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Racial Prejudice

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 04.11.2014 | Education
Nashwa Lina Khan

They could champion me; I was the brown girl at student senate representing what otherwise looked like a very homogeneous white space. I was Muslim, but not "scary Muslim."

Making Way for Jackie Robinson: The Quiet Fight of the Brown Bomber

Michael G. Long | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Michael G. Long

It's that time of the year when we honor Jackie Robinson for breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball in the 20th century. While he appreciated the sentiment, Robinson often recalled he was not the only black pioneer in sports.

An Open Letter to the White Woman Who Felt Bad for Me at Yoga

Maya Rupert | Posted 04.02.2014 | Black Voices
Maya Rupert

I'm not sure what you thought you saw in my eyes, but, believe me, I don't resent your body or your whiteness for a very simple reason. I don't envy them.

Study Claims People Remember Educated Black Men As Lighter-Skinned

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

The black community is no stranger to the deep-seated issues of colorism, so the results of a new study highlighting color bias are not surprising. ...

Where Do You Stand? Where Do We Fall?

Joanna Perry-Folino | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Joanna Perry-Folino

Mike McCarthy, political commentator and a friend of mine on Facebook, wrote this a few days ago: By mid century the society of this country will b...

Mandatory Viewing

Annie Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
Annie Stein

Yesterday I sat through two and a half of the most excruciating hours of my life. Sat through, twisted my torso through, felt like throwing up through. But I stayed there riveted, horrified, sickened and saddened beyond belief. I was at a movie, "Twelve Years a Slave."

Sylvester Stallone Hurls Racial Slur At Paparazzo | Posted 11.15.2013 | Celebrity

Sylvester Stallone had some harsh words for a paparazzo in Beverly Hills Thursday ... grousing, "This f**king n***er here, this f**ker." Sly was le...

Fair Employment Practices: A Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Color

Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks

Today the National Black Justice Coalition released a groundbreaking report that examines how bias and prejudice based on race, sexual orientation, and gender identity/expression intersect to the detriment of LGBT workers of color.

Dallas Cowboys and Indians

Sharief Easterling | Posted 11.23.2013 | Black Voices
Sharief Easterling

It feels dumb saying I didn't realize how unbelievably offensive the name "Redskins" actually is until now, but it's true. Prior to the recent media attention that's arisen the thought had never once crossed my mind.

50 Years Later: Prejudice Remains, But Opportunities Abound

Richard H. Carmona, M.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | DC
Richard H. Carmona, M.D.

Take it from a formerly homeless Hispanic high-school dropout who grew up to become the Surgeon General of the United States: Life is what you make it.

Do We Live In A Colorblind Society? Half of Americans Say No

AP | HOPE YEN | Posted 10.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- Has the U.S. achieved Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a colorblind society? Fewer than half of all Americans say the country has made ...

POLL: How Many Friends Do You Have Of Another Race?

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

(Repeats with no changes to text) By Lindsay Dunsmuir NEW YORK, Aug 8 (Reuters) - About 40 percent of white Americans a...

Riley Cooper Provides Us With an Almost Teachable Moment

Jeffrey E. Schwarz | Posted 10.06.2013 | Sports
Jeffrey E. Schwarz

"The Riley Cooper affair" provides a pivotal opportunity for the National Football League to take the lead on this issue by getting its own house in order.

We the People Bless the USA

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Our Justice system serves primarily white people, our legislative system primarily serves the people who corrupt and obstruct it. We the People lost sight of the values, strength and discipline that could have made our country great.

Are We There Yet?

C. Virginia Fields | Posted 09.17.2013 | Black Voices
C. Virginia Fields

Today, while the colored/white signs are gone, the needs of people who are locked out, pushed out, or left out are great and growing every day. Racial divides continue to be deeply rooted. We cannot afford to remain silent.

'That Doesn't Mean It Doesn't Sting Any Less'

Questlove | Posted 09.14.2013 | Entertainment

I do have desires to go to certain places and do certain things and enjoy the perks and benefits of a person who works his arse off as much as I do. So I got over my hangups of not wanting to be the odd guy in the room some time around 2007. Mixed results at best.

Speaking About Race: Paula Deen and the Need for Racial Literacy

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 08.24.2013 | Media
Jimmy Nguyen

Even if you don't use racial slurs and don't have a prejudiced bone in your body, speaking about race is not easy. It's time we did more to improve everyone's racial literacy.

Race Vs. Class: Which Is The Bigger Barrier To Opportunity?

AP | JUSTIN POPE | Posted 06.17.2013 | Black Voices

-- In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity – race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the ...

Being Brown After The Boston Bomb Blast

Deepak Sarma | Posted 06.17.2013 | Religion
Deepak Sarma

I weep for the families and friends for those immediately affected and for those whose lives and memories have forever changed. But I worry, especially after incite-ful rumors that automatically point the finger at (an) international terrorist(s), who, is/are in the imaginations of those easily deluded, brown-skinned.

Dissecting the Long, Deep Roots of Racial Profiling in America

Keith Rushing | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices
Keith Rushing

At its core, racial profiling is about racism and stereotypes and assuming the worst of people based on a biased perception of reality that is then projected and multiplied, affecting and endangering everyone of that same race, ethnicity, nationality or religion.

America's 21st Century Slavery

Douglas A. Blackmon | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Douglas A. Blackmon

By the first years after 1900, tens of thousands of African Americans had been sold by southern state governments. This isn't an easy story for Americans to accept. The idea that basic freedom was denied to an enormous population until the middle of the 20th century fits nowhere in the triumphalist accounts we prefer.

Emmett and Trayvon: How Racial Prejudice Has Changed in the Last 60 Years

Elijah Anderson | Posted 04.30.2013 | Black Voices
Elijah Anderson

In Till's day, a black person's "place" was in the field or in the back of the bus. If a black man was found "out of his place," he could be jailed or lynched. In Martin's day -- in our day -- a black person's "place" is in the ghetto. If he is found "out of his place," he may be treated with suspicion, frisked, arrested -- or worse.

Appeals to Racial Prejudice by Prosecutors

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.30.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Appeals to racial prejudice by prosecutors occur much less frequently today, and when they do, a conviction usually is reversed. But not always.

Study: How Your Twitter, Facebook Avatars Can Help You Lose Weight, Fight Prejudice

Posted 11.08.2012 | Black Voices

Somewhere among the thousands of people you meet on Facebook and Twitter, University of Missouri researcher Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz says you may disco...

'Bin Laden Joke' Video By Canadian Military Sparks Outrage

AP | CHARMAINE NORONHA | Posted 01.08.2013 | World

TORONTO -- Canada's military is investigating the circumstances surrounding a video played during a formal dinner that featured an unidentified member...