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Racial Injustice

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz Takes Powerful Step To Discuss Race With Employees

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.17.2014 | Black Voices

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging the company's 191,000 employees to talk about race in America and other issues raised by police killings o...

Lilly Workneh

'Everyone Has A Stake In This': Tens Of Thousands Mobilize Across America

HuffingtonPost.com | Lilly Workneh | Posted 12.15.2014 | Black Voices

As thousands of people rallied in the nation’s capitol and demonstrated through the streets of New York on Saturday, protesters in other cities ...

We Are All As Blind To Racism As Men Are To Street Harassment

Marianne Mollmann | Posted 10.30.2014 | Women
Marianne Mollmann

The video left me with large question marks and quite a bit of discomfort about its unspoken racial bias.

Give us New Eyes

Shane Claiborne | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Shane Claiborne

I am convinced that recent events in Ferguson have become a mirror to the nation. This may very well be a critical moment in history, if we take a time to stop and listen to each other.

Study Finds Black Men Have Made Little Progress On Racial Equality Since 1970

Time | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

In recent years, the U.S. has celebrated the 50th anniversaries of the March on Washington, the Civil Rights Act and a number of other landmark accomp...

A Third to Prison, a Third to War, a Third to College: The Game of Chance with Ambassador Young

Maya Horgan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Horgan

I see a common theme in the African American community -- a tolerance of the current state. "This system wasn't made for us, that's just how it is," I hear. This mentality permeates through world famous academics, and is widely read in higher education.

What Bait Car Can Teach Us About American Inequality

Jake Weissbourd | Posted 05.28.2014 | Media
Jake Weissbourd

Is a rich person who chooses, not out of necessity, but greed, to break the law less morally reprehensible than the poor person who is literally baited into stealing a car?

My Conversation With Professor Peniel Joseph on Stokely: A Life

Tavis Smiley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Black Voices
Tavis Smiley

Joseph teaches at Tufts University and also founded a growing subfield that he characterizes as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting post-war American and African American history and related interdisciplinary fields.

Mandela: 'While Poverty Persists, There Is No True Freedom'

Greg Asbed | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Greg Asbed

In those words lies the connection to the movement for Fair Food that prompted me to stop and reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela in Immokalee. Farm labor poverty must be addressed so that workers can be freed from crippling fear and empowered to stand up for their rights.

This 'Love Trumpet' Kills Racism

Jennifer Nix | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Jennifer Nix

Five months before the tragic verdict in State of Florida vs. George Zimmerman, my personal paradigm on race shifted in a Brooklyn bar as I encountered the poems and performance of Roger Bonair-Agard. 

President Obama Still Chasing King's Dream

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Obama's election did show that millions of whites were more than willing to punch the ticket for an African-American for the world's most powerful political post. King would almost certainly glow with approval at that. But there are a couple of troubling caveats that mar America's great racial leap forward.

Racism on Trial: Where Do You Stand?

David Bedrick | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
David Bedrick

egardless of your opinion about George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, we mustn't ignore the underlying conversation -- a heated, potent, and critical discussion about race and racism.

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

Zimmerman Verdict Is a Clarion Call for the Nation to Grapple With Racial Injustice

Judith Browne Dianis | Posted 09.12.2013 | Black Voices
Judith Browne Dianis

The movement must not stop with this verdict but continue on not only until each and every young man of color in America can walk the streets in any of our nation's neighborhoods unafraid, knowing not only that he is safe, but also that as a nation we no longer tolerate the unfairness facing them but will ensure opportunities to thrive.

Where Are the Heroes?

Bruce Kluger | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Bruce Kluger

When I recall the things I admired most about Robert F. Kennedy -- his fire, his faith, his Quixote-like tilt against racial injustice -- I'm reminded that it's hard to find heroes like that anymore, especially during an election season.

Why The GOP's Coded Homophobia Is Surprisingly Cruel And Cowardly

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 10.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

On Medicare, Ryan thundered, "We need this debate." But on the social values that Republicans claim stand at the core of their being, they want no debate, just underhanded cues to appease the social conservatives in their fragile coalition.

Honor Martin Luther King By Supporting His Causes

Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact

Though Monday is a national day of service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there are other ways to pay tribute to the civil rights leader besides...

'Felon' Is The New N-Word

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" challenges us to confront the shame of our criminal justice system in the pursuit of real justice.

Why Are We Killing Troy Davis?

Kevin Powell | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Kevin Powell

We are a nation of an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a life for a life. Spiraling so far out of control that we are going to execute someone who may actually be innocent tomorrow.

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.

Racial Injustice Causes Real Pain in the Lives of Black Americans

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

When it comes to black life in America, neglecting our impetus for policy reform has a real consequence on the lives of real people. We focus on silly issues like birth certificates while children die in the streets and the genocide on the futures of young black children continues.

Governor Bob McDonnell Is a Racist

Stewart Acuff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stewart Acuff

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell just opened up another wound in our country's abysmal racist history with his decision to name April Confederate History Month in Virginia.

Martin Luther King and War: When Truth Kills

Janet Kinosian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Kinosian

2010-04-05-MLK.jpg When Martin Luther King was gunned down on April 4, 1968 many believe those shots were a direct result of his famed Riverside Church speech "Beyond Vietnam" given exactly one year prior.