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Racial Inequality

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?

Jan Diehm

LOOK: Inequality In U.S. Is Scarily High, Rising | Jan Diehm | Posted 11.11.2013 | Business

President Obama acknowledged Monday that inequality is on the rise "even though the economy is growing." That growth hasn't helped many people who los...

Janell Ross

How Friendly White People Drive Black Unemployment | Janell Ross | Posted 03.29.2013 | Black Voices

There's a comforting-to-white-people fiction about racism and racial inequality in the United States today: They're caused by a small, recalcitrant gr...

Is Inequality Shortening Your Life Span?

Phillip Longman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Phillip Longman

White, black, or brown, we'd all live longer in a more equal, less status-driven society.

Closing the Achievement Gap: An Obama Signature Program?

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Harold A. McDougall

The Obama Administration could provide a national focus for all these efforts with a signature program to close the achievement gap, not displacing the contributions of community and business but facilitating and focusing them. Why not?

Carole White on Beauty (VIDEO) | Posted 10.22.2012 | Style

'Character' and 'personality' aren't the first words that spring to mind when qualifying the success of a model, though this was contested on

White Denial and Black Middle-Class Realities (Part 1)

Dr. David J. Leonard | Posted 10.16.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. David J. Leonard

Whites with felony convictions are more likely to be hired than African Americans without any criminal background. You can wish away these facts, and erase these experiences, but denial and silence will not lead to change.

US Infant Mortality Rate Higher Than Other Wealthy Countries

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

We usually don't think about infant mortality in the United States. We associate it with the developing world or with the distant past. The fact that the U.S. has the highest infant mortality is not because of a lack of specialists or facilities.

Endless Cycle of Inequality

Han Bin Lee | Posted 07.11.2012 | Teen
Han Bin Lee

As an immigrant, I remember the intense discrimination faced by non-white individuals after the terrorist attacks of September 11. Clouds of fear, hatred and injustice overshadowed the U.S.

Trayvon Martin's Death Must Spur Racial Healing to Break Down Historic Barriers

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 06.12.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Gail Christopher

Public discourse is focused on allegations of bias regarding the initial police investigation of the Trayvon Martin case and Florida's controversial "Stand Your Ground" law, but the emphasis should be on the level of racial resentment that existed.

A Human-Rights Lens on the Affordable Care Act

Risa E. Kaufman | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Risa E. Kaufman

By extending health care coverage to new, under-served groups, the ACA squarely responds to concerns repeatedly raised by international human rights bodies and experts about racial disparities in U.S. health care policy.

Wealth Inequality and Women of Color: A National Emergency

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 05.27.2012 | Money
Dedrick Muhammad

Black History Month and Women's History Month are often viewed as separate entities. But black women and other women of color know that their economic circumstances are affected by being both a person of color and a woman.

Derrick Bell: Changing the Odds for Others

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Throughout his storied career as a lawyer, law professor, and legal scholar until his death last October at age 80, Derrick Bell was well-known for his willingness to stand up and speak out about the injustices he saw around him, even when it cost him his own positions.

Wealth, The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Dedrick Muhammad | Posted 02.13.2012 | Black Voices
Dedrick Muhammad

It is important during these tough economic times that celebrating the holidays doesn't inhibit one's ability to save and build wealth. This is particularly important for communities of color.

Poverty Amid Plenty - America's Continuing Shame

David Coates | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
David Coates

If we are one America -- or at least if we want to be one America, united and at social peace -- it is surely time to make the alleviation of poverty our number one priority. Inside the 99 percent, it is surely time to focus hard on the needs of the bottom fifth.

Dr. King, a Monumental Man

Janet Langhart Cohen | Posted 10.21.2011 | Black Voices
Janet Langhart Cohen

Lke Dr. King, we have not yet arrived in the Promised Land. Yes, there's a black man in the White House. Barack Obama is there as President of the United States. But one man doesn't erase the persistence of racism in America and its grim consequences.

Race Is Still a Factor in America

Rep. Barbara Lee | Posted 10.20.2011 | Black Voices
Rep. Barbara Lee

Recently the question has again surfaced: "Do we live in a post-racial America?" Simply put, race is a factor in the growing economic inequalities we have in this country, and we can no longer afford to sweep this issue under the rug.

Goodbye, Freedom

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.

We have to reimagine struggle in light of the fundamental shift in the very nature of American governance. A new language is urgently needed; a revolution of the imagination in action is required.

Education Reformers Can't Dodge Race Issues

Richard Whitmire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Richard Whitmire

In Washington D.C. schools there is one topic that rarely gets raised, especially among white school reformers: race. Just too uncomfortable.

Kelley Williams-Bolar Case Highlights Schools' Efforts To ID Fake Student Addresses

AP | KANTELE FRANKO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kelley Williams-Bolar, alarmed after her home was broken into, yanked her two daughters out of their urban Akron, Ohio, schools...

Rev. Sharpton Lends His Support To Ohio Mom Convicted Of Lying For Better School

AP | MEGHAN BARR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

AKRON, Ohio — A woman convicted of a felony for using her father's address to enroll her children in a neighboring school district should be "sa...

Black-White Employment Gaps Drag On

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Philip N. Cohen

Since the recession dropped Black women's employment rates below White women's, the new gap persists. And for men it's widening.

Who's Afraid of the Big Black Wolf? Race and Presidential Politics

Imani Perry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Imani Perry

To think about our "racial habits of the heart" as a private matter is to lose sight of how those habits - and the dispositions and distributions that follow from them -- impact policy.

Best Tributes to To Kill a Mockingbird on Its 50th Anniversary

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Danny Groner

"In all great novels there is some quality of moral ambiguity, some potentially controversial element that keeps the book from being easily grasped or...

Black And Latino Youths Are Majorities In Juvenile Prisons, WBEZ Reports

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Last year admissions to the detention center of Hispanic youth were 5 times that of white youth. For African-American youth, 30 times higher. 30 times...