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The Myth of a Post-Racial America

Tré Easton | Posted 08.28.2014 | Black Voices
Tré Easton

The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.

Creating 1854

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Arts
Jack Schimmelman

As I write this article, President Obama is a neighbor, just some miles down the road. Meanwhile, in my old age, intimate with infirmities, I have decided to create an original opera specifically for Martha's Vineyard, nature's poem.

America's Rancid History

Dan Agin | Posted 08.26.2014 | Education
Dan Agin

Here is a place in the road Where barefoot whites are looking at barefoot blacks Looking hard and looking close Looking and peering and a rubbing of c...

Fear of the Case for Reparations

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Last week, Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged from the self-imposed reclusiveness that followed his landmark essay "The Case for Reparati...

In 1864 Maryland, Confusion Over Emancipaton Made Slaves Interpreters of Law

Martha S. Jones | Posted 08.25.2014 | Black Voices
Martha S. Jones

In the midst of the Civil War, who was a slave and who was free? When African Americans in Maryland asked this question 150 years ago, in August 1864, they engaged in a sophisticated analysis.

Free at Last: My Stroll with the CNN Freedom Project

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 08.21.2014 | Media
Ebenezar Wikina

CNN has a freedom project that has been dedicated to fighting modern-day slavery since 2002, and considering the fact that child labour is one dominant form of slavery in this generation, I decided to interview CNN Executive Editor Mr. Leif Coorlim.

Deep Justice in Ferguson

Robert Koehler | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I have no doubt that the standoff in Ferguson -- the demand for change -- goes this deep. I also have no doubt that tear gas won't pacify the protesters and replace their anger with fear of authority. Neither will all the military hardware the Defense Department can supply.

Racism: Who Is Guilty? Who Is Not Guilty?

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

The point is that black American life and white American life stay rigidly separated at absolutely key moments of human communication. Do some people feel they are "better" than some other people? Or maybe it's not that at all. Does it, in fact, cut far deeper?

The Road to Ferguson

Matthew Ebert | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Matthew Ebert

They speak of it like the coming race war, not the race war we're already in. And it is not a race war really -- it is a racially divided class war.

Are Wildlife Declines Fueling Slavery And Armed Conflict?

Will Turner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Will Turner

Crashing wildlife populations and social conflict are frightening enough on their own, so you could be forgiven for finding connections between the two a bit of a downer. But this dark cloud has a silver lining.

The Tyranny of the Nanny State, Where the Government Knows What's Best for You

John W. Whitehead | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Having allowed the government to expand and exceed our reach, we find ourselves on the losing end of a tug-of-war over control of our country and our lives.

George Washington -- Fighting for Slavery

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Rosenblum

Bury The Chains is the story of the fight to end slavery in the British Empire at the end of the 18th Century.

Slaves to Soccer: At World Cup, Workers Lose

Sam Maron | Posted 08.05.2014 | World
Sam Maron

By glorifying the world's worst human rights offenders and endorsing them to host public displays for an international audience, we help countries like Qatar keep the profitable business of slave-keeping alive.

Ole Miss Will Take Steps To Distance University From Confederate Past

AP | EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS | Posted 08.01.2014 | College

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- The University of Mississippi, which has long struggled to distance itself from plantation-era imagery, is renaming a street kn...

A Sustainable Approach to Combating Human Trafficking

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ariel Smilowitz

Although today is the first ever World Day against Trafficking in Persons, the issue of human trafficking is hardly a novel one; rather, this crime has sadly survived and thrived for thousands of years.

Child Abuse, Statutory Rape, Modern Day Slavery or Prostitution?

Monique Tinglin | Posted 07.24.2014 | Impact
Monique Tinglin

From the streets of New York City, to the villages of Kenya, children, particularly young girls, need protection from sexual predators. The time for action is now.

Is the World Ready for a Video Game About Slavery?

Turnstyle | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Turnstyle

By Noah J. Nelson (@noahjnelson) Speaking about Miguel Oliveira's Thralled using the language of video games can be difficult. "Thralled is an int...

"A Subtlety"

Mona R. Washington | Posted 07.17.2014 | Arts
Mona R. Washington

Outside the venue, a very long line winds down and around several blocks. Art aficionados wait patiently in the sun. Inside, the exhibition visitors wander and wonder. THE MARVELOUS SUGAR BABY regally inhabits the space.

African American Museum To Be Built Where Slaves First Set Foot On U.S. Soil

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 07.15.2014 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Organizers say a $75 million International African American Museum will be built beside the Charleston harbor where tens of ...

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Oh Mercy Me, I Do Declare, I Have the Vapors

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Certainly one can rightly honor the bravery of fallen soldiers no matter whether they wore blue or grey. But honoring the man's bravery or military insights is not equivalent to honoring the cause for which he fought. The cause championed by the South should cover every American with shame.

White Gold, Black Slaves, Red Blood: Countless Years a Slave on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

White gold, they called it, the salt that made white men rich and black slaves wretched with a horrendous plight beyond all suffering in the salt pans...

California's Forgotten Civil War

Kevin Waite | Posted 07.07.2014 | Politics
Kevin Waite

The tragedy of slavery and the trauma of the Civil War have left legacies with which all Americans, from coast to coast and everywhere in between, continue to live.

In 2014, Still Not Independence Day for Women

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Women
Irene Monroe

America's need to showcase her indomitable spirit of heroism this July 4th celebration arrives mired by the two recent Supreme Court -- both highlighting a "war against women."

Going Deep: Race and the Third Rail

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.04.2014 | Chicago
Robert Koehler

Race is ever-present as we go about our lives, igniting emotions we usually succeed in politely suppressing, unless... oh, an African-American woman, say, wants to write a check for her groceries.