Erin Aubry Kaplan: The criticisms of BLM, especially accusations of racism, are not new. But the Dallas shootings instantly moved such criticism from the background to the fore.
Rankism, a term coined by physicist, educator, and citizen diplomat Robert W. Fuller, is used to describe "abusive, discriminatory, or exploitative behavior towards people because of their rank in a particular hierarchy". According to Fuller rank-based abuse underlies many other phenomena such as bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia.
In a society where racism is resurgent (and unacknowledged), the police really serve, without anyone admitting it (or even consciously knowing it), as an occupation force.
Larry Aubry: Understanding the genesis and continuing reality of Black rage is crucial for developing sustainable alternatives to the intractable second-class status of Black people in this country.
Nancy Scheper-Hughes: Beyond undoing the damage and human rights violations committed in our prisons, jails, courtrooms, police stations, and the horrendous militarization of police weaponry, we urgently need an official reckoning with the past.
Stephen Menedian: The shocking deaths of Alston Sterling and Philando Castile this week, accompanied by wrenchingly painful video, are tragic reminders that all the protests, national attention on race and policing, and calls for reform have failed to abate, let alone slow, the epidemic of extreme violence against black bodies by law enforcement.
Kathy Kelly: Can we ask ourselves: which has ever brought a peaceful future nearer to people in Afghan or U.S. neighborhoods– weaponized military and surveillance systems or the efforts of concerned neighbors seeking justice?
Maria Armoudian: It’s salt into the collective wound of the Armenian people, yet another reminder of our unacknowledged pain and injustice by Turkey, which was built upon the bones, blood—and land of Armenians.
Carl Matthes: Founded in 1984 at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles by teacher and counselor Dr. Virginia Uribe, Project 10 has provided education and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, questioning (LGBTQ) students, and other sexual minority youth.
Berry Craig: It’s crucial that Hillary keep hammering home the fact that Donald Trump is as phony as his orange-is-the-new blonde hair hue. That’s especially so on issues vital to those of us who pack union cards.
Sharon Kyle: To the uninitiated, Brooks’ position would be quite sensible and even persuasive had it not started from a false premise — that we are all on a level playing field.
Sikivu Hutchinson: After mainstream outrage about Orlando recedes, how many who’ve railed against the intersection of domestic terrorism and homophobic violence will actually step up on systemic discrimination against LGBTQ youth of color?
Peter Dreier: During last year’s organizing campaign, the union caught Huntington engaging in dozens of illegal acts of intimidation designed to prevent the nurses from gaining a stronger voice in their workplace.
Arica Coleman: Anyone who considers her/himself a member of the faith community, yet believes that God approves of this heinous act because the victims were LGBTQ, has no understanding of the true meaning of Christianity.