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Race in America

What Goes Wrong When We Don't Talk About Race

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books

Jeff Chang, author of Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation, has taken on some massive subjects in his latest book: race, and the...

Stop What You're Doing and Watch AmeriCAN

The Root | Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices

Empathy. It’s probably one of the most difficult emotions to teach. It’s the emotion that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama want mo...

Black-ish: Reimagining Blackness on Television

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 10.31.2014 | Black Voices
Lisa Sharon Harper

At this moment in our nation's story, when the twisted soul of America is being revealed through the daily deaths of black men at the hands of officers carrying guns and unconscious bias, Black-ish should not be merely consumed: It should be administered by intravenous intervention.

America's Sex And Race Failure: Why Raven-Symone And An Ohio Couple Are Struggling

Salon | Brittney Cooper | Posted 10.08.2014 | Black Voices

This week, iconic Cosby (grand)kid Raven-Symoné caught up with Oprah, telling her in an interview: “I don’t want to be labeled gay….I’m a hum...

How Can White Americans Be Free?

Salon | Kartina Richardson | Posted 10.03.2014 | Black Voices

It’s clear that we as Black and Brown Americans, are still recovering from the racist indoctrinations of the past 500 years. Though laughable it sou...

Summer Madness: A Eulogy for John Crawford

Lebaron Sims | Posted 09.30.2014 | Black Voices
Lebaron Sims

Wednesday's announcement of no indictment in the shooting death of John Crawford III, and the subsequent release of the video and audio detailing his last moments, relay a sequence as old as any, one with which we have become all too familiar.

Ferguson: We Are Not All Having the Same Experience

Allison Hill | Posted 11.23.2014 | Books
Allison Hill

When my mother was four years old, she met a black person for the first time. After shaking the woman's hand, she looked at her own to see if any of the 'black' had rubbed off. She shared this story with me when I was growing up to illustrate what a white world she was raised in.

Police Tactics Again Under the Spotlight in Racially Charged Demonstrations: When Will They Ever Learn?

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.

The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 10.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

A Mother's White Privilege

Elizabeth Broadbent | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Elizabeth Broadbent

For a mother, white privilege means your heart doesn't hit your throat when your kids walk out the door. It means you don't worry that the cops will shoot your sons.

What Is Freedom, Anyway?

Patrick Stephenson | Posted 10.11.2014 | 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.