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America Cannot Shake Off Its Legacy of Racial Violence

David A. Love | Posted 03.18.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Martin Luther King Day is as good a time as any to remind ourselves of certain inconvenient problems in America that are unfortunately not subjects for polite discussion. One of them is racial violence.

Kansas Governor Compares Anti-Abortion Protests To The Abolitionist Movement

AP | JOHN HANNA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback compared past "Summer of Mercy" anti-abortion protests in Wichita to the abolitionist movement that he...

What Blocks Our Sexual Freedom?

Monique Ruffin | Posted 03.12.2014 | Black Voices
Monique Ruffin

I am one lucky woman, because I have the opportunity to speak openly and honestly with women about my favorite subject all day long--female sexuality....

Is Animal Rights the Next Human Rights?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Will the passion of the animal rights movement soon become part of an international debate at the United Nations and related institutions as "Digital Diplomacy" takes another advance from the virtual?

'12 Years A Slave' And The Roots Of America's Shameful Past

The Guardian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

Directed by the British artist and film-maker Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave has gained almost universal critical praise. In his review for the New Y...

Video Of The Real-Life Descendants Of '12 Years A Slave' Subject Will Take Your Breath Away

The Huffington Post | Rhonesha Byng | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1853, Solomon Northup, a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, regained his freedom. His phenomenal story of stre...

Shopping Free or Slave? Nelson Mandela and Freedom as a Choice

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

This holiday season, I am wondering if it is possible to feel good about the workers in our "free trade" world. I was picked up and driven to the trai...

Why A&E and Millions Feverishly Embrace Duck Dynasty Bigotry

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 03.01.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The brutal truth is that Robertson speaks for the millions who have embraced him as their man on the proverbial white horse battling for free speech, against political correctness, and most importantly for an acceptable, no matter how crude, brand of bigotry, especially racial bigotry.

Worst President in History, Pundits Agree

Daryl Rowland | Posted 02.28.2014 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

Severe glitches in the roll-out of the new program created many inconvenience and unanticipated problems that needed to be solved... But the beleaguered president defended his plan, known officially as the 13th Amendment, which outlaws slavery in every state of the union.

The Republicans and the Radical Minority

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

It is worth bearing in mind that extreme minority factions can do serious damage to the nation as a whole when they pursue a strategy of burning down the political house in hopes of building a new one.

The Duck Dynasty Controversy and Loving Our Neighbors

Clarence B. Jones | Posted 02.21.2014 | Politics
Clarence B. Jones

Yes, you read this right. Robertson and those who share his views are still our brothers. As such, do WE have the capacity, 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, to say to those who hold his views on race today, we still love you?

Why Self-Correction Is Important

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 02.20.2014 | GPS for the Soul
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

I saw Twelve Years a Slave yesterday, noting how painful it is to see our inhumanity so evident and widespread. I say "our" because it is in each of u...

The Most Important Day In American History?

Posted 12.18.2013 | Black Voices

On Dec. 18, 1865, slavery ended in the United States. Secretary of State William Seward issued a statement verifying the ratification of the 13th A...

Earliest Known Prison Memoir Details Black Man's 20 Year Prison Experience

AP | By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University announced Thursday that research has determined an 1858 manuscript it acquired is the earliest known prison ...

Adoption and Slavery: Watching 12 Years a Slave Together

Frank Ligtvoet | Posted 02.09.2014 | Parents
Frank Ligtvoet

White parents with black kids in America are not only parents with kids; they make something visible we don't like to talk about: profound racial inequality.

What's Your Slavery Footprint? There's an App for That

Mehroz Baig | Posted 02.10.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Supply chains for products are hard to keep track of, and if companies aren't investing time, money, and energy in ensuring a clean supply chain, our consumerism continues to support labor exploitation.

The (IN)Sanity of Climate Change

David_Goldstein | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
David_Goldstein

If you have taken the time to learn about climate change and feel afraid, angry or sad, if you feel an urge to take action, then you are not insane.

12 Years a Slave -- In a Bangladesh Garment Factory?

Mary Anne Mercer | Posted 01.26.2014 | World
Mary Anne Mercer

I recently saw the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years a Slave. Gruesome and yet compelling, it tells the true story of a free black man in the mid-1800s...

The Black Newspaper That Helped Change American History

Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices

On this day in 1847, freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass started a newspaper called The North Star. Douglass launched the paper follo...

A New Case for African American Reparations: A Simple Three-Part Plan

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 02.02.2014 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

In other words, from a white persons point of view, reparations for the 346 years of chattel slavery and near-slavery like conditions of Jim Crow racism involves a call for black Americans "to do for themselves." Black folk need to get their moral house in order.

A Note of Thanksgiving to the American Slaves

Kelly Smith Beaty | Posted 02.01.2014 | Black Voices
Kelly Smith Beaty

I watched the film and I experienced every emotion I anticipated, often times with indescribable intensities. I was angry. I was woeful. I was resentful and much more. But after the final credit rolled I felt another sentiment that I had not expected.

Rush Limbaugh and the Long, Sordid History of Pitting Whites Against Blacks in America

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 02.01.2014 | Media
Ian Reifowitz

Unfortunately for Rush, the story he presented to his listeners turned out not to be (he fell for a satirical, Onion-style piece posted on a blog, and had to admit on the air that he'd been duped).

12 Years a Slave and Today

Max Berger | Posted 01.27.2014 | Politics
Max Berger

Last night, I went to see a screening of 12 Years A Slave that included a conversation with Harry Belafonte and Steve McQueen about the film and it's ...

Women Grant Forgiveness, Men Give Permission

Iram Ganju | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Iram Ganju

Santosh Kalwar said, 'a strong gives forgiveness but weak gives permission.' My advice to the men who uphold traditional misogynistic practices that were created by and for them is to seek to be advisors, not grantors of permission. Therein lays your power.

Why a Dog Means So Much

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

The close relationship between humans and dogs is something of an evolutionary mystery. Is the dog a slave, or a parasite? Have we adapted them to our purposes, or have they exploited us for free food and shelter? Either way, we are so close it can hurt.