John Peeler: In these times of racial tensions around repeated police killings of unarmed blacks, it is easy to see why Coates is pessimistic, and hard to understand why he continues to have enough hope to keep on writing to a white audience.
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.
Charles Hayes: Imagining Gregory Peck as Atticus making racist statements is like going to the doctor for a common cold and finding out you have cancer: it’s earth-shattering.
Hogtied and Dragged by Police video surfaced on YouTube that shows a person, who is hogtied, being dragged away by a police officer. The title and text accompanying the video suggests that the person in the video is Sandra Bland. Turns out, the video is mislabeled. We don’t know if the mislabeling was done intentionally […]
Natalie Davis: People who want a better, more progressive future must stand firm, raise our voices, and take consistent action. The war is on.
Frank McAlpin: As the leader of a nation that represents freedom and equality to the world President Obama has an obligation to condemn the oppression and human rights violations that LGBT people experience, not just in Kenya but around the world.
Peter Dreier: I found it both amusing and disconcerting that Antonovich, who has served on the powerful Board of Supervisors for 35 years, and who will be leaving office next year because of term limits, would engage in such mean-spirited and petty tactics.
Carl Matthes: In about 50 years, LGBT folk built a tremendous network of support institutions; fought vigorously over legal matters and in the courts; became important to the political process and took on HIV/AIDS.
Joann Lo: The Food Chain Workers Alliance calls on the Los Angeles City Council to adopt the Healthy Farms to Healthy Families Resolution in support of the proposed federal bills Protection of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act.
Yohuru Robinson: While Jack made the headlines, Rachel often bore the brunt of the hidden but nonetheless significant battles such as shepherding the family through the process of facing northern style apartheid.
Reverend Edward Pinkney: Many supporters believe that I am being punished by the criminal Berrien County justice system and local authorities for opposing the Whirlpool Corporation’s plan to expand its hostile land takeover and to gentrify Benton Harbor to turn the area into a multi-million dollar golf resort and playground for tourists and the PGA elitists.
Frank McAlpin: With her ESPY Courage Award, Caitlyn has created a moment of engagement and visibility that could become part of our larger movement for respect and compassion for all trans folks. And that is very courageous!
Leslie Kitchen: The rebels called themselves a nation, but all bloviations to the contrary, they were no more than a large band of armed insurrectionists who sought to destroy the United States of America.
Charles D. Hayes: It’s time for our culture to awaken from its fear-based prejudice, which up to the present has denied that homosexuals exist or, in some cases, have a right to exist.