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Talking About Race

One Thing White People Can Do About Ferguson

Sarah Milstein | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Milstein

While race is a defining factor in the lives of white people, too, it's not a topic most of us know how to broach or navigate. Perhaps the one thing white progressives know about discussing race is that it's likely to be uncomfortable or openly conflictual.

How Do You Define Race? Lessons From HuffPost Live

Darron T. Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2013 | Black Voices
Darron T. Smith, Ph.D.

What occurred on this panel is so typical of how most discussions on race and racism transpire. The problem with our prior approach is the assumption that we all have a universal understanding of race in America. So, I propose that we start a new conversation.

Why I Want to Talk about Race, And Why You Should, Too

Sarah J. Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Sarah J. Jackson

Talking about race is exhausting, especially in a world that pretends it's a conversation that no longer needs to be had. Which is, of course, why we all need to keep talking about race.

Race, Racism & Rampage Shootings

Jessie Daniels, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jessie Daniels, Ph.D.

Earlier this week, Omar Thornton walked out of a meeting in which he was being fired from his job at a beer distributor in Connecticut and opened fire on his former co-workers.

You Cut, I Choose: Imagining a Brighter Racial Future

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.

Remember when some people said that Barack Obama's election meant we had gone post-racial? It really hasn't turned out that way.

Obama's Black Paradox and Our Own

George Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Davis

He's damned fortunate if we don't and damned fortunate if we do allow that he is black. We received some crazy responses by email, by phone, and as o...

Administration Must Acknowledge and Address the Growing Crisis in the Black Community

John A. Powell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John A. Powell

Growing evidence suggests that Black communities and other marginalized populations are not being adequately reached and are not benefiting from these current economic policies.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Discusses the Current Political Landscape (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and p...

Does "Asian America" Leave Some Asian Americans Behind?

Keith Kamisugi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Keith Kamisugi

If some of our communities are left behind as others move forward, we cannot claim victory for all Asian Americans.

A Conversation with Cornel West: Obama's First Year and the Marginalization of the Black Political Agenda

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Last week, I had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Cornel West, a professor of Religion and African American studies at Princeton, about Obama's presidency and the marginalization of the Black political agenda.

John Mayer's Longing For Blackness Is a "Very" Wide-Open Window Into U.S. Race Relations

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mikhail Lyubansky

For most of us, the "pass" is obviously not anything tangible that one could, you know, keep on hand in case of a heated inter-racial exchange, but for Mayer it actually signified "group" endorsement.

It's Time for Obama To End "Don't Ask, Don't Talk" Policy on Racism

Hasan Kwame Jeffries | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hasan Kwame Jeffries

Obama needs to move swiftly to end "Don't Ask, Don't Talk," the White House policy that sidesteps the issue of racism in America by directing the president not to talk about it.

The price of freedom

Richard Albert | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Albert

The latest tragedy to befall Haiti was not an act of God. It was a failure of humanity. The death and disaster in Haiti are the direct result of the...

King's Dream: What He Believed We Needed to Do to Achieve It

Hasan Kwame Jeffries | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hasan Kwame Jeffries

America has made tremendous strides since Dr. King shared his dream with us. Yet his colorblind society remains elusive. To make it a reality, we need to take seriously what he said we needed to do to achieve it.

The Strong Educated Black Woman in the 21st Century

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sophia A. Nelson

Sisters, the time has come for you to change the rules, and walk upright in all of your glory, beauty and splendor as a black woman. The rest will come. I promise.

Words of Advice for White Would-Be Writers on Race

Mike Barber | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mike Barber

No serious person is ever going to say it's racist to talk about race. That's nonsense.

Black Like Me, White Like Thee

George Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
George Davis

Professional and college sports create millions, maybe even billions, of moments each year when racial differences really do not matter in America.

Will Someone Help Sen. Graham with All Those Black Folks?

Cliff Albright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cliff Albright

Sen. Graham outlined the many reasons why it was unconscionable to burden his state with health care. Among his complaints: South Carolina has too much unemployment and too many Black people. What?

Accusing Someone of Racism Squashes the Likelihood of Fruitful Dialogue Like a Bug

Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Grant-Thomas, Ph.D.

The merits of a particular case aside, truth is that almost no one embraces the racist label. This is true even in the relatively rare instance where the accused has practically scratched the word into his forehead.