The Souls of Black Boys

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African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.

Asian Americans Are the Same as Other Americans, But Not in the Way Frank Wu Seems to Think We Are

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Scot Nakagawa: It’s only as we leave Asia that we assume a pan-Asian identity imposed on us by westerners for whom Asia might as well be Grosse Pointe, Michigan for all the diversity it is assumed exists among Asian peoples.

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.

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.

Can the Labor Movement Save Its Soul?

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Hasira Ashemu: If labor cannot utilize everything in its toolkit to turn the tide, then it and the aspirations of millions of black, brown, yellow, red and yes, white people will be tragically marginalized.

Racism Unmasked: From Paula Deen to the Supreme Court

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Melina Abdullah & Hasira Ashemu: Rather than simply falling in line, people of color and anti-racist Whites alike must demand that we pull back the curtain on the wizards that have firmly held the levers of institutional power for hundreds of years.

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.

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.”

Questions Remain After Christopher Dorner Episode Ends

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Anthony Samad: The same dignity Dorner had in his work, he lost in his death. But he made his point. The system he once believed in, and defended, is still broken and nobody seems to care.

REAL EYEZ Book Signing at Eso Won Wednesday Night

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Antony Samad: The book is an examination of American Institutions (Race, Religion, Education and Politics) and the cultural shifts taking place in our society (national identity, racism, sport, social stigmatism, sex, redemption, counter-culturalism, popular acceptance and tragedy)

American Racism Past and Present

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Sharon Kyle: 20 years after Los Angeles erupted in civil unrest, still with major differentials in employment, housing, healthcare, education, and wealth between whites and blacks, are we sitting on a powder keg again?

Defending Teachers and Teaching

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Mark Naison: Every time I walk into a classroom, I am trying to do for my students what the best teachers I had did for me; to capture my imagination to such a degree that what went on in that class would be etched in my memory for life.

Rich Klimmer: Pride of the American Working Class

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Mark Naison: Richie, a tough, working class kid from Chicago who had played basketball at Marquette, approached this campaign as if it might be the last of his life because, in fact, it was.

Revealing the Boogeyman

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Sheria Reid: The depth of depravity that feeds racism at this level counts on being able to stay in the shadows. They don’t want those of us who find their beliefs repulsive to see them.

Post Racial America?! Hell to the No!

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Sheria Reid: No matter how well intentioned, burying one’s head in the sand and pretending that the monster doesn’t exist never works out well.

Black Like Me at Cornell Law School

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Lauren Nile: I wish America’s Caucasian population could experience American society as African-Americans experience it for 24 hours.

Romney Revealed – Race and Rampant Stereotypes

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Lauren Nile: Mitt Romney’s speach at the NAACP Convention this week revealed his unconscious racism of low expectations

Skin Color, Eye Color and Arbitrary Hierarchies

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Lauren Nile: Our misunderstanding of race is one of the most significant factors that has greatly decelerated our evolution as a species.

Grasp the Future: You Can Vote, But You Can’t Work

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Vijay Prashad: One of the great triumphs of the past two decades has been the gradual and by now almost total demise of the legitimacy of the current phase of capitalism, in other words, neo-liberalism.

The Trayvon Martin Case: A Lesson Still to Be Learned

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Walter Brasch: Mistrust and distrust, often fueled by the mass media with their own agendas, may lead some to irrationally believe that entire demographics of people — White, Black, Hispanic, gay, Jew, Muslim — may pose threats to their own safety, leading them to react as if the threats were real rather than imagined.

Black Mathematicians: The Kind of Problems They Wish Didn’t Need Solving

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Jonathan Farley: The National Review’s John Derbyshire pointed out that no black mathematician had ever won the Fields medal. There are a few reasons for that.

America Heads Back to the Future

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Randy Shaw: Many white Americans yearn for the days when racism was not “an issue.” White attitudes toward George Zimmerman’s actions confirm this.

The Hoodie Debate: The “Shoot First” Law and Negrophobia

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Anthony Samad: The week after President Obama was elected in November of 2008, the FBI reported a 49% jump in background checks for gun and assault rifle purchases. Some 374,000 people sought to buy guns between November 3rd and 9th, 2008.

Trayvon Is Everybody’s Son

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Carl Matthes: The President’s most personal message to the family – “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon,” – is a metaphor. Trayvon represents my son, your child. None of us want any unarmed child, who is walking home from the store while chatting on his cell phone to a girl friend, shot down under any circumstances.

What We Can Learn from Surveys

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Steve Hochstadt: Once the enforced segregation of black and gay Americans into closets and ghettos was broken, discriminatory ideas have lost their persuasive power.

Most Read Led by Sharon Kyle’s Take on “The Help”

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LA Progressive’s Publisher, Sharon Kyle, had a big week this week, placing two articles in the top 10 most read articles: “Why “The Help” Is Little Help” and “Black History Month, Who Needs It?”

Black and White in a Small Midwestern Town

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Steve Hochstadt: That mixing in Jacksonville was regulated by the racism of stores and restaurants which black families could not enter, of high school dances for white students only, of neighborhood covenants which allowed only whites to buy property.

Reflections on Black History Month

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Carol Lutness: This is not just a struggle for the African American. It is a struggle for all but the very few. Never was there a greater crisis than we all face now economically, politically and environmentally.

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