A Lingering Stain

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Inman Moore: I grew up in the briar patches and cotton fields of Mississippi. I can tell you there was tremendous mistreatment.

Thanks…Giving: 2013’s Hunger Strike Round-Up

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Tina Dupuy: This is the 160th anniversary of Lincoln’s Thanksgiving proclamation. Somehow a day of “humble penitence” has evolved into candying already-too-sweet tubers and mauling your neighbors at the local Walmart for a $30 Furby Boom.

Is the “Yellow Peril” Dead?

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Ellen D. Wu: Until Americans break away from the xenophobic notion that the “foreign” is always suspect and menacing, a proposal to “kill everyone in China” — even when tossed out flippantly by a child on a late night talk show — is no joke.

Does Twitter Have a Diversity Problem?

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David Love: The wide racial disparity between Twitter executives and Twitter users suggests the corporate leadership is unable to relate to a large segment of its own customers, putting the company itself at a strategic disadvantage.

Wendell Berry’s Reflections on Racism

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Walter Moss: What I like most about Berry’s comments on racism is his linking it with a broader perspective on what type of society and culture he thinks the United States should have. More about that later, but first it should be noted that his general view is consistent with most liberal/progressive thinking.

Mexican American Identity Crisis

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Rudy Acuña: People without a historical memory are easier manipulated, and they lose the ability to defend their communities. The only power poor people have to check the universities and elected officials is the power of numbers.

Olympic Black Power Salute at 45

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David Love: On this day in 1968, at the Olympics Games in Mexico City, two black U.S. medalists—Tommie Smith and John Carlos—took the victory stand with their heads bowed and eyes closed, their hands raised with black gloves, and fists clenched.

New Slant on Hate Speech

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Scot Nakagawa: To address a problem of racial bigotry our government seems to think guides us while choosing words to describe racial groups but magically skips over us when we engage in more substantive practices affecting those groups like administering elections, policing our neighborhoods, and setting their wages and working conditions.

Campaign for Homeless Bill of Rights Kicks Off in California

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Dan Bluemel: Citing a growing effort by local governments to use laws and business improvement districts to target the homeless and mold poorer neighborhoods in the interests of businesses and the wealthy, advocates say a state law is necessary to protect the basic rights of homeless citizens.

The Face of Poverty in California

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Brian Goldstein: One out of six Californians, over 6 million people, live in poverty. One out of four children, numbering 2.1 million, also struggle with poverty. The 2012 poverty rate for California was 15.9 percent, up from 12.2 percent in 2006.

Discriminating Taste

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Walter Brasch: Want to be a CEO for a Fortune 500 company? Make sure you’re about 6-foot tall–too tall also doesn’t work, either–weigh about 170-200 pounds, have hair, and look good in Armani suits. And, also make sure you’re a male.

(Miss) America’s Racism Problem

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Jessie Daniels: America still has a problem with racism. That much was glaringly apparent in the intense, vitriolic reaction to Nina Davuluri’s victory in the Miss America pageant, the first time a woman of Indian descent has won an event as quintessentially American as baseball and pumpkin pie.

Bakken Oil: An Elder Speaks To Power

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Georgianne Nienaber: Recent allegations and lawsuits filed in Federal and District Courts involve patterns of greed and swindling that could have been taken from the pages of the script for the movie “Promised Land.”

Racism and the Threat to American Civil Liberties

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Scot Nakagawa: It seems unbelievable that a country that tries to present itself as a beacon of liberty and freedom throughout the world could have facilitated this massive violation of our privacy. But for Japanese Americans, this contradiction in terms is nothing new.

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