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.
Justin Chapman: Patrisse Khan-Cullors explains why Black Lives Matter in a powerful memoir with asha bandele, ‘when they call you a terrorist’
Jamala Rogers: The progress of Black, Brown and poor people has been sporadic since 1968. The trump administration in its quest to Make America Great Again is trying to take us back 50 years. It’s appropriate that the concept of the Poor People’s Campaign be resurrected.
Steve Hockstadt: It is difficult to find a clearer expression of white supremacy than Trump’s words to a gathering of Senators in the Oval Office.
Irene Monroe: Our job in keeping King’s dream alive is to be part of a participatory government—local and national—that is feverishly working to dismantle all existing discriminatory laws and practices that truncate full participation of its citizens in the fight to advance democracy.
Kathleen Wallace: These men spring from the womb already knowing all they need to know–that they are, and have been, the recipients of a privilege.
Greg Cusack: We need to develop a shrill and piercing anti-dog whistle that any of us can sound when the call to resume the racist dances sounds again, as it always will until this poison is excised from our midst.
Julianne Malveaux: I’m not ever, ever, ever going to excuse sexual perfidy (and more) in the workplace, but I do wonder why we can wink, nod, and grin about racial workplace misbehavior while we stand our ground about gender. I wonder why so many say ‘just kidding’ or ‘didn’t know’ when they are racially insensitive, and nobody calls it, but they are willing to call it on gender.
Steve Hochstadt: It is still common in American cities to use zoning laws to place businesses that deal with alcohol, firearms, pornography, and now marijuana into low-income neighborhoods, preventing minorities there from building up equity as fast as in residential white neighborhoods.
David A. Love: Moore and his followers claim to be God-fearing Christians. Well, they represent the Christianity of the slave master, as much as others have worshiped the God of justice and liberation.
Wade Kyle: Now, in America, if I walk by a group of people and someone yells “dangerous”, the last thing I’d do is have a conversation with them.
ast weekend, tens of thousands of people marched in Washington, DC in the combined March for Racial Justice and March for Black Women. Native Americans joined black and brown people to lead the march. At the march, Rev. Graylan Hagler said, “White Supremacy has been given aid and comfort by a so-called president and so-called administration, […]