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.
Bill Fletcher Jr.: White supremacists are not restrained or constrained by the fact that the targets of their hatred may be people of faith.
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.
David Love: Despite the scathing criticism and unforgiving memes this sister has faced, perhaps even well-deserved, all is not lost for Dolezal.
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.
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.”
wimming while black is a crime? Or having a black pool party? Maybe the police in Texas have lost their minds. Then again, maybe the Lone Star state still denies black people the freedom to assemble, just like the black codes. A police officer was placed on administrative leave after a video surfaced of police […]
Jamala Rogers: The movement for social, political and economic justice is not for sale or trade. Gettin’ paid in dollars or recognition cannot be the motivating factors as to why people are in these democratic spaces.
Hasira Asheuma: The reactionary, repressive and divisive forces along with their media mouthpieces would love for us to buy into the paradigm that police brutality, income inequality, and social justice are unmistakably black vs. white issues.
Michael Haas: If police forces throughout the country were to call upon the Honolulu Police Department for technical assistance, the situation in Ferguson might never have happened.
David Love: Recent events provide lessons on the intractability of poverty and racism in America, should we choose to heed the warnings and change course.
André Coleman: Patrisse Cullors seizes the moment to remind the world that Black Lives Matter.
Edward Wasserman: The local legal system, it seems, was wholly incapable of responding to the panicky over-reaction, needless endangerment of onlookers, and staggering absence of command judgment that left Hérisse dead, instead of locked up in a drunk tank to await his hangover and an angry magistrate.