Mark Naison: Being “white” was once a central feature of being American. Those who were able to become “white” had the fullest range of political rights and economic opportunities the rapidly expanding nation had to offer.
Peter Dreier: My sense of the 400 students who occupied Occidental College’s administration building over five days last week, and who won almost all of their demands, is that believe they can be responsible change agents.
Rev. Irene Monroe: Since 1970, Native Americans have gathered at noon on Coles Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on this U.S. holiday.
Dianne Guenin-Lelle: The black/white divide does not tell our whole story as a nation. In the Antebellum South, there existed the most accomplished society of Free People of Color in America.
Solidarity with Mizzou Students: We see this as a critical democratic moment of claiming the university for all students; we see this as an exciting rebirth of reclaiming democratic, equitable education that benefits our society as a whole.
Hector Villagra: For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has worked to make sure the promise of equality covers everyone – those intentionally left out at the nation’s founding and those who weren’t even considered for protection.
Olivia Davis: The Oxy students were sending a message that the events happening in Columbia, Missouri, are not unique, but rather a microcosm of the experiences of Black students at predominantly white institutions across the nation.
Unai Montes-Irueste: Latino students had to explain why it was that “Cinco de Drinko” fliers featuring caricatures of Mexicans and Mexican Americans were ignorant and offensive.
Sharon Kyle: It seems that hardly a week goes by without footage—usually captured by a bystander—going viral and revealing violent interactions between law enforcement and oftentimes unarmed black or brown people.
Frank Fear: College athletes rarely speak out or organize for social causes—individually or collectively. The picture changes, though, if we focus on the athletes’ identity as student-athletes.
Sikivu Hutchinson: The criminal justice system, the police, and ordinary white citizens have played in preserving the purity of white womanhood by both promoting the image of the insatiable black rapist and the out of control, hypersexual black “bitch.”
Hector Villagra: The ACLU of Southern California stands with Quentin Tarantino and supports his condemnation of those police officers who have killed unarmed citizens who pose no threat.
Mark Naison: But rather than creating unity among America’s diverse racial and cultural groups, this decline in living standards seems to have increased tensions.