(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.

The NYPD’s “New Low” That’s Not So New

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Soya Jung: From the War on Crime to the War on Drugs to the War on Terror, increasingly, this us-versus-them way of sorting humanity is what “makes” race today, by dictating whose lives are safeguarded by the alleged American promise of freedom and democracy, and whose are not.

Dreaming of Moral Leadership

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Steve Hochstadt: As Americans recognized the hatefulness of discrimination and the ethical superiority of the movement for civil rights, King’s dreams have become plausible goals.

Remembering W.E.B. Du Bois

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Peter Dreier: Overshadowed by the recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech was another half-century milestone — the death of W.E.B. Du Bois.

Racism Egregiously Misunderstood

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Charles Hayes: A common mistake in characterizing the nature of prejudice is to attempt to describe it as a conscious sense of awareness—a front-page choice that requires overt acknowledgment.

What Would Martin Luther King Jr. March for Today?

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Peter Dreier: King began his activism as a crusader against racial segregation, but he soon recognized that his battle was part of a much broader fight for a more humane society. Today, at age 84, King would no doubt still be on the front lines, lending his voice and his energy to major battles for justice.

Origins of “Gook”

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Soya Jung: The word “gook” was created as a tool of American war and conquest – a tool used to ensure the dehumanization of subject peoples, so that they could be killed and disappeared and stolen from with impunity.

Why Are Asians So Racist?

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Scot Nakagawa: Asian immigrants almost never arrive here with an understanding of “Asian” as a race nor of the racial attitudes that prevail in the U.S. They have to be taught.

Jesse Jackson, MLK, Malcolm X: Civil Rights Dynasties in Shambles

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ith the imprisonment of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. on the eve of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s historic march on Washington, it seems that the children of civil rights icons are not in the best of shape these days. In fact they are, well, a hot mess, and appearing more like fodder for [...]

Some of My Best Friends Are…

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Scot Nakagawa: Even as the racial demographics of the U.S. tilt toward people of color, the minority of white people in this country who don’t have friends of color is still greater than the total number of non-whites in the U.S.

Racism Is Like Cell Phones

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Soya Jung: We need to remember that race, like technology, adapts in ways that can feel normal, as long as you have the privilege to keep up.

Stop Picking on Single Mothers

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Nick Capo: Most single mothers or functionally single mothers need a society that will provide help—ample funding for parental leave, prenatal care, child support, and day care.

Where I Come From

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Soya Jung: There are many different paths to political consciousness. But it always happens as part of asking ourselves, “Why?” and fighting alongside others to change the conditions in which we find ourselves.

Mama Brigade: We Believe That We Will Win

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Melina Abdullah: As the darting eyes of this growing, interlocking body of young people begin to settle on the prize – on the toppling of the racist, classist, oppressive regime — I am renewed, relieved and resolved to take my rightful place as a part of the Mama Brigade, pushing the young ones forward.

Truth That Comes From Trayvon’s Murder

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Tom Hall: Complacency kills. There was a time when the world watched oppressed Americans march in the streets, sit in at auto plants and lunch counters, and face the guns of National Guard troops. Now, comfortably oppressed Americans watch as other people, in Benghazi, and Tahrir Square, and Tiananmen Square, remind us of the spirit we have lost.

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