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Warren J. Blumenfeld
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Dr. Warren J. Blumenfeld, College of Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is co-editor of Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States (Sense), Editor of Homophobia: How We All Pay the Price (Beacon), and co-editor of Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (Routledge).

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New Hope Ministries Offers No Hope At All

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 5:32 PM

I am continually amazed, but no longer surprised, when I witness incidents where individuals and entire denominations justify and perpetuate acts of bigotry and tyranny in the name of God and religion. From scorn, marginalization, forced conversion and expulsion, to kidnapping, rape, enslavement, invasion and murder, throughout the ages up...

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Blasting Away Black Faces and Lives

(2) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:19 PM

With the increased visibility of police officers killing unarmed black men and boys surfacing in the media, the wide scale demonstrations of outrage and protest traveling throughout the United States and in countries around the world, and investigations by the Justice Department into allegations of racial bias in policing, one...

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Police and Protesters as Potential Allies

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2014 | 6:11 PM

"The ruling class has... needed people to control those on the bottom. Some of the largest male occupations are police, security guards, prison wardens, immigration officials, deans and administrators, soldiers, members of the National Guard and state militias, and, of course, the father of the family as the disciplinarian." --...

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'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:44 PM

A grand jury in St. Louis county Missouri, on November 24, 2014, failed to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed black man, Michael Brown, Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, 2014.

Now a grand jury has decided not to indict Statin Island police...

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Sport as Socio-Political Institution

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 8:43 AM

I still clearly see in my mind's eye the raised black-gloved fists of gold medalist Tommie Smith and bronze medalist John Carlos soring into the air of history during the track and field medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. As the Star Spangled Banner blared throughout the stadium,...

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Alan Turing Helped Save the World & They Persecuted Him

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2014 | 1:15 PM

"[Alan Turing] was and is a hero of all time...a man who is a gay icon, who didn't deny his nature, his being, and for that he suffered. ... This is a story that celebrates him, that celebrates outsiders; it celebrates anybody who's ever felt different and ostracized and ever...

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A Reflection on Veterans Day

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:45 AM

On Veterans Day, we pause in remembrance of those who have proudly served our country in the U.S. military. Originally known as "Armistice Day," November 11 was chosen to annually memorialize the cessation of hostilities between the Allied powers and Germany ending World War I, which was then regarded as...

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Ebolaphobia Going Viral

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 11:39 AM

"If we feel afraid, it isn't what we don't know that frightens us,
it's what we think we do know." ~ Allan G. Johnson in Power, Privilege, and Difference

Two brothers, Pape, 13-year-old eight-grader, and Amidou, 11-year-old sixth-grader, reported being attacked and bashed by a mob of...

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Satire as Libel & Resistance to Anti-Racism Efforts

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 10:59 AM

Recently, a Zimbabwe American of European heritage contacted me to ask whether I actually believed what I was quoted as saying in an article currently going viral titled "Zimbabwe Announces Ambitious Plans for a Final Solution to White Racism" appearing on the online site "Diversity Chronical" dated April...

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Malala Yousafzai & Classroom Attendance

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 3:18 PM

"We don't learn the importance of anything until it is snatched from our hands."
Malala Yousafzai, "The Daily Show," October 8, 2013

Malala Yousafzai, the courageous and tireless champion for the rights of women and girls throughout the world to access quality education, has never swerved...

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Clean Potable Water a Human Right, Even in Detroit

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Over 60,000 people in New York's Central Park and millions more around our planet were treated to the eclectic sounds of world-class performers at the third Global Citizens Festival on Saturday, September 27. Performers included Jay Z, Beyoncé, Carrie Underwood, The Roots, Tiesto, No Doubt, Sting, and Alicia Keys.

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A Letter to My Maternal Great-Grandparents Wolf and Bascha Mahler

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 1:49 PM

Dear Great-Grandfather Wolf and Great-Grandmother Bascha,

Though I have never written to you, I have carried your image and felt your comforting presence ever since that first day when your son, Simon [Szymon] told me about you. One day, when I was very young, I sat upon Simon's knee. Looking...

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The Many Ways We All Lose in a Heterosexist Environment

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2014 | 2:04 PM

"I find it paradoxical that we live in a society where love of difference makes one the same, while love of sameness makes one different."

I cannot help thinking about something Frederick Douglass, who escaped enslavement and worked for the cause of liberation, once said when he described the...

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Ferguson, MO and Beyond Heroes, Holidays, Food and Festivals

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 9:49 AM

"[African Americans are] born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world -- a world which yields [them] no true self-consciousness, but only lets [them] see [themselves] through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at...
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Leaders vs. Israeli & Palestinian People

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 3:02 PM

I keep hearing in the press and in popular discourse about the "two sides" in the Middle East conflict, with the sides being the Palestinians and the Israelis. I understand that there are indeed a number of "sides," but I believe that the Palestinian people and the Israeli people are...

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Immigration Laws as Official 'Racial' Policy

(7) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 7:00 AM

Politicians and most other residents of the United States alike, from every rung along the full political spectrum, generally agree on one issue: Our immigration system is severely broken and needs fixing. Seemingly insurmountable gaps in political solutions to repair the system along with Congressional inaction to the point of...

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The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Currently serving his second term as Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri Kamil Mohammed Hasan al-Maliki took office leading his Shiite Muslim-dominated Dawa Party in 2006. His rise to prominence began as a political dissenter protesting the policies and tactics of Saddam Hussein's dictatorial regime in the late 1970s...

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International LGBT Rights: The Canaries in the Mine Shaft

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 7:20 PM

It is a violation of human rights when people are beaten or killed because of their sexual orientation, or because they do not conform to cultural norms about how men and women should look or behave. It is a violation of human rights when governments declare it illegal to be...
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Sending Harvey Milk Throughout the Planet

(4) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 1:13 PM

This year, the United States Postal Service released a long-awaited and overdue postage stamp in honor of a pioneering legislator and advocate not only for the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people, but for all people, especially those who had been traditionally locked out...

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Environmental Justice and the "Science" of Denial

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Only after the last tree has been cut down,
only after the last river has been poisoned,
only after the last fish has been caught,
only then will you learn that you cannot eat money.

-- Cree Proverb

The White House recently released its

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