An Argument for Reparations

argument for reparations

Robert Gordh: If discrimination completely disappeared, immense gaps of inequality would still yawn between the levels of well being for whites and blacks in important areas of life, including, but not confined to, economics, health, education, and criminal justice.

The Myth Behind What Happened in Charleston

Charleston Confederate Flag

David Lee McMullen: Bringing down that flag is an important first step, but that action alone will not end the cultural conflict that has lasted for more than a century, a conflict that continues to wage a propaganda war for the hearts and minds of all Americans, especially those living in the South.

Pieces of Cloth

Take Down Confederate Flag

ime for some inconvenient truths. The “Confederate Flag” has not “always been a symbol of hate.” Yes, it is time, in the evolution of our culture, for it to come down. But let’s not allow ourselves to buy into lies as an excuse for taking it down. And we don’t need to get into the […]

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.

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.”

#Cutthecheck Is Not A Movement!

Ferguson No Indictment

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.