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Racism in America

Saturday Night Live Writer Michael Che Revisits His Favorite Sketches

Julie Seabaugh | Posted 03.18.2014 | Comedy
Julie Seabaugh

I feel that a lot of racial sketches that I write should have a picture of me in the bottom left-hand corner smiling with thumbs up, saying, "Listen, it's okay! A black guy wrote this!"

Jackie Robinson and Race in America, Then and Now: A Tale of Two Movies

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 10.14.2013 | Black Voices
Sanford Jay Rosen

Recently I watched The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) (staring Jackie Robinson as himself) and 42 (2013) back to back. They tell the story of how Robinson broke the color barrier in professional baseball and changed race relations in America.

An Early Lesson on Race

Leigh Flayton | Posted 09.18.2013 | Women
Leigh Flayton

Ricky had never been on a bike, and as he learned to ride on my sister's purple Huffy, he zigzagged up and down someone's driveway. The owner confronted my mother, demanding to know why she had "brought him into the neighborhood."

I Am Not Afraid of Trayvon Martin

Joy Weese Moll | Posted 09.18.2013 | Fifty
Joy Weese Moll

Older women are practiced at confronting our unfounded fears. We are at the age when we lose our fear of what others think and challenge fears that keep us from pursuing our dreams. We know how to root out and overcome fears that have been planted in our minds by outside forces.

Racism, Injustice and Explaining America to My Daughter

Tim Wise | Posted 09.13.2013 | Black Voices
Tim Wise

Those who deny the racial angle to the killing of Trayvon Martin can only do so by a willful ignorance, a carefully cultivated denial of every logical, obvious piece of evidence before them.

I'm a White Kid From Texas, and I Can Tell You: Racism Is Still a Thing

Charles Clymer | Posted 08.25.2013 | Politics
Charles Clymer

Being "color blind" has somehow become an excuse for being blind to racism. It has become a way for white Americans to discount the very much present racist experiences of persons of color in this country.

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.

Forest Whitaker Accused Of Shoplifting, Frisked In Public

Posted 02.19.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Last week Forest Whitaker, an Academy Award winning actor, was accused of shoplifting at a New York City deli and publicly frisked by an employee. Acc...

Ramadan Reflection Day 28: Islam, Racism And Home-Grown Hatred

Imam Khalid Latif | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Imam Khalid Latif

Racism is racism, clear and simple. For those who say these attacks from the last two weeks and many other violent actions have nothing to do with race, understand that Islam as a faith has been racialized for quite some time.

Racism in Post-racial America

Jason Stanford | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Jason Stanford

Y'all can go home. Put away your hoodies and cancel the vigils. Pick up the race cards, the game's over. There is no more racism in America. The Texas Attorney General said so.

The 'Lynching' Of Troy Davis And White Christianity

Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.26.2011 | Religion
Alexander Mikulich, Ph.D.

It is time to contend with our complicity in the enduring legacy of lynching in the contemporary practice of the death penalty. It contradicts our claims of being Christian and democratic.

Why Blacks Know Race Is A Factor

Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. | Posted 10.04.2011 | Black Voices
Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr.

The election of a black president was a seismic disturbance on the Richter scale of consciousness. Could some folks believe that God is disappointed that whites allowed such a thing to happen?

Finding What Drives Us Through Driving Miss Daisy

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Carol Smaldino

Without surprise, James Earl Jones cannot help but impress anyone present by how much he loves his character "Hoke." Certainly Jones knows the racial issues contained in the play, as he knows his own from his real past.

The Road Ahead for Progressives: Back to Basics

Gara LaMarche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gara LaMarche

No other president took office with such a rich resource for governing -- supporters in its activist base -- before sapping it of much of its energy. We need to dramatically strengthen organizing efforts to build public will in the years ahead.

In Job Hunt, College Degree Can't Close Racial Gap

nytimes.com | MICHAEL LUO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Johnny R. Williams, 30, would appear to be an unlikely person to have to fret about the impact of race on his job search, with companies like JPMorgan...

The Sun Shines On Obama Haters

Derrick K. Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick K. Baker

The honest among us don't have any misgivings that a black president immediately or eventually will wipe out racism as an institution.

11/5/08 - A Quiet Day

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia G. Yerman

It's over. The long primary season and the fight for the presidency are finished. Everything crystallized on the night of November 4th when Barack O...

Is Black America Strong Enough For An Obama Presidency?

Eric Copage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Copage

If Obama is elected commander-in-chief, mainstream America will watch him like a hawk, and it's easy to suppose that progress will stall for the neediest segment of black America.