James Loewen: I think BLM is elliptical for “Black Lives Matter, Too.” Thus the phrase intrinsically implies that white lives have always mattered; African Americans want the same regard for their humanity, dignity, and very existence that whites have always enjoyed.
Michael T. Hertz: There is a deep divide in our country between those who think that our gun laws must be strengthened in order to prevent tragedies like 3-year-olds killing themselves.
Herbert Dyer: At some level, black cops know that they labor in the primary institution purposely and specifically set up to contain, control and oppress, and when necessary, eliminate black people.
Bobbi Jo Chavarria: For too many in San Bernardino and the Inland Empire community, “normal” is a tense, unstable peace where the passive violence of poverty, prejudice, intolerance, disenfranchisement, and oppression is a daily and devastating assault on our collective humanity.
Sam Husseni: Paris and London should be looking toward Madrid in taking steps toward shedding their imperial mindsets in stopping their war-obsessed elites.
Jessie Daniels: The white supremacy of anti-abortion extremism goes deeper than this gunman’s deferential treatment by police, or politicians’ reluctance to speak plainly about what we can all see, or the mainstream media’s white framing of these acts of terrorism.
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.