Steve Hochstadt: Every survey and social scientific study demonstrates the continuing power of racism to distort and impoverish the lives of black Americans. What is relatively new is the congruence of the partisan and racial splits.
Tom Hastings: My partner, who is African American, rejects the notion of reparations that start with sending out money before fixing the core problems that still drive such high rates of pain and suffering in the black community.
Robert Koehler: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s office shows that black drivers are at least twice as likely — in some towns, much more than that — to be stopped by police as white drivers.
California Democratic Convention just completed my last convention this past weekend as a delegate to the California Democratic Party. I have been a delegate for over ten years. I used to be a member of many caucuses but I slowly pulled back membership over the years from the caucuses that I was either not acknowledged […]
Pam Spritzer: People I claimed to hate, such as a Jewish boss, a lesbian supervisor, and black and Latino co-workers, defied my hostility. They treated me with kindness when I least deserved it, but when I most needed it.
Pastor William Smart: Muhlaysia Booker, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was brutally beaten on April 12 in the middle of a Dallas street. Onlookers cheered, some of them.
Irene Monroe: Colorism is a topic that cannot be explored enough since bleaching creams are still being sold in drugstores across the country and natural hair in many circles—professional and social—are still frowned upon.
Jessica Farris: When They See Us confronts the reality of our criminal justice system, where law enforcement narratives dominate and people who endure injustice are silenced.
Irene Monroe: When news broke that three historically African American Baptist churches have burned within ten days in rural Louisiana’s St. Landry Parish, sadly, the horror was all too familiar.
Peter Laarman: He begins with a chapter explaining how so many white people, including Mr. Lincoln, could be staunchly anti-slavery while remaining shamefully anti-Black.
Berry Craig: Under his phony populist facade, Trump is just another billionaire—okay, he says he’s a billionaire—Wall Street Republican out to enrich the already rich and bust unions.
Eileen O’Brien: Too often, individual whites who get caught saying something racist end up giving what Michael Eric Dyson calls a “dress up, fess up” press conference that falls woefully short of actual remorse, and Northam’s was no exception to that pattern.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Because of the GOP’s continued aversion to diversity — people of color, LGBTs, immigrants, and Muslims, to name a few — the tribe has become an aging White nostalgic throwback of Jim Crow days.