely an incident neither inconsequential nor unique.