If our commitment to equality and human dignity is to have real meaning, we cannot continue to tolerate conditions that require so many parents to teach their children how to live through a chance encounter with law enforcement.
Whether they are on the staffs of senators or congressmen, or work in the myriad halls of cabinet departments and federal agencies, a large number find themselves on the short end of the stick with little recourse.
This may not be the prevailing view in the Black community, but I don't think Jay Z should drop out of his upcoming holiday collaboration with Barney's. Now before you unleash a barrage of nasty criticism in the comment box, just hear me out.
It's good to rally and march; coming together for a common cause can be mentally and emotionally healing. But right now, I do not want to be approached by anyone who does not look like me to discuss the verdict.
While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.
Vampires have never been just vampires. Intended or not, vampires represent a number of marginalized groups that are perceived as a threat by mainstream society, particularly immigrants and racial minorities.
Imagine how much better informed Americans might have been if the pundits explained how Reid's words actually reflected this nation's fixation on making any deviation from whiteness as abnormal, deviant or inferior.
Voters didn't throw some disembodied, decontextualized essence of blackness on the table in deciding whether or not to vote for Barack Obama. His racial identity was one part of a complex mix of considerations.