Sandra Bass: Although my family had left long before I was born, the South permeated our home. It hung heavy in the air on Thanksgiving when the stink of chitterlings would linger long, long, long, after they were cooked and eaten.
The articles in this category deal with Institutional racism. It is here that you find discussions about the kind of racism that continues to operate relentlessly on its own, like a machine, in spite of the intentions of people of good will. De facto racism, silent racism, covert racism, microaggresive behavior, implicit bias, there are lots of names for what we continue to battle in the United States - racially based unearned advantages and disadvantages. We encourage readers to join the conversation. Please peruse the articles and comment. You're sure to find lots of differenct perspectives.
Jamala Rogers: This year will mark the 400th anniversary of my people’s kidnapping to these shores. How are we assessing our past and applying the hard-learned lessons to our future?
Eileen O’Brien: Too often, individual whites who get caught saying something racist end up giving what Michael Eric Dyson calls a “dress up, fess up” press conference that falls woefully short of actual remorse, and Northam’s was no exception to that pattern.
John Peeler: In Congress, as the book demonstrates with careful analysis of hundreds of roll-call votes, every reform was shaped to allow the southern power structure to continue its domination of African Americans.
John Peeler: Ta-Nehisi Coates has become perhaps our age’s preeminent black public intellectual, able to speak not only to African Americans but importantly to whites as well, to get across hard truths that even liberal whites don’t like to confront.
Berry Craig: Republicans, for the umpteenth time, are fishing for union votes with the social issues bait. They’ve been at for almost 40 years.
Dahlia Ferlito: Instead of shunning and extracting humans from our spaces, what would it look like to keep people in?
saw a Facebook video last night with someone calling Colin Kaepernick a cop-hater which suggests to me that we need to review a bit of history beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance, because it establishes the bedrock ideology for our culturally expected behavior, with regard to anthems, icons and symbols. The early European settlers who […]
Larry Aubry: Blacks and other racially defined minorities are no longer subject to legal segregation, but they have not been relieved of the burdens of discrimination, even by laws supposedly intended to do so.
Arica L. Coleman: The team had been waiting for about twenty minutes when they noticed a police car pull up behind them. A second police car parked behind the first. A neighbor had called the cops!
Carl Matthes: Adapted from Black Klansman Stallworth’s memoir, the film was conceived by Jordan Peele, the comedian turned director of last year’s Academy Award nominated film “Get Out.” Peele sought out famed director Spike Lee to direct and re-write the film.
Richard Wolff: Revulsion is building towards the smokescreens of hypocrisy, racism, and nationalism barely masking capitalism’s ongoing failure to provide the jobs and incomes people need
Sharon Kyle: While it is true that the United States no longer imposes overt state-sanctioned apartheid, the truth is it doesn’t have to. Its socially sanctioned apartheid systems are just as effective.