Being African-American in America

These articles offer a glimpse into the lives of African-Americans in America. This should not be used to represent the "black experience". It is simply a collection of articles, written from a specific perspective. Most of the authors listed below are either African-American or are those who have delved deeply into the African-American experience through advanced studies and lived experience through relationship.

O’Reilly, Race, and Asian Americans

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Scot Nakagawa: Wednesday, Bill O’Reilly took us from the No Spin Zone to the make-your-head-spin zone in his rant, “The Truth About White Privilege.” And what was O’Reilly’s “truth?” That white privilege is a myth, the proof of which lies in the experience of Asian Americans.

Don’t Shoot: Respect, Guide and Inspire

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Mark Naison: I am haunted by the death of Michael Brown because I have worked with young people in highly charged settings and have seen what they can accomplish when people who command their respect guide them, challenge them, inspire them and love them.

Unarmed and Unaware

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Sharon Kyle: It’s easier for me to find out the amount of space debris orbiting Earth than it is for me to know how many unarmed black men have died at the hands of the police across the United States so far this year.

Blame the Black Guy

Blaming President Obama

Tom Degan: Of all of their paranoid hallucinations regarding this boringly moderate president, the one that tickles me the most is the right’s perception of him as this wild-eyed, borderline socialist.

Mississippi Revisited

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Vivian Rothstein: The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary gathering was a way to make sure that Mississippi’s civil rights history is defined by those organizers and local leaders who made it.

Juneteenth: Marking the End of Slavery

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Jessie Daniels: When I see those historical photos of early Juneteenth celebrations, and I see how small and sober these events seem, I think what a bittersweet moment that must have been – celebrating emancipation and commemorating all those that didn’t make it.

The American System of Racism

American System of Racism

Steve Hochstadt: We remember a bee sting for a long time. A dozen bee stings change how a person thinks about insects. The daily stings of racism over a lifetime, a generation, several centuries have determined the painful relations between black and white in America.

Black Man of Happiness

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Peter Harris: The Black Man of Happiness: In Pursuit of My ‘Unalienable Right’ is a jazzy journal & unprecedented meditation that ranges in scope from Thomas Jefferson’s era to the Digital Age in search of the answer to the simple, startling question, What is a happy Black man?

Dismantling Collective Amnesia

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Jessica Ann Mitchell: Anyone who reads Ta-Nehisi Coates’ latest masterpiece on The Atlantic will realize that it goes beyond the traditional conversation about reparations. It’s a beautifully woven story that works towards dismantling collective amnesia.

The Obamas’ Race to the Bottom

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Sikivu Hutchinson: After pursuing policies that have deepened racial segregation, the Obamas’ eleventh hour “awakening” to racial inequality is yet another kick in the teeth to people of color staring at the brutal mirage of economic “recovery”.

Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man, Again

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Sharon Kyle: So now I’m intrigued and confused. If he was mistaken for the murder suspect, why would he have to cop a plea and why is he behind bars, and why haven’t the bullets been removed and oh yeah – why was he shot in the first place?

Emulating Malcolm X

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Bill Fletcher Jr.: Malcolm X’s transformation cannot be understood outside of a recognition that his adoption of a belief system and a commitment to something larger than himself involved a dedication to the building of organization.

Donald Sterling Is Los Angeles

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Joe Mathews: The racism heard on the leaked tape may have been news around the country, but Sterling’s discrimination against renters in his apartment buildings, and his anti-black, anti-Mexican, and misogynist views, were well-known facts of Los Angeles life for 30 years.

Donald Sterling Confirms Race Still Matters

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Randy Shaw: Donald Sterling is a racist who has no business owning an NBA team. Yet he was allowed to do so by the same passive approach to racial bias that has become business as usual in much of the nation, and particularly in the world of sports.

Black Is More Than a Skin Color

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Sheria Reid: Tea Party Republicans have figured out if they have their own black folks, in limited numbers of course, then they can refute the accusations of racism and proudly declare, “We have our own black people; we’re not racists!”

Model Minority Suicide: Five Reasons, Five Ways

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Scot Nakagawa: The belief, that the black poor are just entitlement junkies, has negative consequences for all poor people because the tough “love” solutions this belief inspires, like cutting back on food stamps and other programs, see no color.

No Race on Noah’s Ark?

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Sharon Kyle: Whether we are talking about Liz Taylor playing “Cleopatra” or Russell Crowe standing in to represent every man, the outcome is the same – disproportionately high rates of unemployment for people of color.

Targeting the Black Jobs Crisis

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Joe Rihn: Over the last 40 years the economy as a whole has seen a shift toward low-wage and part-time jobs. As a result, 30 percent of black workers in Los Angeles County are currently making less than $12 an hour.

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