Crime Against Humanity: LGBT Leaders Speak Out

Charleston Crime Against Humanity

Carl Matthes: There are really no words. We grieve for the families and for our country. We know our nation cannot go on like this and yet, here we are. Will enough ever be enough? Until we are willing to address race and entrenched racism in this country, the headlines will continue.

Confederate Flag, Dylann Roof: Symptoms, Not the Disease

South Carolina Confederate Flag

David Love: Ultimately we must focus on systemic racism, the pervasive forms of racial oppression that plague our economy, the education system, law enforcement and the judicial system. And if we ignore this painful reality, then we are merely opting for symbolism rather than real change.

Racism Is Not a Mental Illness

Racism Mental Illness

Jeremy Adam Smith: Prejudice and xenophobia are consciously embraced by many otherwise functional, healthy citizens, and racial associations persist in the unconscious minds of many explicitly anti-racist people. People are rarely either racist or not-racist. Almost all of us fall along a spectrum.

On White Negroes, Jim Jones and “Sista” Rachel

Jim Jones and Rachel Dolezal

Sikivu Hutchinson: Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal’s passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.

Are Republicans Ready to Defy Supreme Court?

Republicans Marriage Equality

Carl Matthes: We’re being reminded, by some Republican candidates for president that the foundation of America—the Constitution—will no longer past muster as the law of the land if the Justices decide to extend marriage equality from the present 36 states to all 50. So much for law and order.

There’s No “Transgender” Exception to Medically Necessary Care

Transgender Inmate

Melissa Goodman: While psychotherapy and/or hormone therapy is a sufficient treatment for many transgender people, there is overwhelming medical consensus that for some others with the most severe forms of gender dysphoria, gender-affirming surgery is the only available treatment that can address their pain and suffering.

Luckily Miami Beach Police Didn’t Call in an Air Strike

Miami Beach Police

Edward Wasserman: I don’t know on what planet it makes sense to prevent a reckless driver from hurting people by shooting him while he’s zipping along. Nor is it clear who’s being protected when police start blazing away after the car has stopped, possibly for good.

Gentrification – Racial Tension in the City

Gentrification

Scot Nakagawa: So you grow up in the burbs, attend better schools and enjoy other advantages as a result, and then decide that now that you’re a big wage earner, you’d rather live where the poor people are and push them to the places you’re abandoning because those neighborhoods make you “nauseated.”