Obama’s Selma Speech Includes Gays

Selma Obama

Carl Matthes: It was President Obama’s firm support that helped propel gay rights to the stage-center as LBJ, using the assassination of JFK and his Southern heritage, brought the passage of the Civil Rights Act to the national center stage.

A Call for Spirituality and Self-Care in the Social Justice Movement

Living Peace

Victor Narro: Self-awareness at all times during our work for justice helps keep us in a state of humility. Self- awareness of how we treat others and how we engage with our colleagues in campaigns and other activities guides us in the community we are trying to build. We must always be in the presence of this self-awareness.

Latest Unemployment Numbers: Great If You’re Not Black

black unemployment

David Love: 50 years since the march from Selma to Montgomery, we are reminded that institutional racism, racial disparities in wages and wealth, and discrimination based on color are still a harsh reality of American life. And we have a long way to go.

Rudy G and Malcolm X—A Connection

Rudy Giuliani Racist

Frank Fear: Two public figures—Rudy Giuliani and Malcolm X, different in fundamental ways—share something in common. Each voice exemplifies a prominent political discourse in America—one conservative, the other progressive.

Homeless Blood

Police Shoot Homeless Man

Unai Montes-Irueste: Intentions are irrelevant. Outcomes are all that matter for those already sleeping on the streets, already locked behind bars; already living in places where hard work and education afford one the privilege to perpetuate the Horatio Alger “pull yourself up by your own bootstraps” lie.

Crazies on Parade

White Victimization

Tom Degan: I suspect that – subtly at least – the “white victimization” fantasy will, once again, be a key part of the right wing’s attempt to appeal to the clueless American people.

Who Will Cry for the Othered?

Othered Blacks

Sincere Kirabo: Through unrest and civil disobedience, my predecessors chipped away at the indomitable iceberg of marginalization until more headway was realized. More, not complete.

Riding for the Homeland Security Ranch

TSA Workers

Larry Wines: Congressional absolutist dumbbells are quite literally playing with fire. Temper-tantrum babies. And they’re not much different from kids playing with matches in the hayloft, with barrels of lamp oil and a lot of nervous livestock in the barn.

Hearing the Homeless

Los Angeles Homeless Population

Gene Rothman: “About three months into my six-month timeframe my father took a drunken swing at me and I defended myself by putting him to sleep. So I was thrown out.”