Sharon Kyle: As well intentioned and sincere the CEO may be, and I have no reason to doubt his intentions, he offers nothing that would lead a black person to believe that his actions will result in a significant change in the behavior of Starbucks employees.
Alvaro Hueto: It’s long overdue for Chicanas/os and Mexicans to unite and reject all racist rhetoric, actions and policies by American leaders and millions of its citizens against our people.
Frank Fear: Go to any major college or pro football or basketball game. Who’s playing on the field? Who’s watching in the stands? The answers are as clear as black and white.
Robert Koehler: The grotesque photographs of dangling corpses are American history, far more than the simplistic heritage represented by the statues of Confederate generals.
Scott Prosterman: The success of Loyola-Chicago in this year’s NCAA basketball tournament prompts us to remember two of the great, unsung heroes of the Civil Rights Movement – former Mississippi State Coach Babe McCarthy and MSU President Dean Colvard. Loyola won the championship in 1963 with four black starters, defeating McCarthy’s Bulldogs along the way.
Sharon Kyle: Left untold in most of our history books are the many benefits the United States granted to European immigrants and their descendants but denied others.
WJ Astore: Don’t focus on his pricey dining set, America: Focus on Ben Carson’s ignorance and his prejudice against millions of patriotic Americans, who just happen to be Muslim. And remember how he was rewarded for this.
The first thing my wife and I realized was that it was hard not knowing how to express our liberal racial views in a Southern community.
Sharon Kyle: Why, even after achieving major civil rights victories, do progressives continue to find that injustices simply reconstitute themselves—returning not long after the “victory” is achieved?
RJ Eskow: Racism, economic inequality, police violence, and media bias: these were the instrumentalities of oppression the commissioners found 50 years ago. They are still with us today.
Jacqueline Bediako: In 2018, Black children still need protection. They need nourishment, love, educational opportunities, health care and safe homes. These basic rights are often not bestowed upon Black children.
Vincent De Stafano: Pasadena in the 60’s was still very racially segregated and the attitudes from my world taught me that to see someone black in “our” neighborhood should be a cause for fear and anger.
Irene Monroe: In 2017 Trump became president. And queries about whether the continuation of Black History Month is needed died down, because Trump has tweeted out an insult to just about every marginalized group in the country.