"Black Lives Matter" Is About More Than the Police
Patrisse Cullors: Black lives should matter in all stages of life — and to honor that truth, we must radically transform the system from its roots.
Ableism Normalizes Discrimination Against the Disabled
I don’t know if you have to experience discrimination, first hand, in order to be able to see it, but I do know that I learned a when my uncle became wheelchair bound 20 years ago. For that reason, I have hope that maybe the Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration will do what it has often failed to do in the past – provide a line of defense for this country’s most vulnerable people.
The Scars of Poverty
Mark Naison: My grandfather, when he worked, was a presser in the garment trades, making extra income as a bartender and bootegger. He was a strong arm man for his union who fought gangsters from Murder Incorporated in the streets of the Garment district.
Value of Family Hits Home With Latinos
Steve Moya and Alvaro Huerta: To provide an even playing field for all Latinos, especially those in low-income communities, we need to better collaborate to support targeted communities with an emphasis on families.
The Sterling Shuffle: Unpacking White Jewish Racism
Sikivu Hutchinson: Sterling’s racist references to shiftless black untouchables are simply yet another snapshot of how caste, ethnicity and the bootstraps mythology play out in “post-racial” America.
Anatomy of Stephen Colbert's Racist Joke
Scot Nakagawa: Given his obvious good intentions (yes, there should be no place in our culture for a football franchise that uses a racist, anti-Indian epithet as their brand name), I would much rather educate Colbert than cancel him.
Letter from a Birmingham Jail: Reading As a Remedy for Racial Bias
Charles D. Hayes: I grew up with a sheltered worldview much in agreement with the same politics and prejudices of my community. It was a world of black-and-white notions of morality, and it was a literal interpretation of racial superiority that white was right. But reading Martin Luther King's Letter From a Birmingham Jail changed my reality.
Model Minority American Exceptionalism Myth
Soya Jung -- The book, The Triple Package, is rife with American exceptionalism and model minority thinking – the notion that anyone can succeed in America if they just act right, and those who don’t will get what they deserve.
Will Boston Marathon Bombing Ignite Islamophobia?
Rev. Irene Monroe: Immediately following the Boston bombing, several "Muslim-looking" suspects were apprehended to the chagrin of law enforcement that later released them and offered an apology. Not much has changed since September 11, 2001.
Something America and China Could Do Together
Robert Fuller: At the moment, the greatest threats to China and America come not from each other, but from flaws in their own systems of governance. Chinese and Americans alike are burdened by political systems that are not keeping pace with the times.
The Source of Indignity
Robert Fuller: The twentieth century witnessed the successful application of the strategies and tactics of identity politics. Those same organizational techniques, applied to overcoming rankism, can render it as insupportable as the isms that identity politics has now put on the defensive.
The Rattlesnake and the Cobra: Does Race and Ethnicity Matter?
Rudy Acuna: My preference is to ridicule Arpaio through caricatures and set up a dunking booth where we could sell chances to throw baseballs at the lever that would tumble the sadist excuse for a human being into the water.