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.
Today's America looks vastly different from the one that ushered in the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Yet these demographic changes may not mean much to uplift communities of color without updated anti-discrimination laws.
The fury that Bay Windows editor Sue O'Connell's piece "Sharing our experience: White gay men and black men have more in common than they think" ignited raised this query: Can white LGBTQs suggest or give advice to communities of color from their own experiences of discrimination?
While on the floor of the U.S. House, Pompeo stated that American Muslim leaders have failed to speak out against terror attacks. The largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the country is calling the remarks "false and irresponsible."
There are about 3 million black immigrants who comprise approximately 9 percent of the nation's foreign-born population. Some of these immigrants have traveled here from poorer countries seeking opportunity; others have sought asylum.
The idea of using economic hardship as a determinant for socially progressive programs is not new and was even considered by President Lyndon Johnson and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but has never been entertained seriously due to a lack of political will.
Last month, Jet -- a magazine marketed to African-American population -- featured their first gay male couple in their wedding announcements. The announcement may be a sign that African-American attitudes towards gay marriage may be turning around.
It is clear that race still plays into political operations, but not as fractiously as before. Many Southern officials and citizens -- both white and black -- now function in working alliances and normal operations along ostensible lines of conventional issues.