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.

Why Are Cops So Frightened?

Why Cops Are Scared

Cheryl Dorsey: The notion that “hand-hiding” reasonably causes “fear” is ridiculous; that refusing to exit a car justifies the use of a taser, or displaying your driver’s license — for god’s sake — when asked results in your being shot several times.

Hillary Surprisingly Bold on Ferguson

Hillary on Ferguson

Nia Malika Henderson: Whereas most Democrats and Republicans, and eventually President Obama, addressed the militarization of the police, Clinton actually went there on an issue that most avoided: racism and the criminal justice system.

O’Reilly, Race, and Asian Americans

Bill OReilly Asian Americans

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

Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary

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.

We Have a “Boy Problem” Alright, But It’s Not New

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Julia Grant: Women’s historical inequality has masked the fact that boys of color, immigrants, and the impoverished have swelled the ranks of dropouts, delinquents, and special education students throughout the twentieth century and into the present.

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