James A. Haught: Whites needn’t feel ashamed of their privilege — but they should work hard to ensure that everyone in every ethnic group gets the same benefits.
Peter Dreier: In hundreds of cities across the country, Americans of conscience — led by churches and synagogues, unions, and college students — demonstrated their support for the sit-ins by picketing in front of Woolworths stores, urging people to boycott the national chain until it desegregated its Southern lunch counters.
Sharon Kyle: The question is whether or not a factual statement such as this should or should not be interpreted as divisive. This is where issues of privilege come into play.
Sikivu Hutchinson: After all the controversy surrounding the white origins of the Women’s March, L.A.’s event was a snapshot of the deep segregation and Euro privilege that shapes the city’s cultural geography.
fter the monochromatic inauguration of Sir Trump Devoid of Funk, Penthouse Populist, Twitter Bully, and Bland Brand, I’m viscerally reminded, again, of how my pursuit of happiness remains contaminated by hypocritical contradictions, double-standards, embedded in America’s violent DNA. Starting with Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration: “…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created […]
Dick Price: In looking at the statement Martin Luther King Jr., made famous: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” you consider the profound step backwards fellow Americans made in electing a race-baiter and scapegoater, and you think, well, that arc must be very long indeed. But Maybe Richard and Mildred Loving can teach us a thing or two.
JP Sotille: Like a bristling political antenna, Trump picked up the growing unease in rural and suburban America and masterfully transmitted broad emotional, identity-based appeals rooted in the nation’s shifting demography.
David A. Love: Does a news host who claims Jesus and Santa are white have anything to say that we need to hear?
Returning to Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man decades after parsing it as a college American literature class assignment just weeks from Donald J. Trump’s inauguration is a bittersweet experience indeed.
Mark Naison: To use eroticized and racialized animal imagery in wishing for his death, and doing even worse for the First Lady, crosses a line that no public official should be able to cross and still retain their job.
Scot Nakagawa: Poor black people continue be miner’s canaries and prophets of destruction, their experiences of oppression and exclusion still the tip of the spear of threats to democracy, the security of our citizenship, the stability and security of our economy.
Lawrence Wittner: Although racial, religious, and foreign minorities served as targets for political abuse throughout American history, African Americans were particularly useful along these lines.
John Peeler: The deeper truth that she calls to our attention is this: that many or most whites, North as well as South, are not comfortable with black advancement and will support measures that will contain that advancement.