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Racial Prejudice

Guide to Getting Uncomfortable With Race

Fiona Teng | Posted 12.12.2014 | Impact
Fiona Teng

After you've become familiar with your own racial biases, first and foremost, accept yourself for them. Wherever you come from, whatever your background, you have been taught that those racial biases are true. The true test of your character will be how you practice unlearning them.

Shopping, Dining, Using a Credit Card While Black

Newsweek | Bernard J. Tyson | Posted 12.10.2014 | Black Voices

With the entire country seeing demonstrations following the Ferguson decision, I’ve had colleagues and business partners ask me my thoughts—not fr...

On Raising a Mixed-Race Son in a Time of Fear

Leslie Contreras Schwartz | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Leslie Contreras Schwartz

I am afraid of what my son will and will not look like because in a lot of ways, this will determine how I will have to parent him, to prepare him for the world. Will he "pass" as white, as Jewish, as his father is? Or on a dark night coming home from a party, will his face betray him?

The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion
Roy Speckhardt

This ignorance-based prejudice doesn't arise from nothing, but is taught by the previous generation and frequently accepted (just like faith) without evidence by those that follow.

The Tipping Point for Obama

Michelle Kraus | Posted 10.15.2014 | Politics
Michelle Kraus

Abandoned by his base and set adrift, the President trudges forward. He is weary, beleaguered, and beset with problems of the ages that span the Holy ...

DOs and DON'Ts of Black People Shopping In Your Store

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Phoebe Robinson

Allow me to try on clothes in peace. Don't get me wrong. You can be attentive, but knocking on the dressing room door as if you're sending morse code to an American ally in the Ukraine is not meant to be helpful; it's meant to make your presence known and me nervous.

10 Things I Learned #NABJ14

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

In no particular order of importance here are 10 things I learned during the 39th Annual National Association Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair held in Boston, Massachusetts.

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.

6 Things to Learn About Microaggressions

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

I have developed a hate/love relationship (yes, in that sequence) with the term microaggressions. I hate it because of the negative effects created by these small events. But I must confess that I love the fact that the term makes visible and real the experiences so many of us have endured because of being perceived different.

What People Think Of NBA Owner's Ideas On Bigotry

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Black Voices

Mark Cuban's mouth has gotten him in trouble before. The Dallas Mavericks owner is known for voicing his opinions, and after being heavily criticiz...

Southern Whites, Non-Southern Whites, Racism, and Obama

Glen Browder | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

At the most recent conference this spring, Jonathan Knuckey (University of Central Florida) presented a particularly blunt characterization of citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Immigration Is Down, but the Latino Population Is Still Surging

Daniel Cubias | Posted 07.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Daniel Cubias

Not so long ago, life was easy for xenophobes. But as the Latino population grows at a faster rate than the immigrant population, Hispanics are now more likely to be born and raised in America, as full-blooded American citizens.

So Much for a 'Post-racial' America

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.28.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

We might not be in the back of the bus, and we might not drink from separate water fountains, but racial discrimination is very much alive in 2014. Anyone who ever doubted that reality can look at the events of the past week.

Microaggressions Weigh Heavy on the Heart

Nashwa Lina Khan | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 06.02.2014 | 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

tmz.com | 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...