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”.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Sterling’s racist references to shiftless black untouchables are simply yet another snapshot of how caste, ethnicity and the bootstraps mythology play out in “post-racial” America.
Center for Inquiry Los Angeles, October 11-12, 2014. Featured speakers: Mercedes D.G. Forbes, Sikivu Hutchinson, Meredith Moise, Anthony Pinn, Raina Rhoades, Kimbery Veal, and Donald Wright
Abortion rights are in a state of emergency, and headed for disaster. Already, women in this country who cannot access safe abortions are attempting to self-abort by inserting sharp objects in their vaginas, taking pills, asking their boyfriends to beat them up, and more.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Then, as now, mainstream pro-choice activists ceded the moral high ground to the anti-abortion regime, wavering between whether to frame abortion as a matter of personal choice or as an inalienable right.
Sikivu Hutchinson: There is little mainstream feminist discourse linking black women’s historical erasure with their criminalization; no women’s rights outrage over how the disfigurement of black women’s image buttresses mass incarceration.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Unless the District makes a concerted effort to train and staff highly qualified teachers at high-need schools and promote a culture of high expectations for African American and Latino students, the roll-out will only deepen the race/class disparities in Los Angeles.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Put bluntly, in an era in which affirmative action has been viciously discredited and all but gutted by both the Right and neo-liberal “Left”, young African Americans are less educated than older African Americans.
Black Homophobia Myth: After publishing “The 10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ folk” , Pickens came under fire from church officials.
Black Women Teachers: Exemplary black teachers’ dedication to community is rarely highlighted in mainstream representations of teaching.
Race Income Inequality — Pundits assiduously avoid the role institutional racism and white supremacy play in economic injustice.
Blacks in Hollywood — For many people of color, going to 21st century movies is a soul-sucking exercise in seeing power through white eyes.
African American College Statistics — Black boys are suspended and expelled at higher rates for lesser offenses than are white students.