The Politics of Respectability, System Justification, and Those Sagging Pants

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Frederick Sparks: We exist within a social-political and media framework that repeatedly pushes the notion that the disadvantaged are largely responsible for their own plight, that victims must have played some role in their own fate, that those who are better off are better off because they are better people.

How Racial Profiling Feels

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Dan Bluemel: Being routinely stopped by police and searched for no apparent reason, or followed through a neighborhood only to be asked why they are there, are indignities the average white person will likely never suffer.

Zimmerman Verdict: Why Outrage Turned to Rage

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Anthony Samad: The people’s outrage is legitimate and we have the “right to protest for right,” as Dr. King once said. But protest takes many forms and that’s where we have to be wise.

The Roots of White Rage

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Carole Emberton: The idea that fear is at the heart of the matter has emerged as a popular explanation for Trayvon Martin’s murder. There is another emotion with perhaps even greater historical valence for understanding these events: rage.

The Color-Line in American Criminal Justice

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Brian Goldstein: In California, there are a number of state criminal justice bills that require support when the legislature returns from recess in early August.

Facing Reality: Race Matters

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Hector Villagra: We must confront race, admit racism still exists and discuss how it plays out in our society – without being accused of playing the race card or engaging in racial demagoguery.

What If Zimmerman Were Black?

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David Love: Some people are asking, what if the roles were reversed? What if Zimmerman was the shooting victim? Better yet, what if George Zimmerman had been a black man accused of shooting a white teen to death?

How to Seem Racist: A Guide

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Tina Dupuy: If you feel like Martin is responsible for his own death because he wasn’t docile and apologetic, you seem racist.

Why Was 2010 Election Disastrous for Black America?

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David Love: That 2010 midterm election. It is the gift that just keeps on giving. And it is proof that elections do matter.

National Bar Association Demands Justice for Trayvon

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The National Bar Association demands justice for Trayvon Martin says Zimmerman verdict highlights continued injustices in American legal system

Zimmerman Goes Free: Thoughts on Saturday’s Verdict

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Mark Naison: There was no mutual understanding on that fateful night in Florida. If George Zimmerman had been more respectful, and more tolerant, and more secure, Trayvon Martin would have survived that encounter and lived a productive life.

Creepy Crackers n’ Shucking Toms

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Although it’s never stopped being open season on black folk in America the Beautiful, the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act, its partial smackdown of affirmative action and the happy times for George Zimmerman defense trial signal that the gloves are off again.

Why I Still Can’t Marry My Girlfriend

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Jasmyne Cannick: Getting married is one thing, but for my girlfriend and a lot of African-Americans in same-sex relationships, having a job and feeling worthy of marrying is another.

Are Progressives Blind to Race?

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Sharon Kyle: It bothers me that I see so much segregation within the progressive movement yet I don’t have any quick fixes.

Supreme Court Throws Voting Rights Act Under the Bus

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David Love: It is no understatement to say that the U.S. Supreme Court committed a crime of the highest proportion when it decided to gut the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a few days ago. The victory for gay marriage and against DOMA was bittersweet, given a disappointing voting rights decision in the same week.

Paula Deen and the Cooked Goose of American Culture

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JP Sotille: Shame is the only thing standing between you and your arrival as a full-on cultural reference. So, make a sex tape. Try out for a reality competition. Transcend the plight of the anonymous. Maybe you are the next “Food Network Star.”

East LA Agitates for Sheriff’s Department Oversight

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Patrisse Marie Cullors: Residents of East LA and Boyle Heights gathered to discuss how civilian oversight of the Sheriff’s Department was necessary to create lasting deterrents to deputy abuse of their loved ones in the jails.

America Still Blind to Race?

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Randy Shaw: It would be helpful for progressive bloggers of color to explain why they did not attend Netroots Nation. Yet many are likely too busy writing stories to divert energy into explaining why they did attend a particular conference.

Paula Deen: Racist Jokes No Joke

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David Love: If you make a race-related joke, you’d better be funny or else. Don’t step over the racial humor line separating funny from racist.

Netroots Nation 2013 Still Lacking Diversity

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Sharon Kyle: Netroots Nation Lacks Diversity, even as the organizers of the convention consciously focused on inclusiveness, the lack of faces of color is striking

What’s on Trial: George Zimmerman or “Stand Your Ground”?

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Anthony Samad: In the Trayvon Martin case, George Zimmerman is poised to beat the system. Because everybody and everything will be on trial, except George Zimmerman.

Immigrants and Historical Amnesia

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Claude Fisher: Whatever position one has on the the current immigration debate, if we are going to invoke history in that debate, let’s invoke the real history: European immigrants a century ago did get help, distinctively high levels of help, on their way to assimilation and success in America.

Why Are More Blacks Busted for Marijuana Use

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Selena Teji: Nationally, African Americans are four times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than their white counterparts, despite using the drug at approximately the same rate.

Why TSA Targets Blacks and Latinos

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David Love: When TSA stops someone at the airport, there must be a good reason, right? Maybe not. It could be racial profiling at work.’

South L.A. Looks With Wary Hope to Garcetti’s City Hall

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Erin Aubry Kaplan: Garcetti’s victory, which suggests a new LA. politics that could begin bridging the gap between the poverty associated with race and the progressive action associated with privilege, could ultimately be a win for South L.A. too.

Still Think We Don’t Need Affirmative Action?

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David Love: Minority groups have been disproportionately affected by the Great Recession, and to make things worse, since the economic downturn, it appears diversity has not been a priority for employers.

Original Memorial Day Started by Former Slaves

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Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

Bullying Pulpit: Racism, Barack Obama and the Selective Call for Personal Responsibility

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Tim Wise: Perhaps it is President Obama who has internalized the idea that black people, even highly educated ones, are would-be malingerers, just waiting for a reason to go soft and “blame the world for trying to keep a black man down.”

Movies and Memories of Our Racist Past

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Charles Hayes: What 42 makes crystal clear is how shallow and superficial the strain of contempt is that enables and sustains racism as prejudice is handed down from one generation to the next.

When Homophobia Trumps Misogyny

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Irene Monroe: Joyner points to the ongoing struggle in the African American community with its unresolved homophobia and misogyny that falls on the backs of its women and LGBTQ population, pitting one disenfranchised group against another.

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