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Racial Disparities

The Economic Recovery in Black, White, and Brown

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.

#AfterFerguson: Faith-based Organizing's Approach

Ana Garcia-Ashley | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia-Ashley

While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."

The Roots of #Ferguson

Laura Barrett | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Laura Barrett

The listening tools, consensus building techniques, and the discipline that organizing teaches will all be used by area pastors and leaders in the months to come. It's just too bad that all of these efforts can bring only justice and healing in the short and long term, instead of immediately.

Ferguson and the America We Need to Build

Michael Keegan | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

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.

Racially Diverse Millennials Control the Housing Market

Mechele Dickerson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Politics
Mechele Dickerson

Since the housing market has not completely recovered from the 2007 housing crash, it now seems fashionable to find a scapegoat -- usually the Millennials -- to explain sluggish home sales.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Who Do Americans Hate During Economic Downtimes? It's Not Who You Think

Daniel Cubias | Posted 08.26.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

On top of devastating the country, wiping out many people's savings, and increasing the obscene gap between the wealthy and the rest of us, the Great Recession may have had the side effect of increasing racial tension.

Do Economic Downturns Make People Racist?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 06.13.2014 | Science

It's no secret that when the economy takes a turn for the worse, racial minorities often take a disproportionate hit. But why? A new study may prov...

The Surprising Driver of NYC's Long Life Expectancy

James R. Knickman | Posted 08.09.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

When we take a closer look at the new research and really dig into the data--stay with me!--it appears that we are in fact right on par with the national average, and that the "two years better than average" claim doesn't really fly.

Silent Epidemic: Kidney Disease in the African-American Population

Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Leslie Spry, M.D., FACP

Black Americans are three times more likely than White Americans to develop kidney disease and to require dialysis. Of great concern is that this racial disparity remains constant across all age groups. It may not make many headlines, but it needs to be brought to the attention of the public.

We Don't Need to Live in a Society Where Race Limits Any Child's Destiny

Gordon Whitman | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Gordon Whitman

One of the great tragedies in America today is the mistaken belief that racial inequality is a sad but inevitable condition of our society.

Mothering Between a Rock and Prison

Zachary Norris | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Zachary Norris

Parenting is hard work, but by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, Congress would immediately improve the lives of 15 million women, including 4.8 million working mothers.

Nursing Moms Need Our Support Every Day

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

We know that most mothers want to breastfeed their babies and that more than 75 percent start breastfeeding. But most women face barriers in hospitals where they give birth, at work when they return, at home with their families or friends, and in public.

Unprisoning Our Children

Sheila A. Bedi | Posted 06.16.2014 | Black Voices
Sheila A. Bedi

What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.

Struggling to Change What You're Given

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Seventeen-year-old Theresa Tran is one of this year's winners of the Children's Defense Fund-Ohio's Beat the Odds® scholarships after overcoming tough odds including physical disability, the death of a beloved sibling, and a father who suddenly abandoned the family.

Study: More People of Color Sentenced to Private Prisons Than Whites

Michaela Pommells | Posted 04.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Michaela Pommells

Private prisons have been marketed as the necessary supplement to save taxpayer dollars. It is a system designed by the rich and for the rich. A system that clearly relies on the incarceration of African American and Latino people for its survival.

It's Time to Separate Race and U.S. Firearms Policy

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.22.2014 | Crime
John Roman, Ph.D.

If we can divorce race and firearms, we can talk about racial disparities in America and figure out if we need to create a more just system. And then we can talk about the Second Amendment.

PHOTOS: Here's What Zimmerman's Paintings Should Actually Look Like

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.31.2014 | Black Voices

George Zimmerman is back in the news with more of his poorly thought-out and rather distasteful paintings. The Associated Press is now threatening leg...

Child Obesity Epidemic Disproportionately Impacts Hispanics

Paloma Toledo, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Paloma Toledo, M.D.

New findings that one-third of the world's adults, 1.46 billion people, are overweight or obese is shocking, especially as it coincides with efforts to improve food stability in struggling nations.

The Fierce Urgency of Now: Honoring Dr. King by Working for Economic Justice

Rachel Goodman | Posted 03.23.2014 | Black Voices
Rachel Goodman

Mainly, we remember Dr. King as a prophet of non-discrimination. If the government treats black folks and white folks alike (which it does not always, even today), we tell ourselves that we have lived up to Dr. King's mighty vision. But Dr. King, and the civil rights movement as a whole, wanted much, much more for America.

Bronx Schools Reduce Policing and Suspensions With Support From Parents

Dinu Ahmed | Posted 02.08.2014 | New York
Dinu Ahmed

On Saturday, November 16th, members of the Bronx School Justice coalition held a public report back on a year's worth of work to reduce punitive disciplinary measures in Bronx public schools.

Nia Long Reveals The Key To Being A Successful Woman In Hollywood

Posted 11.14.2013 | Black Voices

Earlier this year, Kerry Washington and Don Cheadle shared their thoughts on the disparities between white and African-Americans actors in Hollywood d...

Locked Down for Life for a Nonviolent Offense Is Beyond Cruel and Unusual

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.23.2013 | Crime
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

More than 10,000 persons are now locked up in America's jails for life with no chance of release. The majority of these non-violent offenders are there for either drug offenses or property crime.

The Zimmerman Verdict Highlights America's Disgrace

David Abbitt | Posted 09.15.2013 | Crime
David Abbitt

Yes, it is an unfair system and minorities, those who have darker skin in particular, are treated inequitably by it. The injustices stretch far beyond the American courtroom, beyond a single verdict or a handful of verdicts. So, what are we going to do about it?